Artist Of The Month – Martin Garrix (September 2017)

Most of us at the age of 16 were just figuring out what to do with our life. Martin Garrix, on the other hand, was probably making new music in a studio or his bedroom, and ever since the Dutch prodigy broke out with the massive ‘Animals‘ in 2013, life hasn’t been the same for him.

Born in a middle class family in Amstelveen, Netherlands, Garrix took to the guitar at the tender age of 8, and after watching Tiesto perform at the Olympics in Athens, he decided to dabble in music production. Post his graduation from the Herman Brood Academy in 2013, Garrix started producing on a much advanced level, working with acts such as Julian Jordan, TV Noise and Sidney Samson, while also releasing his first track on Spinnin’ Records, ‘Error 404’.

However, Martin’s breakout hit came in 2013, when ‘Animals‘ took the entire festival circuit by storm, receiving support from heavyweights such as Tiesto, Hardwell, DVLM, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta to name a few. Having made a name with his runaway hit, Garrix only moved forward with his next bunch of releases, both original and remixes. A number of his upcoming releases were collaborations with artists including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Sander van Doorn, DVBBS, Afrojack among many others. Martin Garrix was also signed by Scooter Braun (who also manager Justin Bieber) for his label School Boy Records in 2013, where the young Dutch producer would be joining the likes of Justin Bieber, PSY, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Black Eyed Peas and later on Steve Angello as well.

2015 saw Garrix experiment with his sound, leaving behind big room house and trying a more melodic, progressive house sound, which saw him release ‘Forbidden Voices‘ as a thank you to his fans for reaching 10 Million fans on Facebook, ‘Don’t Look Down‘ with Usher, ‘The Only Way Is Up‘ with Tiesto, ‘Dragon‘ and ‘Break Through The Silence‘ with Matisse & Sadko and ‘Poison‘. The same year, Garrix left Spinnin’ Records due to conflict over the ownership of his music, and after settling, the producer announced he would be creating his own record label.

2016 went onto become Martin’s most important year to date, as the 21 year old launched his record label STMPD RCRDS, with his first single of the year ‘Now That I’ve Found You‘ featuring John Martin and Michel Zitron, and then went on to release a host of singles throughout the year, as well as premiering a bunch of new music with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, Bebe Rexha, Julian Jordan and many more. His list of releases from 2016 featured ‘Lions In The Wild‘ with Third Party, ‘Oops‘, ‘In The Name Of Love‘, a radio friendly future bass track with Bebe Rexha, and his EP ‘Seven‘, which featured collaborations with Jay Hardway, MESTO, Matisse & Sadko and many more. Garrix was also crowned the No. 1 DJ in the world on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of The Year poll, becoming the youngest ever DJ to be bestowed the honor.

The Dutch superstar already has 4 releases under his belt in 2017, including ‘Scared To Be Lonely‘ with Dua Lipa and ‘There For You‘ with Troye Sivan, as well as playing a number of festivals, including Coachella, Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland among many others, while also opening for Justin Bieber during his Purpose World Tour in Australia. Garrix was also the subject of the documentary ‘What We Started‘ alongside Carl Cox, which mapped the growth of dance music in 30 years, giving viewers a perspective of both a pioneer and the current purveyor of the genre.

Besides music, Martin Garrix has been pretty active with philanthropy as well, playing a number of shows across the world, including an event in Los Angeles for the non profit organisation ‘Fuck Cancer’, as well as the first show of his India tour last year, where he played to a crowd of 40,000 in Mumbai, with the proceeds of the show being donated to Magic Bus. Martin also gives his fans a look into his life with his show ‘The Martin Garrix Show.

Having reached dizzying heights in a span of just 5 years, Martin Garrix has only begun, and it is exciting to see where the talent of this 21 year old takes him.