HomeInterviewMartin Garrix Discusses His Love For India, Plans For 2018, And Much More Pranav Gupta December 20, 2017 Interview One of the shining lights in the dance music scene globally, Martin Garrix has achieved pretty much everything a 21 year old could wish for. Touring the world, playing some of the biggest festivals ans sold out shows, working with some of the biggest names in music and the list just goes on. The Dutch wunderkind makes his way to India to headline the inaugural edition of TIMEOUT 72, and having played in the country since 2013, Garrix certainly holds cherished memories from his visits to the sub continent. Speaking about his love for India, he says I love India and it’s always been an honor to play here. I’m bringing the new production over to you guys and I’m looking forward to having a big party with everyone there. This place has so much energy and loyal fans. Every time I do a show the whole crowd goes crazy, and I love that vibe. Garrix recalls an amazing 2017, a year which saw him play the biggest festivals an artist can play, while also talking about his Ibiza and Vegas residencies: I’ve experienced so many amazing things again this year. First off we’ve had a crazy festival season with shows like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra and Tomorrowland. I, of course, had my two amazing residencies in Ibiza at Hï and Ushuaïa and my Las Vegas residency at Omnia. Another great moment for me this year was playing two sold out nights in the Amsterdam RAI during ADE again. One of the shows was for all ages and it was so amazing to see all these young people, who normally can’t go to my shows, enjoy themselves to the fullest. In 2018 I will first take some time off to go on holidays and we’re confirming some shows again at the moment, so I’m already looking forward to that! Discussing his creative process in the studio while working with someone, he divulges: I think it’s a combination of being a good musician, good professional, and a good human being When you have this great connection in the studio it’s almost magical. You have to be comfortable around each other and also connect on a personal level next to a musical level. That enables an atmosphere in which you get more creative. Motivation is a hard thing to come by, when you’re constantly touring or just in the studio, and there might be times when you hit a creative roadblock. Not for Martin though. Talking about what keeps him motivated, he says: My love for music always keeps me motivated. It’s literally a hobby that has grown to a certain level. As soon as I wake up I listen to music; I go to bed while listening to music; I make music. And of course also my fans, who keep me motivated with all their support. To see them having fun and sing along to my tracks at shows is just amazing. That really gives me so much energy! I get inspired by so many different things; the people around me, the places I visit, listening to other artists’ music. Talking about the pressure of stardom, he says: I do feel pressure from time to time, but I think that is normal as an artist. You want to evolve and show that to the world. It’s just that I don’t want to disappoint my fans and want to give the best of myself every single day. I have a lot of unreleased tracks right now and I only want to bring out the best ones. After an already busy 2017, with a host of new releases, Martin has no plans to stop in 2018. Discussing his plans for music in 2018, he says: It’s crazy how much unreleased music I have right now. I’ve been in the studio with Ryan Tedder, I got something in the works with him and I’m very excited about that. I just can’t wait to put out new music. Martin also spoke in length about his previous trips to India, and his love for the country: As an artist, experiencing different cultures is really interesting. The energy I get from the crowd during my shows is amazing. And of course I always love to visit you guys! One of the main reasons to come back to India is to see my fans there. India is really beautiful with an amazing culture. It’s so different from my home country. That’s what I like about being on tour, visiting so many different countries over the world, I get a lot of inspiration from that as well. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the dedicated fans partying to my set and I hope I can also explore India a bit, it’s such a beautiful country that has a lot of sightseeing to offer. Last time I went to see the Taj Mahal and it was so beautiful and impressive. Having been at the center of attention in dance music ever since ‘Animals’ went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2013, Garrix talks about how he deals with the fame that comes along with a highly successful music career: I have a great team around me, and my friends and family who support me at all times. They also make sure that I stay grounded. That’s why I also love to bring them with me on tour as much as possible. It’s great to be able to share my success with the people I love. With Martin Garrix set to close the festival on Day 3 (29th December), make sure you catch him bring the house down with some of his biggest hits. Get your tickets from BookMyShow, Insider, or Paytm.