Martin Garrix

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Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix 2013.jpg
Martin Garrix in 2013
Background information
Native name Martijn Garritsen
Birth name Martijn Garritsen
Born (1996-05-14) 14 May 1996 (age 19)
Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • composer
  • DJ
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Tiësto, Usher, Jay Hardway, Afrojack, Julian Jordan, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Hardwell, DVBBS, Sander van Doorn, Matisse and Sadko, TV Noise, Avicii, Sidney Samson, Dillon Francis, Firebeatz, MOTi
Notable instruments

Martijn Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), commonly known by his stage name Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ, composer, musician and record producer. He is best known for the track "Animals", which was a Top 10 hit in more than 10 countries; the song has peaked at number 1 in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and number 3 in Ireland. His single "Wizard", produced with Jay Hardway, was successful in numerous countries in 2014. Debuting at number 40 of DJ Magazine‍ '​s Top 100 DJs, he is currently ranked number 3, below Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Hardwell (2015).


In 2004, Martin Garrix expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic games in Athens. Garritsen took particular inspiration from the track "Traffic", prompting him to download specialist software and enabling him to start composing. Garritsen recently[when?] finished the Herman Brood Academy,[1] a production school in Utrecht. Martin Garrix used multiple aliases, among them GRX.[2] He ghost writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.[3]

2012: Early career[edit]

Garritsen had his beginnings with the song "BFAM", a co-release with Julian Jordan.[4] In 2012, he won the SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year Award.[5] Also in 2012, his remix of "Your Body"[6] was released on Christina Aguilera's deluxe version of her album Lotus. The song is written by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha. His track "Just Some Loops", a collaboration with TV Noise, appeared on the compilation album Loop Masters Essential, Volume 2. He signed to Spinnin' Records in 2012, releasing "Error 404" through the label.[7][8]

2013–14: Breakthrough[edit]

Martin Garrix's logo from 2012

In 2013, Garrix co-released "Torrent" with Sidney Samson on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label.[4] Garrix gained fame through his own solo release "Animals"[9] released on 16 June 2013 on Dutch record label Spinnin' Records, becoming a hit in a great number of charts in Europe, and became the youngest person to reach the No. 1 spot on Beatport.[10][11] The track appears on Hardwell's album Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 4'. On 30 September 2013, Garrix released a remix of Project T by Sander Van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike which quickly hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts.[12] Garrix appeared on DJ Magazine‍ '​s top 100 DJs list 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In 2014, Garrix appeared on DJ Magazine‍ '​s top 100 DJs list at number 4.[13] In November 2013, Garrix signed a deal with Scooter Braun's Scooter Braun Projects (later School Boy Records).[14] In December 2013 he released "Wizard" with Jay Hardway, the song has peaked to number 6 in Belgium and number 17 in the Netherlands. Martin Garrix's collaboration with Firebeatz, "Helicopter", placed No. 1 on the Beatport Top 100 charts for 2 weeks. He performed at Ultra Music Festival 2014, where he debuted several new and unreleased tracks, including collaborations with Dillon Francis, Hardwell and Afrojack. In 2014 he released "Proxy" together with Hardwell, available as a free download on Soundcloud to his fans as a gift for a great 2013. In 2014, Garrix released a song with MOTi with the title "Virus (How About Now)" which was later in the year as well as his collaboration with Afrojack releasing "Turn Up the Speakers" which Afrojack and Garrix both Premiered at Ultra Music Festival.[15]

2015: New Genres, and Split From Spinnin' Records & Management[edit]

Martin Garrix's logo from 2015

In 2015, Garrix experimented with progressive house and started producing progressive style apart from his signature big room sound. On February 6, 2015, Garrix released the track "Forbidden Voices" as a gift for 10 million likes on his Facebook page.[16] In February 2015, Garrix released the single "Don't Look Down" featuring Usher. He also released two video versions for it on Vevo, "Towel Boy" and "Towel Girl." The track was written by Garrix, James 'JHart' Abrahart and Busbee. It peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and #33 on the US Mainstream Top 40 Chart. In an interview with DigitalSpy early 2015, Garrix noted that Usher is a "humble" artist and a great collaborator to whom he can direct input. Garrix also worked with multi-Grammy winner singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran on a track called "Rewind Repeat It," which he played at Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March 2015. On 4 May 2015, Garrix released a track with Tiësto, called "The Only Way Is Up" . On 22 May 2015, Avicii released a lyric video of the song "Waiting for Love" co-produced by Garrix. On July 6 2015, Garrix released an extended play with Matisse and Sadko called "Break Through The Silence". Later, On 31 October 2015 he gave away a single for free called 'Poison'.

On August 26, 2015, Garrix made an announcement on social media regarding rumors he had terminated his agreements with the company Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management in which he confirmed he was no longer working with the two companies.[17] The cause was cited due to a "...difference of opinion between us regarding the reasonableness of the agreements." over ownership rights of Garrix's music. The major debate revolves around ownership of Garrix's first major hit "Animals," which was released when he was only 17 and lacking experience in contract negotiation. The post reads "From the beginning of this year I tried to get back the ownership rights of my music from Spinnin' Records and to keep my confidence in MAS. I am extremely disappointed that the discussions have not led to a change in the agreements or return of the ownership rights, and that is why I nullified them."[18]

In November 2015, after being split from Spinnin' Records, the 19 year-old Martin Garrix announced he is creating his own record label. [19]


Studio albums


  1. ^ "Herman Brood Academie". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Martin Garrix Ends 2013 With A Trap Banger". Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  3. ^ Howard, Danny. "Martin Garrix: Superstar Secrets". BBC. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Kerri Mason (20 May 2013). "Martin Garrix is an 'Animal': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Martin Garrix wint eerste award". 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  6. ^ "Zita Nederlandse tiener maakt tophit Tomorrowland (video) Entertainment". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  7. ^ Dan Carter. "Interview – Martin Garrix, the youngest ever Beatport No. 1 spot-holder, speaks about the journey so far". Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Republic Records. "Republic Records". Republic Records. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Stoney, Roads. "Martin Garrix Makes History with "Animals"". Your EDM. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nederlander Martin Garrix scoort internationaal - Nieuws Detail - MEGA TOP 50". 1996-08-08. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Martin Garrix - Animals". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Project T (Martin Garrix Remix) [Spinnin Records". Beatport. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  13. ^ "MARTIN GARRIX". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  14. ^ McCarthy, Zel (18 November 2013). "Martin Garrix Signs to Scooter Braun Projects, Earns a UK No. 1: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Mason, Kerri (1 March 2014). "EDMs Teenage Dream". Billboard- The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment: 33–35. 
  16. ^ "Martin Garrix Gifts “Forbidden Voices” Free Download For Breaking 10 Million Fans On Facebook". Fist In The Air. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  17. ^ "Martin Garrix's Facebook Post". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Medved, Matt (2015-08-27). "Martin Garrix Leaves Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  19. ^ "BREAKING: Martin Garrix Reveals His Own Label After Leaving Spinnin' Records [Video]". Your EDM. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
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