Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix at VELD 2016
Born Martijn Gerard Garritsen
(1996-05-14) 14 May 1996
Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
Years active 2012–present
Home town Amstelveen, Netherlands

Musical career

Also known as
Associated acts

Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known by his stage name Martin Garrix (stylized as Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. He is ranked number 1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for 2016.[3] In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin' Records.

Early life

Garritsen learned to play guitar at age 8.[4] In 2004, he expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic games in Athens. He took particular inspiration from the track "Traffic", prompting him to download specialist software, FL Studio, and enabling him to start composing. In 2013,[5] he graduated from the Herman Brood Academy,[6] a production school in Utrecht. Garritsen ghost writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.[7] In an interview when asked about his social class, Garritsen said middle-class.[8] He also said his 'dream mentor' was Calvin Harris.[8]



Releases on Spinnin' Records

Martin Garrix's logo from 2012

Garritsen had his beginnings with the songs "BFAM" (with Julian Jordan) and "Just Some Loops", a collaboration with TV Noise that appeared on the compilation album Loop Masters Essential, Volume 2. He signed to Spinnin' Records in 2012, releasing "Error 404" through the label.[9][10]

In 2013, Garritsen co-released "Torrent" with Sidney Samson on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label.[11] He gained fame through his own solo release "Animals"[12] 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.[13][14] The track appears on Hardwell's album Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 4'. On 30 September 2013, Garritsen released a remix of "Project T" by Sander Van Doorn and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which quickly hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts.[15] He appeared on DJ Magazine's top 100 DJs list in 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In 2014, he appeared on DJ Magazine's top 100 DJs list at number 4.[16]

Deal with Scooter Braun Projects

In November 2013, Garritsen signed a deal with Scooter Braun's Scooter Braun Projects (later School Boy Records).[17] In December 2013, he released "Wizard" with Jay Hardway, the song has peaked to number 6 in Belgium and number 17 in the Netherlands. His 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, Garritsen released "Proxy" as a free download. He 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 Garritsen both premiered at Ultra Music Festival.[18]


Forbidden Voices, Don't Look Down and collaborations

Martin Garrix's logo from 2015

In 2015, Garritsen experimented with progressive house and started producing progressive style apart from his signature big room sound. On 6 February 2015, he released the track "Forbidden Voices" as a gift for 10 million likes on his Facebook page.[19] In February 2015, he 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 Garritsen, James 'JHart' Abrahart and Busbee. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.

In an interview with DigitalSpy in early 2015, Garritsen noted that Usher is a "humble" artist and a great collaborator to whom he can direct input.[20] He also worked with multi-Grammy winner 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, he 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 Garritsen. On 6 July 2015, Garritsen released the Break Through The Silence EP with Russian DJs Matisse and Sadko. Later, on 31 October 2015, he released a track titled "Poison" as a promotional single.[21]

"+x" has been publicized as Martin Garrix's signature image and has been rumored to be the title of his upcoming album.

Termination of agreements with Spinnin' Records

On 26 August 2015, Garritsen announced that he had left Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management, due to a conflict over the ownership of his music.[22] A point of contention was the release of "Animals," which appeared when Garritsen was 17 years old.[23] He also announced that he had filed a lawsuit against his then-manager Eelko van Kooten.[23] In November 2015, Garritsen announced that he would create his own record label.[24]

On 2 December 2015, Garritsen has reportedly settled with Spinnin' Records in their ongoing legal dispute over the ownership rights of his music, he released a statement confirming that he had withdrawn the summary proceedings after his former record label transferred him the ownership rights to his music in exchange that exclusive licence of all his tracks released before August 2015 are retained by Spinnin' for an undisclosed period.[22] However, Garritsen also stated that their other outstanding disagreements will likely be the subject of further legal proceedings.[22]

On 31 December 2015, Garritsen released "Bouncybob", his final track of the year, for free, which he had co-produced with Justin Mylo and Mesto.[25]


STMPD RCRDS and Ultra Music Festival

Garritsen launched his own record label called STMPD RCRDS in the first quarter of 2016.[26] On 11 March 2016, he released his first single via STMPD RCRDS titled "Now That I've Found You", featuring the vocals of John Martin and Michel Zitron.[27]

On 20 February 2016, Garritsen announced that his debut album will be arriving this year via Twitter after the social media platform asked some of its content curators to use its new video platform to announce their plans for 2016.[28] On 18 March 2016, he debuted a great part of his 2016 debut album at Ultra Music Festival, and chose to use his one-hour set to premiere ten new unreleased tracks, including collaborations with Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, Bebe Rexha and Third Party along with AREA21, a music duo believed to be Garritsen himself with Maejor.[29] On 27 May 2016, he released his second single "Lions in the Wild" with British DJ duo Third Party.[30]

Deal with Sony Music

On 13 June 2016, Garritsen released a promotional single titled "Oops" which became the E3 2016 anthem.[31] On 26 July 2016, it was announced that Garritsen signed a 'worldwide' contract with Sony Music International.[32] He said in the release, "Their forward thinking approach to streaming and incredible roster of talented artists combined with their passion and understanding for my vision of the future of my music made this a no brainer."[32] On 29 July 2016, he released the track "In the Name of Love" with Bebe Rexha.[33]

On 22 August 2016, Garritsen made his first ever live performance of his own music, with Rexha on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, accompanied by The Tonight Show’s house band, The Roots.[34][35]

On 14 October 2016, Garritsen announced on social media that he was releasing seven songs for seven days.[36][37] Several of the released songs have been premiered during his performance at Ultra Music Festival 2016.[38] The songs were uploaded onto his YouTube channel as music videos with seven visual artists who live-painted their interpretations of each song.[39]

World's Number One DJ

On 19 October 2016, Garritsen was named the world's top DJ[40][41][42] in DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs poll[43] and, at the age of 20, he became the youngest ever recipient of the award.[44] Speaking to the press, he said "It feels unreal to have won. I 100 percent did not expect it at all. I’ve had an amazing year, with awesome shows and amazing fans -- I’m so thankful for their support. I didn’t even do a campaign, and it just shows how dope the fanbase is."[45] He was presented with his No.1 trophy by his mentor and four-times winner of the award, Tiësto[46] at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards Party in Amsterdam's famous Heineken Music Hall, the opening party in this year's Amsterdam Music Festival, the largest festival of the Amsterdam Dance Event.[44]


It was announced that Garritsen will co-star, alongside Carl Cox in an upcoming EDM-themed documentary titled "What We Started" which shows thirty years of EDM history by focusing mainly on the diverging careers of Cox, one of the scene’s founders who just announced his retirement from iconic Ibiza venue, Space, and Martin Garrix, currently ranked the number one DJ in the world.[47] The documentary is co-written, produced and directed by Bert Marcus[48] alongside executive producer and music supervisor Pete Tong.[49]

Awards won at European Music Awards

On 6 November 2016, Garritsen won "Best Electronic Act", beating out fellow Dutch DJ Afrojack, as well as David Guetta, Major Lazer and Calvin Harris.[50] He also won "Best World Stage Performance" awards at the MTV European Music Awards 2016.[50] He was presented his award by American rapper G-Eazy.[51] After the awards ceremony, Garritsen performed "In the Name of Love" on stage with Bebe Rexha.[51]


Fuck Cancer

In May 2016, Garritsen headlined an event in Los Angeles[52] with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization Fuck Cancer, dedicated to early detection, prevention and providing support to those affected by cancer.[53][54]

Magic Bus

In November 2016, Garritsen started his India tour with a special charity show in Mumbai with over 40,000 in attendance.[55] Hosted at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, the charity event’s purpose was to educate Indian children with the proceeds from the show being donated to Magic Bus, who will be supporting the education of 10,000 children across the country.[55]


Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2013 Dance Music Awards Best Electro / Progressive Track Martin Garrix Won [56]
DJ of the Year Won
Newcomer of the Year Won
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Breakout Music Artist Nominated [57]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Electronic Dance Music Artist Nominated [58]
Choice Music: Electronic Music Dance Song "Animals" Nominated
The Buma Awards Best International Song Won [59]
MTV Video Music Awards MTV Clubland Award Nominated [57]
NRJ DJ Awards Best Music Won [60]
Best Live Performance Martin Garrix Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Dutch Act Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song "Animals" Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
Best Male Artist Martin Garrix Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Best Electronic Dance Music Artist Nominated
Echo Award Best Club / Dance Artist Nominated
2015 YouTube Music Awards 50 artists to watch Won [61]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Dance Song of the Year "Animals" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Martin Garrix Won [62]
Best Dutch Act Nominated
DJ Awards Best Electro/Progressive House Nominated [63]
Best International DJ Nominated
2016 International Dance Music Awards Best Electro/Progressive House Track "The Only Way Is Up" Nominated [64]
Best Global DJ Martin Garrix Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards Beat Guru Won [65]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Electronic Won [66]
Best World Stage Performance Won
NRJ Music Awards Best International DJ Won [67]
Best Live Performance Won


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