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Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix
Martin Garrix in 2013
Background information
Birth name Martijn Garritsen
Born (1996-05-14) 14 May 1996
Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • composer
  • DJ
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Tiësto, Usher, Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan, Hardwell,
Website .commartingarrix

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.


  • Career 1
    • 2012: Early career 1.1
    • 2013–14: Breakthrough 1.2
    • 2015: A more creative style and collaborations 1.3
    • 2015: Split from Spinnin' Records B.V. and MusicAllStars Management 1.4
  • Discography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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 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

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

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: A more creative style and collaborations

Martin Garrix's logo from 2015

On February 6, 2015, Garrix released the track "Forbidden Voices" as a gift for 10 million likes on his Facebook page.[16] On 17 March 2015, Garrix released the single "Don't Look Down" featuring Usher. The track was written by Garrix, James 'JHart' Abrahart and Busbee. 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 30th October 2015 he gave away a single for free called 'Poison'.

2015: Split from Spinnin' Records B.V. and MusicAllStars Management

On August 26, 2015, Garrix made an announcement on social media regarding rumours 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 post read "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]


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External links

  • Official website
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