Martijn Gerard Garritsen (Dutch: [mɑrˈtɛiŋ ɣəˈrɑrt ˈxɑrɪtsə(n)]),, better known by his stage name Martin Garrix (//, sometimes stylized as MAR+IN GARRI× or simply +×), is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Amstelveen. He was ranked number one on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years (2016, 2017 and 2018). He has performed at music festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and Creamfields. He was a resident DJ at Spain’s Hï Ibiza (2017) and Ushuaïa Ibiza (2016 and 2018). He founded the label Stmpd Rcrds in 2016, months after leaving Spinnin' Records and before signing with Sony Music.
Martin Garrix at Web Summit 2017
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Garrix was born as Martijn Gerard Garritsen on 14 May 1996 in Amstelveen in the Netherlands, the son of Gerard and Karin Garritsen. Garrix has a younger sister named Laura. He learned to play guitar at age 8. In 2004, he expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at that year's Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 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, he graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. In an interview when asked about his social class, Garrix said middle-class. He also said his 'dream mentor' was Calvin Harris.
2012–2014: Spinnin' Records deal, "Animals", and Gold Skies
Garrix was discovered by Tiësto, whom he described as inspirational, humble and legendary. He 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 with the Dutch record label Spinnin' Records in 2012, releasing "Error 404", a collaboration with Jay Hardway, through the label. In 2013, Garrix co-released "Torrent" with Sidney Samson on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label.
Garrix gained fame through his solo release "Animals" which was released on 16 June 2013 through Spinnin' Records. The song became a hit in a great number of countries in Europe, and allowed Garrix to become the youngest person to reach No. 1 on Beatport. 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 and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which quickly hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts. He appeared on DJ Magazine's top 100 DJs list in 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In November 2013, Garrix signed a deal with American entertainment company Scooter Braun Projects, making Garrix the first EDM client of the company. The deal was split worldwide management with MusicAllStars Management, sister company of Spinnin’ Records, since Garrix was already signed to Spinnin’ Records. In December 2013, he released "Wizard" with Jay Hardway which peaked at number 6 in Belgium and number 17 in the Netherlands.
In 2014, Garrix collaborated with Firebeatz on "Helicopter" which reached No. 1 on the Beatport Top 100 charts for 2 weeks. He also produced the Sensation 2014 anthem "Tremor" along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Garrix performed at Ultra Music Festival 2014, where he debuted several new and unreleased tracks, including collaborations with Dillon Francis, Hardwell and Afrojack. June saw Garrix collaborate with Sander van Doorn and DVBBS on their summer anthem "Gold Skies". This was Garrix's first vocal track and featured vocals from the singer Aleesia. 2014 also saw Garrix release "Proxy" as a free download. Most of these songs were featured on Garrix's debut EP, Gold Skies, which was released on 8 July 2014.
After the release of his debut EP, Garrix continued to collaborate with mainstream DJs. The first of such collaborations being a song with MOTi called "Virus (How About Now)", followed by a collaboration with Afrojack called "Turn Up the Speakers" which Afrojack and Garrix both premiered at Ultra Music Festival. In 2014, he appeared on DJ Magazine's top 100 DJs list at number 4.
2015: Collaborations and Spinnin' contract termination
In 2015, Garrix experimented with progressive house and started producing progressive tracks aside from his signature big room sound. On 6 February 2015, he released the track "Forbidden Voices" as a gift to his fans after his Facebook page reached 10 million likes.
In February 2015, he released the single "Don't Look Down" featuring Grammy-winner 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 No. 3 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs. In an interview with British media company DigitalSpy in early 2015, Garrix noted that Usher is a "humble" artist and a great collaborator to whom he can directly give input.
Garrix 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 Garrix. On 6 July 2015, Garrix released the Break Through the Silence dual single with Russian DJs Matisse and Sadko, consisting of the songs "Break Through the Silence" and "Dragon". Later, on 31 October 2015, he released a track titled "Poison" as a promotional single.
On 26 August 2015, Garrix announced that he had left Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management, due to a conflict over the ownership of his music. A point of contention was the release of "Animals," which appeared when Garrix was 17 years old. He also announced that he had filed a lawsuit against his then-manager Eelko van Kooten. In November 2015, Garrix announced that he would create his own record label.
On 2 December 2015, Garrix 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 the ownership rights of his music to him in exchange that exclusive licence of all his tracks released before August 2015 be retained by Spinnin' Records for an undisclosed period. However, Garrix also stated that their other outstanding disagreements will likely be the subject of further legal proceedings.
2016: Launch of Stmpd Rcrds, Sony record deal, documentary and awards
Garrix launched his own record label called Stmpd Rcrds in the first quarter of 2016. Speaking about the label, he said that he wanted it to be a 'platform' for artists of various genres. 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. On 20 February 2016, Garrix announced that his debut album was arriving later that 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. However, he never released the album that year despite releasing an extended play. On 18 March 2016, he made use of his one-hour set to premiere ten new unreleased tracks at Ultra Music Festival, including collaborations with Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan, Ed Sheeran, Bebe Rexha, Third Party and Linkin Park along with Area21, Garrix's duo with Maejor. On 27 May 2016, he released his second single "Lions in the Wild" with British DJ duo Third Party. On 13 June 2016, Garrix released a promotional single titled "Oops" which became the E3 2016 anthem.
On 26 July 2016, it was announced that Garrix signed a 'worldwide' contract with Sony Music International. He explained that, "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."
On 29 July 2016, he released the track "In the Name of Love" with Bebe Rexha. On 22 August 2016, Garrix made his first-ever live performance of his own music, with Rexha on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, accompanied by The Tonight Show house band, The Roots.
On 14 October 2016, Garrix announced on social media that he was releasing seven songs for seven days. Several of the released songs have been premiered during his performances at Ultra Music Festival Miami and Tomorrowland Belgium. The songs were uploaded onto his YouTube channel as music videos with seven visual artists who live-painted their interpretations of each song.
On 19 October 2016, Garrix was named the world's top DJ in DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs poll. 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."
It was announced that Garrix will co-star, alongside Carl Cox in an EDM-themed documentary titled "What We Started". The documentary was directed by Bert Marcus alongside executive producer and music supervisor Pete Tong. The documentary was premiered on 15 June 2017 at the LA Film Festival.
On 6 November 2016, Garrix won "Best Electronic Act" and "Best World Stage Performance" awards at the MTV European Music Awards 2016. He was presented his award by American rapper G-Eazy. During the awards ceremony, Garrix performed "In the Name of Love" on stage with Bebe Rexha.
On 31 December 2016, Martin Garrix played "Scared to be Lonely" featuring Dua Lipa for the first time while headlining the stage at his first ever show in Myanmar. He released the song on 27 January 2017.
2017: Residency, modeling, legal victory and collaborations
Garrix announced that he would be supporting Canadian singer Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour in Australia which began in March and at the 'Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park' show on 2 July 2017. Speaking to NME about a collaboration with Bieber, Garrix said "We've been in the studio and we have some rough ideas, but we have no actual song yet where we're both like, 'OK, this is what we're gonna release'".
On 27 January 2017, he released "Scared to Be Lonely" a collaboration with British singer Dua Lipa as a single. He performed the song with Lipa on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March before releasing two volumes of extended plays featuring twelve remixes.
Garrix was announced as a resident for the 2017 season at Hï Ibiza, previously known as Space Ibiza, a popular dance-music club owned by Ushuaïa Entertainment. He previously had a DJ residency at HÏ Ibiza's sister venue, Ushuaïa in 2016.
On 14 April 2017, Garrix debuted a collaboration with Troye Sivan, who later joined him on stage for their performance at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival of Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The song title was "There For You", as announced by Sivan on Twitter. Sivan indicated on his Twitter account that the song will be released officially, by saying "I love you guys and can't wait for you to have this song in ur phones". The song was officially released on 26 May 2017.
Garrix appeared as the face of Armani Exchange in their Fall 2017 campaign, becoming one of the first few internationally recognized DJs to enter modelling. Armani Exchange announced it on social media, stating "...the face of the new Armani Exchange Fall Winter 2017/2018 campaign: Martin Garrix..."
At the Tomorrowland 2017 festival, Garrix debuted his YTRAM alias, which spells "Marty" backwards. He also premiered the song "So Far Away", a collaboration with David Guetta, who joined him on stage to perform it, as well as his first solo track in over a year, "Pizza", which received an official release on 25 August 2017.
Details of Garrix's collaborative unreleased song with Ed Sheeran, titled "Replay Rewind" or alternately, "Rewind, Repeat It", was published on ASCAP with Sony and BDI listed as the publishers of the song. Garrix was dissatisfied with Sheeran's label, who postponed the release of the song due to their prioritization of Sheeran's other song releases, causing him to cease further talks. In a radio interview, Garrix explained "It was going to be an official track, so we postponed all my other singles, but the label delayed the track because they wanted to release other tracks from Ed first. At one point, it was two years ago, I didn't release a radio single for five, six months. So, then you get annoyed. So, I don't think we're ever going to release the track." The song, premiered at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami and regularly played by Garrix at music festivals, had its release halted as what Garrix described as "label issues and a lot of headaches".
On 20 September 2017, a Dutch judge ruled in favor of Garrix who regained the rights to his music that were previously signed to Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars, to have his contract permanently terminated. Garrix, who demanded €3.7 million from Spinnin' and €650,000 from MusicAllStars, said "All of (their) claims have been rejected by the court. The only remaining question is the amount to be repaid (to Garrix)."
In October 2017, Garrix, under the alias GRX, again collaborated with Brooks to release the song "Boomerang". In December 2017, he released "So Far Away" with David Guetta featuring Romy Dya and Jamie Scott. British singer Ellie Goulding was originally supposed to feature on the song but her label prevented the release after it was previewed by Garrix at his Tomorrowland set.
2018: Closing the Winter Olympics, further collaborations and Bylaw
On 23 February 2018, Martin Garrix released his second collaboration with David Guetta and his third with Brooks with the song "Like I Do". Two days later, Garrix headlined the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. Garrix was the closing act of the night performing his newly released single as well as many others. His setlist is as follows: "Forever", "Together", "Animals", "Like I Do" and "Pizza".
On 20 April, Martin Garrix released his collaboration with Loopers titled "Game Over". On 15 June, Garrix released the single "Ocean", a collaboration with American R&B singer Khalid. On 29 July, Garrix headlined the Tomorrowland Belgium 2018 music festival and released the single "High on Life", a collaboration with singer Bonn, immediately after his closing set ended. On 30 July, the music video for "High on Life" was released which contained footage from his Tomorrowland set.
Garrix was announced as a resident DJ at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, performing on Thursdays from 5 July to 30 August. It was announced that he will be bringing guests to perform with him at the said venue. He was also scheduled to be the resident DJ at Hakkasan Nightclub, Omnia Nightclub, and Wet Republic Dayclub starting 2 August.
On August 10, he released a new song under his 'GRX' alias with CMC$ featuring icona pop, called "X's". On September 14, Garrix released his collaboration with Justin Mylo featuring Dewain Whitmore Jr. titled "Burn Out". The music video was released on the same day. It was announced on social media that Garrix was releasing five songs in five days, in a similar manner to the single releases of his Seven EP in 2016. The songs are all part of the Bylaw EP, and are: "Breach (Walk Alone)" with Blinders, "Yottabyte", "Latency" with Dyro, "Access" and "Waiting for Tomorrow" with Pierce Fulton featuring Mike Shinoda. In the same month Garrix performed at the F1 Singapore Grand Prix.
In October, Garrix was ranked number one on DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs list, winning for a third time in a row. His first win in 2016 made him the youngest DJ to top the poll. The awarding ceremony was held onstage at the Amsterdam ArenA during the 2018 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) where Garrix headlined. On 1 November 2018, Garrix released the single "Dreamer" featuring American singer Mike Yung. Garrix is set to release his next single "Glitch", with long-time collaborator Julian Jordan on 14 December 2018.
Brand endorsement and modelling
In 2017, Garrix was an ambassador for Italian brand Armani Exchange’s "Fall Winter 2017" campaign. The announcement was made in July 2017, along with the release of the promotional photographs on social media. The promotional video, featuring Garrix wearing the brand’s clothing and eyewear line, was released in August 2017.
In 2018, Garrix was once again an ambassador for Armani Exchange. The promotional video for the brand’s "Fall Winter 2018" campaign was released in August 2018, featuring Garrix wearing the brand’s new clothing line. His collaboration track with Loopers, "Game Over", was used for the video. The behind-the-scenes footage during the filming was also released by Armani Exchange.
Garrix became an ambassador for AXE, launched a limited-edition Martin Garrix body spray, which was launching on September 14, 2018. To promote the partnership and the product launch, AXE and Garrix released his music video for "Burn Out" in collaboration with the brand and created by AXE’s global creative agency 72andSunny Amsterdam.
In May 2016, Garrix headlined an event in Los Angeles with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization Fuck Cancer, dedicated to early detection, prevention and providing support to those affected by cancer.
In November 2016, Garrix started his India tour with a special charity show in Mumbai with over 62,000 in attendance. 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.
On 24 February 2017, Garrix was announced as an "international friend" for SOS Children's Village in South Africa, a non-profit organization that "builds families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children around the world". Speaking to Billboard, he said "it is awful that so many children around the world don't have the support of a caring family".
On 23 August 2018, Garrix posted a picture of the cover of his upcoming book MARTIN GARRIX LIFE = CRAZY, containing photographs of his career life and personal life. The photographs featured in the book were taken by Louis Van Baar. The book was released in October 2018.
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