He made it young, because he started so young.
Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known by his stage name Martin Garrix, has made a huge name for himself in electronic music. He was a main headliner at Exodus last year, spinning the main slot at Omnia – arguably one of North America’s biggest and best clubs. The crowds flocked to see this young DJ play his music and it was one of the biggest nights at Exodus. Many people are surprised by the success he’s had at such a young age, but it’s really not shocking when you get to know him a little.
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Martin was only 8-years-old when he first saw Tiesto DJing on TV at the Olympics. He had grown up with his mother playing classical piano and his father playing guitar. Upon hearing the dance music, he was instantly hooked. He started saving up for his first DJ setup and DJed for his parents’ friends, weddings, and local events. He was 13 when he had his first gig at an Amsterdam club.
In 2012, he made the dance charts with his remix of Christina Aguilera’s “My Body,” which led him to sign a deal with Spinnin Records. He spent the rest of the year working nights in the studio while living a regular teenage life during the day. It was in 2013 when Martin’s career took off with the release of the song that we all know him for.
You guessed it, “Animals.”
“Animals” hit number one on the UK charts, as well as in eight other countries. Fun fact: he had actually created the melody for that song when he was 12, and he knew he wanted to do something with it so he just kept it. (What was I doing when I was 12?)
The next couple of years marked releases with Jay Hardway, Firebeatz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sander Van Doorn & DVBBS and has worked with huge musicians, from Afrojack to Ed Sheeran.
Martin Garrix has now cemented a name for himself in the electronic music world. Just like many other artists, we are seeing his sound continually improve and evolve. 2016 has marked some new non-house releases, the start of his own record label STPMD RCRDS and a brand new deal with Sony Music International, which was signed this July.
All we can say is that Martin Garrix has an exciting future ahead of him, and we can’t wait to see where it takes the 20-year-old.
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