30 Apr Martin Garrix: The Sonic Dutchman
He is undoubtedly one of the world’s youngest music sensations, but Martin Garrix has only just entered the sonic landscape and the worldwide audience is poised to follow him throughout the journey.
Hailing from The Netherlands certainly helped pave the way for Garrix to be a musical prodigy. The country is known for producing some of the world’s most well known artists from pop stars to EDM, so this background only inspired Garrix to delve into music at the early age of 8 after Seeing DJ Tiesto in Athens at the Olympic Games. Before he’d even finished music school in Utrecht he was well on his way to becoming a fixture in the global DJ community.
In 2012, Martin Garrix made waves with the song BFAM, which he released together with Julian Jordan, which he quickly followed up by winning the SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year Award. But Garrix truly put his name on the map with a remix of Christina Aguilera’s Your Body, which was added to the deluxe version of her album Lotus. The song was co-produced by Max Martin, considered by many to be one of the greatest pop producers in the history of modern music, an amazing feat for a then 16-year old Garrix. The rising teen DJ then capped 2012 off with his track, Just Some Loops, which was included on the ‘Loop Masters Essential, Vol. 2’ compilation album.
If 2012 seemed like a wild ride for the Dutchman, then 2013 was meteoric, beginning with the song Torrent, which was released on Tiesto’s own label, Musical Freedom. But it was his next release, Animals, which catapulted Garrix to international acclaim. The track, which was released by one of EDM’s most noted labels, Spinnin’ Records, not only became a hit on the charts across Europe, but dominated the playlists of dance clubs around the world. The track gained the added honor of appearing on Hardwell’s ‘Released, Vol. 4‘, and made him the youngest person ever to claim the top spot on Beatport’s charts. Garrix followed up the cut with another #1 single, Project T, a remix of the original song by Sander Van Door, Dimitri Vegas, and Like Mike. These accolades placed the spotlight even further on Garrix, and an entry in Beatport’s year end list of top 100 DJs solidified his status as a DJ of note within the industry. Further proof of his rising stardom came when Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, signed him to his label.
2014 has already been quite a ride for the young DJ. Garrix introduced new music to his fans: collaborations with Hardwell, Dillon Francis, and Afrojack, to name a few. Not forgetting his core audience, he used his Soundcloud account to connect with his most ardent fans with Proxy, which they could download for free. A track with MOTi Virus (How About Now) came out later in the year, capping months of hot material that by year’s end ranked him at #4 of top DJs in 2014.
At every turn(table), DJ Martin Garrix has proven that he is no one-hit wonder. In fact, the hits are only the beginning to what could become one of the most prodigious careers in sonic history.
Check out some of Martin Garrix’s biggest hits and watch the video for Animals below!
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