Martin Garrix — real name Martijn Gerard Garritsen — is a Dutch musician, producer and DJ. Born in 1996, he learned how to play the guitar when he was just 8 years old. When it comes to DJing, he has said in interviews that he was deeply inspired by Tiësto’s performance at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens. It was Tiësto, in fact, who discovered him.
After deciding to use FL Studio to help him compose, he released his first songs called “BFAM” and “Just Some Loops”. It wasn’t until his 2013 solo release, “Animals”, however, that he topped charts across Europe and the world. At this point, Garrix became the youngest DJ to reach the No. 1 spot on Beatport. He became popular for his big room sound.
In 2014, he performed at Ultra Music Festival and debuted many unreleased tracks, among them collaborations with Afrojack, Dillon Francis and Hardwell. The following year, he began playing more progressive house music and released “Don’t Look Down” featuring Usher. This debuted at No. 3 on Billboard Dance Club Songs. He had a busy 2015, also releasing a single with Ed Sheeran called “Rewind Repeat It” and a track with Tiësto called “The Only Way Is Up”. He also co-produced Avicii’s “Waiting For Love”.
Garrix received the coveted #1 rank on DJ Mag’s Top 100 Djs in 2016, the same year that he started his own label called STMPD RCRDS. He also won Best Electronic Act and Best World Stage Performance awards at the MTV European Music Awards that year.
Fast forward to today… and to start off 2017, Garrix was announced as resident DJ at Hï Ibiza. He also began touring with Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour in Australia in March. He has said that a collaboration with Justin Bieber is in the works.