|Birth name||Martijn Gerard Garritsen|
14 May 1996 |
Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known by his stage name Martin Garrix (stylized Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. He is currently ranked number 3 on DJ Mag. In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin' Records.
Martin Garrix learned to play guitar at age 8. 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, FL Studio, and enabling him to start composing. In 2013, Garritsen graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. He ghost writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.
Garritsen 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 to Spinnin' Records in 2012, releasing "Error 404" through the label.
In 2013, Garrix co-released "Torrent" with Sidney Samson on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label. Garrix gained fame through his own solo release "Animals" 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. 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. 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.
In November 2013, Garrix signed a deal with Scooter Braun's Scooter Braun Projects (later School Boy Records). 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" as a free download.
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.
In 2015, Garrix experimented with progressive house and started producing progressive style apart from his signature big room sound. On 6 February 2015, Garrix released the track "Forbidden Voices" as a gift for 10 million likes on his Facebook page. In February 2015, Garrix released the single "Don't Look Down" featuring 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 DigitalSpy in early 2015, Garrix noted that Usher is a "humble" artist and a great collaborator to whom he can direct 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, 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 6 July 2015, Martin released the Break Through The Silence EP with Russian DJs Matisse and Sadko. Later, on 31 October 2015, he released a track titled "Poison" as a promotional single.
On 26 August 2015, Garrix made an announcement on social media regarding rumors 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. 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 major debate revolves around ownership of Garrix's first major hit "Animals," which was released when he was only 17 and lacking experience in contract negotiation. The post reads "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."
Martin launched his own record label called STMPD RCRDS in the first quarter of 2016. On 11 March 2016, Martin 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, Martin announced that his debut album will be arriving this 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. On 18 March 2016, Martin debuted a great part of his 2016 debut album at Ultra Music Festival, and chose to use his one-hour set to premiere ten new unreleased tracks, including collaborations with Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, Bebe Rexha and Third Party along with AREA21, a music duo believed to be Martin Garrix himself and Maejor. On 27 May 2016, Martin released his second single "Lions in the Wild" with British DJ duo Third Party. On 13 June 2016, Martin released a promotional single titled "Oops" which became the E3 2016 anthem. Martin revealed on 24th July 2016 that he is releasing 'In the Name of Love' with Bebe Rexha on 29th July 2016. This was revealed as part of a Tomorrowland interview.
On 26 July 2016, it was announced that Martin signed a 'worldwide' contract with Sony Music International. He said in the release “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.”
|2013||Dance Music Awards||Best Electro / Progressive Track||Martin Garrix||Won|||
|DJ of the Year||Won|
|Newcomer of the Year||Won|
|2014||Young Hollywood Awards||Breakout Music Artist||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music: Electronic Dance Music Artist||Nominated|||
|Choice Music: Electronic Music Dance Song||"Animals"||Nominated|
|The Buma Awards||Best International Song||Won|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||MTV Clubland Award||Nominated|||
|NRJ DJ Awards||Best Music||Won|||
|Best Live Performance||Martin Garrix||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Dutch Act||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||World's Best Song||"Animals"||Nominated|
|World's Best Video||Nominated|
|Best Male Artist||Martin Garrix||Nominated|
|World's Best Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Electronic Dance Music Artist||Nominated|
|Echo Award||Best Club / Dance Artist||Nominated|
|2015||YouTube Music Awards||50 artists to watch||Won|||
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Dance Song of the Year||"Animals"||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Electronic||Martin Garrix||Won|||
|Best Dutch Act||Nominated|
|DJ Awards||Best Electro/Progressive House||Nominated|||
|Best International DJ||Nominated|
|2016||International Dance Music Awards||Best Electro/Progressive House Track||The Only Way Is Up||Nominated|||
|Best Global DJ||Martin Garrix||Nominated|
|MTV Millennial Awards||Beat Guru||Won|||
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