Who is he?
Born on May 14th 1996, Martijn Garritsen, commonly known by his stage name Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ, composer, musician and record producer. He is renowned for the track “Animals,” which was a top 10 hit in more than 10 countries.
How did he get started?
His career kick started in 2012, as 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 to Spinnin’ Records in 2012, releasing “Error 404” through the label. He gained fame through his own solo release “Animals” released on June 16th, 2013 on Dutch record label Spinnin’ Records.
In December 2013, he released “Wizard” with Jay Hardway. He also collaborated with Dillon Francis, Hardwell and Afrojack. In 2014 he released “Proxy.” In 2014, he 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. 2015 witnessed more melodic songs and split from Spinnin’ Records. He released the track “Forbidden Voices” followed by the single “Don’t Look Down” featuring Usher.
In November 2015, after being split from Spinnin’ Records, the 19 year-old Martin Garrix announced he is creating his own record label. Talking about the split up, he mentioned that it was over ownership rights of his music, the major issue being his rights over his first major hit, “Animals,” which he released when he was only 17 and lacking experience in contract negotiation. He stated: “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.”
2015 ended on December 31st with Martin releasing his final track of the year which he had co-produced with Justin Mylo and 16 year old DJ Mesto “Bouncybob.”