It’s easy to get lost in the numbers behind Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise. From his adolescent years to the onset of young adulthood, the Dutch superstar has already set precedents and scored landmarks at every corner of the music industry. Picked up by Spinnin’ Records and subsequently backed by Scooter Braun, Martin has become one of electronic dance music’s youngest superstars, amassing a chart-topping, high-streaming musical legacy along the way. The young producer has made both Billboard’s prestigious ’21 under 21’ as well as Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, he won a MTV European Music Award for Best Electronic Act, is holding the #3 position in the DJ Mag Top 100 and has hooked up with superstars like Usher and Ed Sheeran. Not only the music scene is impressed by the talent Martin Garrix posses, world renowned brands like 7UP and Tag Heuer are lining up to collaborate with him and that while Martin Garrix’s story has only just begun.
Behind his humble attitude and encouraging smile is an artist wise beyond his years; setting a precedent for young and aspiring musicians across the globe. Martin has come a long way since DJing his parents’ parties, wandering music festivals as a fan and unofficially remixing Christina Aguilera. The young savant shows through hard work and talent. Garrix’s living testimony demonstrates that up and coming artists can realize their dream of topping global charts, scoring multi-platinum sales, and headlining festival main stages across the globe.
By the time 2013 came knocking, the bar had been set notably high, but the whirlwind success of Martin’s breakout year was just around the corner. Hitting number one in the UK charts and reaching the double platinum status in the US, “Animals” has to date garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify and over half a billion views on Youtube. Having subsequently linked up with such heavyweights as Tiësto, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dillon Francis, Sander Van Doorn and DVBBS, this who’s who of collaborators set a spotlight on Martin’s avant-garde studio prowess. Playing soundtracks to such prestigious festivals as Coachella, the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and with residencies at nightclubs like Omnia Las Vegas and Ushuaia Ibiza, Garrix’s sound has become ubiquitous around the world.
Nearly six months into 2016, the year’s ramping up to be one of the most ambituous ones to date. Martin’s releases have been strong as ever, with a hotly anticipated free download ‘Bouncy Bob’ and his single ‘Now That I’ve Found You’. The last of which simultaneously acts as the first major release on his newly founded imprint STPMD RCRDS, which launched in March. Most importantly of all, after being the youngest artist to ever grace the main stage of Ultra, Martin made history again by closing out the main stage on the first day of Ultra Miami. Premiering an astonishing array of unreleased music much like his performance of last year, Martin kicked off with his new recently released collaboration with Third Party ‘Lions In The Wild’. With a debut album fresh in the works and a summer schedule filled with every major festival worth attending, the young adult wiz kid shows the he’s at the forefront of today’s electronic music scene.