One of the juiciest insights we had this year into the behind-the-scenes workings of the music industry occurred when Dutch prodigy Martin Garrix went public over his dispute with the dance music empire that helped elevate him to fame. In August, Garrix announced he was splitting with Spinnin’ Records following a dispute over ownership of his music, with it later emerging that he was taking legal action against his former manager and label. However, this week Garrix has gone public again with the announcement that he has “withdrawn proceedings.”
“As a result of further negotiations, Spinnin’ Records has transferred ownership rights of my music back to me, which was the main goal of the summary proceedings,” Garrix said in a statement, confirming the label would retain the exclusive license to release his earlier music.
However, it was implied in the statement that further issues remain unresolved for the moment. “The remaining differences of opinion between parties will most probably be subject of further legal proceedings. In the meantime, parties will keep trying to resolve this matter amicably.”
Back in August, Garrix said that he was inspired to speak out on the specifics by what he refers to as “rumours in the music industry.”
“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.”
Further fueling the notion that the split was less than amicable was the statement that followed shortly from Spinnin’ Records CEO Eelko van Kooten, which cast doubt on Garrix’s claims. “We were plainly willing to meet Martijn in his wishes to negotiate the current agreements in his favor. Hereby we also confirmed transfer of ownership. Yet Martijn decided to unilaterally end the cooperation as of now. Of course we regret this decision.”