Martijn Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), commonly known by his stage name Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ and producer. He is best known for the track “Animals”, which was a Top 10 hit in more than 10 countries; the song has also peaked at number 1 in Belgium and the United Kingdom, and number 3 in Ireland. His single “Wizard”, produced with Jay Hardway, was also successful in numerous countries in 2014. Debuting at number 40 of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs, he is currently ranked number 4. His mentor, Tiesto, tipped Garrix to be 2016’s number 1 DJ at UMF 2015.
Garrix’s passion for music started through learning to play guitar. In 2004 he had expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing DJ Tiësto playing at the Olympic games in Athens. Garritsen took particular inspiration from the track “Traffic”, prompting him to download specialist software and enabling him to start composing. Garritsen recently finished the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. Martin Garrix uses multiple aliases, GRX is one of them. He also ghost writes tracks for other artists, despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.
Garritsen had his beginnings with the song “BFAM”, a co-release with Julian Jordan. In 2012, he won the SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year Award. Also in 2012, his remix of “Your Body” was released on Christina Aguilera’s deluxe version of her album Lotus. The song is written by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha. His track “Just Some Loops”, a collaboration with TV Noise 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 considerable 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 quickly became the youngest person ever to reach the No. 1 spot on Beatport. The track also 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, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike which quickly hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts. Garrix appeared on DJ mag’s top 100 DJs list 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In 2014 Garrix appeared on DJ mag’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 later 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 also released “Proxy”, available as a free download on Soundcloud to his fans as a gift for a great last year (2013). 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.
Early in 2015, Garrix released the track “Forbidden Voices”. On 17 March 2015, Garrix released the single “Don’t Look Down” featuring Usher. The track was written by Garrix, James ‘JHart’ Abrahart and Busbee. On 4 May 2015, Garrix released a track with Tiësto, called “The Only Way Is Up”. On 22 May 2015, DJ Avicii released a lyric video of the song “Waiting for love” co-produced by Garrix.