Part of the explosion of Dutch EDM DJs who emerged during the 2012-2013 season, Martin Garrix kicked off his career in a high-profile style, first landing on the dance charts with his 2012 remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body.” Born Martijn Garritsen, the then-16-year-old DJ spent 2012 remixing Aguilera, signing with Spinnin’ records, and releasing the “BFAM” single in collaboration with Julian Jordan. In 2013 he released his solo single, “Animals,” which landed on Hardwell’s mix CD Revealed, Vol. 4.
Martin Garrix may not be a superhero or a secret agent, but he does possess two identities.
A 17-year-old student by day, but when the sun goes down he can be found behind the decks in front of packed hotspots and festivals across the globe, fraternizing with electronic dance music royalty, tirelessly producing in the studio, and dropping records
Following up the success of “Animals”, his remix of Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Sander van Doorn’s “Project T” got supported by the biggest DJs around, after which his track ‘Wizard’ with Jay Hardway ascended #1 on Beatport, making it the youngest artists ever to reach the top spot on Beatport.com’s Main Chart.
“A go-kart — so I can race over festival terrain with my friends!”
“You know, it’s a bit strange,” he candidly admits. “On Saturday night I could be playing in Ibiza, and by Monday I’m back in school where I’m studying music production.
“It was always a big dream for me to feature in the Top 100 and I never really expected to feature this year,” he tells us. If he continues at this rate, chances are he’ll be a firm fixture on the list for some time yet.
“I want to show everyone that if you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what. That’s what I want to do.”