Martin Garrix has risen to global stardom in pop as well as electronic circles –and yet he’s far from being done. Dance music’s freshest talent has headlined festivals around the globe, founded a label and mentored other artists and won the #1 spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 twice. His passion, ambition, drive and maturity remain unmatched in the world. The story of Martin Garrix begins at 8 years of age, in the year 2004. It was then that he first got acquainted with electronic dance music, seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on live TV. The music’s energy and drive captivated him and by his mid-teens, Garrix had taught himself how to produce and play his own songs. In 2013, he released music on Musical Freedom –his idol Tiësto’s label –and not long after, he released the track that would change everything for him.
Your single ‘Dreamer’ wherein you collaborated with a 60-year-old singer MIKE YUNG you discovered at the New York Subway. How did that come about and what has the response been for the song?
Working with Mike was so inspiring! He may be 60, but he is still young at heart. The first time I heard him was actually on Instagram, but I knew this could be something really special. So, we contacted him and he loved the idea. I’ve had some great response to the song, people love it. I think his story is a great match with the message of the song which makes it extra special.
You have collaborated with so many artists like Dua Lipa, Usher, Guetta etc. Who is your dream collaboration?
I have worked with some great people in the past few years. I would still love to work with Pharrell Williams.
You are the world No. 1 DJ for 3 years in a row. What would you say is your biggest achievement or is the ranking enough?
It is definitely a huge compliment, but I don’t see myself as the best DJ in the world. Getting that title, for me, is a confirmation that I have the most amazing fans! I am really proud of where I am today, the things I get to do, the places I get to visit and the people I get to meet. That to me is the greatest achievement. I would not have been where I am today without the great support of my fans.
Do you listen to Bollywood/Indian music? Do you have any plans to collaborate with Indian musicians in the future?
I don’t really listen to Bollywood music, but I do think it’s really interesting. The instruments they use. It’s so different! I’m always open to new collaborations!
You travel so much for work — what do you do on the flight? Sleep/ eat/ watch tv etc.?
I do a lot of work on the plane and of course sleeping! And I love playing card games.
What’s on your bucket list?
A sold-out arena tour.
If you could tell your teenage self-something – what would it be?
To continue what I was doing!
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
The best compliment is when people go crazy at my shows, it’s the best feeling ever!
What principles would you never compromise?
I will never do something if it doesn’t feel right. That can be a collaboration, a song, a performance. If I don’t think it’s right for some reason, I won’t do it! It’s important to stay true to yourself and not let money or fame get in the way of that.
Favorite international collaboration?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many amazing artists from all over the world, I can’t pick one!