After 2016, Dutch prodigy Martin Garrix have done history by being the youngest DJ, with only 20 years-old, to reach the top of the top 100 of DJ Mag (British magazine), in 2017, returns to gain prominence for winning this title for the second time in a row.
Garrix received the award from the hands of French superstar David Guetta and consecutively ended up superior to Guetta and other big names in the electronic music industry, who also clearly wanted to win, such as Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tiesto. At this moment, the young Dutchman has as many titles as Hardwell, the legendary Paul Van Dyk and the experienced Paul Oakenfold, missing 1 title to tie with Tiesto and 3 titles to tie with Armin Van Buuren.
Since the release of the track “Animals” in 2013, Martin Garrix’s rise has been extremely meteoric and unstoppable, and with all that has been going on throughout 2017, it is proved that the Dutchman has a lot of versatility in relation to musical production, performs shows of another world and consecutively shows that the assignment of “Number 1” in 2016 wasn’t in vain.
This year, Martijn Gerard Garritsen, in addition to having bet heavily on his main project Martin Garrix, gave attention to other artistic names, which includes AREA21, YTRAM and GRX.
2017 isn’t over yet and can already be considered a huge year for Martin Garrix, a year full of great releases that have had and still have much success, and were very well accepted, ranging from the progressive house of “Pizza” to “Forever” (recently released), the future bounce of “Byte” with Brooks and the more commercial side of the future bass through the hits: “Scared to be lonely” with the British singer Dua Lipa and “There for you” with the Australian singer Troye Sivan.
Under the name AREA21, which is the duo with American producer Maejor, he released the song “We Did It,” a fusion of future bass, hip-hop and trap. With the stage name YTRAM, first used on stage STMPD Records, in Belgium’s Tomorrowland, Garrix explores the deep and tech house genres. Through GRX, Martin joined forces again with Brooks, and the final result is brilliant because “Boomerang” (long-awaited and recently released music) is a very complete and detailed track composed of various elements of progressive house and big room.
Concerning the performances, the quality of Martin Garrix on stage is something unquestionable, because he has a good presence in it, characterized by his technique, dynamics, good preparation and careful selection of the used songs. The Dutch DJ/Producer, at this moment and with the status he has, is performing practically in all corners of the world, in which the following festivals/spaces clearly stand out: Tomorrowland (Belgium), Ultra (USA, Africa, Mexico and Japan), EDC (USA and Japan), Coachella (USA), Creamfields (England), BigCityBeats World Club Dome 2017 (Germany), Untold Festival (Romania), Lollapalooza (Brazil, Argentina and Chile), Hi Ibiza and Ushuaia Beach Hotel (Spain), Purpouse Tour with pop star Justin Bieber, among many others.
Regarding the label STMPD Records (label of Martin Garrix), created in 2016, Martin took a big step, insofar as the label acquired and inaugurated its recording studio in Amsterdam, thus creating a platform where musicians, writers and producers around the world can create a lot of music.
2017, in addition to have been a great year in terms of music itself, was also a year of good performance in other areas, good actions and attitudes, and positive results. The young Dutch producer was part of the documentary “What We Started”, which chronicles 3 decades of electronic music based on the careers of Martin Garrix and Carl Cox, with the presence of Erick Morillo, Moby, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Afrojack, Tiesto, Usher and Ed Sheeran.
The name of Martin Garrix also came to be associated with fashion through the Armani Exchange, which requested the services of the prodigy for the autumn collection of 2017.
Judicially, the Dutch producer also won the case, which had been dragging for about 2 years, against Spinnin Records and MusicAllStars, which concerned copyright of songs and contractual reasons.
In addition to be a great artist, Martin Garrix is also a great person and is associated with various acts of solidarity, supporting SOS Children’s Village (South Africa), which builds families for orphans, abandoned and vulnerable childrens, and associating his name to War Child to raise money for the purpose of helping young people in various areas of conflict.
For all the fans of Martin Garrix, especially the Portuguese crowd, after the artist has passed through the EDP Beach Party in June and Meo Sudoeste in August, the DJ/Producer is back on the Portuguese territory to attend the Web Summit, which takes place in Lisbon (at the Altice Arena) on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of November!
Written by: Jorge Azevedo