Martin Garrix Biography

Martijn Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), better known by his stage name Martin Garrix (stylized Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, composer, musician and record producer. He is currently ranked #3 on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs, below Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Hardwell.

Martin Garrix learned to play guitar at age 8. In 2004, Martin Garrix expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic games in Athens. Garritsen took particular inspiration from the track "Traffic", prompting him to download specialist software, FL Studio, and enabling him to start composing. In 2013, Garritsen graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. Martin Garrix used multiple aliases, among them GRX. He ghost writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.

In 2015, Garrix experimented with progressive house and started producing progressive style apart from his signature big room sound. The track was written by Garrix, James 'JHart' Abrahart and busbee. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs. In an interview with DigitalSpy in early 2015, Garrix noted that Usher is a "humble" artist and a great collaborator to whom he can direct input. Garrix also worked with multi-Grammy winner Ed Sheeran on a track called "Rewind Repeat It," which he played at Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March 2015. On 4 May 2015, Garrix released a track with Tiësto, called "The Only Way Is Up". On 22 May 2015, Avicii released a lyric video of the song "Waiting for Love" co-produced by Garrix. On July 6, 2015, Martijn released the Break Through The Silence EP with Matisse and Sadko so called "Break Through The Silence" Ft. Pete Wilde & "Dragon" Later, On 31 October 2015 he gave away a single for free called "Poison".

On August 26, 2015, Garrix made an announcement on social media regarding rumors he had terminated his agreements with the company Spinnin' Records and MusicAllStars Management in which he confirmed he was no longer working with the two companies.The cause was cited due to a "...difference of opinion between us regarding the reasonableness of the agreements." over ownership rights of Garrix's music. The major debate revolves around ownership of Garrix's first major hit "Animals," which was released when he was only 17 and lacking experience in contract negotiation. The post reads "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."

In November 2015, after being split from Spinnin' Records, Garrix announced that he is creating his own record label.

On December 31, 2015, Martin released his final track of the year which he had co-produced with Justin Mylo and Mesto "Bouncybob" for free.

On February 3, 2016, Martin completed his sixteenth single "Now That I've Found You" (originally dubbed "Don't Crack Under Pressure") with singers John Martin and Michel Zitron which was first performed at Sziget Festival back in August 2015. The track will be released on March 11, 2016, through his new label named STMPD RCRDS.

On February 20, 2016, Martin announced that his debut album will be arriving this year via Twitter after the social media platform asked some of its most notable content curators to use its new video platform to announce their big plans for 2016.
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