Martijn Gerard Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), known professionally Martin Garrix (stylized as Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. He is ranked number 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for 2016. In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin’ Records, before signing with Sony Music. In 2017, he was announced as a resident DJ at Hï Ibiza.
Garrix learned to play guitar at age 8. In 2004, he expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic games in Athens. He took particular inspiration from the track “Traffic”, prompting him to download specialist software, FL Studio, and enabling him to start composing. In 2013, he graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. Garrix ghost writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public. In an interview when asked about his social class, Garrix said middle-class. He also said his ‘dream mentor’ was Calvin Harris.
Garrix was discovered by Tiësto, whom he described as inspirational, humble and legendary. He had his beginnings with the songs “BFAM” (with Julian Jordan) and “Just Some Loops”, a collaboration with TV Noise that 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. He gained 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 became the youngest person to reach the No. 1 spot on Beatport. The track 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 and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which quickly hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts. He appeared on DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJs list in 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In 2014, he appeared on DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJs list at number 4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Garrix