A couple of years ago, the majority of people involved in anything of great importance were the older, more experienced generation. However, in an ever-changing world it seems the tide has turned and the youth are now playing bigger roles in shaping the world, and this phenomenon has seeped over into the world of EDM. Dutch boy-wonder Martin Garrix was featured in a lengthy interview on BBC Radio One which was hosted by Danny Howard. Over the course of the 1 hour long program the 18 year old explained how he got his start in music, his massive success, a few of his production secrets, and his future plans.
Garrix was first inspired to become a DJ/producer at the age of 8 when he saw Tiesto performing. He explained that he started producing electronic music at the age of 11 and by the age of 15 he had done ghost production for some established artists and got signed by the age of 16. His first major hit was Animals which topped the BeatPort charts, making him the youngest person to ever hit the top spot. Another one of his songs, Wizard, was also quite successful and charted in several countries, most notably Belgium and the UK where it peaked at the number 6 and 7 positions respectively in various charts.
Garrix also releases various music under the alias GRX; mostly trap with a touch of the original big room style that he’s more well-known for. The young man is now ranked as the number 4 DJ in the world by DJ Mag; a huge accomplishment for anyone, let alone an 18 year old who has been in the mainstream for a relatively short time.
In the interview he also took time to share that very few of his tracks actually get released. He said that for every fifty tracks or so only one sees the light of day. He mentioned that he has a lot of unfinished tracks in his catalog as he generally has a hard time finishing a song. He mentioned that the actual process of coming up with a track doesn’t take him very long, but finishing it does, and it can take him anywhere from 20 to 60 hours to complete a song. Although it’s not mentioned in the interview, it’s worth noting that his production centers around Image Line’s popular DAW, FL Studio which seems to be a pretty popular choice for various EDM artists including Deadmau5 and Avicii.
As far as the future is concerned Garrix’s manager Scooter Braun said that the next step is to establish him as a producer within the pop industry – “With Martin we have a really good shot at establishing him as an overall pop producer,” he said, which might not be too difficult for his team to setup because his manager also represents Justin Beiber.
He’s yet to release a full length LP, but in the meantime he has been working with a number of high profile names including David Guetta. Guetta and Garrix were in the studio in London a few days ago where they collaborated on some tracks. In an interview with Capital FM, David said that one of the tracks is “big”. If Guetta’s prediction is true then it means Garrix, who’s enjoyed massive fame in his very young career thus far, might find that he has hit an all time career high when the track they collaborated on is finally released. We will just have to wait and see.
Garrix has been announced as one of the performers who’s scheduled to appear at the Ultra Europe Music Festival later this year alongside his mentor, Tiesto, Zedd, and a few other high caliber artists. 2015 will most likely be a big year for the young talent. You can listen to the full interview here for a limited time only. You can also watch the second episode of The Martin Garrix Show which was released at the beginning of January in the video below.