Martijn Garritsen (born 14 May 1996), known by his stage name Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ/producer signed to Spinnin' Records. He is best known for the track "Animals", which was a Top 10 hit in more than 10 countries; the song has also peaked to number 1 in Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Martijn's passion for music started at the age of 4 when he was learning to play the guitar. He decided he wanted to become a DJ in the year 2004 at the age of 8, while watching the DJ, Tiesto, playing at the Olympic games in Athens. He was inspired in particular by the track "Traffic" and downloaded a program and started making music. Martijn goes to a special school for producers: The Herman Brood Academy, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2012: Early career
He had his beginnings with "BFAM741", a co-release with Julian Jordan another artist signed to Spinnin' Records label in "BFAM". In 2012, he won the Nightlife Award during SLAM! FM DJ Talent of the Year Award. Also in 2012, his remix of "Your Body" appeared as "Your Body (Martin Garrix Remix)" on Christina Aguilera's Deluxe version of the album Lotus. The song is written by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha. His track "Just Some Loops", a collaboration with TV Noise appeared on the compilation album Loop Masters Essential, Volume 2.
In 2013, he co-released "Torrent" with Sidney Samson on Tiësto's Musical Freedom label. Garrix gained considerable fame through his own solo release "Animals" released on June 16, 2013 on Dutch record label Spinnin Records, becoming a hit in a great number of charts in Europe, and quickly became the youngest person ever to reach the #1 spot on Beatport. The track also appears on Hardwell's album Hardwell presents 'Revealed Volume 4'. On September 30, 2013, Garrix released a remix of "Project T" by Sander Van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike which quickly hit #1 on the beatport charts.Garrix appeared on DJ mag's top 100 DJs list 2013 as a new entry at number 40. In December 2013 he released "Wizard" with Jay Hardway, the song has peaked to number 6 in Belgium and number 17 in the Netherlands.