At just 19-years old, it’s hard to believe what Martin Garrix has achieved. The DJ and producer is best known for his debut single “Animals”, which was 2013’s sound of the summer, reaching number one in the UK and Belgium, and going double platinum in the US. But far from being his biggest achievement, this only served as a springboard for his music career. Considered one of the youngest influencers on the electronic scene, he was in Billboard’s prestigious ’21 under 21’, as well as Forbes’ ’30 under 30’.
It’s just been announced that Garrix will play for 3-hours during his special New Year’s Eve gig in Dubai, and it’s clear that he’s buzzing about it. We grabbed him for a quick chat…
You were in Dubai last year with Sensation. What did you think of the city?
Dubai is insane, it’s got like a Las Vegas feel to it, this huge city in the middle of the desert. I think it’s awesome how nice everything here is and it’s really special to see all those amazing buildings like the Burj Khalifa.
Are you looking forward to coming back to Dubai?
Yeah obviously I’m looking forward to it! NYE is always a special night and to celebrate this at such a special place is great!
You’ll be playing with the Burj Khalifa fireworks in the background. How cool is that?
I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right, that’ll make for some really great photo moments.
I think it’s a misconception that a lot of people have. I don’t really get tired of it because I do understand the logic of it. I think it’s actually a compliment like you mentioned as well.
Your track “Animals” exploded all over the world. We’ve heard other DJs remixing it at the likes of Tomorrowland and Ultra. How did it feel seeing some of the most famous DJs in the world playing your track?
It’s crazy but nowadays it’s become much more common. When I heard people play it all over the world for the first time I couldn’t believe my ears, I was like, how the heck do they know my music? The funniest part about it is that I never intended for the track to become like a huge radio hit, it was meant for in the clubs, but I guess people liked it too much in the end.