Meet Martin Garrix: Scooter Braun's Latest Discovery and Teen EDM Phenom
Most 17-year-olds have years to wait before paying cover charge at some of the biggest nightlife venues on the planet, but young EDM producer Martin Garrix is no stranger to the scene. He's practically running the show! The Amsterdam-bred phenom's hit "Animals" has just begun to crash FM radio airwaves thanks to the same folks who launched the career of another teen talent...does "Bieber" ring any bells?
Scooter Braun Projects, which geared up an EDM department last year, recently began managing Garrix. And now one of their first adventures together is the "We Are Animals" tour, a world excursion that kicked off at New York City club Pacha on Jan. 31. Garrix took a break from his travels (and his first time touring the U.S.!) to chat with us about his crazy year he has ahead.
Why he loves being on Team Scooter Braun:
Right now I'm working with some of the biggest guys in the whole world, I can't say which names yet! [Scooter Braun Projects] made everything happen with getting "Animals" everywhere on the radio. They really know what they are doing and how to build an artist. I'm really happy that I'm part of their team now.
On his talents you don't know about:
I don't only produce house music, I also produce other different genres that I don't release as Martin Garrix. [Now that I'm part of Scooter Braun Projects] I can produce for other artists that can sing or rap or do anything. I'll be the background producer with no credit; it's cool. There's so many new possibilities and opportunities.
The hardest part about juggling the high school world and the nightlife world:
It's weird because all my friends, they're working at the supermarket and stuff like that. I have a completely different job, I love to do my job; it's also my hobby, you know? The only thing that's just a little bit different for me is that I travel a lot and I don't get to see [my friends] very much. I don't have a normal life. But I'm enjoying it to the fullest! I bring a lot of my friends along with me during the shows. I also bring my parents very often with me.
On his underwhelming first DJ gig:
It was s---. It wasn't very special, it was a wedding for the friends of my parents. I just had to play the background music. It wasn't very complicated.