On Aug. 4 Dutch electronic/dance DJ/producer Martin Garrix will provide the soundtrack to the halftime show of the Guinness International Champions Cup Final in Miami. Ahead of his performance, Garrix participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, discussing the one word that defines his style, his hit "Animals" and why he loves performing live.
"If I'm in the studio I can't wait … to play [a new song] live and to see the crowd's reaction," said Garrix. "If you play something completely new, which nobody has heard before, and the reaction is good, it means it's a great track."
Born Martijn Garritsen in Amsterdam, Garrix set his sights on becoming a DJ at age 8 after seeing GRAMMY nominee Tiësto perform during the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2012 Garrix signed with Spinnin' Records and released his first single "BFAM" with fellow electronic/dance artist Julian Jordan. He gained wider fame with a remix of Christina Aguilera's hit "Your Body," which appeared on the deluxe version of her 2012 album Lotus. "Animals," Garrix's debut solo single, was released in 2013. The track cracked the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and currently has been viewed more than 304 million times on YouTube.
Garrix is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through October.
(Exclusive, full-length video is available to Recording Academy members at GRAMMYPro.com.)