Ibiza clubbing: Martin Garrix – Far from ordinary

Such is the ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality of Ibiza’s clubbing world that securing a residency on the island is no mean feat. Then to ensure that residency becomes a success is nigh on impossible – many DJs and promoters come and go in the blink of an eye from summer to summer. But one artist who knows only about success is Martin Garrix, the Dutch wunderkid who at the tender age of 22 has already headlined a high octane, four-year tenure at Ushuaïa Ibiza, with a stint at Playa d’en Bossa’s newest superclub, Hï Ibiza, in between.

That in itself may seem like a colossal achievement, but when you observe it alongside his myriad additional accomplishments, it begins to look relatively par for the course. Having achieved worldwide fame at the age of 17 with his first ever solo release, ‘Animals’, he’s gone on to top DJ Mag’s top 100 list twice, launched his own record label, supported Justin Bieber on tour, and headlined the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics – there’s no avoiding it, Martin Garrix is far from your ordinary Millennial. Nevertheless, when he’s on island he likes to relax just like the rest of us – soaking up free time with family and friends, discovering new beaches and exploring all the intricacies of this slab of Balearic rock. Even international superstars defy definition on Ibiza.

You were famously inspired to start a career in music by Tiësto. Who do you count as your musical inspirations now?
Tiësto is still one of my biggest inspirations to this day. But my musical taste has definitely developed over the years. I listen to all kinds of music from hip-hop to pop to dance. That’s also why I want my label STMPD RCRDS to be a representation of that – I want to show off all aspects of music.

Starting out so young must mean you already feel like a veteran of the scene, what advice would you give your younger self now?
Just to work hard, practice a lot and have fun, above anything!

How old were you when you first came to Ibiza – what are your first memories of the island?
The first time I came here was actually when I played Ibiza for the very first time. I think it’s about five or six years ago now. It was such a crazy experience since Ibiza has always been a very important place for dance music. It’s a milestone to play your first gig on the island.

You’re four years into a residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza, what have you learnt in that time?
It’s such an honour that we’ve been doing this for four years already. In terms of performance, the production just gets bigger and better every year. The team and I always try to improve ourselves in every way possible. I think I’ve also become more comfortable with performing in general.

Would you say Ibiza has played a part in the development of your career over the years?
Absolutely! In terms of dance music, it’s still one of the most important places in the world and also the residencies I’ve had have been super important for my career.

What does the island mean to you now?
I absolutely love it here. During the summer it’s kind of my second home because I spend so much time here. It’s always a great place to meet up with other DJs and there is just always a good vibe here.

How do you like to relax when you’re here?
I used to rent a house during the summer but this year we are flying in and out, which means I’m spending less time on the island. There are a lot of beautiful beaches and one of the best things to do is rent a car and just drive and discover new places.

What tune has had the biggest impact on your life?
Career-wise definitely ‘Animals’, of course. That was the song that changed everything for me.

If you could collaborate with anyone, past or present, who would you choose?
There are so many amazing artists on my wishlist. Pharrell is definitely one of them, but also Shawn Mendes and Imagine Dragons.

If you didn’t have to work all summer, how would you spend it?
This is a difficult one since what I do doesn’t feel like work to me. Even when I have days off, I do spend time with friends and family and relax, but I also make music. Making music is my biggest hobby. So I would say chill with friends and family, do some fun stuff, but also make music!

What are your goals for the future?
Just doing this for as long as I can! I’m currently working on lots of new music and I am busy with STMPD RCRDS. We now have a studio complex in Amsterdam where I’m working a lot with new talent and it’s amazing. There is a lot of new Martin Garrix music coming your way for sure!