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Every Song At Once? OTB's Martin Garrix Interview

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Monica Uppal

Not another Martin Garrix article; sorry folks! With the online fad of accentuating the seemingly overnight success of this young lad, I became upset with how articles or blogs that were written completely disregarded his music aesthetics. Sure, if you don't agree with an individual's music, critique the music, not unnecessary entities such as their image and etc. I decided to ask Mr. Garrix for an interview to fully understand who he is, and allow him to showcase himself, and enable music listeners to form an knowledgeable opinion about his music with all facts presented. Before divulging into an interview I am going to rant for a little, then showcase my interview with Mr. Garrix, and then after I will form my own opinion of him with some advice.


Here Is The Rant:

So why did I decide to interview Martin Garrix? It's simple, I am disgusted that our current generation, which has the highest number of college educated individuals, formulates opinions about any topic (Martin Garrix in this case), based on other individual opinions and non-pertinent topics such as image. It disgusts me that instead of understanding an artist, judgement is created by solely reading another person’s article or blog post without research. I wanted to break this trend; the trend of how ideas throughout politics, music, movies, etc. are diluted because of gibberish; I read all the blogs, all the articles, all the background information on Mr. Garrix, and utilized my formal education in music theory to formulate an opinion. I simply did not read another article posted about him on this site, which I respect the opinions of my fellow writer, and simply say I agree with him because I write for the same blog; yet instead, I respected his opinion, took it into consideration and formulated my own ideas. Conformity is something we must deviate from; we all have brains, lets use it. One of the major downfalls of this generation is that we rely on other entities to formulate our opinions with lack of research; in addition, when opinions differ, instead of defending opinions with facts and respect, vulgar language and nonsense is spat out. Its ok to dissent about topics. Hell I know people will not agree with me and I want them to disagree, it opens up forums and allows for different perspectives to been seen; however, the difference is that if you differ in opinion and do decided to write something, present valid points pertinent to the music and be respectful of my ideas or anyone else's opinions. On that note, enjoy the interview. 10454161_740414182668105_2773261380058572882_o

OTB's Martin Garrix Interview:

OTB: Crowds and fans forget that you're still a teenager; how do you balance the everyday struggles of a teenager with the professionalism of the music industry? Is it overwhelming? Do you still experience the same problems "normal" teenagers face? If so what are some of the obstacles you overcome daily? MG: I have a great team surrounding and supporting me during my tours and everyday life. Besides that, I try to spend as much time as I can with my friends and family when I’m at home, doing things teenagers do. OTB: What is your ideal day like? MG: Sleeping till at least noon (sleeping is my hobby haha). Having breakfast with my fam, and then heading out for a couple of hours in the studio. After my studio time I would meet up with my friends and just relax. OTB: What made you want to become a DJ? What would you be doing if you weren’t a DJ? MG: I saw Tiesto playing at the Olympics in 2004, and from that moment on I knew I wanted to become a DJ. If I wouldn’t have been a DJ, I would be a different kind of musician I guess. OTB:  In your interview with Spinnin TV in 2013, you stated you started Dj-ing around 10 years of age and played for your parents friends party and etc. What made you fully divulge into Dj-ing rather than playing physical classical instruments such as piano, guitar, etc. Do you think those classical instruments impact your track constructions? MG: Yeah they surely have been an influence in my productions. I sometimes start with a melody on my Spanish guitar. OTB: In electronic music, there is a variety of sub categories, dubstep, house, trance, etc. What do classify yourself under and why? MG: Just Electronic Dance Music, maybe Big Room. It’s a wide term for the dance music I produce. Don’t want to put myself in boxes of sub categories. OTB:  Of course you are inspired by a variety of electronic music artists; which artists are they and why? MG: Tiesto, Dillon Francis, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Disclosure. OTB: Outside of this genre, what other artists inspire you? How and why? MG: Artists like Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding (love their voices). I look up to Pharrell as well, such a great producer and top of the bill artist! OTB: By attending a formal education institution that prepares you to produce quality music, do you see yourself continuing a career in electronic music or do you see your interest in the future swaying from this genre? MG: This is what I love doing, if possible I will do this all my life. OTB: You stated in 2013 in your live interview with Spinnin TV that you have a love for hip-hop. Do you see a potential collaboration with a hip-hop artist, if so, who and why? MG: Yeah I love hiphop, if I could pick any collab I would choose Pharrell. OTB: What is it like to see veteran producers, for example Sander van Doorn, deviate from their traditional style and move towards creating and playing out mainstream tracks? MG: I think every artist goes through changes during his career. It’s good to experiment and develop. OTB:  Do you think you will ever deviate from your musical aesthetics for mainstream populations, or do you think you will stay true to your musical visions? MG: I will stay true to my sound and what I stand for. My love for good music is too big to deviate from my aesthetics. OTB: Being so young, do you ever realize the impact your music has on large masses of crowds? Have you ever had a “Holy sh*t this is MY LIFE pinch me moment”; if so, when was that? MG: I have a lot of these moments (haha). Playing Ultra Miami and Coachella for an example. Or the first time I heard a DJ colleague playing ‘Animals’. OTB: The same goes with friends; is your group of friends older, younger, or the same age? MG: It differs, in the dance scene most of my friends are older. But my friends at home are mostly at the same age as I am. OTB: Do people you used to know prior to being famous treat you the same now that you are famous? Does that impact your social group or music? MG: Yeah my close friends treat me the same, I love that. Some people act different now, but I don’t really care. That’s the way things like this go I guess. OTB: Being a teenager, how do you react to large massive events? What part of your set do you live for and makes you the most excited? MG: I love every part of my sets. It’s just amazing to stand in front of the crowds all over the world and play your music. The energy level is so big, it gives me a lot of adrenaline. OTB: What has Spinning Records done for you as an artist? MG: Spinnin’ Records gave me the chance to release my first tracks and supported me from the beginning. I am very thankful for their guidance and support. OTB: Where you ever overwhelmed about the frequency of plays “Animals” was given versus your other works? Are you upset or flattered by how much that track has been played? MG: Yeah it still feels unreal. Of course I was very excited, I had the feeling that the track had the potential to become a hit, but I never expected it to blew up this big! OTB: What track do you think will be your new “Animals”, and why? Is that a good thing or bad thing in your eyes? MG: Hard to say, I hope every track I am releasing will become as big as Animals, don’t know if that’s a realistic hope though (haha)! There are a lot of really cool tracks ready to release, so stay tuned! OTB: With the ongoing problems occurring in the world today, how do you think EDM music can alleviate some of the pain, struggles, and confrontations? MG: I think EDM and music in general can beautifully unite people all around the globe. It’s amazing to see all these people on every continent with the same love for music, great thing! OTB: You have done so many different collaborations. Do you like those more than producing music on your own? MG: I like working with other artists, it’s inspirational. But I love producing my own music too, it’s great to create something that’s your very own. OTB:  What do other artists bring to the table that makes you choose to work with them? Or does spinning just put you all together? MG: There has to be a good vibe between me and the other artists. That’s where it all starts, you have to bring out the best in each other and also communicate on the same level. Besides that, you need to have a feeling with each others sound. OTB: Describe your relationship with Dillon Francis, both professional and personal? Why have you consistently done collaborations with him and performed on stage with him a lot? What aspect of his style appeals to you? How do you both mesh your music and agree on ideas? MG: We are really good friends, got mad love for him and we just have constant fun together! What more can I say? OTB: With the performance you have at Nocturnal, what feelings and emotions do you want fans to walk away with? MG: Excitement, happiness, adrenaline! OTB: What do your parents and family have to say about your music and the culture of EDM? MG: They are really supportive, they love what I am doing. I try to bring them with me on tours as much as possible. OTB:  Besides music, what are some other hobbies you part take in? MG: Wind surfing and sleeping. ;-) 10517923_746309155411941_3908266024846070168_o

My Opinion on Martin Garrix and His Music:

I am not going to lie, when I want to rage I do like to throw some of Mr. Garrix's music on and throw my hand in the air and go cray cray; honestly who doesn't? And like Martin, I am a HUGE fan of Lana Del Rey (to the point where I cry when I see her) so I appreciate his tastes. So yes I am impressed that Mr. Garrix at such a young age has achieved so much and has learned so much; however, I was unimpressed with my interview with him. It was very short and non informative; walking away from this I really did not know who the real Martin Garrix was. I wanted to understand how the Spanish guitar helps him makes melodies or how the love of hip hop affects his music. It was unfortunate that I was not able to receive that information. As for the music, I have to hand it to Mr. Garrix, love it or hate it but fact is it is, Animals is one of the most played EDM songs. Yes its redundant, but people love it. I personally saw Mr. Garrix at Coachella and watching the crowd jump to a song that they had familiarity to allowed some unison to occur; its like when artists like Lady Gaga or Britney Spears play one of their top hits and the crowd goes crazy. Mr. Garrix is a crowd pleaser; he is an artist that knows how to literally throw a good party. But I wish I had more information to formulate an opinion about his musicality.

Future Advice for Mr. Garrix:

Mr. Garrix I wanted to say thank you for the interview; however, open up. Maybe when you play at Nocturnal some time during the entirety of the festival we could meet up, have a drink or two, hang out at my campsite, and I can possibly get to know you and your music more. People, including me, want to know what influences your music and how it does. I formulated so many questions that were not answered and that is fine; but people wanted to know some of  the answers like: Are you working on an album? If so what is your new inspiration?, How does it feel to do a collab with someone literally 20 or 30 years older than you, and someone who's been in the game potentially since before you were born? Even better, what does it feel like to have such seasoned veterans, like Chromeo, to open for you? Do you take the problems that occur in the world  into consideration when producing and creating your music? If so, how? We want to know things that are not easily found on a wikipedia page; rather we want to know something that brings a new element to your music. Also, having interviews is a great way to bring awareness to a cause. Artists like Bono, use their popularity to showcase their stance on some issue facing the world. Yes its amazing you play music at large venues and large crowds; however, maybe make more of an impact on humanity with the success you have attained. With the large problems in the world that are occurring, its amazing how individuals like yourself can make a large difference. A lot of children are in poverty, starving, and dying; there is a war going on. By bringing awareness to this side of the world could raise a lot of money as well as awareness and could possibly save thousands of lives. Once again thank you Mr. Garrix; I hope I was respectful enough and thank you to readers for reading the entirety of the post. These are simply my ideas and opinions and feel free to dissent. 10553872_750318211677702_8466287356706267093_o