International DJ open to collaborating with local artists in the UAE
Internationally renowned DJ Martin Garrix said he ‘would love’ to come back to Abu Dhabi to potentially collaborate with artists in the region.
Speaking to Arabian Business at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he performed on Friday night, Garrix said he did not get the chance to explore the capital’s music scene during his visit, though he is likely to come back to the UAE next year.
“I would love to get to know the music scene in Abu Dhabi … Maybe one day I would work together with [artists from Abu Dhabi]. To be honest, I don’t really know the sound Dubai and Abu Dhabi has, but let’s find out,” he said.
21-year-old Garrix is EDM’s youngest DJ, having started to perform professionally aged just 16. Also a record producer, he boasts over 1.8 billion views on his YouTube channel. Last year, he won two awards at the MTV EMAs.
The DJ, who also performed at the Tag Heuer lounge at Yas Marina where he was joined by Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen, said the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the first Formula One race he has been to.
“It’s been crazy. It’s been really fun. It’s actually the first time that I got to see it in real life. I’m good friends with Max [Verstappen] and I was invited for many Formula One events, but this is the first time I could actually make it because I’m doing a show here tonight, so I was here already. It’s a completely different world than what I’m into so seeing it was really cool,” he said.
Garrix, who started making music as a hobby, said he never thought he would be doing it as a profession.
“I just like making music and I like the fact that people can feel it and I can make people dance. I was very young when I found out I like DJing, but I never thought, ‘Oh I’m going to do it as a profession.’ It started as a hobby and it still is a hobby,” he said.
Garrix said the music industry is a ‘crazy business’ and a ‘big responsibility’.
“I have 70 people working for me right now. I’m Martin Guerrix, I make the music and I do the shows, but behind every single step, we have an amazing team being part of every decision. It’s a big responsibility, but I like it and I’ve learned a lot in the past few years. I’m involved in everything. Of course I have people advising me but at the end, my father and I are the ones who make the final decisions,” he said.
Garrix left Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning to perform in Liverpool on the same day, followed by Amsterdam. He said he "might be in Dubai next year," but until then, he is working on his music so he can go into the New Year "fresh, rested and ready for a crazy year," he said.