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Martin Garrix talks working with Justin Bieber, touring the world and his adoring - and tattooed - fans

By Jake Williamson

2016 wasn't a bad year for Martin Garrix. Headlining Ultra, crowned number one DJ in the world, creating his own record label, releasing ‘In the Name of Love’ which reached half a billion plays in three months and all at the ripe old age of just 20.

We asked the man currently at the top of dance music a few questions about his recent releases, his new record label and what the future holds.

Q: How does it feel to be the number 1 DJ in the world?

It’s such an honour! But it also feels weird being ranked higher than the people who inspire me like Tiesto. It has been an incredible journey so far and I can’t wait to see what’s still to come.

Q: You rocked Londonderry in September, do you hope to come back to Northern Ireland in the future?

Absolutely. I loved it there and definitely wouldn’t mind coming back.

Q: You decided to release seven songs in seven days. Was  this intented to be a mini-album?

For me it was a way of saying thank you to my fans for their ongoing support. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, so what better way to thank them than with free music.

Q: The artwork for each track by a different artist is so refreshing, how happy are you with the result?

Amsterdam seems to have some talent. I love art and we wanted to create something special for these releases. I’m so happy with the outcome of it, and so thankful that all these artists wanted to work on this project.

Q: Speaking of record labels, when can we expect to hear new talent from your own STMPD RCRDS stable? Any upcoming artists we should look out for?

For sure. With STMPD RCRDS I wanted to create a platform where artists from all kinds of genres can come together and create amazing things. No musical boundaries, no restrictions, just making music together.

I have already been in the studio with great new talents. We recently released the first track ‘Leave This Place’ of one of the artists called LIONE, you should check it out.

Q: How does it feel when the crowd love a new song you just worked on?

People at the concert went crazy for ‘WIEE’. It’s one of the most amazing feelings as a musician. I’m always excited to see the reaction of the crowd when I’m playing a new song.

Q: You’re only 20 years old and are already a role model to young producers. When, or if, the day comes you decide to hang up the headphones, would you ever like to be a young artist’s manager?

I think I will never stop working with music, it has become a part of who I am. I am really enjoying working in the studio with other artists and young talent, so maybe. But for now I feel like I just got started and I’m definitely not thinking about quitting any time soon.

Q: So many fans get your logo tattooed, how does this make you feel and if you had to get a tattoo what would you get?

It’s crazy to think that they will have my logo on their body for the rest of their lives. And for myself… no tattoos any time soon.

Q: You have been around the world this year, what is one place that made you think wow?

I have seen so many beautiful places that it’s hard for me to answer that question. But I climbed Kilimanjaro at the beginning of this year and reaching the top was definitely a wow moment for me.

Q: Would you like to do a track with your good buddy Justin Bieber? Or is a matter of being patient to get the perfect idea for the both of you?

We have been making music together, but right now it’s mostly just for fun. We have become really good friends and that friendship is the main focus right now. I can tell you that I will be his support act for the Australian leg of his tour. I’m really looking forward to that.

Q: And Lastly- a message for your fans?

Thank you so much for all your support. It’s hard to express it in words sometimes, but I appreciate every single one of you.

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