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Martin Garrix: 'My Belsonic gig was one big party'

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix hosted the biggest party in Belfast on Monday night as he performed to a sold out crowd for the fourth night of Belsonic 2017.

Thousands attended the Ormeau Park gig as Martin played hit after hit, with support from fellow DJs Don Diablo and Justin Mylo.

Revellers were in high spirits for the set - although some more than others, as one overexcited fan managed to jump on stage to try and grab a selfie with the superstar DJ.

Security was quick to remove the fan as an amused Martin carried on with the show.

Speaking to Belfast Telegraph after the massive gig, the DJ spoke of his love for the NI audience.

Martin Garrix performs on stage at Belsonic in Ormeau Park on June 19th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

How would you describe your Belsonic gig on Monday night?

One big party!

You've performed to audiences all over the world - what makes a great crowd?

Just the energy from all the people. Music is such a beautiful thing and can unite people from all over the world. Every crowd is different and great in their own way.

Can you tell us about some of your more memorable gigs and what made them stand out?

There are of course some festivals or venues that I’ve visited myself before or that are just a really big deal like Ultra, Coachella, Tomorrowland. But honestly I love every single show that I do.

The DJ lifestyle must be very hectic - how do you stay focused?

I can sleep anywhere so that definitely helps! I have a team around me that make sure that I get enough rest and honestly my love for music keeps me focused at all times.

Artists like Tiesto are obviously a big influence for you - who else would you say you look up to?

Tiesto has inspired me to do what I’m doing right now, but there are a lot of artists who I look up to. For example Pharrell Williams who is just a genius when it comes to producing.

Who would you love to work with in the future?

Pharrell Williams for sure!

With electronic music becoming more mainstream do you think this has influenced your music?

I try to not think in genres or boxes when it comes to music. I make whatever I like and get inspired by so many different things.

What are your thoughts on the dance music scene in Northern Ireland?

I’m actually not very familiar with it, but I would love to hear some good artists from there!

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