On the newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show, Garrix reveals he was inspired to make music thanks to Tiësto’s 2004 Olympics performance. The rest of the episode is then a flashback to Garrix’s 2018 South Korea visit, where he closed for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics— A full circle moment for electronic music in the main stream, indeed.
Garrix walks into one of the stadiums and sees the Olympic Flame alongside South Korean DJ and Producer Raiden, after jesting that the surrounding scenery more closely resembles Miami than a “winter wonderland.” Fans watch as Garrix rehearsed for the big performance whilst his team around him toyed with the visuals. Following his Olympic triumph, the episode ends on a happy note, with the Dutch musician and his entourage grab a celebratory bite to eat.
Toronto’s VELD Festival has announced the first phase of the event’s 2020 lineup, revealing some of the largest names in today’s electronic music landscape as headliners for the two-day event. Taking place at Toronto’s Downsview Park over August 1 – 2, 2020, Armin Van Buuren, Illenium, and Martin Garrix are among the top line talent for the festival weekend.
In addition to the headlining electronic acts, hip-hop artists Tyga and DaBaby will perform at the festival. Among the 40+ artists announced, VELD sees the return of a prominent house and techno crowd with the additions of Tchami, i_o, Camelphat, Eli Brown, among many others.
Canadian promoter, INK Events first brought VELD Festival to fruition in 2014, where the lineup was topped by steadfast artists during the boom of big-room music. Today, the event’s lineup is heavily focused around favored names in electronic music, along with rising forces in the hip-hop scene. View the full phase one announcement below. Registration for the ticket pre-sale is open here.
After garnering three official remixes, Martin Garrix’s “Used To Love” has resurfaced in a reworked format yet again, as Garrix and the song’s featured vocalist, Dean Lewis, drop off an acoustic take of their collaboration. Although a large part of Garrix’s sonic prowess derives from his characteristically momentous dance drops, each of which would be well suited for a festival’s main stage, Garrix temporarily steps away from these high-octane constructions on this stripped-down rendition.
Sustained by the poignant chords of a piano, which lend gentle emphasis to the emotive quality of Lewis’ vocals, the acoustic take is an intimate alternative approach to the lively one-off that landed in October 2019.
One of Europe’s largest beach festivals, Medusa Festival has unveiled the lineup for its seventh iteration. Located in Playa de Cullera in Valencia, the three-day event will transform the city under its 2020 theme Circus of Madness. Medusa Festival will take place August 5-10.
Apparently two of dance music’s most fawned-over figureheads are aligning. According to Martin Garrix, via an interview with South Florida’s Revolution 93.5 FM, there have been subtle, half-serious plans of a collaboration between Garrix and Zedd for nearly a decade. But only recently, as Garrix reports, he sent sent Zedd over some stems the latter found perfectly brilliant.
Garrix describes the work in progress as, “crazy, weird, different.” The two are ardently at work chiseling the impending composition. However there’s no solidified due date for the track as of yet. Though the Dutch dancefloor dynamo confirmed there’d be an eminent unveiling, with a high-in-the-sky Ultra or Tomorrowland caliber backdrop, once the duo is ready to debut it.
Garrix and his omnipresent Russian-German counterpart, Zedd, gave warrant to plenty of collaborative rumors in the last year or so, electing to wow audiences with multiple surprise back-to-back sets. One of the most notable of these was at the Echostage in Washington, D.C. last year. Zedd tweeted about a potential partnership soon after the performance. The dance music world voraciously awaits the fruits of this formidable twosome’s musical labor.
Martin Garrix takes off for Lollapalooza Berlin in the newest episode of The Martin Garrix Show, where his Anima summer tour is set to conclude. Garrix reflects on how sad he is for the tour to end, and he hangs out with fellow artists in the catering area, including previous show-frequenter Dean Lewis.
This episode reaffirms the painstaking process Garrix and vocalists go through in the making of a hit, as shown in previous episodes. Lewis tells a story about how Garrix called him a month after the final version of “Used To Love” was complete, and told him they would need to re-do the entire song. The duo proceeded to do just that, and fans get a sneak peak into how intense Garrix is when it comes to perfecting a piece.
Garrix’s production manager dubs his closing show, “the perfect ending to the perfect summer.” Lewis goes on his first private jet flight back to Garrix’s house in Amsterdam, where they will undeniably continue to perfect “Used to Love.” Watch the full episode below.
Martin Garrix heads to Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in The Martin Garrix Show. Fuji Rock is Japan’s largest music festival, per Sony’s marketing manager who speaks during the introduction of the episode. She notes that the festival typically features rock bands, but that Garrix will be playing on the Grand Stage, which is the largest stage at the festival. An electronic music artist playing on the Grand Stage is a rarity, she confirms. Garrix decides to go on early, and he and show director Gabe Fabroni rave about the show afterwards.
Garrix gives a sneak peak into an upcoming Area21 song he is working on. While in Tokyo, Garrix does press sessions, and he does a meet and greet in an Art museum, which he dubs the ‘craziest place he has ever done a meet and greet.’ Watch the full episode below.
Tiësto has released his first single of 2020 alongside 7 Skies and vocalist RebMoe. The single is titled “My Frequency,” and the catchy single is bound to make its rounds on the festival circuit.
On Tiësto’s CLUBLIFE weekly radio show, the superstar noted he was particularly excited about the release because he had sent it to fellow artists like Skrillex, The Chainsmokers, and Martin Garrix (among others), who gave him incredibly positive feedback about the track. After listening to “My Frequency,” the warm reception becomes understandable because the track will be the perfect fixture for DJ sets going into the 2020 festival season.
The single opens with poppy yet sultry vocals that keep the energy light and the mood playful. Booming bass bursts then cut into the track, yielding an intense house drop that overtakes the listener. Light notes dance in the backdrop, keeping the juxtaposition of the hard-hitting house notes and the light mood alive.