Martin Garrix loves his fans — but they can act like “Animals” sometimes!
The Dutch deejay-producer came to fame in 2013 with his breakout EDM hit “Animals,” and he’s since become an internationally beloved mainstay in the industry. But in his native Netherlands, he’s just another guy…for the most part.
“With Dutch people, they will recognize you, but they won’t, like, attack you,” says Garrix, 20. “They might politely ask for a photo, but if I’m having dinner with my parents in a restaurant, they just let me have dinner.”
But that hasn’t been the case everywhere for the crossover musician, who is slated to perform his new single with Bebe Rexha, “In the Name of Love,” during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017 (airing Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC).
“Well, I was on the toilet — I was peeing, and someone recognized me and had his phone and was like, ‘Can I take a selfie?’ I was like, ‘Dude, are you serious right now?!'” Garrix recalls. ” I couldn’t believe it — super awkward.”
Since breaking out, Garrix (born Martijn Gerard Garritsen) has signed to RCA Records and scored a number of high-profile collaborations, including with Avicii and Usher, who was featured on his 2015 single “Don’t Look Down.”
“The biggest pinch-me moment was last year: Usher flew down to perform our song live at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, which is like the biggest electronic music festival,” he says. “Four years ago, I was there in the crowd myself, and last year when I was onstage and Usher jumped on, I was looking down at the crowd and was like, ‘What the actual f—?!’ It was really crazy.”
Still, the EDM wunderkind insists his family and friends keep him grounded in Amsterdam, where he continues to reside when he’s not touring or traveling for work.
“I grew up here. All my friends are here, they work here; my family’s here. I have my own apartment, and above the apartment I have my studio, so my friends will go to work, and I’ll be in the studio, and at the end of the day, I’ll have dinner at my parents place and afterwards we do some drinks in my apartment,” Garrix says. “With all the craziness that’s happening, it feels very normal.”