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Martin Garrix

Style: 

“Energetic and big.”


Best known for: 

'''Animals'.”


Tune of the year: 

Lana del Rey 'Summertime Sadness (Cedric Cervais Remix)'


Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 

“To be honest, I have no idea... and it's not something for me to decide.”


Has dance music become the new pop?: 

“Yes it has... when I listen to the mainstream radio stations I hear so many dance tracks!”


If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 

“I would be some kind of bird so I could fly. That would be awesome!”


Should DJs do "heart hands": 

I'm okay with whatever DJs like to do, if you want to throw a cake in the crowd, spray champagne, stage dive... it's cool — I understand — it's just a way to entertain the audience.”


What would be on your fantasy rider?: 

“A go-kart — so I can race over festival terrain with my friends!”


At merely 17-years-old, Martijn Garritsen AKA Martin Garrix is by some distance the youngest inclusion in this year's Top 100. At an age where most of his peers still can't enter nightclubs, the prodigious Dutch talent has already plied his trade at Tomorrowland and has had a Beatport No.1 courtesy of the infectious and undoubtedly catchy 'Animals'; a scrupulously produced tech-trance track that belies the youngster's relatively short stint in the production game. So what does he make of his newfound fame and all the hysteria that goes with it?

“You know, it's a bit strange,” he candidly admits. “On Saturday night I could be playing in Ibiza, and by Monday I'm back in school where I'm studying music production.

“It was always a big dream for me to feature in the Top 100 and I never really expected to feature this year,” he tells us. If he continues at this rate, chances are he'll be a firm fixture on the list for some time yet.