Martin Garrix takes over the Essential Mix airwaves
At only 18-years old, Martin Garrix’s career has already surpassed that of some artists twice his age. Platinum records, main stage set times, and Scooter Braun support have established the young talent as the hottest asset in the latest wave of EDM artists. It was the anthemic “Animals” that launched him into the spotlight, but it’s his charisma and unbridled talent that have allowed him to stay there ever since. Joining Pete Tong for his first ever Essential Mix, Garrix made a clear effort to show that he’s got more than just festival house up his sleeves. Opening with Kaytranada’s remix of Flume’s “Holdin On,” the young blood weaves 2-hours of funky house and blaring big room that is destined to make his haters shudder. Where one would expect main stage banality from the kid who launched a thousand drops, Garrix’s addition to the estimable Essential Mix is mature, developed, and undeniably infectious. The first hour keeps things eclectic and diverse, throwing Ten Walls, Mat Zo, Tchami, Nora En Pure and more into the mix before he spends the second half delivering his true-to-form festival house style.