Martin Garrix responds to Spinnin’ Records’ statement, claims he is ‘freed’
The ongoing battle between Spinnin’ Records and Dutch superstar Martin Garrix doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Spinnin’ Records released a statement only a week ago that alleged Martin Garrix breached his contract with them, which was intended to play out until at least July 1, 2017. In the press release, the imprint explained the situation from their point of view, even mentioning that attempts at re-negotiating the contracts went awry. Now, a handful of days after Spinnin’ brought fourth a statement to the media, Martin Garrix has done the same.
Further legal proceedings will be initiated by him, not the label or Music All Stars Management, Garrix has indisputably stated. He goes on to say that his legal team will be releasing another statement in the coming weeks with further details surrounding the eventual court proceedings. Ending with an interesting bit of information, Martin Garrix remarks that he has “granted Spinnin’ a 7 year license on music previously released by Spinnin,” and that it’s “nothing more than a manner to safeguard – without litigation – the availability to all of you of my existing music.”
If the initial statement by Spinnin’ Records holds true, it seems that the Dutch label will still have the legal right to distribute his previously released music until 2023 – a negotiation that recently took place. Read the full press statement below.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans for their support and I wish everyone 2016 full of love and great music!
With reference to the statement that Spinnin’ Records’ issued a couple of days ago regarding my termination of the management agreement with MAS and my artist agreement with Spinnin’, I feel the urge to set the record straight on a number of things that are stated.
Spinnin’s statement is – to say the least – one sided and in any case incorrect in some respects.
Don’t be misled: further legal proceedings are initiated by me, not Spinnin’ or MAS, and the main object of those proceedings is to ask the court to confirm that I have rightfully terminated and nullified my agreements with Spinnin and MAS. If the court follows me in this it will be Spinnin and MAS who will have to compensate me and not as they now suggest the other way around.
My lawyers have issued a writ on 23 December 2015 and will release a more detailed statement in a few weeks setting out the details of the proceedings and the grounds for the nullification of the agreements with Spinnin and MAS.
For now, I only want to have said that Spinnin’ and MAS’ statement confirms yet again that it was absolutely the right decision for me to end my relationship with them. I really feel freed and relieved that I am as of now the rightful owner of all my music and that I can release it when, where and with whoever I want.
After getting back my music ownership rights under the pressure of the summary proceedings I have granted Spinnin’ a 7 year license on music previously released by Spinnin’, with revised conditions in my favour. This 7 year license is nothing more than a manner to safeguard – without litigation – the availability to all of you of my existing music and the music made by me in collaboration with other artists signed by Spinnin’.
I have a great team supporting me as always and with whom I can start the new year full of trust and confidence, with more new releases for all my fans and supporters.