Twenty-year-old Martin Garrix (born Martijn Gerard Garritsen) is the youngest ever winner of DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs poll, in which Dutchmen dominate the top 10.
Over one million people from all over the world voted in the poll.
Garrix received the trophy from his idol, fellow Dutchman Tiesto on stage at the poll award ceremony at the Heineken Music Hall (the opening party of AMF Festival, the largest of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
DJ Martin: ‘It feels unreal to have won. ‘I’ve had an amazing year, with awesome shows and I’m so thankful for the support of the fans.’
Six of the top 10 DJs in the ranking are Dutch. Others are Hardwell (3) Armin van Buuren (4), Tiesto (5), Oliver Heldens (8) and Afrojack (10).
Garritsen learned to play guitar at age 8. In 2004, he expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2013, he graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
In November 2016, he started his India tour with a special charity show in Mumbai with over 40,000 in attendance. The charity’s purpose was to educate Indian children with the proceeds supporting the education of 10,000 children across the country.