Martijn Gerard Garritsen (Dutch, born 14 May 1996), known professionally as Martin Garrix (stylized as Mar+in Garri×), is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician from Amstelveen. He was ranked number one on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin’ Records, before signing with Sony Music. In 2017, he was announced as a resident DJ at Hï Ibiza. Garrix also writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public. Garrix was born as Martijn Gerard Garritsen on 14 May 1996 in Amstelveen in the Netherlands. He learned to play guitar at age 8. In 2004, he expressed interest in becoming a DJ after seeing Tiësto perform at that year’s Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens. He took particular inspiration from the track “Traffic”, prompting him to download specialist software, FL Studio, and enabling him to start composing. In 2013, he graduated from the Herman Brood Academy, a production school in Utrecht. In an interview when asked about his social class, Garrix said middle-class. He also said his ‘dream mentor’ was Calvin Harris.