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Former Laredo man finds worldwide fame as DJ

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Martin Garrix performs at World Dance Music Radio Awards in Mexico City, on March 29, 2017.

Edwin Villanueva, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

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YouTube star and former Laredo resident Martin Garrix never thought one day people around the world would know who he is.

“When I was 16 I did Animals, my first single. But I never thought I would see so much support from a lot of people,” Garrix said.

It has been the most amazing experience of his life, he said, adding he has been a big inspiration for some of his followers to create music just like his.

“I never imagined that I would get recognized around the whole world. Every country, every state has shown a lot of support towards my work and career,” he said.

This reporter knew Garrix, who was his neighbor when they lived on Okane Street, from 2001 when Garrix was 5 years old until he returned to Europe in 2005. His real name is Martijn Garritsen, born in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

Garrix, who was full of funny stories and always smiling during an interview on Skype, said he has become a global impact for the DJ community and for the music industry as well. This global impact has affected people around the world with pyrotechnics and lights following the rhythm of the music, he said.

“I love the way my tours impact people and how much energy fills every stage. When (fans) start jumping and dancing it fills me with joy realizing how much they really love and enjoy my music,” Garrix said.

He added he liked the pyro-techniques and the lighting of the stage.

“Every time I hit the drop of the music the pyro-techniques and the lighting light up the stage and the view it’s just amazing,” Garrix said.

Garrix has over 13.7 million followers on Instagram, 7.4 million on YouTube, 8.2 million on Twitter and 14.9 million on Facebook.

Fans from all around the world gather to see Garrix perform on his tours, he said.

“My fans have shown me a lot of support, from my very start all the way to my career of DJing. I never imagined I would see this day coming. I went from a little kid to become a great superstar in the music industry. It is incredible. This is a dream come true,” Garrix said.

Liliana said she is one of Garrix’s biggest fans. She said she has followed Garrix since the day he released his first single and has gone to all his shows and tours, she said.

“I’m always updated on where Martin Garrix’s next show is and how I can get there. Also, on the singles he releases every time he makes a new song,” Liliana said after being contacted through Instagram.

Sophia is another of Garrix fans. She said she is an energetic person that likes dancing a lot. She always gets happy when she gets to see Garrix perform live at his shows, she said.

“I love the way Martin Garrix illuminates the sky and the stage with his pyro and the lighting of his music when he’s up on the stage,” Sophia said through Instagram.

 

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