Birthdate: May 14, 1996 (Age: 18)
Last Year’s Rank: 17
Why He’s Hot: It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Martin Garrix’s 2013 breakout hit “Animals,” which hit No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the U.K. singles chart. The dynamic production quickly conquered a competitive dance festival circuit and elevated its teenage creator into rarified air. In the span of a year, the young Dutchman has gone from unknown attendee to consistent headliner at such marquee festivals as Ultra, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Tomorrowland. Now managed by Scooter Braun (the man who also guides the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande) and collaborating with the likes of Tiësto, Hardwell, and Afrojack, the Spinnin’ Records signee is well positioned to solidify his status as one of electronic dance music’s hottest rising stars in the years to come.
Billboard's 2014 21 Under 21 List