If there was a perfect specimen of the electronic dance music fantasy, it would have to be Martin Garrix. The brilliant producer checks all the boxes. He had a huge hit at a prodigious age. “Animals” was the hard-edged Dutch house hit the world craved, and at 17 years of age, he was shot to international dance stardom. He carried it well, impressed senior collaborators and peers in the studio with his poise and professionalism, and his fame only grew.
He was signed by Scooter Braun and put on tour with Justin Bieber. He began crossing over into pop radio and, even then, his story only became more compelling. A public battle with his A-list label Spinnin left him free to begin his own imprint and STMPD RCRDS has become a home to many young, talented artists across genre lines.
Twice in a row he’s been named the number one DJ in the world by fans and what makes it all the more exciting is how much fun he seems to have with everything he does. He’s an icon to artists far and wide, but he’s not unreachable. He’s an inspiration, too, and we’ve gathered here the 10 best Martin Garrix songs as remixed by the artists he inspires and has been inspired by along the way.
Martin Garrix – “Animals” (Victor Niglio Remix)
Festival trap takes bat to the Garrix breakout anthem. Niglio turns the tempo up just to slow the vibe with a halftime beat. He leaves the ticking clock intact and saves room for the amped-up synth melody, but it’s truly a remix all about the trap-ings.
Oliver Heldens gives his remix of Garrix’ “Animals” a big dose of jump off. It’s sleek, funky house with a dark sort of effervescence. It’s club ready, but accessible. A great rendition from another young peer who was out to prove himself a purveyor of taste for the next generation of dance music dynamos.
France’s dark preacher-man casts a spell on booties around the world with this devilish groove. It’s a real sophisticated kind of get-low moment. If you put this “Wizard” remix on full blast, close your eyes and let your body control your destiny, you might just find you have magical powers of your own.
No one does big festival house quite like Tiesto. He brings decades of crowd-rockin’ experience to the studio and this remix of Martin Garrix’s DVBBS and Sander van Doorn collab “Gold Skies” is like taking a shot of adrenaline to the chest. It’s got a pogo-stick drop designed to get thousands two feet off the ground and this beat won’t be ignored.
“In The Name of Love” marked a turning point in Garrix’ compositions. It was his first time playing with future pop feels, a soft and stark production that let Rexha’s vocals take center stage. The Him’s official remix leaves those sparkling tensions intact and fleshes out the rush of adoration with a bright house beat you’ll want to fall in love with.
Love is an emotional roller coaster and so is this Martin Garrix remix. Angelic harps add a heavenly touch to DallasK’s take on “In The Name of Love,” but the cutesy drop follows soon enough. There’s even a bit of trap style in store before we head back down to Earth – not that we want to come down.
Brooks mirrors the emotions of Dua Lipa’s lyrics with his remix of Martin Garrix’ hit “Scared To Be Lonely.” The song trudges open as she fights against encroaching darkness and as the song takes a hopeful turn toward the light of love, it brightens into an electro-house hook. We might be here to fight the feeling of being alone, but at least it sounds good while we do it.
Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa – “Scared to Be Lonely” (Medasin Remix)
Medasin takes his “Scared to Be Lonely” remix to the opposite side of the spectrum, pitching up Lipa’s vocal and laying it down on a lofty, romantic cloud. It’s a beacon of welcoming organ chords with a warm embrace of a hook. It has a lo-fi feel with hi-fi vibrancy. This is the swimmy feeling of first falling in love set to sound.
If you’re in the mood for a pure dance-pop hit, clear some space on the dance floor and request this remix of “There For You” on the decks. It’s high energy but easy to enjoy. It’s like bright lights hitting your face in flashes. It’s a room full of smoke going off at peak hour and it’s delightfully innocent, too.
Dash Berlin really knows how to build a mood and its take on “Don’t Look Down” brings classic progressive house brilliance to the pop crossover anthem. Guitar jangles mix with emotional builds to breath new life into a song that’s all about pushing forward. It’s the motivation you need in your corner to get that win, whatever it may be.