Martin Garrix’s breakthrough hit ‘Animals’ turns 5 years old

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He was only 17 when he released the track, but already, Martin Garrix is a proud father to a school-aged production, with his seminal anthem ‘Animals’ now turning 5 years old today! Martin’s success story since that day has been the stuff of fairytales, playing main-stages of festivals worldwide, but cast your mind back to the summer of 2013 and the moment this huge track dropped.

Supported by Martin’s fellow Dutch DJ, and mentor, Tiësto, the trance legend played the track on his ClubLife radio show, with many EDM superstars soon also picking the track up and playing it out in their live sets, something Garrix is still grateful for to this day, adding:

I spoke with Tiësto on Skype, and sent him all of my stuff. He’s one of the coolest and nicest guys I know in the whole industry. He’s really laid back. He doesn’t really care that much about what people think and that is very typical of being Dutch.”

With the track hitting the #1 spot in the charts worldwide, ‘Animals’ soon went platinum, with Martin going on to win DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs award in both 2016 and 2017. Now the head of his own label, STMPD RCRDS, Martin has played at huge events like Tomorrowland and Ultra, as well as headlining his own ADE nights, and holding down a residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza.

Famed for huge hits like ‘Scared To Be Lonely’ with Dua Lipa, and ‘Lions in the Wild’ with Third Party, the mighty ‘Animals’ was where it all started for Martin Garrix, and you can relive the track below!

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.