Martin Garrix is in a war of words with his former label
Dance music’s most famous teenager, Martin Garrix, has split from his label and management company in a flurry of conflicting statements. Garrix – who recently ranked as the youngest person yet on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs with an income of $17 million – announced via Facebook earlier this week that he had parted ways with Dutch behemoth Spinnin Records and MusicAllstars Management.
According to Garrix’s statement, he ended the label and management deals because of a conflict over the “reasonableness” of the agreements; specifically, that Spinnin refused to hand over the ownership rights to his music.
“I tried to get back the ownership rights of my music,” Garrix wrote. “I am extremely disappointed that the discussions have not led to a change in the agreements or return of the ownership rights, and that is why I nullified them.”
Earlier today, Spinnin Records head Eelko van Kooten hit back with a statement that contradicts Garrix. “We were plainly willing to meet Martijn in his wishes to negotiate the current agreements in his favour,” Kooten wrote. “We also confirmed the transfer of ownership. Yet Martijn decided to unilaterally end the cooperation as of now. Of course we regret this decision.”
The statement goes on to (rather snarkily) mention how much the Spinnin and MusicAllStars teams enjoyed helping to guide Martin Garrix from “an unknown but highly talented artist to a world famous star,” ending by wishing Garrix “all the best in his further career”.
Garrix, meanwhile, revealed in his post that he has an “exciting new project” that he’s aiming to launch at October’s Amsterdam Dance Event; scroll down to read Garrix’s full post. Martin Garrix will continue to be represented by Scooter Braun Projects, the same manager behind pop stars like the Black Eyed Peas, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber; stay tuned for more news to come on Garrix’s next label move.