Watch Martin Garrix bust out the guitar for his US TV debut
There are a few different ways dance music producers can handle a TV performance. The riskiest approach is pretending to DJ behind a vocalist, despite there being zero need for mixing between tracks. Then there’s the angle taken by David Guetta on Good Morning America in 2014, which saw the Frenchman letting Sam Martin and an orchestra do most of the work. Finally, there’s the option of picking up a “real” instrument and trying your best to not look like a DJ.
Making his US TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week, 20-year-old Dutch hitmaker Martin Garrix went with the latter approach. Garrix and rising vocalist Bebe Rexha stopped into Fallon’s show to perform their new single In The Name of Love with the backing of legendary house band The Roots. Instead of donning the headphones and working the knobs on a disconnected mixer, Garrix instead grabbed a guitar and rocked out.
Now that Garrix has ticked off The Tonight Show, he’s heading back on the road for a whirlwind end to the Northern Hemisphere festival season. The DJ is hitting the stage at Creamfields, Made In America, Mysteryland, Ultra Beach Bali and many more weekenders in the months ahead, and you can be sure In The Name of Love will be thoroughly rinsed.
Check out the performance below.