Martin Garrix Is Never Not Working

Global exploits lead the wunderkind DJ right back to Las Vegas

Photography by Louis Van Baar

“It kind of feels like coming home,”

Martin Garrix replies when asked about returning to Las Vegas.

We’ll take that praise, considering all of the cities that would love to claim him as their own.

When he last spoke with Vegas Seven, the then-17-year-old Dutch DJ was readying for his debut at Hakkasan, riding the success of his breakout track, “Animals.” Swipe right four years and Garrix has graduated from rising star to supergiant, hitting No. 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll in 2016, scoring a residency in Ibiza and becoming the face of Armani Exchange’s fall 2017 collection.

He also turned 21 in May.

Yes, Garrix can drink legally, but you won’t see him popping bottles in the VIP section at Omnia Nightclub Friday night. He’ll be too busy doing what he does best.

“Music is my biggest passion,” Garrix explains. “Whenever I have days off, I still have to keep myself from producing just because I love it so much.

“I feel really fortunate that I get to do what I love the most every day and see beautiful places and meet great people.”

During one of his rare breaks between performing—Garrix is always on the job; the guy is in Spain one minute, Romania the next—the artist offered a preview of his return to the Las Vegas Strip.

You’re playing Omnia on Friday night and Wet Republic on Saturday afternoon. How do you approach the two different crowds?

It’s a different vibe, for sure. Nightclubs are awesome, but it’s also really great to see people going crazy when it’s daytime. I know what track I want to start with, and which one I want to finish my set with, but everything in between is not decided. I let the crowd influence my set, so it depends on the vibe that I’m getting from them.

How do you compare an American crowd to one in, say, Romania, where you played recently?

Crowds definitely differ from each other, but that’s also really nice—even though it just seems to get crazier and crazier everywhere I go. American crowds can definitely go hard.

Who are you hoping to collaborate with in the future?

Lana Del Rey is still on the top of my wish list. I think she has one of the most unique voices out there. I love it.

What are you listening to right now?

I’m really into the new Calvin Harris album [Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1]. … Those unique sounds really inspire me.

Martin Garrix

Aug. 18, 10:30 p.m., $30–$50, Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace,; Aug. 19, 11 a.m., $50–$100, Wet Republic at MGM Grand,