Martin Garrix Talks Current Collabs & Dream Collabs
You might expect that an artist would tire of the festival circuit after a life of constant touring, but for Martin Garrix, at least, attending festivals still qualifies as a leisure activity. Garrix was spotted at the first weekend of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he briefly spoke to Billboard about which artists he saw live as well as current and dream collaborations.
The Weeknd, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Alesso and Oliver Heldens stood among the names that made it on the young DJ/producer's Coachella itinerary. "This year I'm not playing but I really love, like, the vibe, the energy, the people - and there are so many different artists," Garrix said. " I dunno, last year I barely had any time to watch other acts even though all the acts were super great, and I was like, 'I dunno, I'll just go this year and enjoy the festival."
He also spoke briefly about the creative process behind his Usher collaboration, "Don't Look Down." "He's a legend, and I had this track and I was talking with Scooter, my manager in the US about how cool it would be to have a name like Usher on the track," he explained, "and suddenly Scooter Facetimes me and he's with Usher and Usher's like 'Dude, I love the song, I wanna do vocals,' and less than a week later we were in the studio together doing vocals." Among the new material that Garrix unveiled during his recent Ultra Music Festival performance was his Tiësto collaboration, "The Only Way is Up." Aside from both tracks' titles meaning pretty much the same thing, they stand out as a unique and mature departure from the sound that made him famous.
"I've recently been in the studio with Ed Sheeran, too," Garrix mentioned. "We finished the track 'Don't Look Down.' No clue when it's gonna come out but we're really happy with the results." Seeing as how the name he gave for his Sheeran track is the same as that of his project with Usher, this could have been an accidental mixup.
Garrix also mentioned a name from his collaboration wish list. "I would have loved to work with Calvin Harris as well," he said. "The way he thinks, the way he does his sounds is… Y'know."
Check out the whole interview below: