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Martin Garrix Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

After performing at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert with Usher in Washington DC and then playing his residency at Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas, Martin Garrix sat down with the Huffington Post for a slightly more serious interview than usual. One of the youngest and fastest growing names of EDM's elite, Garrix took advantage of the media spotlight to discuss education and cyberbullying.

As a recent graduate of the Herman Brood Academie production school in The Netherlands, Garrix spoke passionately about the importance of a proper education. The "Animals" producer explained that even while on tour, he was intently focused on his studies.  

"What matters is encouraging my fans to focus on their education, because only an educated generation can ensure a better future."  

The two also spoke about social media, particularly the pros and cons that come with such accessible and instantaneous interaction. While Garrix pointed out the obvious benefits of being able to connect with fans, he also spoke of the occasional unwanted engagements, offering up his own advice based on his personal experience with potentially-devastating cyber bully attacks. 

"... it does get to me when I read these comments. I want my fans and everyone who is bullied to be inspired by my facing to this problem, and stay strong. We are all human beings. Using social media to hurt and destroy is callous, acted out by cowards hiding behind computers. My advice is to ignore negativity. Focus on the love around."

Garrix went on to explain that his favorite strategy for combating such negativity is posting new songs to his Souncloud, which immediately sends out messages to millions of people around the world. 

Huffington Post reporter Chaker Khazaal concluded after his interview that the young EDM sensation was genuine in his spirit and determination to "spread the beat his own way." Check out the full interview with Huffington Post here as you listen to Garrix's collab with the one-and-only Tiësto below... 

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