[Article] Fuji Rock On-Site Report: Martin Garrix Brought About Great Turnaround From Desperate Situation | 28 July 2019

[28 July 2019]

The 2nd day afternoon of Fuji Rock Festival was hit by the worst stormy weather in its history. The pouring rain continue to fall endlessly, as if it was trying to overthrow the audience’s motivation. There’s a long line from the other side of the gate which stretches from the camp area until the GREEN STAGE. The footsteps of the audience coming back were uniformly heavy and you could saw haggard expression on their face.

Even at around 18.30 when Martin Garrix’s appearance was near, the front stage still quite vacant. There’s a lot of people who wear raincoat rushing to the place, but honestly the brown ground was still noticeable. Speaking about Martin, he’s one of the most prominent DJ in the world who get first place for three consecutive years in DJ MAG poll at the age of 23 and swept festivals around the globe as headliners. That was a frustrating sight, but considering the horrible rainfall of course it could not be helped.

There’s probably no situation more in a pinch like this. However, Martin who is a veteran did not falter. Seven minutes before opening time of the performance, the Beastie Boys “Fight for Your Right”, which had been used as BGM ceased to sound. The VJ screen was activated and when Martin’s trademark “+ x” was projected, turbulence and heavy bass sounds slowly reverberate. Four minutes later, Martin appeared with the song “Mistaken” which featured Alex Aris’s voice, and sparks popped up from the floor. The unprecedented turnaround performance that last for 90 minutes begins from here.

From the start, Martin said “Put your hands up!” to stir up the audience, dropping more and more intensely distorted tracks. Since he’s known for his DJ style where he reads the audience’s reaction and changes the setlist each time according to it, he must have sensed what the audience looking for in this time. As if to spoke out the feeling of the audience who got drenched, violent synth sounds resounds and loud cheers erupted to relieve depression. GREEN STAGE quickly heated up as most people who might feel desperate earlier were entangled by the snapping audio visual that Martin unleashed.

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[Interview] Martin Garrix: “I Came To Jump Across The Genre Boundaries” | 30 August 2019

GQ Japan, 30 August 2019

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix came to Japan in July to perform at Fuji Rock Festival ’19. Two days after the festival, I had the chance to spoke with him in Tokyo.

I = interviewer, M = Martin Garrix.

I: At the Fuji Rock Festival two days ago (July 27th), the main stage was fully packed despite the heavy rain and the audience was dancing.

M: I also enjoyed it so much. After all, I was a little bit anxious because of the downpour, but the audience’s energy was impeccable. I also love to play in a festival that mixed artists from various genres, so this time I thought again that diversity is wonderful. It was also an opportunity to come across new music.

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