Coachella Interview: Martin Garrix Plays Ping Pong and Talks Life As a Teenage Megastar

The Fuse/Vevo House at Coachella is flowing today with great tunes, better than perfect weather, and a bunch of familiar faces — like 17-year-old electronic music phenomenon Martin Garrix. The teenage prodigy is fresh off of putting on a killer performance, and we got a chance to find out what he does when he isn't performing for thousands of Coachella attendees. Get a quick look into the life of the kid in the forefront of the EDM empire.

Where was your mind at on Friday when you hit the Coachella stage for the first time?
From beginning to end, I was really nervous. The crowd was super packed in the tent, but there was no turning back at that point [Laughs]. As my intro was playing, I said, “What’s up Coachella?” and the energy of the crowd gave me goose bumps. From that point, I just started doing my thing. The best thing was when I looked back and saw Paul McCartney standing there giving me a thumbs up. I ended it with my new single, and everything really worked out how we wanted it. The whole team, including Chris Kuroda who does Phish’s lighting, helped to put on an amazing show.

For a 17-year-old you are on top of the DJ world. How did it all start?
For me, it was seeing Tiesto at the Olympics. I wasn’t there myself; I watched it on TV. It was the first time I really got in touch with electronic music. I started off playing the Spanish guitar, and then I bought CDs and compilations. A couple of years later I saved up enough money to buy my own DJ set, and got recognized by a few labels after messing around with it for a while. I teamed up with Spinnin’ Records and Scoot Braun’s music artist management to end up where I am now.

How do you manage school on top of playing shows for thousands of people on the regular?
I attend a special academy school for producers and musicians that gave me the chance to do a lot of schoolwork while being on the road. Thankfully, I’ll be graduating in two months.

What do you like to do for fun as a regular 17-year-old?
I really just like making music and being with friends. The party life at the festival was pretty cool, too [Laughs]. I’m flying my parents and sister in for next weekend. We’re big fans of Flume, but I won’t be able to see him since we’re on at the same time.

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