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How Martin Garrix became one of the highest paid DJs at 21-years-old

Martin Garrix was listed as one of the top 10 highest paid DJs in the world just last week. He earned his #9 spot on Forbes after a monster year performing 116 shows.

His current net worth is $16 million, which isn’t too bad for a 21-year-old.

He’s been doing music for a long time and learned to play the guitar at just 8 years old. Growing up he always looked up to Calvin Harris but admitted he never thought he could make his music a career.

🔥last night

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It wasn’t until he saw Tiesto perform at the Olympic Games in 2004 that he decided that he wanted to be a DJ. Martin said,

“It was never the intention to chase a career in the music industry, that kind of happened as a surprise. I had all these melodies. But they always stayed on my guitar, and if I wanted to show someone, I had to get the guitar and play it to them.”

Even though Martin Garrix had a crazy schedule he still managed to graduate high school in all honors classes.

He has gained his fame when he released his track “Animals” on 16 June 2013.

To this day it’s one of the biggest electro songs of all time with almost half a billion views on Youtube.

He became one of the youngest artists to ever reach the No. 1 spot on Beatport.

In 2014 Martin teamed up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to make their new single “Tremor”.

Most recently, Martin performed at Tomorrowland which is one the biggest festivals in the world with a crowd of 185,000 people.

Establishing himself on top at 21-years-old, he still can’t believe how this all came together. He said in the past,

“I want to show everyone that if you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what. That’s what I want to do”.

He is currently finishing a tour with 16 shows left. His next stop is Creamfields, UK.

wow.. just wow.. thank you @tomorrowland

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But more importantly than that, he’s living the life.