In a bit of a shocking turn of events, Martin Garrix has decided to leave Spinnin’ Records, one of dance music’s biggest labels. Citing a “difference of opinion” as the reason for his departure, what this really comes down to is the label not wanting to give the producer full rights to his work.
This news is definitely surprising, as the EDM superstar has been with Spinnin’ since the start, but apparently all attempts to get back the rights to his music have been unsuccessful. Of course, that now makes Martin a free agent, and the question on everyone’s minds is where he’ll take his talents next. While the logical step would be to start his own imprint, he hasn’t offered any clues as to what he’s planning.
That being said, the DJ did say that he’ll have some news for us during ADE, so perhaps we’ll find out in a few months. Until then, you can check out his full statement below, which was posted to his Facebook page:
Due to rumours in the music industry I think it is necessary to inform everyone as follows.
It is correct that I recently nullified/terminated my agreements with MusicAllstars Management B.V. and Spinnin Records B.V.
There was a difference of opinion between us regarding the reasonableness of the agreements. Although I enjoyed working with the Spinnin and MAS team, it was not possible to bridge our different views with MusicAllstars Management B.V. and Spinnin Records B.V.
From the beginning of this year I tried to get back the ownership rights of my music from Spinnin Records and to keep my confidence in MAS. I am extremely disappointed that the discussions have not led to a change in the agreements or return of the ownership rights, and that is why I nullified them.
With that, I close this chapter. I trust that everyone respects that I would like to leave this behind me and that I prefer not to discuss this any further.
I am working on new tracks and have an exciting new project so hopefully I can share good news with you during Amsterdam Dance Event.
Thanks so much for all your amazing support and hope to see you soon!
Tell us, what do you think Martin Garrix should do now that he’s left Spinnin’ Records?