Martin Garrix has revealed that he was inspired to pursue a career in dance music after watching Tiësto’s iconic set during the Athens Olympics opening ceremony in 2004.
Tiësto famously performed a three-hour DJ set during the athlete’s precession back in the early ‘00s when he was still very much a trance DJ.
Earlier this week, Garrix followed in his mentor’s footsteps and performed a 15-minute set during the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Speaking about his own performance, Martin Garrix said, “Playing the Olympic Closing Ceremony was extra special to me.
“I got inspired to get started with electronic music because I saw Tiësto play the 2004 Olympics in Athens,” he added. “I can only hope and dream that my performance will inspire others like Tiësto’s inspired me.”
There’s also a chance Garrix and EDM producer Kygo will be hitting the studio together after the Norwegian recently admitted he’d love to collaborate with Garrix for his as-yet-unnamed new album.