Martin Garrix Fires Back At Spinnin’ Records After “One Sided” Press Statement

6 January 2016, 11:38 | Updated: 6 January 2016, 11:49

Martin Garrix

The DJ has continued his war of words with his former record label.

Martin Garrix has hit back at Spinnin’ Records after their widely-publicised split over ownership rights to his music.

The DJ has released an official statement via his PR agency responding to a similar statement from Spinnin’ Records last week – which he has called “one sided” and “incorrect”. 

The record label claimed that Garrix had breached his contract after he took to Facebook to announce the split last summer – and that they deserved compensation.

Read Martin Garrix’s full statement below:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fans for their support and I wish everyone 2016 full of love and great music!

"With reference to the statement that Spinnin’ Records’ issued a couple of days ago regarding my termination of the management agreement with MAS and my artist agreement with Spinnin’, I feel the urge to set the record straight on a number of things that are stated.

"Spinnin’s statement is – to say the least – one sided and in any case incorrect in some respects. 

"Don’t be misled: further legal proceedings are initiated by me, not Spinnin’ or MAS,  and the main object of those proceedings is to ask the court to confirm that I have rightfully terminated and nullified my agreements with Spinnin and MAS. If the court follows me in this it will be Spinnin and MAS who will have to compensate me and not as they now suggest the other way around.

"My lawyers have issued a writ on 23 December 2015 and will release a more detailed statement in a few weeks setting out the details of the proceedings and the grounds for the nullification of the agreements with Spinnin and MAS.

"For now, I only want to have said that Spinnin’ and MAS’ statement confirms yet again that it was absolutely the right decision for me to end my relationship with them. I really feel freed and relieved that I am as of now the rightful owner of all my music and that I can release it when, where and with whoever I want.

"After getting back my music ownership rights under the pressure of the summary proceedings I have granted Spinnin’ a 7 year license on music previously released by Spinnin’, with revised conditions in my favour.  This 7 year license is nothing more than a manner to  safeguard – without litigation – the availability to all of you of my existing music and the music made by me in collaboration with other artists signed by Spinnin’.

"I have a great team supporting me as always and with whom I can start the new year full of trust and confidence, with more new releases for all my fans and supporters."

Meanwhile, the superstar DJ is planning to sue his former label and his former manager Eelko van Kooten, who he claims provided him with “false and misleading  information” when he signed to the label at 17.