He is one of the hottest DJs on the planet and a hit-making machine. But, Dutch producer Martin Garrix has shot down the idea of him representing the Netherlands at Eurovision.
However, he does have some positive words about the contest and proposes a different way in which he could become involved.
Martin Garrix and Eurovision 2020
In an interview with Dutch website AD.nl, the “Animals” DJ confirms that he has no desire to represent his home country in Rotterdam. “That ain’t gonna work man”, he says.
However, Martin still finds good things to say, comparing the contest to soccer: “I like it, though, it brings a country together — just like soccer.”
But then comes his crushing verdict:
“Musically, it’s not interesting”.
Despite this sentiment, Duncan Laurence’s exploits in Tel Aviv impressed him, “I think Duncan Laurence’s song is really cool.”
It seems like Martin Garrix has no problem with the contest itself. However, he politely feels that his music doesn’t fit there. This sets him apart from the likes of Switzerland’s Ilira.
Martin Garrix to write a song for Eurovision?
Most interesting, though, might be the last comment he makes on the topic.
Because the man who has collaborated with stars like Bebe Rexhe and Dua Lipa is not totally opposed to the idea of being involved with Eurovision.
He himself asks the hypothetical question of what would happen if the Dutch delegation comes looking for a dance song. His answer: “Well, maybe they could use a song I co-wrote. If I can help the Netherlands that way, fine.”
DJs at Eurovision — A brief history
Sadly DJs don’t have a great track record at Eurovision. And maybe this is where Martin’s cautious reaction comes from.
Just this year, Finland’s Darude finished last in his semi. A similarly poor result was achieved by Polish DJ Gromee in 2018. DJ Bobo, Deepzone and more have also stayed in the semis.
The only exception was JOWST from Norway in 2017. Along with Aleksander Walmann, he secured a a tenth place finish.
The 23-old musician from Amstelveen has a busy schedule anyway. Within the next month alone, Garix has concerts on four different continents. In April he will headline the Lollapalooza-festival in Brasil.
But it’s worth noting that he has no confirmed performances for the week of Eurovision. If not as the Dutch entry, he could take part in a similar fashion to the late Avicii, who composed the official anthem for the 2013 contest in Malmö.
What do you think? Can you understand his comments? Do you want to see him at Eurovision? Tell us in the comments below.