After being denied full ownership of his music, Martin Garrix left Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars Management, which led to lawsuit. Garrix claims that he was “fooled” into signing a contract with Spinnin’ and MusicAllStars, and there was a conflict of interest because both companies were owned by Van Kooten.
Now, Garrix has won the rights to his songs that were signed to Spinnin’ Records, such as “Animals,” and judges at the Lelystad court nulled the contracts.
“During the talks in 2013 about renewing the production agreement with Spinnin’ Records, there has been conflict of interest due to the CEO’s double hats. MAS had to take action at that time. For example, by assisting Garrix in the negotiations by an independent third party,” the judge stated.
Garrix’s lawyer claims that having these rights are consequential, saying, “This can be a good effect for all artists. It’s a nice statement, I’m happy, but I can not say much about it.” In light of the big win, Garrix expressed, “I am pleased with this outcome, not just for myself but also for all other DJs/producers because this case was not just for me, but for all my fellow artists.”
The 21-year-old producer ended up creating his own record label, STMPD RCRDS, which has been successful, earning over $17 million in 2015, and even more after releasing “Scared To Be Lonely,” “In The Name of Love,” and “There For You.”