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Martin Garrix sues former manager and label boss

By | Published on Thursday 12 November 2015

Martin Garrix

Producer Martin Garrix is suing his former manager Eelko Van Kooten, accusing him of deception in relation to deals signed three years ago.

Sixteen years old at the time, Garrix – real name Martijn Garritsen – signed a record deal with Van Kooten’s own label Spinnin Records. Through the company he released an album and various singles, including 2013’s UK number one ‘Animals’.

Then in August, he announced via a Facebook post that he had terminated his contracts with both Spinnin and Van Kooten’s MusicAllstars Management company.

“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”, he wrote. “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”.

According to Telegraaf, court documents filed by Garrix this week now accuse Van Kooten of providing “false and misleading information” when the producer was negotiating contracts with both of his former manager’s companies, adding that Van Kooten acted in his own interests rather than his client’s.

Neither side has publicly commented on the lawsuit as yet.