Animals by Martin Garrix
After drawing the attention of house fans worldwide with “Just Some Loops” (2013), Martin Garrix electrifies the summer parties in the clubs with “Animals”. The title and the rhythm proposed by the Dutch DJ this season is extremely inciting, already animating two of the most recent video games released, “Madden NFL 25” and “Asphalt 8: Airborne”.
Released in June 2013, “Animals” was subject to multiple versions (radio edit, remixes), mostly focused on different European markets. There is an original mix version, written and produced by Martin Garrix, followed by German, British versions, as well as remixes created by famous European DJs including Oliver Heldens or Jay Ronko.
The special feature of this song is that it forces audience to take action, dance or react, as seen in the video, although burning a car isn’t a recommended plan. Created as a personal interpretation of Busta Rhymes’ song “What It Is”, Martin Garrix’s creation is based on a feverish, irresistable electro dance rhythm.
The video for “Animals” was released soon after the official launch of the song, proposing a vision inspired by the Anonymous vogue. Instead of the classical masks, the actors in the video wear animal-inspired masks, to hide their identities. The lion is the leader, as expected, due to its force and agility. He carries with him a belt similar to the one used in box to award the champion, but it’s in fact a big clock, counting down the seconds to a major event. It’s the smashing and the burning of a car, which apparently is for the fun of the gang.
The central character, who will reveal his face in the end of the video, is the artist himself, gathering around him a group of rabbits and cats, according to the masks they wear. Together they animate the parties. The Lion is taken the role of a DJ, while the other ones fire the party with their break dance.
The masks worn aren’t the only symbols reminding of animals in this video. The outfit of Martin Garrix displays a fierce white lion ready to attack, the tattoos of the party goers are inspired by wild nature and while dancing, the screams of a woman are imagined as the attack preparations of a lion. All in all, music turns us into animals, ready to take action.
“Animals” was directed by Mark Loone, who has previously created for Martin Garrix the video accompanying “Wizard”. The Dutch director also collaborated with Jay Hardway (“Bootcamp”) and DubVision (“Hollow”).