The battle between Martin Garrix and Spinnin' Records is still heating up.
The two parties have been going back and forth for the past few month, beginning with Garrix posting on Facebook that he was leaving the label that launched his career. A lawsuit was issued so he could get back the rights to his music, and we thought they had reached an agreement, until Spinnin' made a statement about further negotiations that needed to take place.
Now Garrix has responded with a statement of his own where he goes into further detail about what he is aiming to do during the negotiations that are currently being discussed. He states that the previous statement made by Spinnin' does not tell the whole story and he feels its important to set the record straight. You can read the 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.