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The Dutch DJ played a gig with a difference for deaf dance music fans
By IQ on 22 Mar 2016
Martin Garrix, who closed the first day of Ultra festival in Miami on Friday (18 March), is no stranger to performing for large crowds, but a recent collaboration with 7Up (yes, the lemonade) saw the Dutch DJ play probably the most challenging concert of his career.
Music Lifts You Up: A Concert for the Deaf premiered at Ultra and showed the 19-year-old performing for a hearing-impaired crowd, many of whom had been deaf since birth, at a specially equipped venue featuring vibrating walls, floors and Subpac-like backpack systems and dynamic visuals reacting to the music.
“Motion, vibration, visual-wise… I got in this room and stepped on one of those vibrating platforms and played a note and I got scared. They gave me a backpack which vibrates the music, makes the vibrations stronger,” Garrix said of the venue to Rolling Stone. “For me, I [was] thinking about which songs I should play, which songs I love that have the lower frequency, which songs have drive in it.”
Garrix called it “one of the best shows I ever did”.
Watch a video from the concert below: