The Netherlands, known as a small country, sandwiched between Belgium and Germany in Western Europe. Only 17.5 million people living between the borders of this piece of land, or as we call it, ‘Holland’. But always expect the unexpected, because something that you may not know and comes as a surprise, is that some of your favorite Spotify songs are created by Dutch DJs! Big names, you cannot have missed over these last years.   

Martin Garrix

Martijn Garritsen, known as ‘Martin Garrix’, is only 25 years old and is already the first Dutch artist ever to achieve one billion streams on Spotify! How did he do this? With one song only, called ‘In the name of love’. He was born in Amstelveen, a city next to Amsterdam, where he started making music when he was eleven years old.   

Zodiac sign: Taurus  

Relationship status: In a relationship since 2012  

Kids: No 

Height: 1.75 M  

Eye color: Blue  

Top 3 songs by Martin Garrix - a BUas students’ selection:  

1. In The Name of Love (ft. Bebe Rexha) 

2. Animals  

3. Scared To Be Lonely (ft. Dua Lipa) 


Tijs Michiel Verwest, or, as we know him, ‘Tiësto’, was born in the lovely Breda. He is 52 years old, and already has a lot of experience in the music world, since he started making music at an age of 19. His music career started at the age of 25, but worldwide success actually started in 2001, when he released his first solo album, ‘In My Memory’.    

Zodiac sign: Capricorn  

Relationship status: Single  

Kids: No 

Height: 1.88 M 

Eye color: Dark brown  

Top 3 songs by Tiësto - a BUas students’ selection:  

1. Wasted (ft. Matthew Koma) 

2. Ritual (ft. Jonas Blue and Rita Ora) 

3. Secrets (ft. Vassy and KSHMR)  


Robbert van de Corput, known as ‘Hardwell’, is also one of the younger artists in the DJ world. He is only 33 years old and already has a big career in the Hardstyle and House music industry. Looks like Breda is the city where the successful DJs were born, because Hardwell was born in our beautiful city as well!  

Zodiac sign: Capricorn  

Relationship status: In a relationship since 2013  

Kids: No 

Height: 1.73 M 

Eye color: Brown 

Top 3 songs by Hardwell - a BUas students’ selection:  

1. Everytime We Touch (ft. Cascada and Maurice West)  

2. Bella (ft. Maddix)  

3. Power (ft. KSHMR)  


‘Afrojack’ is the stage name of Nick Leonardus van de Wall. He is 34 years old and was born in Spijkenisse, a city in the West of The Netherlands. In 2008 he achieved his first top 40-hit, called ‘Drop down’(< Click on the song to listen to it).  

Zodiac sign: Virgo  

Relationship status: Single  

Kids: Yes, 1  

Height: 2.02 M 

Eye color: Brown 

Top 3 songs by Afrojack - a BUas students’ selection:  

1. Hero (ft. David Guetta) 

2. Ten Feet Tall (ft. Wrabel) 

3. Hey (ft. FAIS)  

Armin van Buuren

Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren uses just his own name as his stage name. He is 44 years old, and was born in Leiden, a city next to The Hague. In 2010 he was named best DJ in the world at the IDMA (International Dance Music Awards).   

Zodiac sign: Capricorn  

Relationship status: Married since 2009  

Kids: Yes, 2  

Height: 1.90 M 

Eye color: Brown 

Top 3 songs by Armin van Buuren - a BUas students’ selection: 

1. This Is What It Feels Like (ft. Trevor Guthrie)  

2. Blah Blah Blah  

3. Therapy (ft. James Newman)