So I stumbled upon this song a week ago but I wasn’t sure what to really make of it. It’s musically fantastic, but so little was known about the anonymous AREA21 that there wouldn’t have been much for me to write about. Now there seems to be a bit of intrigue. Apparently Martin Garrix played this song during his Ultra set, sparking tons of speculation that AREA21 is simply the 19 year old Dutch producer himself. It was the only song in the hourlong set not officially produced by Garrix himself, despite his previous claims that the set would be “100% Martin Garrix.” While Garrix has definitely implicated himself in this mystery, not in the least by releasing the AREA21 debut on his own record label, the fact that there are two aliens in the spaceship indicates a likely partner in crime. Music discussion magazines and blogs seem to be pointing toward either Justin Bieber (who has a manager in common with Garrix), a Detroit-based producer called Maejor (who has produced for the likes of Bieber, Drake and Garrix himself), or Asher Roth (who many believe provided the vocals). Maejor himself mentioned in a recent Instagram caption that Martin Garrix’s studio is “like a spaceship!!!!” which is either a deliberate hint or a weird coincidence. Comments from social media users on Soundcloud and Facebook seem to ignore these leads and suggest Marshmello (substantiated by an Instagram of the two together at Ultra), and fellow Dutch EDM artist Dyro as prime suspects. The discussion on this is as vague as it is feverish, and I think only time will tell who AREA21 is. It seems that in the age of free music streaming the formula for EDM success is: 1. Get famous, 2. Reveal your identity (or don’t). See Slushii and Marshmello for examples. Either way, the music is good, and that’s all that really matters. Enjoy AREA21’s debut track below.