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Last November I met Martin Garrix for my first time and despite feeling ill, the DJ was in great spirits. Fast forward to February, when I saw Garrix again in Los Angeles, and he was still in great spirits although he also felt a lot better.

So, how does the number one DJ in the world stay healthy amidst the partying and jet-setting?

“Food, working out, trying to sleep as much as I can,” Garrix began listing, before digressing. “Sometimes I’m not that good at that.”

The electronic dance music star revealed that between the flights and live sets he relies heavily on power naps. As for working out, Garrix doesn’t even leave the hotel room for that – utilizing his bodyweight for closed kinetic chain exercises.

It makes sense given his busy schedule of touring and recording. Garrix is one of the hottest DJs in the genre right now, so when he’s not traveling for gigs or making the media rounds, chances are he’s working on new music. His latest release is the Dua Lipa-featured “Scared To Be Lonely.” Over The GRAMMY weekend, Dua sang Garrix’s praises to me.

“The energy in general is most important,” the producer told me in regards to collaborating with others. Garrix broke in to mainstream with the wildly popular instrumental “Animals” but has since scored hits thanks to “In The Name Of Love” featuring Bebe Rexha and “Lonely.” “If you can’t connect with a person, the music won’t be good either.”

Regarding the Dua Lipa track, Garrix said that originally she sent over her vocal and he replied by asking for the entire vocal session. From there, he and producer Valley Girl built out the new compilation heard on airwaves today.

Some news and notes from the American Music Awards red carpet…
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– Yes the rain was a major, major factor on the carpet and its impact on arrivals almost cannot be overstated. More on that here.

– It’s so nice to attend these and see familiar faces, whether it be publicists, fellow members of the media or artists. On the press front, great seeing The Insider’s Keltie Knight, Sweetyhigh’s Cassie DiLaura, the whole Sirius XM Hits 1 squad and Hollywire’s Chelsea Briggs.

– As far as artists and other invited guests: loved saying hello to Mark Cuban, Rachel Platten, Daya and Bebe Rexha, the latter who performed for Westwood One the night prior at our “Rooftop Live” event inside downtown Los Angeles’ Perch. Rexha’s catalog of hits she either penned and/or is featured on is impressive, and I’m rooting for her latest release “I Got You.”

– What I loved the most about the weather: the temperature. I’m used to melting every year on the AMAs red carpet; far from the case this year. I usually end up drinking 3 or 4 bottles of water in the process. I maybe drank one for the two-and-a-half hours I was out there.

– Another interesting note about my role: it changes from year-to-year on the carpet. This year, I served two purposes: grab content for my radio stations’ platforms as well as nationally and assist our red carpet reporter, Kerri Kasem, when necessary.

– After the red carpet, it was off to the one-on-one room. When the show wrapped, I dropped equipment at my room, called my mom, poured a drink and waited for my producer, Jay Buff, to arrive. After a quick download of the night’s events we put it all in the past and walked over to the after party. That was followed by an after-after party in where else, but the hotel lobby. We then ordered food from my favorite spot downtown, L.A. Café and devoured the grub before joining two different morning radio shows for American Music Awards recaps.

Eventually, I slept.

Pete Wentz has an analogy banked for describing what it’s like to start a new band, Black Cards, in the wake of his previous and super successful group Fall Out Boy.

“It’s Christmas morning/finding the lights switch in the dark,” Wentz admitted on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” The Fall Out Boy took a break from a photo shoot at the Glamour Kills offices to talk about his new project. “Yunno, and there’s a little bit of like the, ‘Ok, I’m 18, I’m on my own now – Dad, you’re paying my cell phone bill though right?’”

For what it’s worth, Wentz’s father actually did pay that bill for the bassist until at least April 2009 – Wentz also told me last year around that time that he didn’t get a pad of his own until age 26. But he’s out on his own now, married to Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and the father to little Bronx Mowgli – who turns 2 on November 20. The bassist describes his family as “mobile” – so touring in a new band while Bronx grows up won’t be as hard as one would think.

“Whenever Ashlee’s not doing stuff, we kind of try to coordinate our schedules,” said Wentz. “So like, Bronx has been to Japan, he’s been to Europe. A big misnomer is that Fall Out Boy slowed down because of Bronx coming out, and that’s not the case at all. I definitely want him to see the world, and see it on the record company’s dime is rad.”

So with no travel issues, Wentz can focus exclusively on launching this new project. You’d think this wouldn’t be an issue given his experience with not just FOB, but also Decaydance Records. However, Wentz is as wide-eyed as the kid on Christmas morning.

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“I think that maybe I’m not the puppeteer-master that sometimes people make me out to be,” he said. “This was a process of figuring out what we thought worked and what we thought didn’t work, and definitely we’re in the middle of that process.”

Point-and-case: the whole point of this mini tour that the band, which features a front woman in Bebe Rexha, embarked on – with just a couple small venue dates in the States and in Europe. Wentz said point-blank that one of the main purposes of the shows was just to learn how to play the songs live, and hear how they sounded in front of a crowd. The studio work is mostly behind the group – as he also revealed the first Black Cards album is completely recorded.

“I don’t have like an exact release date for the album, I think early spring,” Wentz said. “I guess I kind of tend to be trigger-happy as far as like putting songs out and videos out, because I get so excited about them myself.”

Now the next step: transferring that excitement to the masses – as Wentz can only hope people will look forward to hearing more music from Black Cards like its December 25.