Armin van Buuren (Wiki)
Armin van Buuren Biography
Netherlands-native Trance DJ and producer Armin van Buuren is a sensational EDM record setter. The worldly performer has played in over 30 countries, once boasting a record-breaking twelve and a half hour set. His A State of Trance, aka ASOT 500, weekly radio show has over 15 million listeners in 26 countries and counting, making it one of the most listened to radio shows in the world. He has been named DJ Magazine‘s #1 DJ cosecutively from 2007 to 2010. His 2008 studio album Imagine landed #1 on Dutch album charts, making him the first ever music Dance artist to reign the chart in Dutch history.
Born in 1976, in Leiden, Netherlands, he began studying law at Leiden University in 1995. His passion for music grew as he began DJing for Nexus, a local Dutch club. He would play 6-7 hour sets, sometimes more than four times a week. Although Van Buuren halted his studies, he would return for a law degree in 2003.
In 1995, 19-year-old Van Buuren‘s track “Blue Fear,” released under Cyber Records, was a success. The Euro-Trance hit made it onto the UK Chart. “Communication” was another track released under the label in 1999, and became popular in Ibiza, the clubbing capital of the world. After being signed to AM PM Records, “Communication” ranked #18 on the UK Chart. That same year, Van Buuren met Dave Lewis and was introduced to the United States and England as a DJ. He and United Records started the Trance record label Armind and dropped the first release “One,” then “Touch Me,” which was signed to UK’s Ministry of Sound before it was released. His third release Gimmick‘s “Free” was signed to R&S Records. By then, Van Buuren‘s label had rapidly skyrocketed.
Under the stage name Gaia, he released “4 Elements” on the Warner Brothers sub-label Captivating Sound. Van Buuren linked up with legendary Tiesto and Major League‘s “Wonder Where You Are?” was dropped under Black Hole Recordings. Following, under Van Buuren‘s label Armind, Alibi‘s “Eternity” was released. “Eternity” reached charting waters and was signed to Paul van Dyk‘s Vandit Records. Van Buuren would then team up with Ferry Corsten to collaborate the riff-classic “Exhale,” for the System F. album. This track was the most sucessful collaboration Van Buuren had seen yet, reaching gold status in less than a month of its release.
Kicking off the new millennium, Van Buuren twisted boundaries between Progressive House and vocal Trance to form an orignal compilation series. His first compilation album, A State of Trance, sold over 10,000 copies and includes Van Buuren‘s hit remix of Moogwai, “Viola.” In addition, he began hosting A State of Trance, a weekly radio show that airs the most popular Trance jams. To build the popularity of artists and tracks he aired on the show, Van Buuren posted their names on his website. Van Buuren‘s genius radio-show/website combination was internationally popular. When the show’s original home, ID&T radio, switched genres, Van Buuren joined Dutch’s Fresh FM. The show would later become a weekly feature on Dutch’s SLAM!FM, on an online station called DI.FM, and on XM Satellite Radio, channel 80 in the United States and Canada. All other stations that air the show are strategically listed on Van Buuren‘s website. The broadcast has over 15 million listeners in 26 countries and counting. The radio show is one of the most listened to in the world. In 2000 Van Buuren ranked #27 on DJ Magazine‘s Top 100.
The Trance artist’s second album, Basic Instinct, featured a new track under Perpetuous Dreamer called “The Sound of Goodbye.” It hit #26 on Dutch charts in June 2001. Later in the year, the track climbed to number 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. His third album, In Motion, was released only a few months later and was a huge success in the United States. The use of heavy Trance created a massive American fan base.
Transparence followed in 2002. And Van Buuren began playing regularly at UK’s Passion, Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Golden, Peach, and Godskitchen. He would continue to rock these hot spots for years to come. He also announced his residency at Glow in Washington D.C. as well as performed in metro cities all across North America. Van Buuren also began his regular appearances at Ibiza’s Amnesia. In October, Van Buuren was ranked number 5 on DJ Magazine‘s 100 top DJ’s.
In 2003,Van Buuren released his debut studio album, 76, a 76-minute album with 13 pulsating tracks. He jumped up to the #3 spot on DJ Magazine‘s top 100 list and would anchor there for the next 3 years. Also in 03, Van Buuren worked with DJ Seth Alan Fannin and several other EDM artists via a global tour on Dance Revolution in Europe. Returning home, his Netherlands‘ performance sold out.
In August 2005, he worked with a wide range of international artists like Nadia Ali, Justine Suissa, and Gabriel & Dresden to release his second studio album Shivers.
In 2006, his live performance at Ahoy Rotterdam was titled Armin Only, in which he played a nine hour solo set for thoudands of fans. Van Buuren climbed to #2 on the top 100 list, just below Paul van Dyk.
2007 saw Van Buuren’s peak to NUMBER 1 on DJ Magazine‘s top 100. He would remain in the top seat for for the next three years. In the summer of 2007, Van Buuren recorded and released a live set at Ibiza’s Amnesia. A few moths after the set, Universal Religion Chapter 3, Live from Amnesia at Ibiza was released as a mix compilation on Armada Records. In the US, it was released as “Universal Religion 2008” on Ultra Records in 2007.
To kick off 2008, Van Buuren was given the Buma Cultuur Pop Award, in January. It is deemed the most prestigious Dutch music award. In April 2008 he released his third studio album Imagine, featuring collaborations with singers including Sharon den Adel of Within Tempation and Jacqueline Govaert of Krezip. The studio album debuted at #1 on the Dutch Albums chart, the first time ever for a Dance music artist to reach the top in Dutch music history. Since the release, Van Buuren began working with Benno de Goeij and Dj-Ra on solo productions and remixes. In the same month as the release of Imagine, Van Buuren performed his 3rd edition of Armin Only in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands. The event was attended by 16,000 fans and broadcasted live on Dutch National TV. During the second half of the year, Van Buuren took the show on the road, with visits to Australia, Romania, Poland, Belgium, and a special stop at the New Years Eve 2008 show Together As One in Los Angeles. In September, Van Buuren won the DJ Award for Best Trance DJ at Ibiza, beating out other nominees including Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, and Paul van Dyk.
In 2009, Foreign Media Games announced the production of In The Mix: Featuring Armin van Buuren. The music game was being produced in collaboration with Cloud 9 Music and Armada Music, Van Buuren‘s label.
09 saw Van Buuren marry Erika van Thiel and in 2011 their daughter, Fenna, was born. Van Buuren joked that the baby would be his “best production ever.” Van Buuren returned back to Together As One but this time in collaboration with his brother, Bagga Bownz guartarist Eller Van Buuren, who he also collaborated with on his Imagine album.
2010 was a glorious year for the award winning DJ. He recieved the prestigious Golden Harp, won Most Populat International DJ at the Global Gnomes, and held his title as the Most Popuar DJ in the World for the 4th consecutive year. His fourth studio album Mirage was released. It included the single “Full Focus” which was realesed in June via Itunes Store. It scored number 60 on Netherlands charts. Another hit track on the album was “Not Giving Up On Love,” a collaboration with English vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Van Buuren would take the album on the road, performing it as the 2010 edition of Armin Only: Mirage in the Netherlands, Saint-Petersburg, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Beirut, Poznań, Moscow and Bratislava. He would also perform for a third time in Shanghai, China.
2010 marked the 10th year annivesary and 500th eipisode of Van Buuren‘s A State of Trance weekly radio show, aka ASOT 550. To celebrate, he performed for 5 back-to-back weeks at 5 shows across 5 continents with various artists. The first show included additions Blake Jarrell, Protoculture, Lange, Leon Bolier, and Jorn van Deynhoven at the MTN Expo Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. In March, Van Buuren, along with Marcus Schossow, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, ATB, and Sander van Doorn, performed at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. Next was in Buenos Aires with Heartbeat, Jochen Miller, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Jogn O’Callaghan and W &W, at club G.E.B.A. Fans who weren’t in attendance could watch the live set via a self-uploaoded video on Armin‘s Twitter. The 4th show was in the Netherlands and boasted over 30 internatinal DJs. Some on the list included Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, and Sean Tyas. Radios broadcasted the live event for the world to tune into. The last show was in the Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia. Tickets sold out weeks prior to the actual show. Accompanying artists included Shogun, tyDi, Menno de Jong, Aly & Fila, and Alex M.O.R.P.H. Van Buuren played for three hours.
Van Buuren also began a new radio series on Sirius XM Radio called A State of Sundays, airing weekly for 24 hours.
In February 2012, Van Buuren hinted on A State Of Trance that a new upcoming studio album was underway. In March, Van Buuren performed in six shows across two continents as part of ASOT 550. He hit London, Moscow, Ukraine, then California and Miami in the United States, and finished in the Netherlands.
Van Buuren is well known for his annual “Year Mix” which incorporates clips and mashups from the year’s most popular Trance tracks. Each year-mix includes around 85 individual releases that are edited into a two hour mix and released on a double CD as well as aired on his weekly radio show. According to Van Buuren, each year-mix takes several months to make, including thousands of digital audio edits and plugins. We can expect Van Buuren‘s year-mixes to wow fans more and more as each successful year for the Trance king has seen no limits.
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