Armin van Buuren is one of the most popular DJ's around: voted number one twice by DJ Mag, 30 million listeners to his radioshow and worldwide gigs. His '76', 'Shivers' and 'Imagine' artist albums are award-winning, his Armada Music label is a big success and the amount of fans is still growing fast.
Awards & Accolades Armin van Buuren has been named number one in the prestigious DJ Top 100 poll twice in a row, in 2007 and 2008– voted for by over 350,000 people across the world, as an indication of his prolific output over the more than 10 years he's been dj'ing and producing. Being the official World's Most Popular DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music.
Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work: he was awarded with the prestigious Buma Cultuur Pop Award in 2008. This was followed by being voted as the Best Trance Artist in the Beatport Music Awards judged on the musician's artistic achievements, national and international success. Next to that, Armin was awarded for Best European DJ at the 2009 IDMA Awards, along with 3 other Awards. It is evident that Armin van Buuren has become one of the decade's most influential trance acts.
But there's more. 'Best Album' for artist album 'Shivers' at both the Dutch Release Dance Awards and the prestigious Edison Awards; 'Best Compilation' for 'A State Of Trance', in 2006, claiming the 'Best European DJ' award in 2007 and 'Best Mix Radio Show' at the Miami Winter Music Conference 5 years in a row, for radio show 'A State Of Trance' – now broadcasting on a massive 40 FM stations as well as satellite and internet radio, with over 30 million listeners a week; a 6 year residency in Ibiza at Amnesia and over 50,000 downloads every week from podcasting high end chart-bothering positions all over the world for singles, albums and compilations, with single 'Rush Hour' used as the theme tune to the UEFA European Youth Championship; the #1 entry in the Dutch album charts with his artist album 'Imagine', the #1 entry of the DVD registration of 'Armin Only ' Imagine' – the landmarks just keep coming! Armin's own productions have all made a huge impact and quickly gain worldwide acclaim; his latest artist album titled 'Imagine' entered the Dutch Album Top 100 Chart at number one; this is the first time a dance producer has ever accomplished such a feat in the history of Dutch music. The first single to be taken from this album, 'Going Wrong' with DJ Shah featuring Chris Jones, entered the Dutch Singles Chart at number five. The 'Armin Only DVD' was also released and reached the acclaimed number one spot in its second week. His back catalogue includes Blue Fear, Communication, Sound of Goodbye, Shivers, Rush Hour, Burned With Desire, Exhale, Love You More, This World Is Watching Me, and Yet Another Day. While the remix offers flood in, Armin only takes on tracks that he really loves. He uses exactly the same criteria for his compilations, meaning that every release from Armin or his long-running Armind label is a bone fide stormer that's earned its place. His output includes tracks for the cult TV series 24, and the likes of Motorcycle's As The Rush Comes. A State of Trance Cause aside from recognition and ever-going fan support, it's the music that means most to Armin. The perfect example of that given fact, is his weekly 2-hour radioshow 'A State of Trance'. Listened to by 30 million EDM lovers, he continues to deliver his fans a selection of the best in trance and progressive, no matter how cluttered his tour schedule might be. The 8th birthday of the show was celebrated in style with a cross-country 72-hour live broadcast, with three events in Germany, UK and the Netherlands. In addition to the weekly show, Armin also started the weekly ASOT podcasts, which contain highlights and Armin's favourite tracks from the previous episode, to ensure that trance lovers across the world will never miss another episode! Armin Only Sold-out shows for Armin Only in 2005 and 2006 created eager anticipation of the third edition, which kicked off in a sold-out Jaarbeurs in Utrecht in 2008; over 16,000 fans attended and were enthralled by the DJ's nine hour set. The theme of the night was 'Imagine', described by Armin as “the celebration of our sensations both in life and in club land.” Fans all around the world needed not to despair, as 'Armin Only' tour dates were also set for Romania, Poland, Belgium, Australia and USA; aside from his 'normal' tour in England, Scotland, Ibiza, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, with expected dates in, for an example, the Czech Republic. On New Years Eve 2008-2009, Armin managed to draw 35,000 people to his Armin Only show in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, making him the first Dutch DJ ever to have drawn such a big crowd to an own event. How it all began Born in Leiden, Holland (on December 25, 1976) to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned with his paper round on records. His mum won a computer when he was 10, gaining Armin's interest. “So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programs, and learnt about the technology from there.” He progressed from making low-profile mix tapes for friends to higher profile mixes when he discovered experimenting with different sequences on his computer through his uncle. “I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer, that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!” “I loved dance music immediately – this great rebellious sound that was so different to the 'beautiful' songs of the years before”. Armin cites electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre as a major influence, as well as Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, who later mentored him in his mixing and producing. In the early days, Armin thought it was wise to have something extra in case the dj'ing didn't work out. So he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing out to packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed! Armin is a dedicated trance lover, but isn't imprisoned by a single genre, saying “What makes trance work so well is that it doesn't stick to one style, and can incorporate electro, minimal, whatever it likes.” Armin is now a fully-fledged artist in his own right, where it's all about the music. "This is just what I really want," says Armin. "It's not just love for music, it's my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it's about a way of living. Music is essential to my life”.