DJ Focus: Armin van Buuren
Arguably the greatest DJ ever, Armin van Buuren has hordes of ardent fans in every part of the world. He has been a pioneer in the dance music scene with his ground-breaking 'A State of Trance' radio show that has been on air for over 10 years now. Incidentally, it was the first radio mix broadcast during which the host verbally introduced each of his tracks and interacted in real-time with listeners.
Armin van Buuren has enjoyed tremendous success in pushing the boundaries of Trance music and reinventing it. If there is one person alone who must be named as being instrumental in the survival and prospering of the Trance genre in an age of increasingly commercialized music, it is without a doubt, Armin van Buuren. He is truly the poster boy of Trance music around the world.
Armin van Buuren is an achiever in the true sense of the word.
He's been voted the best DJ in the world by DJ Magazine a record-breaking 5 times in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
His album 'Imagine' (2008) was the first ever dance album to reach number 1 on the Dutch charts.
His radio show, 'A State Of Trance', is the largest dance music radio show in the world with over 20 million regular weekly listeners in 26 countries.
He was one of the headline acts at Love Parade, 2008 in Dortmund, Germany, which had over 1.6 million people in attendance.
In 2011, he was appointed an officer of the 'Order of Orange Nassau' as a sign of recognition to his service of music.
He has performed not a few times at the world's largest club, Privilege in Ibiza.
Armin van Buuren is one of the co-founders of Armada music, the largest Trance record label in the world.
The Face of Trance Music
Armin van Buuren is undoubtedly the global face of Trance music. While many other high profile DJs including Tiesto and Matt Darey have changed their native musical styles, Armin has shouldered the expectations of the worldwide Trance fraternity. He has still managed to innovate however, and his sounds have evolved over the years.
Armin's fans throng his shows in every country, often following him from one country to another, in order to be present during his performances.
Watch the following videos to know what sets Armin apart as a music producer and DJ. Both the tracks in the videos are from his 2008 album, 'Imagine', that was a big success the world over, and especially in the Netherlands, where it became the first ever dance album to chart at number 1.
'In and Out of Love' incidentally is the most watched Trance video ever on Youtube, with a whopping, over a 140 million views as of November, 2013.
Armin van Buuren ft. Sharon den Adel - In and Out of Love
Armin van Buuren ft. Jennifer Rene - Fine Without You
Armin van Buuren was born in Leiden, Netherlands in 1976. He has a degree in Law from Leiden University.
He is married to Erika van Thiel, with whom he has one daughter, Fenna, and one son, Remy.
His interest in electronic music developed at a very early age while listening to the music of Jean Michel Jarre. He started producing his own tracks when he was only 14 years old.
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