The flag-bearer of the trance movement, he’s one of the most influential figures in EDM worldwide. Even though he lives an extraordinary life as one of the world’s most popular DJs, he has always remained a down-to-earth guy. Armin van Buuren is constantly on the move, either with the music he creates in his studio or en route to his next high-end club or festival show around the globe.
No matter how many hours Armin van Buuren has travelled to get there, as soon as he enters the DJ booth, the Dutchman puts his full focus on the music, the crowd, and how those two will combine. As soon as the beats of his first record have kicked in, the room lights up and chanting starts to fill the air. To witness a set of Armin van Buuren is to be blown away — to completely lose yourself into the music and be one with the people around you.
Mixed seamlessly, he created his own sound and style, making his DJ sets a unique experience. He unites millions, not only through the gigs in his challenging schedule, but also through his ‘Armin Only’ and ‘A State of Trance’ world tours.
Armin has had the privilege of performing at some of the world’s biggest and best festivals, clubs, events, and shows. One of the highlights of his career so far was Armin’s performance for the newly crowned King and Queen of The Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Máxima. Together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in front of the monarchs and 15,000 fans, he performed both ‘The Bolero’ as well as an orchestral version of the title track from his ‘Intense’ album.
During the ‘koningsvaart’ (a special, cultural boat-trip through the city of Amsterdam), the King and Queen surprised both the crowd as well as Armin by getting on stage and dancing along with him.
Another highlight was Armin’s DJ set at the Museumplein in Amsterdam in July 2010, during the ceremonial honoring of the Dutch soccer team. Even though the national team lost in the FIFA World Cup final, they partied like they were the absolute winners with a crowd of 200,000 strong.
After the 2013 summer season ended (along with his residency at the world’s biggest club, Privilege in Ibiza), Armin kicked off a new ‘Armin Only’ world tour based on his ‘Intense’ album, in collaboration with theatre director Jos Thie. The Dutch edition of the show, spanning two nights at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, sold out within only a few hours.
More than 25 dates were set, with shows landing in cities such as Kiev, Mumbai, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Sydney, Johannesburg, and more. With the brand new ‘Armin Only’ tour, Armin brought a unique and exclusive show format, which unfolded like the many layers of his ‘Intense’ album.
In 2014, he had a weekly residency at Ushuaïa in Ibiza, playing every Thursday night from June 26th to September 11th.
His busy life as a DJ has inspired countless people. In 2009, Dutch author Coen Bom presented his on-the-road biography of Armin, called ‘Eén op één’ / ‘Armin Only’, in which he reported about the hectic life of Armin and tried to find the secret behind the grand success of the humble Dutchman. In October 2012, the official documentary ‘A Year With Armin van Buuren’ was released, in which Armin was followed during an important year in his life, offering a unique look behind the scenes and inside his personality. Again and again, his life as a superstar DJ continues to inspire others.
To celebrate the 600th episode of A State of Trance, Van Buuren announced that he will perform with various artists all around the world. The show was called A State of Trance 600: The Expedition. It was the biggest event and has been announced for the following locations and dates: Madrid on 14 February 2013, Mexico City on 16 February, Sao Paulo on 1 March, Minsk on 7 March, Sofia on 8 March, Beirut on 9 March, Kuala Lumpur on 15 March, Mumbai on 16 March, Miami on 24 March, Guatemala City on 27 March, New York City on 30 March and Den Bosch on 6 April 2013.
IN 2013 Van Buuren announced that his fifth studio album, Intense, was due to be released in May. The first single of the album, "This Is What It Feels Like", featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Trevor Guthrie, released on 5 April. The single was a success and made him the 4th trance artist ever to receive a GRAMMY nomination where the single was nominated for best dance recording. The tour for the album, Armin Only: Intense, was announced on 17 October 2013.
30 April 2013 saw the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in favor of her son, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who was crowned that day. Van Buuren was the headline act in a performance to a live audience celebrating the King's crowning in Amsterdam. While he was performing live together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters made an unplanned visit on stage.
In 2013, Armin van Buuren ranked No. 2 on DJ Mag's top 100 DJs poll. In early 2014, Armin van Buuren attended the 56th GRAMMY Awards, in relation to his GRAMMY nomination for the single, Armin van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie, "This Is What It Feels Like" (Armada Music) in the category of "Best Dance/Electronic Recording."
On 8 May 2015, Armin van Buuren released the first single from his 6th artist album; the single is titled Armin van Buuren featuring Mr Probz, "Another You" (on Armada Music).
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