Armin Van Buuren

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Armin van Buuren
Van Buuren performing on Amsterdam, 2011
Background information
Birth name Armin van Buuren
Also known as Gaia, AVB
Born (1976-12-25) 25 December 1976 (age 35)
South Holland, Netherlands[1]
Origin Netherlands
Genres progressive trance
Occupations Songwriter
Instruments Synthesizer, drum machine,personal computer
Years active 1995–present
Labels Ministry of Sound Australia
Associated acts Alibi, Dark Matter, Electrix, Lilmotion, Major League, Monsieur Basculant, Red & White, Technology, Triple A, Wodka Wasters, citation needed]

Armin van Buuren (Dutch pronunciation: [5]


[edit] Personal life

Armin van Buuren was born in Leiden, Netherlands on 25 December 1976,[8]

He finished high school at the Leiden University. While studying there, Van Buuren’s interest for making music blossomed, and he began working as a DJ in a local club called Nexus. As his musical career began to take off, he put his Law degree on hold, although he did return to graduate from Law school in 2003.

On 18 September 2009, Van Buuren married Erika van Thiel in [10]

On 12 January 2011, Van Buuren announced the pregnancy of his wife Erika on [12]

In 2011, van Buuren was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau for his services to music.

Insignia of Officer (4th grade) of the Order of Orange-Nassau

[edit] Career

[edit] 1995–1999: Early career and success

In 1995, Van Buuren had his first major success with a track called “Blue Fear”, which was released under the Cyber Records label; he was 19 years old at the time. This track, which was produced in the “Euro Trance” mold, made it onto the UK Chart. Another successful track, “Communication” was released under the same label, and became popular in AM PM Records, this track entered the UK Chart at No. 18 in 2000.

Armin van Buuren at Lizard Lounge, Dallas, Texas, 9 August 2008

Van Buuren began his DJ career at club Nexus in Leiden, where he learned to play long DJ sets, which were regularly six to seven hours per set.Ministry of Sound, Peach and Golden.

In the beginning of 1999, Van Buuren started his label Armind together with United Recordings. The first release, Gig – “One,” was well received. The second release “Touch Me,” under the name Rising Star was signed to Ministry of Sound in the UK, before the record was released.

By the time of his third release, Gimmick – “Free” was signed to Ferry Corsten, Van Buuren recorded a riff-classic titled “Exhale” for the System F. album. Released as a single, this track reached gold status in less than a month.

[edit] 2000–2004: A State of Trance and 76

In 2000, Van Buuren started his own Armin van Buuren compilation series. He managed to find a balance between progressive house, and vocal trance music styles. His first compilation album, A State of Trance (not to be confused with his weekly A State of Trance radio shows), sold more than 10,000 copies and contains Van Buuren’s well known remix of Moogwai, “Viola.” His second album, Basic Instinct featured a new track: “Perpetuous Dreamer” – “The Sound of Goodbye.” This track entered the Dutch charts in June 2001 at number 26. Later in the year, the track hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The third album, In Motion was released 6 August 2001. This album contained the real trance sound and was very popular in the United States. A fourth album, Transparence, followed in 2002. In 2003, he worked with such artists such as DJ Seth Alan Fannin throughout a global tour on Dance Revolution in Europe, selling out to crowds of 20,000 people in Armin’s home country of the Netherlands.

In March 2001, Van Buuren started his own radio show on citation needed]

In 2002, he had a residency at Glow in Washington D.C., Retrieved 6 June 2012.

In June 2003, Van Buuren released his debut studio album, 76, a 76-minute album divided into 13 tracks.[16]

Armin van Buuren performing at Avalon, Boston, Massachusetts 2007

[edit] 2005–present: Shivers, Imagine and Mirage

On 8 August 2005, Van Buuren released his second studio album, Gabriel & Dresden.

On 11 November 2006, he had a live performance called Armin Only in Rotterdam for the second time (after 12 November 2005) with a nine hour solo set, where he performed to over 11,000 fans.

In the summer of 2007, Van Buuren recorded and released a live set at Ultra Records on 4 December 2007.

On 17 April 2008, Van Buuren released his third studio album, citation needed]

19 April 2008 saw the 3rd edition of Armin Only, this time in the Jaarbeurs in Together As One in Los Angeles, U.S.

On 29 September 2008, Armin won the DJ Award for “Best Trance DJ” at Ibiza along with other nominees, that of Paul van Dyk.

On 12 January 2008, Van Buuren was given the “Buma Cultuur Pop Award,” the most prestigious Dutch music award.

In 2009, Foreign Media Games announced the production of In The Mix: Featuring Armin van Buuren, a music game being produced in collaboration with Cloud 9 Music and Van Buuren’s Armada Music label. The title is scheduled to be released sometime in 2010 exclusively for the Wii console.[17]

He has collaborated with his brother, guitarist Eller van Buuren, in such venues as Together As One in Los Angeles, U.S., on New Year’s Eve 2009, as well as on Armin’s 2008 album Imagine.

On 3 March 2010, Van Buuren was awarded with the prestigious [19]

On 23 June 2010, it was announced that Van Buuren’s fourth studio album, [24]

On 12 September 2010, Van Buuren launched “A State of Sundays”, a new weekly 24-hour radio show aired on Sirius XM Radio [25]

On 20 October 2010, Van Buuren won the award for Most Popular International DJ presented by The Golden Gnomes.[26]

On 27 October 2010, Van Buuren was announced, for the 4th year running, as the number 1 DJ, and thus prolonging his title as ‘Most Popular DJ in the World’.[27]

The 2010 edition of Armin Only: Mirage kicked off on 13 November 2010, in Utrecht, Netherlands, with more shows coming in Saint-Petersburg, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Beirut, Poznań, Moscow and Bratislava.[28]

On 27 November 2010, Van Buuren made his third appearance in Shanghai, China.

On April 30th, 2011, Van Buuren was appointed Officer in the Leiden.

On 2 February 2012, Van Buuren mentioned a new studio album in the works on episode #546 of his radio show, “A State Of Trance”.

On October 19, 2012, Van Buuren was announced for a 5th non-consecutive year as the world’s number one DJ according to [29]

[edit] A State of Trance 500 (ASOT 500)

To mark the 10 year anniversary and 500th episode of his weekly radio show A State of Trance, Van Buuren performed at five shows across five continents over five consecutive weeks along with various artists.

The first show was held on 19 March 2011 in Super8 & Tab were to be part of the South African show, however a flight cancellation caused them to be absent for the event. The event was attended by over 20,000 people.

Sander van Doorn.

Argentina held the third celebration of ASOT 500 in club G.E.B.A Buenos Aires, with John O’Callaghan and W & W. It was the only of the five ASOT 500 celebrations that was held outdoors. Van Buuren recorded a live video with his cell phone and uploaded it to Twitter while playing his live set.

ASOT 500 was celebrated in the Netherlands in dated info]

The final show was held in Sydney, Australia on 16 April at Acer Arena in Olympic Park. It was a sold out event weeks before the night. Artists present included Shogun, Aly & Fila, and Alex M.O.R.P.H. Van Buuren played for three hours.

[edit] A State of Trance 550 (ASOT 550)

In March 2012, Van Buuren performed in six shows across three continents as part of ASOT 550. He began his tour on March 1 in ATB played at that event. This was followed by the final show in the Brabanthallen of Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

A State of Trance sponsored a tent at the Electric Daisy Carnival at Met Life stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 19, 2012, which by all accounts could be considered an unofficial extension of ASOT 550. [31]

[edit] Discography

[edit] Year Mixes

Van Buuren is well known for his annual “Year Mix” which incorporates clips and custom mashups from the year’s most popular trance tracks. Each year-mix consists of about 85 individual releases, edited into a two hour mix which is released on double CD as well as aired on his weekly radio show at the end of each year. According to Van Buuren, each year-mix takes several months to make, including thousands of digital audio edits and hundreds of audio plugins.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  2. ^ Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  3. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  4. ^ “About – A State of Trance”. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  5. ^ “Armin van Buuren – Imagine”. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  6. ^ “Interview with Armin van Buuren”. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  7. ^ “Interview with Armin van Buuren”. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  8. ^ “Armin van Buuren, Fanboy”. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  9. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  10. ^ “Radio 538 | Headlines | Armin van Buuren gaat trouwen | Radio 538 = 102 FM”. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  11. ^
  12. ^ “Armin for “Best Dad In the World”!”. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  13. ^
  14. ^ “Armin Van Buuren Trance Deejay Netherlands DJ Global DJ”. 25 December 1976. Archived from the original on 29 June 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  15. ^ “Armin Van Buuren Biography”. 25 December 1976. Archived from the original on 18 June 2010.,_Armin/Biography/. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  16. ^ “Armin van Buuren – 76 – Release”. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  17. ^ ‘In The Mix: Featuring Armin van Buuren’ (Wii) Shows Off Career Mode – Screen, 30 October 2009
  18. ^ “Buma Gouden – en Zilveren Harpen, Buma Exportprijs en Beste Nederlandse Lied uitgereikt” (in Dutch). Buma Cultuur. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  19. ^ “Armin van Buuren awarded with Gouden Harp”. Armada Music. 4 March 2010. Archived from the original on 8 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
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  21. ^ “New single Full Focus out now! ” Armin van Buuren”. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  22. ^ Levine, Nick (7 June 2010). “Music – News – Ellis-Bextor switches single plans”. Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  23. ^ Levine, Nick (24 June 2010). “Armin werkte ‘harder dan ooit’ aan nieuwe plaat” (in Dutch). Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  24. ^ van Luling, Dennis (30 June 2010). “Armin van Buuren verovert ook Zuid-Amerika” (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  25. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  26. ^ “Golden Gnome Awards”. Golden Gnome Awards. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  27. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  28. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  29. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  30. ^ “A State of Trance 500”. Armin van Buuren. Dance Foundation. 20 March 2011.
  31. Retrieved 2012-08-30.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Erol Alkan
Mixmag Number 1 DJ
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Beatport Music Awards: Best Trance Artist
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paul van Dyk
DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ
Succeeded by
David Guetta
Preceded by
David Guetta
DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ
Succeeded by

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