Armin van Buuren


Armin van Buuren

This is a man driven by an unbridled and relentless passion for music. Armin van Buuren is a born perfectionist, striving to stay on top of the scene he’s helped build. 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.

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.”

For more than 20 years, the Grammy-nominated Dutchman has been living to the rhythm of his own international success. His 5-time number one position in the critically acclaimed DJ Mag Top 100 poll has been the result of his loyalty to fans, his creativity in the studio, the perseverance with which he hosts his weekly radio show ‘A State of Trance’, and the energy he brings to the crowds in front of him. Despite the heavy pressure that comes along with being one of the world’s most popular DJs, Armin has always kept his focus on the music. And that’s exactly what keeps him going.


Born in Leiden, The Netherlands (December 25, 1976), to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned from his paper route on records. His mom won a computer when he was 10, piquing Armin’s interest in technology. So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programs and learnt about the technology from there. Armin 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 a back-up plan, and so he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched out as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing in front of packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed.

Despite having a Master’s degree in Law, the main ingredient in Armin’s life was always be music. Armin: I see it as my responsibility to promote trance as a genre, and I want to support it in every way I can. Music should connect us. As long as the music keeps evolving like it is, I will continue and I dont see any reason to slow it down.


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. Once the beats of his first record have kicked in, the room lights up and chanting starts to fill the air. To witness a set by Armin van Buuren is to be blown away — to lose yourself completely in the music and become one with the people around you. Mixing seamlessly, he has created his own sound and style, making his DJ sets a truly 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.

His busy life as a DJ has inspired countless people both personally and professionally. In 2009, Dutch author Coen Bom presented his on-the-road biography of Armin, called ‘Eén op één’ / ‘Armin Only’, in which he reported on 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.

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 was Armin’s performance for the newly crowned King and Queen of The Netherlands in 2013, 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.

Without question another memorable highlight of Armin’s career was his DJ set at the Museumplein in Amsterdam in July of 2010, during the ceremonial honoring of the Dutch national 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.

In 2013 Armin’s career hit another milestone when he was the first solo dance artist to play in Madison Square Garden. The event was completely sold out, representing another crowning achievement for the DJ.

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. More than 33 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 ‘Armin Only’ tour, Armin brought out a unique and exclusive show format, which unfolded like the many layers of his ‘Intense’ album. In total, more than 500,000 visitors attended, spanning 5 continents. A ‘Road Movie’ series was also created, documenting behind-the-scenes footage of the entire tour as it took place.

In 2014 Armin began a highly successful weekly residency at the famous Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza, playing every Thursday night from June 26th to September 11th alongside top DJs from the Armada Music roster. After the residency, he released a compilation entitled ‘A State of Trance at Ushuaïa Ibiza’ to commemorate the season.


What started as an obsession for radio has turned into a weekly highlight for more than 33 million listeners, broadcasting to over 100 FM stations and fans from over 84 countries. In June 2001, Armin van Buuren aired the first episode of ‘A State of Trance’. Fourteen years later, he still hosts the weekly 2-hour show, where he presents the biggest tunes of the moment and provides an interactive way for fans to discover new music. Regular features of the show are the ‘Tune of the Week’, ‘A State of Trance Radio Classic’, and the ‘Future Favorite’, which is based on an online voting poll.

Celebrating each milestone, Armin did an extensive world tour based around the 650th episode of ASOT in early 2014. The ‘New Horizons’ world tour landed in the cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Almaty, Utrecht, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Miami. The 8-week tour took place in January, February, and March of 2014 and included 9 shows in countries all around the globe, with events broadcast live on the A State of Trance website.

In continuation of the success of ASOT, Armin recently kicked off his A State of Trance 700 Festival tour. ASOT Festival was a new concept developed for 2015 in conjunction with ASOT Episode #700. Armin van Buuren became the first DJ to have his own festival, the biggest trance festival tour in history. The tour currently spins, reaching Utrecht, Buenos Aires, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Sydney and Melbourne, and other destinations worldwide. Episode #700 is the first time that an entirely fan-created show was used, with fans being given the chance to present their favorite tracks on-air. Fans were asked to submit voice recordings of themselves introducing their favorite trance tracks of all time, and the resultant songs and recordings will be used to create an entirely fan-made episode — it marks the first time in the world a major dance radio show has ever done this.

Reflecting upon the A State of Trance world tours, Armin says: Im deeply honored by all the positive things that are happening for the show and for the sound in general. Ive always said ASOT is not only a show for, but also a show by the fans. The show wouldnt be where it is without the fans, so it feels amazing to see so many people celebrating along. Its crazy to see groups of fans going crazy to the same music that were playing on the other side of the world. People wearing banners, flags, and making their own private party. This is what I meant with turning the world into a dance floor.

Each year, the listeners of the show are asked to vote for their favorite records of the year, with the ‘A State of Trance Top 20’ as the official result. Each track on this list ends up in the ‘A State of Trance Year Mix’, released at the end of December. Weeks of editing and mixing come together in a 2 hour mega-mix showcasing over 100 tracks and countless memories. Several hundred thousand copies of the series have been sold to date, and the series has been going strong for over 10 years. Another series that Armin has linked to the radio show is the ‘A State of Trance Classics’ compilation. After years of providing some of the most essential classics and all-time favorites in EDM, the series continues to commemorate the early days of dance music. More recently, Armin was awarded 4x Platinum for his Year Mix ASOT series in late 2014.

In addition to the radio show, Armin started the weekly ‘A State of Trance Podcast’ with a selection from the previous episode of the radio show, ensuring that listeners never miss out on any highlights. Every Sunday, Armin also hosts a 24-hour radio day called ‘A State of Sundays’, broadcast on one of the biggest radio stations in the United States: Sirius XM Satellite Radio. In addition to the A State of Trance shows, A State of Sundays also introduces its listeners to the sets and radio shows of other popular DJs and talented artists.

Furthermore, Armin’s ‘A State of Trance – Radio‘ Spotify Playlist surpassed the legendary milestone of 1 million followers, premiering him as the first ever DJ to do so, only trumped by One Direction.


Armin van Buuren can now look back on the success of his ‘76’ (2003), ‘Shivers’ (2005), ‘Imagine’ (2008), ‘Mirage’ (2010), and ‘Intense’ (2013) albums. ‘Intense’ was nominated for the Dutch Edison Pop Award for ‘Best Dance Album’. The follow-up to his ‘Mirage’ album featured collaborations with Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, Australian duo NERVO, and singers like Trevor Guthrie, Emma Hewitt, Laura Jansen, Fiora, and more. ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ ft. Trevor Guthrie (the first single off the album) was nominated for the Grammy award for ‘Best Dance Recording’ and also received a nomination for a Canadian Juno Award. It became a worldwide hit, reaching A-List rotation on radio stations all across the globe and receiving silver, gold, platinum, and double platinum certifications in countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and Italy. The video has reached over 55 million views and counting.

Through the 16-piece musical mosaic of ‘Intense’, Armin introduced his fans to a wide range of exciting fusions, intricate soundscapes, and surprising new shades of his sound. ‘Intense’ is the biggest project he has ever worked on, uniting 3 years of studio work. In many ways, it’s also the most intuitive album he’s ever done. Armin: These songs came to life just by being in the studio, being who I am, and following my gut. I feel closer to myself than I ever have. The album sort of happened to me, it just all came together and the story wrote itself. I didnt try to force anything, I just did what I found interesting and tried to have as much fun in the studio as possible.

Whenever he’s not on tour or having a daddy-day with his daughter Fenna and son Remy, Armin locks himself up in the studio. Giving meaning to his famous quote “Dont be a prisoner of your own style, he explores the boundaries of EDM through his originals and remixes. Some of his most beloved works, such as ‘Communication’, ‘Burned With Desire’, ‘Blue Fear’, ‘Shivers’, and ‘Yet Another Day’, have grown into highly revered classics, withstanding the test of time.

With remix offers flooding in, Armin has the luxury of taking on only the tracks that he really loves. His remix discography includes the cult TV series ‘24’, the Danish TV series ‘The Killing’, the Dutch film ‘Nova Zembla’ and tracks by the likes of Krewella, Motorcycle, The Killers, Faithless, BT, Dido, Zedd, Chicane, and Kerli. In 2013, Armin created the soundtrack for the Dutch film ‘Verliefd Op Ibiza’, and the title track of the soundtrack was ‘Waiting for the Night’ (featuring Fiora). In 2014 he was also honored with the opportunity to remix the main track from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ — ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel.

After over 20 years of chart-topping success, ‘Armin Anthems’ was released in 2014 — a compilation featuring the greatest Armin anthems of all time, as voted by the fans. Fans were asked to select their 5 favorite tracks from Armin’s extensive repertoire, and the results formed the track list for the compilation. But even though Armin’s music has been around for a few decades, the end is nowhere to be seen. Currently, Armin is working on a new album, which will be released later this year.


In 2003, plans emerged to set up a record label: Armada Music. Together with Maykel Piron and David Lewis (Ar-Ma-Da), Armin built the foundation of one of the most successful record labels worldwide. Armada Music (voted ‘Best Global Record Label’ 5 years in a row) is home to 28 sub-labels and releases productions by some of the industry’s biggest names and rising talents. Armin’s very own ‘Armind’ and ‘A State of Trance’ labels have found a safe haven at Armada Music, as well as his ‘A State of Trance’ compilation series and artist albums.

Armin’s annual ‘A State of Trance’ compilations have become an institution in the industry, having won several awards. As if one compilation wasn’t enough, Armin recorded some of his live sets in Ibiza and released them under the ‘Universal Religion’ moniker. The summer of 2013 saw the 7th chapter of this beloved series released, with a two-hour live recording of Armin’s residency at club Privilege.

In the summer of 2014, he released the ‘A State of Trance at Ushuaïa, Ibiza’ compilation, commemorating his summer long residency there. He also released the third and final installment of ‘Intense’ — The Most Intense Edition. Despite his ambitious and hectic schedule, he still serves as A&R of Armind, WAO138?!, and A State of Trance.


Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work, and the landmarks just keep coming. Armin’s trophy closet is crammed with awards, and here is a selection of them:

DJ Mag Top 100 Positions:

2001: #27 2002: #5 2003: #3 2004: #3 2005: #3 2006: #2 2007: #1 2008: #1 2009: #1 2010: #1 2011: #2 2012: #1 2013: #2 2014: #3


International Dance Music Awards for: Best Dance Radio Mix show DJ & Best Full Length DJ Mix CD – ‘A State of Trance’


#1 in DJ Mag Top 100

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Radio Mix Show DJ & Best CD Compilation – ‘A State Of Trance 2006’


#1 in DJ Mag Top 100

International Dance Music Awards for: Best European DJ & Best Radio Mix Show DJ

Buma Cultuur Pop Award – the most important Dutch musician award since 1986

Armin plays for 35,000 people at 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 his own event


#1 in DJ Mag Top 100

#1 DJ in Australia’s International Acts

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Progressive House/Trance Track – ‘In & Out of Love’ ft. Sharon den Adel, Best European DJ, Best Radio Mix Show DJ, Best Music Video – ‘In & Out Of Love’ & Best Global Record Label – Armada Music

DJ Awards – Best International DJ


#1 in DJ Mag Top 100

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Global DJ, Best Podcast – A State of Trance Podcast & Best Global Record Label – Armada Music

DJ Awards – Best Trance DJ

Gouden Harp – highest distinction a Dutch artist can get


#2 in DJ Mag Top 100

#1 DJ in Australia’s International Acts

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Trance Track: ‘Not Giving Up On Love’ ft. Sophie Ellis Bextor, Best European DJ, Best Global DJ, Best Radio Mix Show DJ, Best Full Length DJ Mix – ‘A State of Trance 2010’, Best Podcast & Best Global Record Label – Armada Music

DJ Awards – Best International DJ & Best Trance DJ

Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – Royal distinction


#1 in DJ Mag Top 100

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Trance Track: ‘Feels So Good’ ft. Nadia Ali, Best Global DJ, Best Radio Mix Show DJ, Best Podcast & Best Global Record Label – Armada Music

DJ Awards – Best International DJ & Best Trance DJ

FCN Business Award


#2 in DJ Mag Top 100

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Trance Track -‘J’ai Envie De Toi’, Best Radio Mix Show DJ, Best Producer, Best Global DJ, Best Podcast – A State of Trance Podcast and Best Global Record Label – Armada Music

‘This Is What It Feels Like’: gold in Italy, double platinum in Canada & The Netherlands, silver in the UK, platinum in Australia

Honorary pin of the city of Leiden

‘Save My Night’ featured in Heineken’s ‘Dance More, Drink Slow’ Campaign


#3 in DJ Mag Top 100

‘This Is What It Feels Like’ certified 7x Platinum in the Netherlands

International Dance Music Awards for: Best Trance Track, Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix, Best Trance DJ, Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ, Best Artist (Solo), Best Featured Vocalist Performance, Best Music Video & Best Producer

Grammy nomination and a Juno Award nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like,

Edison Pop Award nomination for the ‘Intense’ album

From June 26th-September 11th, he had a weekly residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza every Thursday night

33 sold out Armin Only shows in locations including New York, Amsterdam, Moscow, and Sydney

ASOT 650 world tour ‘New Horizons’: Moscow, Almaty, Yekaterinburg, Utrecht, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta & Miami

Honoured on a commemorative Dutch postage stamp

Honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam

Second most followed artist Spotify playlist – ‘A State Of Trance Radio’

DJ Awards Ibiza winner: ‘Best Trance DJ’

Lifetime achievement nomination from Sirius XM