Armin van Buuren is arguably the most influential man in trance music - the guy is practically a living legend. Armin’s prolific career began at the young age of fourteen. He would spend his hard earned pay, which he made from working a paper route, on investing in new records. As his extensive collection of tracks grew, so did his commitment to music. “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.”
With a lifetime of achievements under his belt, it is nearly impossible to put anything beyond AvB. He has put out four phenomenal studio albums entitled: 76, Shivers, Imagine, and Mirage. His Imagine album placed at #1 on the Dutch Album Top 100 Chart. This is an accomplishment that no other dance producer has done before him. In 2003, Armin co-founded the Amsterdam-based label Armada Music, along with Maykel Piron and David Lewis. The Armada name came to be by joining the first two letters of each of the founding members’ first name [Ar-Ma-Da]. Armin was crowned #1 in the critically acclaimed DJ Mag Top 100 for four consecutive years (2007-2010). However, in 2011 Armin humbly stepped down from his throne as runner up to David Guetta - It was the 8th year Armin placed within the Top 3. Did I mention that he managed to achieve all of this while obtaining a degree in law?
It has been eleven years since Armin started his weekly A State of Trance radio show. ASOT currently reaches 15 million listeners tuning in from 26 different countries. The show is broadcasted across forty FM stations, satellite radio, internet radio and features 50 thousand downloads each week. Not to mention, winning the ‘Best Mix Radio Show’ award at the prestigious Winter Music Conference for five straight years. To this day, Armin continues to select, host, master and mix the show himself.
In commemoration of his 550th episode, Armin envisioned an event that would be extended to his fans on a global scale. The theme for Armin’s ASOT 550 is spreading the love for music. “I see it as my responsibility to promote trance as a genre and I want to support every single DJ, competition or no competition. Music should connect us.” Armin is definitely doing his part, taking his ASOT 550 show across five different countries for a six-date ceremony. Each event will be broadcasted to millions of listeners worldwide, giving everyone the opportunity to be a part of the celebration. “This is what makes A State of Trance 550 special; it’s not just a party in some venue but the whole world is joining the party!”
A State of Trance will be hosting Insomniac’s “Queen’s Domain” stage at Beyond Wonderland. Armin is bringing an armada of supporting talent with him, including Gareth Emery, Arty, John O’ Callaghan, Sied Van Riel, Shogun and Fei Fei. Be a part of the celebration, as we recognize the achievements of Armin van Buuren and his A State of Trance radio show.
Check out this recent ASOT 550 interview with Armin van Buuren here.