Armin van Buuren is once more lord of the Trance and the king of the dance floor, taking the No. 1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 for the third year running. Being the official World’s Most Popular DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music.
Armin van Buuren was born in Leiden, the Netherlands on December 25, 1976. He finished high school in 1995, and left for college to study law. While studying law, his 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 temporarily put his law degree on hold, however, he did complete his law degree in 2004 via Oxford University. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing out to packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed.
Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned on records. When he was 10, his mother won a computer, gaining Armin’s interest. “So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programs, and learnt about the technology from there.” He 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”. 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. His “Universal Religion” series has been going strong ever since the first edition in 2004. Every edition is a live recording, straight from the epicenter of Dance in summer: Club Amnesia in Ibiza. Every summer, Armin holds residency in this renowned club on the party isle. As the club fills with Dance lovers from all over the world, a special, atmosphere takes over, these special moments of pure Trance bliss, Armin captures onto his “Universal Religion” albums. Latest “Universal Religion 4” is filled with exclusive tracks and remixes, in a tight mix, live recorded at the sacred club.
Armin has always had his own studio and worked alone in the beginning of his career. Since the release of his third
studio album “Imagine” in 2008 he has been working with Benno de Goeij of Rank1 on all his productions and
remixes. Since 1995, he has released many tracks on different labels with increasing success. His first big success was
"Blue Fear" at the age of 19. This 'Euro Trance blueprint' made it into the UK Chart. "Communication" was released
on the same label, and had a huge impact on Ibiza in the summer of 1999. After being signed to AM PM Records, it
busted into the UK Singles Chart at #18 in 2000.
Early 1999 Armin started the Armind label together with United Recordings. First release, "Gig One" was well
received. Follow up "Touch Me", under the alias Rising Star, was signed to Ministry of Sound UK, while "Free" was
signed to R&S Records. Under the Gaia monniker he released "4 Elements" on Captivating Sounds, a sub-label of
Warner Brothers. Teaming up with Tiësto, two new projects saw life; under the guise Major League "Wonder Where
You Are?" was released on Black Hole Recordings while "Eternity" was released via Armind under the alias Alibi.
"Eternity" gained worldwide club and chart success and was signed to Paul van Dyk's Vandit Records. Another major
collaboration, this time with Ferry Corsten, resulted in the classic and very successful Trancer "Exhale”.
In 2000, Armin started his own Armin van Buuren compilation series. He managed to find a balance between
Progressive, Techno and Trance. First “A State of Trance” compilation, released in 2000, it sold more than 10,000
copies and contains his infamous remix of Moogwai’s, “Viola". The “A State Of Trance” compilations have won many
awards and continue to lead the Trance fans in the right direction with a fresh and exclusive selection of the hottest
tracks. Second compilation “Basic Instinct” saw its release early 2001. Third compilation “In Motion” was released
August 2001 with 4th comp “Transparence”, hitting the streets in 2002. In 2003 the “76” compilation saw light with
Ultra Records releasing in USA and Canada.
His “Universal Religion” series has been going strong ever since the first edition in 2004. Every edition is a live recording, straight from the epicenter of Dance in summer: Club Amnesia in Ibiza. Every summer, Armin holds residency in this renowned club on the party isle. As the club fills with Dance lovers from all over the world, a special, atmosphere takes over, these special moments of pure Trance bliss, Armin captures onto his “Universal Religion” albums. Latest “Universal Religion 4” is filled with exclusive tracks and remixes, in a tight mix, live recorded at the sacred club.
In 2008 his artist album titled ‘Imagine’ entered the Dutch Album Top 100 Chart at no. 1; the first time a Dance producer accomplished such a feat in the history of Dutch music. The first single taken from the album, "Going Wrong", debuted on his A State Of Trance radio show. The single sees the collaboration of Armin van Buuren with hot German producer Shah and singer Chris Jones. ‘Imagine’ debuted at #4 on the US Billboard's Top Electronic Albums Chart. Video of second single "In and Out of Love", featuring Sharon den Adel from world renowned Goth rockers Within Temptation, achieved more than 35 million views on YouTube. The album also spawned two more singles, "Unforgivable" featuring Jaren, and "Fine Without You", a collaboration with Jennifer Rene.