Armin van Buuren To Wrap Up 'ASOT500' Celebrations in Australia
Written by Mtv News Friday, 15 April 2011 12:59
After rocking Johannesburg in South Africa, Miami, Buenos Aires and his native Netherlands at Den Bosch, trance music superstar Armin van Buuren will round out his all-star-DJ-five-events-over-five-weeks-on-five-continents celebration of the 500th episode of his popular weekly radio show "A State of Trance" in Sydney, Australia. The commemorating series, known to 15 million show listeners in 26 countries around the world as ASOT500, warps up this Saturday at Sydney's Acer Arena.
Van Buuren, one of dance music's most iconic DJ/producers, is certainly pleased at the scope of the globe-spanning endeavor. But what has the world's #1 DJ, as voted by fans four years in a row in DJ Mag's highly coveted annual Top 100 DJ poll, particularly proud is the sense of community he's found with the high-caliber DJs that participated in his ASOT500 celebration.
"I asked the listeners back in September of last year which DJs they wanted to see," van Buuren told MTV News. "So I had a poll on my website and we got over 25,000 reactions, and I basically approached the DJs from the top of that list. It's the cream of the crop, and I'm really proud because it shows you this community wants to work together, which for me is the biggest thing. This scene can only grow if we work together. That's the idea behind 'A State of Trance 500.' "
Indeed, the long list of contributing DJs for ASOT 500's festivities is star studded: Lange, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, ATB, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Above and Beyond and Cosmic Gate are but a small few of the supporting acts. At Den Bosch alone, ASOT 500 boasted five rooms, each with more than seven performances over sometimes more than nine hours.
It makes sense then that the video for the festivities' theme song, a van Buuren-produced (under the name Gaia) tune titled "Status Excessu D" (Latin for "A State of Trance 500"), features five outer-space mascots planting flags in five countries, uniting the world in one giant trance music groove. So when it came time for van Buuren to release his first apparel line — the DJ/producer recently signed a multiyear clothing and footwear deal with Quick Sports International — naturally his affable space cadets presented themselves front and center.
"The first batch of clothing that we will release are for A State of Trance episode 500," van Buuren said. "[With five events on five continents] we have the five puppets, they are the mascots of the five events. Like the space cadets. And in the video [for 'Excessu D'], you see the five puppets coming from outer space and connecting the world globally. The world has become one big dance floor."
"All DJs unite for a state of trance," he continued, "and it's not about the brand, A State of Trance. It's so much more about the trance family feeling. Celebrate trance, and share it with the community out there."
For now, van Buuren's putting out this limited-edition ASOT500 "Q by Armin van Buuren" offering of white, black and gray shirts and footwear, a collection he designed based on what the superstar DJ normally wears to "club." But he intends to release subsequent collections of clothing, for men and women (his wife has also taken on designer duties), with "On the Beach" and "In the Club," the names of the two discs that make up his latest release, A State of Trance 2011, in mind.
"When you go on holiday, you have to go to all of these stores to get your swimming shorts, to get your sunglasses, to get your T-shirts. It takes a lot of time, so I told the guys from Quick, I'm thinking about the people that like trance. I'm thinking about my fans. What they would like would be to have a one-stop shop for women and for men." A State of Trance 500 broadcasts live this Saturday from Sydney, featuring van Buuren, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Aly & Fila, Menno de Jong, Shogun and tyDi.
Armin van Buuren talks to Tilllate Magazine (August issue)
Written by Tillate Magazine (August Issue) Wednesday, 18 August 2010 20:40
Armin Only Armin van Buuren’s status as the world’s most popular dj has been set in stone for years now. But he’s in no mood to relinquish that position just yet – with a debut headline performance at the upcoming sw4 festival in mind. He’s readying himself for the one of the most important gigs of his career. Tillate talks exclusively to Armin about pre-gig nerves. His hugely-anticipated new artist album. World cup blues. Ibiza. Trance. Eight-hour sets and a whole lot more.
When Tilllate meets up with Armin van Buuren, the patriotic Dutchman is still licking a few wounds from Holland’s heartbreaking World Cup final defeat; the ecstasy and agony of it all has left him a little worn out but, ultimately, very proud too. “Just getting to the final was so unexpected,” he says, still sounding a little dazed by the experience. “I didn’t think we’d even get pas Brazil so we’re all really proud of the guys here – Robben and Sneijder were fantastic. It’s just great to see so many people from Holland going round the world and doing well at the moment; in sport and music as well.”
Armin van Buuren, the world’s top DJ: “Leiden is cool: It’s a city to be proud of”
For the third consecutive this year, Armin van Buuren has been voted the world’s top DJ by leading music publication DJ Magazine. This highly successful young DJ, producer and co-owner of two record labels, travels the world, but feels most at home in his home town of Leiden. “We’ve even got a Starbucks now!”
Successful and highly likeable music professional Armin van Buuren explains his strong connections with Leiden: ‘I was born here, went to school here and studied law at the university. Added to which, I recently got married here and now live in the city. My first job was at Nexus, a student disco in Leiden, while I was still studying.”
Written by Dennis van Luling translated by Arminonly.net Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:04
Amsterdam – Trance-dj Armin van Buuren starts 13 november with a new tour. The best dj in the world reveals which countries will have an Armin Only in an interview with NU.nl. Van Buuren launched his first track from his new album Mirage, which will release on 10 September. The dj has chosen for a new way with Full Focus. “It has become a kind of symphonic rocktrack.”
Van Buuren worked for a half year on the track, which he recently shared with his followers on the Spanish island Ibiza. “I have made it with the band of my brother, plus a classical orchestra. I wanted to try out something diffrent. So I sat there with arrangers and strings. It was amazing to do.” I have tested the tracks for Mirage this year during my gigs. Full Focus is a real party track for the summer.
Armin van Buuren Has 'Too Many Tracks' For Next Album
Written by Akshay Bhansali Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:58
Few artists have been able to achieve the level of consistency that Dutch trance icon Armin van Buuren has been able to maintain in his career. Tens of thousands of fans frequently gather to see him spin, and when it comes to tastemakers the proof is in his accolades. For the past three years he has held the top spot on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list, one of the top honors in the electronic-music industry. And at the recent Ultra Music Festival in Miami, MTV News witnessed him holding court, spinning records from his recently released A State of Trance 2010 compilation album for close to 100,000 of his fans.
For one of the highest-grossing earners in the electronic-music game, it's endearing to hear that for the DJ/ producer/ record-label owner, his weekly radio show, which he began just under a decade ago and now boasts millions of listeners in 40 countries, remains his most important endeavor.