If you aren't familiar with the legendary, Grammy nominated artist, Armin Van Buuren, or Armin for short, you will be now. Electronic dance music has been making all the big headlines at award shows and chart-topping lists geared towards music and Armin just set the bar really high for all his predecessors. While many EDM artists, whether it may be Trance, House or Dubstep, are gaining quick recognition for single EP releases and hit remixes, Armin is solidifying his position amongst top artists and musicians across borders.
Armin Van Buuren sets the record for the most tally's on Billboard's 'Dance/Electronic Albums Chart' with his recent debut of his album, "A State of Trance Year Mix 2013." This specific album landed at the No. 21 spot, but it's also his 10th charted title within his "State of Trance" series to make it on the list. In the grand scheme of things, this marks Armin's 20th charted album in total, surpassing Louie DeVito by a single tally.
One of the best things about the holiday season is the release of yearmixes from our favorite DJs and producers. Recapping the whole year of music in one mix has become a great tradition in the past few years, and who better to lead us into 2013 than the five-time #1 DJ in the world, and Joonbug's own NYE headliner, Armin van Buuren.Last year's mix is still a classic, featuring over 80 tracks and crossing multiple genres. But, Armin being Armin, the 2012 yearmix is even bigger. Featuring over 100 of the year's biggest tunes and names (Markus Schulz, Dash Berlin, Gareth Emery, Andrew Rayel, Arty), this mix is sure to make some noise. After all, it's got the Armin seal of approval. Get in the mood for an epic New Year's Eve and preorder it here now! And don't forget to watch Armin live as he makes history this New Year's Eve and throws one of the most epic parties NYC has ever seen! Get your tickets here before they are all gone! Check out the full tracklist below, and take a listen to the megamix he delivered from 2011. The yearmix debuts on episode of 593 of his radio A State of Trance before its official release on iTunes on January 4th. 2012 Yearmix Tracklist:
"When am I in a state of Trance? When I listen to a good track, a track that I really like. One that's energetic, euphoric, uplifting," said Armin van Buuren on the latest episode of UMF TV, which brings fans on a special revisit to 'A State Of Trance' at Ultra 2012 with none other than, Armin himself.
The feature focuses heavily on Trance music. The genre has exploded over the years and you can hear how it has grown from Armin, Dash Berlin, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate and Gareth Emery who all played at the arena.
Word has spread that Armin will be joining the festivites again at Ultra 2013 on both weekends but you can catch him first when he plays the show of a lifetime at Pier 36 in NYC on New Year's Eve! For tickets and more information click here.
Love or hate the DJ Mag Awards, there is a reason why Armin van Buuren keeps coming out on top. Though he has officially retained the publication's number one spot for five of the past six years, many across the globe will argue that the Dutch icon will forever be number one, with or without an official title. A Knight, a father, and an international icon, Armin represents so much more than the average producer, and even more than any world-class DJ. Having flawlessly run his radio show A State of Trance for over ten years and having built an international fanbase that is more passionate than that of any artist, Armin stands for all things Trance and beyond, and represents a movement in music that is pure and impassioned.
Contributions from Katherine Ferolito
Miami was buzzing with excitement as Ultra Music Festival 2011 was in full swing. Pulling up to The Gansevoort Hotel, the chic tourists in Panama hats and high-end swimwear had been replaced with fist pumping teens in neon outfits and barely there bikinis. With the bass from the night before still bumping in our heads, we headed up to the private suite where Armin Van Buuren was holding his press interviews and preparing for his highly anticipated Ultra Music Festival performance happening that night. While his legions of fans waited for him to take the stage in just a few hours, Joonbug sat down with Van Buuren to talk about his upcoming performance, his world renowned radio show, and the empire he has created.