Saturday Night Session 015: Armin van Buuren discusses how his heart will always be with trance music and teases a return of his ‘classical’ Armin sound later this year

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Saturday Night Session 015: Armin van Buuren discusses how his heart will always be with trance music and teases a return of his ‘classical’ Armin sound later this yearULTRA MIAMI BY BART HEEMSKERK

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Dutch DJ and producer Armin van Buuren has been called many things. ‘Trance legend,’ a ‘godfather’ of modern day electronic music, and ‘musical icon’ are a few of the many descriptors that he has amassed throughout his 20 year career. The artists who do end up becoming global headliners typically ride the five-year wave of being at the top before they either burn out or the next new act comes and takes their place. Van Buuren has found a way to maintain his stature in the industry over the long term while also balancing teaching a masterclass, touring, releasing copious amounts of new music, and most importantly, having a family at home.

Those who have been fans of the producer for the longer term know he has continued to innovate sonically and push the boundaries of what is considered ‘his style.’ While Trance is the genre van Buuren is most closely associated with historically, his releases over the past few years have become increasingly diverse. In 2019 alone, the producer has released hardstyle, DnB, Trance, and Big Room singles.

While it may seem that van Buuren’s increasing sonic diversity and musical experimentation have been a purposeful and strategic decision, the artist clarifies otherwise. Van Buuren states, “As an artist, I’m always looking to reinvent myself, to try new things and get creative. I don’t want to be a prisoner of my own style. Sometimes, that means I create music that some people may not expect or even encourage.” He continues, “But it’s not even about wanting to change it up. It’s not as if I decide to create a certain style of music even before I set foot in the studio. Instead, I just let inspiration take me into the direction it wants to. My heart will always be with Trance, but I need it to explore my boundaries to innovate.”

Van Buuren recently released a new single, “Turn It Up,” and he explains that the track was created for the sole purpose of inciting energy in a crowd during a live performance. When asked if fans could expect to hear new music coming out that is a closer listen to the ‘old school’ Armin style versus the ‘new school’ releases such as “Turn It Up,” he explains that the answer to that question would entirely depend on one’s definition of his ‘old school’ style.

He notes, “Music is always evolving, so to reach back for that classic sound of, say, the early ‘90s or early 2000s might not even work in today’s scene. That being said though, I still love Trance music as much as I did back when I first started out, and I still love creating it. So I’m definitely up for it. That’s why later this year you will hear more “classic” Armin sounds coming out of my studio. Let’s just see what happens!”

While the prospect of the ‘classic’ Armin sound returning makes it nearly impossible to be patient for his new music coming later this year, van Buuren’s Saturday Night Session throws the listener straight into A State of Trance set, showcasing his finest and most energetic Trance work.

When asked what kind of a night his Saturday Night Session is getting listener’s ready for, he notes, “A Saturday night you won’t forget for the rest of your lives! All funny business aside though, it’s a very energetic mix perfect for the bigger stages. Could even be a mainstage set for an A State Of Trance event! Hope you guys like it!”

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The music you’ve been putting out is becoming increasingly diverse in genre. What made you want to start changing it up?


As an artist, I’m always looking to reinvent myself, to try new things and get creative. I don’t want to be a prisoner of my own style. Sometimes, that means I create music that some people may not expect or even encourage. But it’s not even about wanting to change it up. It’s not as if I decide to create a certain style of music even before I set foot in the studio. Instead, I just let inspiration take me into the direction it wants to. My heart will always be with trance, but I need it to explore my boundaries to innovate.

Can you tell us more about your new song?

“Turn It Up” is a real club/festival track made for the sole purpose of making a crowd go crazy. And, judging by the response of the ASOT Utrecht 900 audience when I played it, it does it’s job quite well. You could say it’s a follow-up to “Blah Blah Blah,” but I also feel it’s a solid mainstage banger in its own right.

Can we expect to hear any more ‘Old School’ Armin Trance releases in the near future?


That would mostly depend on your definition of ‘Old School’. Music is always evolving, so to reach back for that classic sound of, say, the early ‘90s or early 2000s might not even work in today’s scene. That being said though, I still love Trance music as much as I did back when I first started out, and I still love creating it. So I’m definitely up for it. That’s why later this year you will hear more “classic” Armin sounds coming out of my studio. Let’s just see what happens!

Are there any up and coming artists who you feel are rising superstars?


I really like what Fatum are doing, but also Avao and Maarten de Jong.

The amount of music you have been releasing is impressive, especially when considering you were teaching a masterclass, touring, and you have a family at home among the many other things you do. How do you manage to do it all?

It’s quite a tough act to balance, that’s for sure. Luckily, I’m surrounded by wonderful people and an amazing team, all of whom look out for me. I also have a wonderful wife who helps me keep both feet on the ground. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be able to do all of this without them.

What are you listening to right now? Outside of your own music, of course.


It largely depends on the mood I’m in. I tend to enjoy many different kinds of music and always try to keep an open mind. For instance, some of my favorite all-time dance tracks range from Jules Verne’s mix of L.S.G.’s “Netherworld” to The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” – I still can’t believe we lost Keith Flint so suddenly – to the Ben Liebrand remix of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” So there’s not a specific artist or genre I’m listening to at the moment, but rather a lot of different tracks and styles that I just find very enjoyable right now. If a record strikes a chord in me, I like it, no matter which genre or style is. Currently I’m listening to Derelicts by Carbon Based Lifeforms.

Did you grow up listening to electronic music? What spurred your love for it and made you want to make this a career?

I actually grew up listening to lots of different kinds of music. My mom and my dad both enjoyed various styles of music, from Jazz to Classical music to The Beatles. Electronic music was barely a thing back when I grew up. The first time I heard dance music was when a friend of mine gave me a cassette tape with a mini mix from Ben Liebrand on it. I was sold ever since. I spent all of the money I earned with my paper route on buying new records and experimented a lot with mixing and sequencing on a computer my mom had won when I was ten years old. That was the start of it all for me.

Do you have a favorite year or era of electronic music?

Not really. One of the things I truly love about electronic music is that it changes so frequently. There are genres that merge, styles that evolve, and even new musical waves that just seem to come out of nowhere every few months or so. I love it. It’s what make this whole scene so unique. And that’s also why I don’t have a favorite. Each “era” has its own small wonders.

Are any of your children interested in being a music producer like you? Would you encourage them to do so if this is what they wanted?

I don’t think they’re interested in being a music producer as of yet, but they’re also still quite young. And, as any dad, I just want them to be as happy as they can possible be throughout their lives. If that means they want to pursue a career in music, I’m okay with that and can probably teach them a lot about the lifestyle and all. If they’d rather pick something else, I’m perfectly fine with that as well. I’ll support them no matter what.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix getting us ready for?


A Saturday night you won’t forget for the rest of your lives! All funny business aside though, it’s a very energetic mix perfect for the bigger stages. Could even be a mainstage set for an A State Of Trance event! Hope you guys like it!

Above & Beyond team up with Armin van Buuren for massive new collaboration

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Above & Beyond team up with Armin van Buuren for massive new collaborationArmin And Above Beyond

Each highly respected artists in their own right, Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren have dominated the trance landscape for years. Now, coming together for the first time ever, the trance giants have shared their uplifting new collaboration, “Show Me Love.”

Debuted during Armin van Buuren’s main stage set A State Of Trance 900, the track fuses the best of both acts’ styles. With emotive piano lines, high energy synth work, and vocal chops sure to tear down any festival, the song is a culmination of years of trance history in the making. Released on van Buuren’s Armada Records, the track is a testament to the longevity of trance music and a powerful showing from the artists at the top of their scene.

Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond share snippet of new collaboration, ‘Show Me Love’

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Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond share snippet of new collaboration, ‘Show Me Love’Armin And Above Beyond

Trance giants Armin van Buuren and Above & Beyond have teamed up for their first-ever collaboration ‘Show Me Love,’ debuting the track during van Buuren’s Main Stage set at A State of Trance 900 in Utrecht on February 23. The Dutch heavyweight invited the trio onstage, eliciting an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the unsuspecting ASOT crowd.

Given van Buuren and Above & Beyond’s statuses as some of the most auspicious artists in the trance world, it’s curious that the two have not crossed paths in a production capacity until now. With a piano breakdown, gritty synths, and melodic atmosphere, “Show Me Love” brings the core of both groups’ signature strengths into a high-energy collaboration. “Show Me Love” is set for official, dual release March 1 on each artist’s respective label, Armind (Armada) and Anjunabeats.

Preview the new track via Beatport.

Relive The Magic From A State Of Trance 900 [Watch]

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If you are a trance fan like me, the A State of Trance milestone events are almost like our Super Bowl. 1 day, 1 mindset, 1 goal – TRANCE, and that is exactly what we got last night in Utrecht. A State of Trance 900 took place last night in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands

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Armin van Buuren releases ASOT 2018 Year Mix

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Armin van Buuren releases ASOT 2018  Year MixA State Of Trance Armin Van Buuren A State Of Tran

Another year is wrapping up, and with it an array of reflective mixes and compilations. One of the most sought-after is Armin van Buuren‘s Year Mix. Each December, fans of the icon and his beloved ASOT brand can look forward to a diverse mixture of the finest trance, big room, and pop cuts that Armin discovers and proliferates throughout the year. Heavy dancing is often involved.

The 2018 edition is a standout once again, kicking off the mix with euphoric, progressive-leaning cuts by Omnia and Audien, before kicking it up a notch with fierce uplifters and a dose of psy from the likes of Jorn Deynhoven, STANDERWICK, and more. A wild ride with precise mixing and cohesion, it’s safe to say the Dutch artist has still got it.

Armin van Buuren unleashes two-hour set for BBC Radio 1

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Armin van Buuren unleashes two-hour set for BBC Radio 1Armin Van Buuren Bbc1 Radio

Trance superman Armin van Buuren recently blasted through a two-hour set for BBC Radio 1‘s Residency Special. A State of Trance infiltrated the London-based radio airwaves with uplifting, classic jams from times past.

The mix highlights iconic tunes from Paul van DykThe Thrillseekers, Ferry Corsten, Binary Finary, Mike P.U.S.H., and many more. Various remixes sprinkle the set such as ones from David Gravell, Jorn Van Deynhoven, Standerwick, and other trance greats.

Van Buuren continues his prolific career, as his residency in Ibiza ends September 19. His summer hit “Blah Blah Blah” has reached close to 80 million views on YouTube, and he recently released a remix pack for the heater.

Upcoming shows include Imagine Festival in Atlanta, Ultra Japan, and Ultra Mexico.

Tracklist:

Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank 1 Remix)
The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
Binary Finary – 1998 (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb ft. The Grim Reaper – Follow Me (Psyburst Mix)
Planet Perfecto Knights – ResuRection (Paul Oakenfold Full On Fluoro Remix)
Ayla – Ayla (Ben Nicky & Luke Bond Remix)
Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab – Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)
Paul van Dyk ft. Vega 4 – Time Of Our Lives
Push – Universal Nation (Ørjan Nilsen Remix)
Lost Tribe – Gamemaster (Lightform Reborn Mix)
M.I.K.E. pres.Push – Strange World
Veracocha – Carte Blanche
Underworld – Born Slippy (Jorn Van Deynhoven Rework)
Perry O’Neil – Wave Force (South Of The Stars Remix)
The Killers vs. Exis – Brightside Survival (STANDERWICK Mashup)
Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn Van Deynhoven Remix)
Armin van Buuren & Shapov – Our Origin
Warrior – Warrior (Luke Bond Vocal Mix)
Luke Bond vs. Loud Luxury ft. Brando vs. Exis – U vs. Body vs. The Count (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Armin van Buuren – Communication (David Gravell Remix)
Armin van Buuren & Vini Vici & ALOK ft. Zafrir – United
Dash Berlin ft. Bo Bruce – Coming Home (STANDERWICK Remix)
Armin van Buuren ft. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
Ran-D vs. Scot Project vs. Allen Watts – Zombie vs. D (Don’t Go) vs. Flashback (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Avao vs. Armin Van Buuren & Andrew Rayel vs. Cosmic Gate – Activate vs. EIFORYA vs. Exploration Of Space (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Sunset Bros & Mark McCabe ft. Angela McCluskey – I’m Feeling It (In The Air) (MaRLo Remix)
Armin van Buuren pres.Rising Star ft. Fiora – Just As You Are
Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
First State & Shinovi vs. Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie & W&W vs. Chris Schweizer – Children Of The Masai vs. This Is What It Feels Like vs. Ascension (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah
Militia vs. W&W & Vini Vici vs. Armin van Buuren ft. Hilight Tribe vs. Wildstylez – Take Me There vs. Chakra vs. Great Spirit (Armin van Buuren Mashup)

Armin van Buuren releases full Tomorrowland set from A State of Trance stage

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Armin van Buuren releases full Tomorrowland set from A State of Trance stageTomorrowland Armin Van Buuren 2018

Armin van Buuren has shared his entire Tomorrowland weekend two set from this year’s set at the A State of Trance stage. Those who missed, or daydreamers trying to relive that day in festival history can now listen through the 43 tracks, in order, of which he played. Van Buuren opened with a dedication to his son, Remy, who turned five, before dropping into his new song with Vini Vici and Alok featuring Zafrir, “United.” Powering through, the trance legend hits songs produced by himself and close collaborators in the genre space such as W&W, Vini Vici, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Conrad Sewell, Shapov, Josh Cumbee, Maor Levi, Mark Sixma, Super8 & Tab, STANDERWICK, Emma Hewitt, Ben Gold, and many more.

Van Buuren’s nearly two-hour set was one of three sets he played at one of the biggest festivals in the world. The other two sets took place on Tomorrowland’s infamous main stage. If four hours from the trance radio behemoth isn’t enough, he played a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival in Romania earlier this month and shared the full stream.

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Armin van Buuren throws a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival [WATCH]

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Armin van Buuren throws a seven hour trance set at Untold Festival [WATCH]Armin Van Buuren Rukes

Untold Festival 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania was a hit as festival season’s first weekend in August kicked off. Headliners included DJs and electronic acts such as The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, Parov Stelar, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Kygo, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto.

Fans who were unable to make it to Romania had the pleasure of streaming wild sets from the weekend — including a legendary seven hour set from Armin van Buuren, who’s known to do extended sets at this event. The legendary Dutch DJ closed out the festival, starting at 2:00am on Monday morning, and ending shortly after 9:00am. The ASOT maestro far outpaced his performance from last year, which lasted only a mere 5 hours.

Reach for this one as the work day gets going. It’s great for pumping out those deliverables and updating those spreadsheets, and by the time its over, the whole work day will have been spent in trance-induced bliss.

H/T: DJ Mag 

Niko Zografos Delivers Powerful Trance Track “The Vision” feat. Crystal Blakk

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A massive uplifting trance track has just been added to Aly & Fila’s Future Sound of Egypt label by the talented Niko Zografos. Hailing from Greece, the trance artist has been on the radar in the trance community for some time, having gotten the attention from Armin van Buuren’s radio show A State of Trance,

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Andrew Rayel Delivers Yet Another Banger in Single “Dark Resistance”

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The man from Moldova, Andrew Rayel, has been a fixture on the Trance scene for years now. Wrapping up an insane 2017, Andrew graced us with the banger “Horizon” featuring Lola Blanc to kick off his 2018. The captivated the Trance world immediately. There is no telling what you are going to get at his

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