Armin van Buuren celebrates Armind’s 1500th release with ‘Stickup’

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Armin van Buuren has been helping to shape electronic music into the commercial force it is today for over 20 years. In addition to releasing music that has pushed the boundaries of the genre’s sound, he started what is arguably one of the most successful independent music labels in the world with Armada Music.

Today marks a landmark for the veteran producer thanks to the release of the 1500th track on Armada’s sublabel, Armind. “Stickup” by van Buuren himself, is the track that has been chosen for this coveted release spot in honor of the label’s continued success.

The heightened BPM drives the track into trance territory from the outset, and a robotic vocal line tells listeners to ‘put their hands up’—giving them a brief respite from the speedy kicks driving the piece forward. The song’s energy ebbs and flows as it goes on, creating a rollercoaster ride reminiscent of his earlier work during his trance days.

“Stickup” has been a mainstay in van Buuren’s live sets long before the track’s release date. The song was first played at A State Of Trance 900 in Utrecht, and it is now featured prominently on van Buuren’s new A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2019 album.

Watch: Armin van Buuren throws down 7-hour set in Romania

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Watch: Armin van Buuren throws down 7-hour set in RomaniaArmin Van Buuren Rukes

Attendees of UNTOLD Festival in Romania were treated to a legendary experience when trance maestro Armin van Buuren threw down a seven-and-a-half-hour set on Aug. 2.

Opening with an orchestral version of his own “La Résistance De L’Amour” with Shapov, the State of Trance host took fans on an hours-long journey through some of his most iconic tunes and sprinkling in other trance favorites from artists like W&W, Blasterjaxx, Adam Beyer, and countless others. Also buried amongst the performance’s expansive track list were multiple IDs, undoubtedly leaving the crowd wanting more despite the set’s expansive length.

Van Buuren’s been churning out music since the late nineties, and at 42, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. It’s even become a bit of a tradition for the storied producer to perform marathon sets at the festival, clocking in seven hours in 2018 and five in 2017.

Watch the performance in full below.

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Tomorrowland Weekend Two recap: Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Don Diablo and More

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Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.

For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.

Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineup

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Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Lil Pump top inaugural FestivalX lineupArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

The co-creators of Stereosonic, Hardware and Onelove have partnered with Live Nation to host Australia’s first-ever FestivalX, a touring festival led by Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, and Lil Pump. The inaugural installment of the new event will canvass Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne on November 29, 30, and December 1, respectively. The initial wave of artists features 28 producers, including Anna Lunoe, Cosmic Gate, Alison Wonderland, CamelPhat, Tchami, MK, MaRLo, and more. FestivalX offers attendees a hearty selection of electronic talent, and also caters to those with hip-hop proclivities in its inclusion of rhymers like Trippie Redd, Blueface, and Murda Beatz.

FestivalX organizers had originally intended to launch the event in 2018 to replace Stereosonic. FestivalX was then scheduled to travel to four different cities spanning Australia and New Zealand. The stops were ultimately cancelled due to “unforeseen last-minute changes in artist availability,” according to a joint statement issued at the time.

“As they say, good things come to those who wait,” Richie McNeill, founder of Hardware, said. “Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!”

Frank Cotela, the founder of Onelove echoed McNeill’s sentiment and expounded on the aim of FestivalX, “We hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production, and a focus firmly on fun.”

Tickets to FestivalX will go on sale on August 1. The OptusPerks pre-sale will begin on July 29. Those interested in attending FestivalX can learn more about the pre-sale, here. The Hardware Presents, One Love, and Live Nation pre-sale will commence one day later on July 31. For more information, visit FestivalX’s official website.

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Revisit Tomorrowland Weekend One, with Charlotte de Witte, Tiësto, KSHMR, and more

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Revisit Tomorrowland Weekend One, with Charlotte de Witte, Tiësto, KSHMR, and moreTomorrowland

Year after year, the most in-demand electronic acts from across the globe
and their cross-continental patrons gather in Boom, Belgium for what is unquestionably one of the most bonkers celebrations in dance music. This year, for its 15th anniversary, the festival saw familiar faces from across the electronic genre continuum, like techno tidal wave and Belgian native, Charlotte de Witte, trance’s enduring patriarch, Armin van Buuren, and the Godfather of EDM himself, Tiësto; while DJ Diesel (Shaq) caused quite a ruckus over at the main stage for his Tomorrowland dubstep-fueled debut.

The quintessential dance music domain saw a colossal main stage revamp of its 2012 theme, the Book of Wisdom. More larger-than-life performances are practically guaranteed for weekend two, which kicks off Thursday July 25, and closing out on Monday July 29.

NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + moreRezz Porter Robinsin Divinity Remi Live Debut

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance Event

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To commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of the most influential dance music festival’s on the planet, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is bringing two days of curation to Amsterdam for the hotly attended and industry-focused ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) October 17-18.

The sweeping thrust of dance music synergy, entitled Our Story, will see performances from Netsky, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots, Armin van Buuren, and more at the 17,000-person capacity Ziggo Dome.

Catering heavily to industry professionals and avid fans alike, ADE is the largest and most quintessential club/dance music and conference-oriented festival in existence. In 2018, the festival saw its most expansive turn out on record, with 400,000 visitors in attendance through its five-day span.

Tickets to Our Story go on sale June 11, but pre-sale is available now, here. The event will be available to standard ADE pass holders, as well, with limited capacity, however.

Armin van Buuren, Luke Bond, and Karra’s ‘Revolution’ destined for festival dominance

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Armin van Buuren, Luke Bond, and Karra’s ‘Revolution’ destined for festival dominanceArmin Van Buuren Press Shot Bart Heemskerk

Armin van Buuren, Luke Bond, and Karra prove a formidable electronic trifecta on “Revolution,” an adrenaline-spiking new single destined for main stage centrality. “Revolution” highlights the synergistic firepower inherent in van Buuren and Bond’s arrangement. Thunderous percussion propels the track, as the production’s melodies mount with comparable potency. Karra’s vocal amplifies the energetic nature of “Revolution,” stimulating listeners, and adding another high-octane layer to the joint project.

“Revolution” is destined for dominance in the 2019 festival circuit, and has already evinced its momentous presence at prior large-scale dance events. Armin van Buuren notably integrated the certified crowd pleaser in his main stage set at Ultra Music Festival’s 2019 iteration. Beyond the Miami affair, van Buuren placed “Revolution” on heavy rotation, weaving the track into his A State of Trance shows, among other live performances.

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NMF Roundup: A-Trak remixes The Magician, Lost Kings unveil new original + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

A-Trak brings the heat this Friday with a tantalizing remix of The Magician’s “Ready To Love,” and Lost Kings tap Anna Clendening for their new original, “Too Far Gone.” Habstrakt makes his Monstercat debut with “Infinite,” and Claptone takes on MARINA’s “Orange Trees” in a spicy new remix. Space Laces reveals a remix package for Overdrive, featuring tunes like Gammer’s remix of “Torque,” and GTA release a formidable trap number, “FK IT.” Maduk has remixed Fox Stevenson’s “Take You Down,” and Afrojack bursts into June with “It Goes Like.” CloudNone, Direct, and Matt Van team up for “Lost and Found,” and R3HAB remixes NOTD’s “I Miss Myself.” Kaivon has put a new spin on Alison Wonderland’s “Peace,” and Duke & Jones flex their remix skills on Yellow Claw’s “Break of Dawn.” Julian Jordan keeps things grooving on “To The Wire,” and tyDi and Matt Fax have collaborated on “It’s Always Now.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Armin van Buuren takes on Van Halen’s classic ‘Jump’ in new remix

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Armin van Buuren takes on Van Halen’s classic ‘Jump’ in new remixTomorrowland Armin Van Buuren 2018

Armin van Buuren was just 7 years old when iconic American rock band Van Halen‘s soon-to-be-hit single, “Jump,” hit the airwaves. Though he was young at the time, the Dutch producer clearly harbors a love for the seminal song and has taken on the task of remixing it as his latest release.

As one would expect, van Buuren’s put a trance-influenced spin on the power ballad, leaning into its instantly recognizable synth melodies. He gives the track a pounding bass backbone, priming it for nightclubs and festivals.

Fans of the 1983 original likely won’t be offended by the song’s revival in the format van Buuren’s created, since it largely remains true to its ’80s roots. At the same time, though, van Buuren’s brought the track into 2019 and made it more accessible for today’s dance music fans.

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