HOUSTON, June 11, 2013 —The world of music is filled with a cornucopia of genres, and the genus of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has a multitude of subgenres underneath the EDM umbrella. Among these subgenres is the style of trance, which is perhaps the most ambiguous and beautiful genre of EDM. Trance is best described as melodic and harmonic, perhaps more than any other dance genre, coalescing house, techno, and classical music genres to name a few.
In the world of Trance, one of the most recognizable names, and perhaps the most successful, is the Dutch producer and world renowned DJ Armin van Buuren. Armin van Buuren is the number one ranked DJ, winning DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJ fan poll a record five times, four of them being consecutive. Armin has been regarded as an innovator in the progressive trance movement, and has won many awards including International Dance Music Awards for Best Trance Track, DJ Best Award for Best Trance DJ, and the Gouden Harp.
In addition, he has hosted one of the most listened to radio shows in the world, A State of Trance, and owns his own record label, Armada Music. A State of Trance has twenty million listeners each week, who tune into the live show to hear Armin play the latest trance music.
Despite his success, Armin remains so humble and open. When speaking with Armin it is clear that he absolutely loves music, his job, his fans, and is extremely grateful for his success.
While working on his musical craft in the 1990’s Armin also attended Leiden University where he earned his Master’s Degree in law. During that time, his music and career really began to bloom. “It was very difficult to juggle both school and my music,” Says Armin, “I knew it was important to have a backup plan so I continued with school, but it wasn’t easy to do both.
I’m very grateful I went to school to study law, particularly tax law, which really is interesting to me and very useful to me now with my position. Music, however, will always be my number one passion; I like how it connects everyone. And with Trance music, it feels like a close knit group, a family, the music connects us all.
But when I started this I really started it as a hobby so I could express myself. I recommend everyone who DJ’s to do it as a hobby and make sure you have a day job or are going to school. Only 100 DJ’s in the world make a living doing this, by that I mean making a good comfortable living. I’m fortunate to say I’m one of the hundred, but anyone doing this should be aware of those statistics and really approach this with the attitude that it’s a hobby.”
So when did this talented musician fall in love with music and how did he take off?
“Holland was one of the first countries to embrace dance music and they were the first one to have really big raves. I love music, and I loved dance music immediately. So I bought some equipment and started making my own. When I started this, I didn’t say, ‘okay I’m going to do this step and then this step’ to become popular. I just created music that I loved. While I was in school a track of mine blew up and now here I am. Now that I’m in this position I really want to promote trance as a genre and feel it’s my responsibility to do so. I’m fortunate to be in this position and I’m just happy that I can create music, and create music that many people have a mutual love for.”
Stay tuned for the rest of the interview with Armin van Buuren as well the concert review and the album review for Intense.
Carter Lee is the author of When Jonathan Cried For Me, host of Carter Lee Presents the Fever, COO of verawear.com, a coach, and manager of Carter’s Bombshells. To learn more about Carter or to see all of his projects visit Carter Lee’s Fan Page.
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