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Armin van Buuren

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Armin had his first release at the age of 18, his first UK Chart entry with 'Blue Fear' at 20 and started his label Armind at 22. Last year, at only 23 years of age, he had his second UK Chart entry with 'Communication', is making his own compilation cd's, and, both as producer and DJ, is gradually conquering the world.


It all started in secondary school in the beginning of the 90's. Armin's big dance music inspirer in those days was Dutch Master Mixer Ben Liebrand. He bought himself two turntables, learned mixing quickly and soon began to create his own style. At the age of 16 Armin bought his first sampler, the Akai S-01. Although it was mono, he did everything with it that you could possibly imagine. The very first demo made was immediately included on a compilation. With the money he received from that deal Armin bought bigger and better equipment which resulted in his first vinyl release at the end of 1995.

It all started in secondary school in the beginning of the 90's. Armin's big dance music inspirer in those days was Dutch Master Mixer Ben Liebrand. He bought himself two turntables, learned mixing quickly and soon began to create his own style. At the age of 16 Armin bought his first sampler, the Akai S-01. Although it was mono, he did everything with it that you could possibly imagine. The very first demo made was immediately included on a compilation. With the money he received from that deal Armin bought bigger and better equipment which resulted in his first vinyl release at the end of 1995.
Since 1995 Armin has released a lot of tracks on different labels with increasing success. The first big success was 'Blue Fear' on Cyber Records. This 'Euro trance blueprint' even made it into the UK Chart. On the same label he also released 'Communication' which caused serious damage in the summer of 1999. This track was signed to AM:PM and entered the UK Chart at #18 in 2000!
In the beginning of 1999 he started his label Armind with United Recordings. The first release, Gig - 'One', was very well received. The second release 'Touch Me' under the name of Rising Star was signed to Ministry Of Sound before the records hit the shelves and will be re-released shortly with mixes from Darude, Vincent de Moor, Liquid Child, Reversed Twister and a brand new mix from Armin himself. Gimmick - 'Free' was signed to R&S Records and has recently been released in the UK on Global Cuts. He also joined forces with DJ Tiësto to do two productions; Major League - 'Wonder Where You Are?' was released on Blackhole and Alibi - 'Eternity' on Armind. Eternity blew up instantly and was signed to Paul van Dijk's label Vandit. A video was made and the track reached the Dutch Top 100. Needless to say that Armin has managed to put his label on the map in no time.
His first compilation cd was 'Planet Disco', which showed his groovy side. On Blackhole he did 'Artist Profile no.4: DJ Armin van Buuren', which showed his trancey side. Now, on his own AVB compilation series, he shows how eclectic he really is. 'Armin van Buuren 001 | A State Of Trance' was a huge success and was sold all over the globe. Now 'Armin van Buuren 002 | Basic Instinct' will see the light of day. On this double album Armin takes his music to an even higher level finding the perfect balance between progressive, techno and trance and mixes everything in a way that it all sounds completely unique! It will also feature System F. feat. Armin van Buuren - 'Exhale', a previously unreleased track he co-produced with Ferry Corsten. Frequently check arminvanbuuren.com for more detailed information.
Hell broke loose after remixing tracks like Wamdue Project - 'King Of My Castle', Madison Avenue - 'Don't Call Me Baby', Gouryella - 'Walhalla' and Onephatdeeva - 'Bad Habits'. He's now a highly demanded remixer and almost on a daily basis he's turning down remix requests. In the near future Armin will focus more on his own productions and will work on tracks for his Rising Star album.
Armin's DJ career also took off. To be able to play venues all over the globe he gave up his residency at club Nexus where he played a 5 hour set every week for three years (1996-1999). His first real big gig was the United Party which was held during the Amsterdam Dance Event '99 after which Cream, Slinkey, Peach, Gatecrasher, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Helsinki, Ibiza, Dance Valley and the Fast Forward Parade followed.
 

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