Armin Van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren

Electronic musician
Date of Birth: 25.12.1976
Country: Netherlands

Biography of Armin Van Buuren

Armin Van Buuren, a Dutch musician and electronic artist, was born on December 25, 1976 in Leiden, Netherlands. In his early youth, he was heavily influenced by artists like Liebrand and Jean-Michel Jarre. Outside of music, he enjoyed spending his days and nights watching television, playing Nintendo 64, and watching movies on DVD. He also had a passion for football and later developed a love for driving cars. Despite seeming like an ordinary guy, his talent in music set him apart.

At the age of 18, Armin released his first record and made his debut in the UK chart with "Blue Fear" at the age of 20. By the age of 22, he had formed his own record label. At 23, he once again entered the UK chart with "Communication". Currently, he continues to release compilations of his own albums and has slowly but steadily conquered the world as both a producer and a DJ.

It all began in the early 1990s during his time in middle school. Armin found inspiration in the music of Dutch Master Mixer Ben Liebrand. He bought two turntables, learned how to mix, and soon started developing his own style. At the age of 16, he purchased his first sampler, the Akai S-01. Despite being a mono sampler, Armin made the most of it and his very first demo song was immediately included in a compilation album.

With the money he earned from that deal, Armin invested in better equipment, which greatly improved the quality of his first vinyl release in late 1995. From 1995 onwards, Armin released many tracks on different labels, each one achieving greater success than the last. His first major breakthrough was "Blue Fear," released on Cyber Records, which even reached the UK chart. He then released "Communication" on the same label, which became a sensation in Ibiza during the summer of 1999 and reached number 18 on the UK chart in 2000.

In early 1999, Armin founded his own label, Armind, under United Recordings. The first release, Gig - "One," was well received. The second release, "Touch Me," under the name Rising Star, was signed by Ministry of Sound before it hit the shelves. When Gimmick - "Free" was signed by R&S Records, it became clear that Armin had successfully put his label on the map. He released Gaia - "4 Elements" and collaborated with DJ Tiësto on two projects: Major League - "Wonder Where You Are?" released on Blackhole, and Alibi - "Eternity" on Armind, both of which were successful. Eternity was licensed on Paul Van Dyk's Vandit Records and re-released that summer. Another collaboration followed, as Armin teamed up with Ferry Corsten to create the riff-classic "Exhale" for the System F album.

Perpetuous Dreamer - "The Sound Of Goodbye," previously previewed on AvB002, was finally released on vinyl. A music video and commercial release were planned for August 2001. Armin impressively balanced progressive, techno, and trance on his AvB compilation. Armin Van Buuren 003 - In Motion was scheduled for release on August 6th.

After remixing popular tracks such as Wamdue Project - "King Of My Castle," Madison Avenue - "Don't Call Me Baby," and Gouryella - "Walhalla," Armin became a highly sought-after remixer and receives remix requests almost daily. In the near future, Armin plans to focus on his own productions and work on tracks for his Rising Star album. His DJ career also takes up a considerable amount of time, as he regularly performs in various venues around the world, including Passion, Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Slinky, Peach, and many more. He has played at numerous parties in Ibiza, the UK, Crete, Dance Valley, and the Fast Forward Parade.