“It’s not just love for music, it’s my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby. It’s about a way of living. Music is essential to my life.” – Armin van Buuren

ASOT 650, Kuala Lumpur -- Photo via Ashish Parmar
ASOT 650, Kuala Lumpur — Photo via Ashish Parmar

Will Armin be able to beat Hardwell and regain his title as the World’s Number 1 DJ? We think it’s going to be an interesting fight to the finish.

Straight from Holland, Armin van Buuren is the flag-bearer of the trance movement. Known for his relentless passion for music and own unique sound, it is without a doubt that he is one of the top and most influential figures in the worldwide EDM scene. With a flair of blending and layering songs into one mix, Armin also runs his own weekly radio show where he compiles some of the best songs of that time into a mix.

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Having come a long way from his hit singles such as “Burned With Desire”, “Communication”, “Janeiro”, and “Shivers”, Armin’s 2013 single “This Is What It Feels Like” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording making him the fourth trance artist ever to receive a Grammy nomination.

Throughout his career, this Grammy-nominated Dutchman has won a number of awards, including the number 1 spot on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll for a record of five times, International Dance Music Awards for: Best Dance Radio Mix show DJ & Best Full Length DJ Mix CD — ‘A State of Trance’ (2005) and International Dance Music Awards for: Best European DJ & Best Radio Mix Show DJ (2008).

Apart from all of his accomplishments, Armin is also loved for his ability to create his own sound and style that caters to various crowds at mega festivals, clubs, events and shows including his ‘Armin Only’ and ‘A State of Trance’ world tours.

ASOT 650, Kuala Lumpur -- Photo via Afiq Omar
ASOT 650, Kuala Lumpur — Photo via Afiq Omar

Armin lost out to Hardwell last year and is currently the #2 DJ on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll for 2013. Will he be able to regain his #1 spot? Well before you vote, here are some interesting facts about Armin.

  1. This trance guru holds a Master’s degree in Law.
  2. Armin brought his ‘A State of Trance’ tour to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two consecutive years making Kuala Lumpur the only city after Miami where the ASOT show has been hosted twice in the same city for two years in a row.
  3. He took a moment to say a prayer for those onboard flight MH370 during his set at ASOT 650 in Kuala Lumpur.
  4. Armin’s favourite fictional hero is Han Solo and his favourite movie is Star Wars.
  5. His 2008 studio album, Imagine, entered the Dutch album charts at Number 1, a first for a dance music artist in Dutch music history.
  6. He was born on December 25th, 1976 — he’s a Christmas baby!
  7. Armin married his long time girlfriend Erika van Thiel in 2009 and together they have two beautiful children.

Now if Armin is your man and if you want him to regain the World’s No.1 DJ spot, vote here. Also, keep up to date with him on his social networking sites including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and his website.

Photo via Armin van Buuren on Facebook
Photo via Armin van Buuren on Facebook

Happy Monday everyone! Have a good week ahead.

Today, we leave you with the full set of Armin van Buuren’s ASOT 600 live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

[Sources 1,2,3]

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Bryna K.
Bryna spends most of her time obsessing over cars and sports, particularly football while keeping updated with the entertainment scene. From raves to rock concerts, Bryna listens to all sorts of genres and is also a fan of horror and action movies.