Known as one of the world’s top DJ’s, Armin van Buuren launched his Armin Only: Intense tour in North America on April 11 at Madison Square Garden. In an exclusive interview with Examiner's correspondents Kimberly Phan and Peshean Zhang, Armin discussed his loyalty to the trance music genre, his upcoming North American tour, inspirations behind his new album, his old school mentality, artists he would love to work with in the future and much more.
What makes this tour so much different is that he is the only disc jockey playing and it is revolved around his latest album, Intense. Armin describes the theme of the show is to "catch the light, you are only here once so whatever you do, make it intense. Life is short so you have to take advantage of it. The inspiration for the show came from the birth of his two children and that is why he starts his concert in a womb."
Being one of the biggest old school DJ’s, Armin is used to playing for more than the average 90 minutes, and he gets to do exactly that for a solid five plus hours at Madison Square Garden. On this tour, Armin discusses bringing 6 singers, 4 dancers, acrobat, trampoline artists, a full band, a violinist, and a piano player with him. There are visuals that are not used in all of his usual sets but are specially used for his Armin Only: Intense tour. He has teamed up with a theater director, Jos Thie, who does not know anything about dance music, but what he does know about is full entertainment and that is what the audience can expect from his show.
Being in the electronic dance music for almost two decades, Armin has been the biggest trance artist in history. He has been ranked #1 on the DJ TOP MAG for five times. With the electronic dance music industry growing and having so many sub-genres, Armin assured us he has no thought of switching to any other genre and is staying to his trance ways. Armin is a sentimental guy who likes to listen to emotional music and if that is what you call trance music, then it is here to stay. "You cannot copy and paste music from 2001 and if you want to listen to old tracks, that is what CDs are for. He personally he likes the current sound of trance more than he did back then. With the technology today, it just sounds better due to the productions and melodies. His thoughts on the trance industry is that it just keeps on getting better and better as times are changing. There is a positive movement coming for trance music and new DJs such as Andrew Rayel, Orjan Nilsen, MaRLo, David Gravell, Jordan Suckley, Bryan Kearney have enlightened Armin’s ears by keeping trance moving, alive, and fresh," said Armin.
Armin said that "you cannot underestimate the power of a song. You can work with the biggest artist but if the song is not good, it will never work. You have to work with a big artist to make a big song. Long list of artists but I would be interested in collaborating with Enya and Coldplay’s Chris Martin."
Armin has had many accomplishments leading up to his Armin Only: Intense tour but the proudest moment of his whole career is the birth of his two children. His daughter is three and his son is one, both of which are too young to attend his shows but “that’s what YouTube is for,” he says. All of this relates back to the theme of his show being born again, and although his kids cannot attend his concerts, they will still be there because his children are instilled within the music. The Armin Only: Intense tour is a whole revelation of intense, so be sure to catch your light.
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Article by: Kimberly Phan & Peshean Zhang
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