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21 Spectacular Secrets You Did Not Know About Armin van Buuren

1. Armin van Buuren (Dutch pronunciation: is a Dutch trance producer, DJ and radio personality.

2. Since 2001, Van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called A State of Trance, which currently has more than 20million weekly listeners in 74 countries on over 150 FM radio stations. This radio show propelled him to stardom and helped cultivate an interest in trance music around the world.

3. He has been ranked the World No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine in their annual Top 100 DJs fan poll a record of five times, 4 years in a row. He is currently ranked World No. 4 on DJ Magazine’s list for 2015.

4. In 2014, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for his single “This Is What It Feels Like” featuring Trevor Guthrie, which makes him the fourth trance artist ever to receive a Grammy nomination.

5. In the United States, he holds the record for most entries (21) on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

6. Armin van Buuren was born in Leiden, Netherlands, on 25 December 1976, but grew up in Koudekerk aan den Rijn.

7. Van Buuren started making music when he was 14. He graduated from the Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden in 1995, and studied law at Leiden University.

8. He began working as a DJ in Club Next, playing multiple sets a week, most of which lasted six or more hours. As his musical career began to take off he put his law degree on hold, although he returned to graduate from law school in 2003.

9. On 18 September 2009, Van Buuren married Erika van Thiel, with whom he had been together for nine years. Their daughter Fenna was born in July 2011.

10. Van Buuren announced just hours before he was due to headline the main stage at Tomorrowland (Saturday, 27 July 2013) that his wife had given birth to a son, Remy.

11. In 1995, Van Buuren had his first major success with a track called “Blue Fear”, which was released under the Cyber Records label; he was 19 years old.

12. This track, which was produced in the Eurodance mould, made it onto the UK Chart.

13. Another successful track, “Communication” was released under the same label, and became popular in Ibiza, Spain in the summer of 1999.

14. After being signed to AM PM Records, this track entered the UK Chart at No.18 in 2000.

15. Van Buuren began his DJ career at club Nexus in Leiden, where he learned to play long DJ sets, which were regularly six to seven hours per set.

16. During school holidays he played more than four times a week.

17. In 1999, he met Dave Lewis who introduced him as a DJ in England and the United States. He has played in more than 25 countries and can often be found on the main stage at big summer festivals.

18. Van Buuren played a record-breaking twelve and a half-hour set for Dancetheater in The Hague, Netherlands. In the United Kingdom, he performs regularly at Passion (resident 2002), Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Slinky, Ministry of Sound, Peach and Golden.

19. In the beginning of 1999, Van Buuren started his label Armind together with United Recordings.

20. The second release “Touch Me,” under the name Rising Star was signed to Ministry of Sound in the UK, before the record was released.

21. By the time of his third release, Gimmick “Free” was signed to R&S Records, his label was popular.

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