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Nov 09, 2021

Armin van Buuren Talks Top 101 Producers, ASOT Events & More!

Last month, as the electronic music world took another step towards a return to normalcy with Amsterdam Dance Event, it felt fitting for the Top 101 Producers 2021 celebration to kick off with a surprise set from one of the icons of the Dutch and global electronic music scenes. Forever a beacon of positivity and hope, Armin van Buuren delivered a short and sweet set that captivated the attention of everyone in the room, fans waiting outside the venue and those at home on the stream, with smiles and goosebumps from his first track. Turn it up and enjoy his set below, as you read on to learn more about another milestone Top 5 finish in the rankings, the return of ASOT 1000 celebrations, and much more!  
Armin, thanks so much for joining us and it was great to see you last month! How did it feel to be back at a normal Amsterdam Dance Event?
Although it wasn’t quite the old normal, I had an absolute blast at Amsterdam Dance Event this year. Getting to play in front of the Amsterdam crowd was amazing, and the energy was still superb. Hopefully, we’ll continue to make strides against the pandemic and get even closer to how it once was. That would be great!
You finished as the #1 Trance artist and again in the Top 5 Overall in our Top 101 Producers Rankings. Can you tell us some more about what that accomplishment means to you?
I’m really humbled by it all. To know that there are so many people and so many fellow artists out there who like me and my music means the world to me. What else can I say? I love my fans!
Can you talk a little bit about the influence of the pandemic on your sound and releases over the past 1.5 years? Without a dancefloor to test your productions on for so long, how did you manage to keep your music resonating so well with fellow DJs?
To be honest, I don’t think that the pandemic influenced my sound that much. If anything, it just gave me more time and focus in the studio to do what I’ve always done: create music that inspires me. I also like to think that being in the game for so long has helped me develop a thorough understanding of what works on the dance floor. And if I end up second-guessing my own intuition, I am surrounded by a lot of great people that can steer me in the right direction.
Do you feel any sort of shift in your production focus now that live shows are really opening up consistently in many places around the world?
Not necessarily. Even if I produce a song that’s less dancefloor oriented, I almost always produce a club mix as well to play in my shows and live sets. It’s been like this for a long time, way before the pandemic hit and during it all as well. My club-focused output didn’t drop when Covid hit, so I don’t need to renew the focus now that the world is opening up again.
Turning our attention to some of your recent tracks, you recently teamed up once again with Vini Vici on “Yama.” What do you like most about working with the guys and what made “Yama” the right tune for another collab?
What I noticed through working together on “Great Spirit,” “United” and now “Yama” is how much I love the synergy between our sounds. It makes working together really easy and effortless, and that’s a great situation to be in. “Yama” is a great example of this. Our sounds and ideas match really well, the inspiration flows, and we have ourselves an incredible collab not long after we start.
To close your set at the Top 101 Producers and DJ Mag shows you played an ID remix of “This Is What It Feels Like.” What can you tell us about bringing that anthem back with new life?
It means a lot to me that “This Is What It Feels Like,” a track that has made such a huge impact throughout my career, can still get people dancing. I can’t wait to finally unveil who’s behind this new version.
Last month also marked the return of A State Of Trance Festivals with ASOT 1000 in Moscow. With ASOT 950 taking place in Utrecht in February of 2020, was that your longest break between those events since they started? What were your emotions and feelings like returning after so long?
I do think it was the longest break, since we never had to deal with a pandemic before. It was very unfortunate that we had to postpone the initial ASOT 1000 celebration weekend in the Netherlands, but safety goes above all else. Getting to do the ASOT 1000 Moscow event was both great and a relief, as I really don’t like having to disappoint all of those loyal fans. Let’s hope that we won’t have to postpone an ASOT event ever again.
Looking ahead, we’re sure you're excited for ASOT in Mexico City! What makes that location and the fans in that country special?
The energy of the fans is just unreal, especially in the capital. I can always count on them to give it their all, which is why I’m always super excited to host an ASOT event there.
Are there any other upcoming dates this winter that you’re particularly excited about?
Does my birthday count?!
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