Profile - Armin van Buuren
- David Pollock
- 18 September 2008
Name: Armin van Buuren
Occupation: The reigning number one DJ in the world, if you believe the readers of DJ magazine. But of course, you don’t get to such a pinnacle of global popularity these days without playing trance somewhere in your set, and, alongside fellow big-hitters like Tiësto and Paul Van Dyk, Armin van Buuren is trance.
Trance, huh? So he’s either German or he’s Dutch. Dutch, actually. Born in Leiden on Christmas Day 31 years ago, van Buuren was brought up in the provinces of southern Holland. When he was ten years old his mum won a computer and he didn’t look back from there, spending all of his paper round money on records and soon enough he was making basic music tracks on the computer, inspired by his then-hero Jean Michel Jarre.
What have been his highlights since? Where do we start? Performing as a DJ since 1995, the same year he left school, van Buuren’s career has rocketed since then. His topping of the DJ poll follows high placings throughout this decade, and his records are consistent chart successes around the world. He also presents a radio show entitled A State of Trance which is syndicated and broadcast over the internet around the world, and is a veteran of Godskitchen, Gatecrasher and Ibiza’s Amnesia, among many others. Oh, and he also has a law degree.
Where else can I hear him? All over Scotland on the same night as this Rehab date. Van Buuren will actually be playing three Scottish shows in one evening, with Perth’s Ice Factory and Bathgate’s Room at the Top preceding his Glasgow set which will go on until 5am.
Armin van Buuren plays Rehab at Byblos, Glasgow, Fri 19 Sep.