Interview: Trance King Armin van Buuren talks life & music ahead of Dubai gig

Published May 12th, 2016 - 11:37 GMT
The EDM superstar will bring his Armin Only Embrace world tour to Meydaan on May 20. (Facebook)
The EDM superstar will bring his Armin Only Embrace world tour to Meydaan on May 20. (Facebook)

DJ Mag's five time #1 DJ of the world Armin van Buuren kicked off his Armin Only Embrace world tour in Amsterdam Friday, May 6, and local fans are no doubt gearing up to 'Embrace' the different styles, genres and sounds the EDM superstar is bringing to Dubai's Meydaan on Friday, May 20. 

We spoke with Armin about his love for Dubai, the new tour and the significance of his long running radio show A State of Trance.

How do you feel about returning to Dubai bringing the Armin Only Embrace show?
I love Dubai, and the Dubai crowd. I even spent my holidays there last year! I'm super excited to bring Armin Only Embrace to Dubai for the first time.

Your radio show A State of Trance continues to be broadcast around the world. What is the importance of radio now as compared to earlier and how does it help get the message of Trance across to new listeners?
Radio has become the home for fans of Trance and people who want to be updated about everything that goes on in the world of Armin van Buuren. Whether it's a new track I want to test out or a new remix, ASOT is the first place to test out new music. My show is available every week through Spotify as well which is great for the fans, also the producers of the music.

What is your philosophy of music?
Don't be a prisoner of your own style.

Most memorable moment on stage/gig.
My Armin Only Embrace tour! It's the biggest thing I've ever done!  It combines elements from theatre, dance, singers, a live band etc.

Which artists inspire you and who have your favourite collaborations been with?
All my songs are my babies and I don't have a particular favourite. On my new show it's great to work with guys like Kensington, Mr. Probz, Cimo Frankel.

RAPID FIRE WITH ARMIN 

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my health.

Is there a historical figure you identify with?
Han Solo.

Which living person do you look up to?
Ben Liebrand.

What do you most dislike about yourself?
I can be very judgemental, even of myself.

What is the trait you most dislike in others?
Narrowmindedness.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My PS4 ;)

When were you happiest?
With my family in New Zealand.

What's a talent you would most like to have?
To be a good piano player.

Describe your current state of mind.
Happy but a little stressed for the show.

Name a most treasured possession.
A realistic painting of my family.

By Enid Parker


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