It all started in secondary school in the beginning of the 90's. Armin's big dance music inspirer in those days was Dutch Master Mixer Ben Liebrand. He bought himself two turntables, learned mixing quickly and soon began to create his own style. At the age of 16 Armin bought his first sampler, the Akai S-01. Although it was mono, he did everything with it that you could possibly imagine. The very first demo made was immediately included on a compilation. With the money he received from that deal Armin bought bigger and better equipment which resulted in his first vinyl release at the end of 1995.
Since 1995 Armin has released a lot of tracks on different labels with increasing success. The first big success was 'Blue Fear' on Cyber Records. This 'Euro trance blueprint' even made it into the UK Chart. On the same label he also released 'Communication' which caused serious damage on Ibiza in the summer of 1999. This track was signed to AM:PM and entered the UK Chart at #18 in 2000!
In the beginning of 1999 he started his label Armind with United Recordings. The first release, Gig - 'One', was very well received. The second release 'Touch Me' under the name of Rising Star was signed to Ministry Of Sound before the records hit the shelves. When Gimmick - 'Free' was signed to R&S Records it can certainly be said that Armin has managed to put his label on the map in no time. He released Gaia - '4 Elements' and teamed up with DJ Tiësto to do two productions; Major League - 'Wonder Where You Are?' was released on Blackhole and Alibi - 'Eternity', which was another great club success, was released on Armind. Eternity was licensed to Paul van Dijk's label Vandit Records and will be re-released this summer. Another collaboration followed; he joined forces with Ferry Corsten to record another riff-classic titled 'Exhale' for the System F. album.
Perpetuous Dreamer - 'The Sound Of Goodbye', which was already featured on AVB002, is now finally released on vinyl. A video will be shot soon and a commercial release is set for late August 2001.
On his own AVB compilation series he manages to find the perfect balance between progressive, techno and trance. Armin van Buuren 003 - In Motion will be released August 6th. Frequently check www.arminvanbuuren.com for more detailed information.
After remixing huge tracks such as Wamdue Project - 'King Of My Castle', Madison Avenue - 'Don't Call Me Baby' and Gouryella - 'Walhalla' Armin's a highly demanded remixer and he's turning down remix requests almost on a daily basis. In the near future Armin will focus more on his own productions and will work on tracks for his Rising Star album.
Armin's DJ career also took off big time. In the UK you can see him regularly at Passion, Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Slinky, Peach, and on various locations all over the world (Jerusalem, Tokyo, Helsinki, Ibiza, Crete, etc.). This summer he will play numerous gigs at Ibiza and in the UK and will rock Crete, Dance Valley and the Fast Forward Parade.