All Hail the King of Trance
Full name: Armin van Buuren
Lesser-known aliases: Amsterdance, Armania, Darkstar, E=mc², El Guitaro, Gaia, Gig, Gimmick, Hyperdrive Inc., Misteri A, Perpetuous Dreamer, Problem Boy, Rising Star, The Shoeshine Factory
Hometown: Leiden, Netherlands
The bio: You can’t talk about trance music without paying your respects to Armin van Buuren, the Dutch DJ who has spent his career propelling the genre to international popularity. This was possible thanks in no small part to his 13-years-and-running radio show, A State of Trance, which commands 20 million weekly listeners in 26 countries.
Van Buuren—or just “Armin,” as his fans call him—was recently immortalized by Madame Tussauds, which installed a wax replica of the DJ in its London museum. Arguably the most popular DJ in the world, the Dutchman shows no sign of stopping in his mission to convert every corner of the world to trance’s hands-in-the-air euphoria.
The must-hear: “This Is What It Feels Like,” his 2013 smash hit that’s still reverberating on festival main stages everywhere.
Sounds like: That commercial jingle you just can’t get out of your head, and you secretly kind of love it that way.