Las Vegas isn’t the only place to be for fun in the sun during Memorial Day Weekend as Revel is officially opening the HQ Beach Club in Atlantic City. Over the course of the three day drinking holiday, the hotel will host eight different DJs including Armin van Buuren, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, and New York City staple Boris. Whether you’re in search of euphoric trance, grinding electro, tribal beats, or a dirty dutch soundtrack all will be at your disposal at HQ Dayclub and Nightclub.
Last Thursday Armin van Buuren took over Sirius XM’s fishbowl studio for the Electric Aquarium series, which has played host to top dance music talent including Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, and Dirty South. The series offers a uniquely intimate experience, incomparable to almost anything else out there due to its unprecedented artist access. At festivals and concerts fans are separated from DJs by a sea of heads, a bounty of security, and several physical barriers — but for Electric Aquarium events there’s only a few feet of space between the fans and their idolized performers.
Attendees were able to watch Armin’s live interview and then bear witness to an up close and personal performance where Armin treated fans to a slew of tracks from his recently released Intensealbum. The corporate office location wasn’t enough to counteract the effects of his euphoric selections as fans spent the majority of the time swaying along with the beat. A frequent occurrence at the Sirius XM office, these sort of intimate experiences are often offered by Electric Area, giving diehard fans a chance to see their favorite DJs like they never thought possible – it was the perfect setting for a small group of superfans to see the world’s #1 DJ spin his latest album.
Before Armin van Buuren released his latest studio album,Intense, this past Friday, his lead single with Trevor Guthrie had swept the world with a remix from W&W. Today, “This Is What It Feels Like” has a slew of new remixes, adding to sounds contributing to diverse selection of trance showcased on Intense. Antillas & Dankann and Giuesseppe Ottaviani turn up the bpm in similar taste, but no one switches up the pace like David Guetta. On his rendition, Guetta gives extra attention to the acapella and delivers a distorted beat with the previously pop drop.
With no shortage of landmarks behind him and reputation for cutting quality albums throughout his long serving career, Dutch trance icon Armin Van Buuren has stepped to the mark with fifth artist album Intense to test the preservation of his craft once again. Even after selling out Madison Square Garden and showing no signs of slowing down his presence on the summer festival for circuit for 2013, this cultural minefield was certain to meet the follow-up to 2011’s Mirage with apprehensive eyes.
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While Armin van Buuren‘s latest studio album hits iTunes this Friday and has already begun streaming via Spotify, the lead single from Intense has received its music video with an unexpected cameo. Aiding the visuals for “This Is What It Feels Like” is Armin himself, vocalist Trevor Guthrie, and porn star Ron Jeremy. In a classic “which doesn’t belong?” scenario, Armin and Trevor stop to grab a bite at a diner ran by the porn star, only to be kicked out.
Editor’s Note: Luckily, Ron Jeremy won’t be the last name associated with the mega single — the remix package for “This Is What It Feels Like” drops this week and features renditions from the likes of David Guetta.
With Armin van Buuren’s forthcoming studio album, Intense, due for its release on May 3rd, fans are getting an early taste from Spotify. Now available for strictly streaming, Armin showcases Intense beyond “This Is What It Feels Like” and proves the lead single is not indicative of its full-length feature host. Tracks like “Who’s Afraid of 138?!” set the tone with bpm turned up as the world’s number one DJ boasts the same trance that has earned him the title. Stream Intense via Spotify before it hits iTunes on Friday.
Three years in the making and Armin van Buuren is finally ready to release Intense. After showing off standout tracks “This Is What It Feels Like,” “Who’s Afraid of 138?!,” and the title track “Intense,” Armin has announced his tour of the same name that will accompany the album’s spring release. Now that the global A State of Trance celebration is through, Armin looks to focus on North America, where he will pass through cities from coast to coast of the US. The tour is set to kick off on the same day of the album release, May 3rd, in Los Angeles, California and will span the rest of the month. Jump below the break for the full listing of tour dates.
With two previews in one week, Armin van Buuren is proving he has at least one thing in common with his fans: he can’t wait until May 3rd either. Coming hot on the heels of a sneak peek of “Who’s Afraid of 138?!” is a snippet of “Intense,” the namesake track from his impending album. Like WHOA138, “Intense” invokes emotive trance, weaving Israeli-American Miri Ben-Ari’s violin with an uplifting melody before throwing in hints of progressive big room sound. Though we’ll likely have to wait until May 3rd to hear the full 8 minutes, if “Intense” is truly representative of the album as a whole, Armin couldn’t have picked a better name.
Armin van Buuren capped off his ASOT 600 expedition last week with a stop in The Netherlands’ Den Bosch, treating his fellow countrymen to more than a few surprises. Among them was a world premier of “Who’ Afraid of 138?!,” the second track to come from his forthcoming album, Intense. A sharp departure from “This Is What It Feels Like,” “Who’s Afraid of 138?!” is pure euphoric instrumental trance, featuring a pulsing beat broken by a chiming melody. Set for release with Intense on May 3, “Who’s Afraid of 138?!” is the aural equivalent of the king of trance shining his crown.