It is Saturday afternoon and my friend texts me about the tickets she has for this DJ gig. “When is it?“. “Today”. “Where is it?“. “Have no idea!”. “Ok!“.
And that was it. But then the night came, the fog settled over the city, it turned cold and everything you’d want to do on a Saturday like this is stay in your pyjamas and read, watch a movie or whatever, not hustle to anywhere. But hey!
You can do that on just about almost every Saturday. Not us, though. We are up for just about anything, anytime. It is how our fun happens. So she comes to my place and we make fun of each other, putting our hands in the air, like true ravers do. Little do we know now…
After the most weird drive with the most funny taxi driver ever we arrive at our destination, the concert hall. The huge heart pulsing in the back of the DJ gets us staring. Both at the stage and at each other. As the beat starts slowly (but surely) messing with our brains. Two bottles of water later we go from the bar in the back to a nearer to the stage spot. Still far in the back. Not for long, tho’.
Armin van Buuren, the DJ, seemed to have a lot of fun right there, at his desk. At his huge desk! With his huge visuals on screens in the back that make me go places I wouldn’t think of going tonight, imagine stuff I wouldn’t think of imagining tonight. “The fun this man has!“. It is mesmerising. Right to the point where he gets on stage an dances. By himself. Joining the joy he is giving to the crowd.
It looks like he is by himself in his living room, dancing cool to his own music. A look at each other – my friend and I – and a nod towards the stage make us want to get where the true magic happens. In front! The drive before (the weird taxi driver) was nothing compared to the ride we are taking right now. The music is getting me from a state to another in no time. My mind is running places. My heart is spinning. With joy. And this becomes much more than a passing through the crowd. It’s me that leads the way and just when I think I’m done, she comes in and takes charge. When she’s done, I’m here. This is how we got right in front of the stage. In front of 8.000 people. A ride to remember!
Not only is the kick-off show of the” Armin Only Intense” world tour a massive gathering of fans from all across the globe, but it is also a visual spectacle, a show that blows the minds of thousands. Here. In this big live arena, not on Youtube. It is nothing like what you can see on the internet compared to the whole live experience. Nothing! He didn’t win the title for the greatest DJ in the world 5 times in a row for nothing after all.
This is the largest project ever created by a DJ, with a team of over 20 artists, including a theatre director, musicians, vocalists, acrobats and dancers. Of course, it wouldn’t be all of the above without Armin’s mixing and the psychedelic visuals. And I’m not even a trance music fan.
Well tonight I am! Big psychedelic-whatever-fan, though.
It isn’t all just about his music, it is also about mixing various tunes, too. Coldplay and Kings of Leon come first to mind. And you start to mellow and sing along. Hands are always in the air, anyway. “Use somebody” starts. “Aw!“. Armin was embracing himself. “Aw!“. So it is staged, so what? Do it! If everyone would put a bit of heart in it and would do it like that and would give this much joy to thousands of people… Then it stops being just an act.
The point is: open your heart for the unimaginable! Don’t judge. Don’t be mean. Just feel free, enjoy it to the fullest and open your eyes, heart and mind. And don’t get me wrong. It’s not the music I would listen to while driving (I’ll have to try it tho’!). It’s not about that. It’s about the experience. It was high! Almost literally, since there was one more step for us to take to get on the stage and dance along with him. Ha!