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Armin Van Buuren. Or Everything You Know Nothing About.

November 14, 2014

A short story about two friends meeting up, deciding to go to a house music concert and becoming Armin van Buuren fans. Or fans of a dream?

It’s 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!.

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And that was it. But the night came and 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 pajamas and read, watch a movie or whatever, not hustle to anywhere. But hey!

It’s a different story with us, we’re up for just about anything, anytime. It’s how our fun happens. She comes to my place and we make fun of each other, put our hands in the air like true ravers do. Little do we know now… 

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After the most weird drive with the most funny taxi driver ever, we arrive at our destination, the concert hall. The huge heart pulsing from the back of the DJ booth 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 leave from the bar in the back for a nearer to the stage spot. Still far in the back. Not for long, though.

Armin van Buuren, the DJ, seems to have a lot of fun right there, at his desk. At his huge desk! The huge visuals on the screens behind him make me go places I didn’t think of going tonight, imagine stuff I didn’t think of imagining tonight. The fun this man has!. It’s mesmerising. To the point that he gets on stage and dances by himself, joining the fun of the crowd.

It looks like he’s cool dancing by himself, to his own music, in his living room at home. A look at each other and a nod towards the stage make my friend and I want to get where the magic happens. In front! The drive before was nothing compared to the ride we’re taking right now. The music gets me from one state to another in no time. My mind is running places. My heart is spinning. With joy. This turns into 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. And this is how we got right in front of the stage. In front of 8.000 people. A ride to remember!

This kick-off show of the Armin Only Intense world tour is a massive gathering of fans from all over the globe, a visual spectacle, a show that blows the minds of thousands. Here. In this big live arena versus Youtube. The whole live experience is nothing like what you can see on the internet. Nothing! He didn’t win the title for greatest DJ in the world, 5 times in a row, for nothing after all.

This is the largest project created by a DJ ever, with a team of over 20 artists, including a theatre director, musicians, vocalists, acrobats and dancers. Armin’s mixing and the psychedelic visuals are at the centre of it all. And I’m not even a trance music fan. Well, tonight I am! Big fun psychedelic whatever fan.

It isn’t all just about his music, it’s about mixing various other songs, too. Coldplay and Kings of Leon come first to mind. It’s when you start to mellow and sing along. Your hands have been in the air all along. Use Somebody starts. Aw. Armin hugs himself. Aw. So what if it’s staged? Who cares? Do it! If everyone would put a little bit of heart in whatever and give this much joy to thousands of people… It stops being an act. It’s not an act anyway.

The point is: open your heart for the unimaginable! Don’t judge. Be kind. Just feel free, enjoy life to the fullest and open your eyes, heart and mind. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the music I would listen to while driving (I’ll have to try it though), it’s not about that, it’s about the experience. It can get you high! Almost literally, since there was one more step for us to take and get on the stage. Dance with him. Ha!

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This Is What
It Feels Like

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ALL THE PICTURES ARE MADE BY ME! A.k.a. Look how close to the stage we got!

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