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Dutch Armin van Buuren wins best global DJ award in Miami

March 26, 2010

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Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren won best global DJ award at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in Miami last night. The IDMA’s – the most important awards in the dance music industry – are presented each year at the Winter Music Conference, an annual week-long electronic dance music event for professionals such as DJ’s, representatives of record labels and producers. In addition to best global DJ award, Van Buuren also landed a prize for best record label and one for best podcast.

Van Buuren (1976) started his career when he was still in school and DJ-ing at a local club called Nexus. Soon after he started law school, his musical career took off and he decided to put his degree on hold and focus on music full time.

Not a bad decision, because since then Van Buuren released close to 20 albums, played in over 25 countries and co-founded Armada Music, one of the most important record labels in the dance music industry with 24 sub labels under its umbrella. Van Buuren also hosts A state of Trance, a weekly radio show featuring a 2 hour mix of new trance music. The show attracts 23 million listeners in over 40 countries.

Armin van Buuren is not the only Dutch DJ that has made a name for himself internationally. Other globally successful DJ’s from the Netherlands include Tiesto, Junkie XL and Sander Kleinenberg. Whereas in the US dance music still revolves around a scene that is mainly underground, in Europe it has since long been a popular mainstream genre.

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