For most professional DJs who reach the top echelons of success, the suggestion of playing a warm-up set seems unthinkable.
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
As the biggest DJ and electronic dance music (EDM) producer on earth, Armin van Buuren is renowned for performing in front of massive, adoring crowds from high on the main stages of all the world’s major festivals and nightclubs. It is not only these high-energy, peak-time sets at which Armin excels; the world’s leading dance music tastemaker is equally skilled at applying his talents to a completely different style of music during opening sets, also known as the warm-up set. On the A State of Trance 650 New Horizons World Tour, club-goers were treated to Armin playing his very special brand of warm-up sets in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Utrecht, Buenos Aires and Jakarta. These opening sets provided a thrilling view unto Armin’s diverse musical reach.
For many professional DJs who reach the top echelons of success, the suggestion of playing a warm-up set seems unthinkable. Many headliners avoid the early – and sometimes more challenging – time slots, opting instead to play only for packed dancefloors when the energy is already at its height.
Armin van Buuren has never been an ordinary DJ. Where others go left, Armin goes right and he relishes every opportunity to connect with his fans in new and unpredictable ways. Releasing these warm-up sets was essential in capturing the vibe of the A State of Trance (ASOT) 650 New Horizons World Tour. Recorded live from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Utrecht, Buenos Aires and Jakarta, these mixes do much to convey the air of excited anticipation so abundant in an expectant crowd. The art of the opening set involves overcoming the inertia of a static body of people – bodies trickling into a venue – and expertly cradling the crowd in swaths of acoustic nourishment, drawing them in until gradually building the mood to a climax. It’s impossible to resist the purity of these mixes. Music, after all, has the power to unite the world. Performed in front of crowds of vastly varying cultures and geographical tastes, one constant remains: the desire to celebrate life and to enjoy exceptional music with friends and complete strangers alike.
During the ASOT 650 Warm-Up sets, listeners will hear flourishes of the classic Armin sound peeking out from deeper, darker and more spacey records. Everything from progressive to house to trance music is precisely blended, proving once again that Armin van Buuren is a master of the human soundtrack.
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