Videos | Armin van Buuren Joined on Stage by Dutch King and Queen; Everything Makes Sense Again

Posted by on May 1, 2013

Here is a video of Armin van Buuren being joined on stage by the King and Queen of the Netherlands, who made an impromptu pit stop at this apparent rave while probably en route to a ball and/or palace.

This video is perfect. Several things:

1) There are currently multiple comments on YouTube alleging that Armin is, in fact, the real King in the North King of the Netherlands and the other guy’s an impostor. Interesting theory.

2) I’m assuming that this is the Dutch equivalent of the Obamas getting on stage with Skrillex at Ultra. Awesome; also excellent visual.

3) In that vein, I’d really like to live in a country where Armin van Buuren is backed by a symphony orchestra and kings and queens come out to wave to the adoring populace as the dulcet sounds of trance and violins fill the air. Armin van Buuren: Dutch National Treasure.

4) The Queen is kind of a babe, no?

5) Coolest royal family ever. Sorry England — until Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are photographed waving glow sticks at Ministry of Sound, I don’t want to hear about it.

BREAKING: I’ve just been informed that this is a video of King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration, where Armin was specifically asked to perform. However, what King Willem-Alexander isn’t telling you is that the whole inauguration thing was actually a ploy; he really just wanted to see Armin drop his Dead London edit of “Stresstest.”

House | Nicky Romero & Fedde Le Grand – Sparks (Stars Above Remix)

Posted by on April 16, 2013

Nicky Romero & Fedde Le Grand - Sparks (Stars Above Remix)

I love the little bit of Trance that Stars Above sneaks into his House tracks. It keeps the vibe energized and not sounding like every other House track artists throw together. The first drop is just a tease, but the last drop on this remix takes your imagination to the festival scene. Stars Above threw together a true grand finale, not something that is usually experienced in a single track. Below is another new remix from Stars Above that uses that same energy, but put to the max. Enjoy.


Free Download: Nicky Romero & Fedde Le Grand – Sparks (Star Above Remix)

Events | Markus Schulz Kicks Off the North American SCREAM Tour with Support from KhoMha and The M Machine

Posted by on April 10, 2013


Hot off of his monster New World Punx set at Madison Square Garden at the end of March, Markus Schulz takes to the road this evening to kick off his massive (and first ever) U.S. bus tour. With coast-to-coast stops in a number of major cities, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch Markus, KhoMha, and The M Machine over the next month. What can you expect? Markus’s distinctive brand of dark, relentless trance, some hard and techy goodness from Coldharbour protege KhoMha, and the fascinating and high-energy cocktail of house, electro and dubstep that The M Machine are rapidly becoming known for. All told, this is a diverse lineup comprised of artists notorious for pushing the envelope musically. Well, and in other ways, too; to quote Markus, “Am I going to be getting behind the wheel of the Markus Schulz tour bus at some point? Damn straight.” Hope you’ve got a CDL tucked away somewhere, Unicorn Slayer.

For tickets and a full list of dates, go to


Contests, Events | Win Tickets to See Armin van Buuren in New York City on May 2

Posted by on April 9, 2013

Armin asot

Calling all Armin van Buuren fans: the undisputed King of Trance will be back in the city that never sleeps on May 2nd to promote his upcoming album, and you could join him at a live taping of The Wendy Williams Show. Check out the scoop from his management team and sign up for tickets! This is an awesome opportunity to be on the sidelines as Armin talks trance, “Intense,” and his plans for the coming year — definitely a memorable experience by any stretch of the imagination.

World’s “#1 DJ” according to DJ MAGAZINE’s “Top 100 DJs” poll, Armin van Buuren is going to be on The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday May 2, 2013! We would like to give you the opportunity to be in the audience for this special interview in support of his new album, Intense from Armada Music.

For those of you interested in attending the show, please click the following link: Wendy Williams Show – Get Tickets.

PLEASE be sure to mention “Armin van Buuren” in the comments box!

So there you have it. Happy ticket hunting, Trance Fam.

Interviews | Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz (AKA the New World Punx) At A State of Trance 600 NYC

Posted by on April 7, 2013

Last weekend, we sat down with trance legends (and noted bromance) Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz before their massive set as the New World Punx at A State of Trance 600 NYC. On the dockett? EDM, bank robberies, and the story behind those hilarious New World Punx comics. The Expedition tour had its explosive finale last night in Den Bosch, and while we’re sad that it’s come to an end, we’re very excited to see what Ferry and Markus have in store for us in 2013. From what we gathered in New York, these two definitely have some serious tricks up their sleeve.

DJ-Set, Progressive House, Trance | Weekend Mixes 3/9/13

Posted by on March 9, 2013


It is that time again and you need these mixes to push through the weekend and to get you through spring break. We start off with Avicii’s much talked about Diplo & Friends mix that is more funk and old school than what you would expect from the Swedish superstar. In celebration of Anjunabeats Volume 10, The Drop has put together an all Anjunabeats episode with tracks old and new in the mix. Listen at 3pm on Tiesto Club Life’s channel on Siruis XM for their entry in the College Invasion radio contest. Next up we have the March edition of Hysteria Radio from the Bingo players that includes an exclusive first play of the Dada Life remix of “Out Of My Mind”. Forging on we have a mix from Cazzette for Liquified Radio and Magnetic Festival that includes a host of their own tracks from their recent three part “Eject” album. After the jump are more mixes from Walden, Avicii, Arty and Armin.


Events, Review | Above & Beyond turn Roseland Ballroom into a Temple of Trance

Posted by on February 22, 2013


It is said that Above & Beyond live creates an atmosphere much like that of a religious experience. Whether you are the person right up front wearing an Anjunabeats T-shirt, the girl on somebody’s shoulder making a heart hands and getting one back from Tony, or the guy dancing all the way in the back, Above & Beyond have a way to connect and touch every member of the audience on a deep, personal and emotional way that few other Djs can do. I credit Above & Beyond for helping take the full on plunge into dance music. It was not until I saw their club show at Glow DC two summers ago right after the release of Group Therapy, a show I almost did not get into due to issues with the overzealous bouncers, that I dove head first into this thing called dance music and eventually led me here at FNT.