This is a man driven by an unbridled and relentless passion for music. Armin van Buuren is a born perfectionist, striving to stay on top of the scene he's helped build. The flag-bearer of the trance movement, he's one of the most influential figures in EDM worldwide. Even though he lives an extraordinary life as one of the world's most popular DJs, he has always remained a down-to-earth guy. Armin van Buuren is constantly on the move, either with the music he creates in his studio or en route to his next high-end club or festival show around the globe. Armin: "It's not just love for music, it's my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby. It's about a way of living. Music is essential to my life." For more than 15 years, the Grammy-nominated Dutchman has been living to the rhythm of his own international success. His 5-time number one position in the critically acclaimed DJ Mag Top 100 poll has been the result of his loyalty to fans, his creativity in the studio, the perseverance with which he hosts his weekly radio show 'A State of Trance', and the energy he brings to the crowds in front of him. Despite the heavy pressure that comes along with being one of the world's most popular DJs, Armin has always kept his focus on the music. And that's exactly what keeps him going. Another highlight was Armin's DJ set at the Museumplein in Amsterdam in July 2010, during the ceremonial honoring of the Dutch soccer team. Even though the national team lost in the FIFA World Cup final, they partied like they were the absolute winners with a crowd of 200,000 strong. THE RADIO HOST What started as an obsession for radio has turned into a weekly highlight for more than 20 million listeners. In June 2001, Armin van Buuren aired the first episode of 'A State of Trance'. 13 years later, he still hosts the weekly 2-hour show, where he presents the biggest tunes of the moment and provides an interactive way for fans to discover new music. Regular features of the show are the 'Tune of the Week', 'A State of Trance Radio Classic', and the 'Future Favourite', which is based on an online voting poll. THE PRODUCER Armin van Buuren can now look back on the success of his '76' (2003), 'Shivers' (2005), 'Imagine' (2008), 'Mirage' (2010), and 'Intense' albums. May 2013 marked the release of Armin's latest artist album, 'Intense', which was nominated for the Dutch Edison Pop Award for 'Best Dance Album'. The follow-up to his 'Mirage' album features collaborations with Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, Australian duo NERVO, and singers by the likes of Trevor Guthrie, Emma Hewitt, Laura Jansen, Fiora, and more. 'This Is What It Feels Like' ft. Trevor Guthrie (the first single off the album) was nominated for the Grammy award for 'Best Dance Recording', and also received a nomination for a Canadian Juno Award. It became a worldwide hit, reaching A-List rotation on radio stations all across the globe and receiving silver, gold, platinum, and double platinum certifications in countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, and Italy. Born in Leiden, The Netherlands (December 25, 1976), to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned with his paper route on records. His mom won a computer when he was 10, piquing Armin's interest. "So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programs, and learnt about the technology from there." He progressed from making low-profile mix tapes for friends to higher profile mixes when he discovered experimenting with different sequences on his computer through his uncle. "I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer, that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!" THE AWARD-WINNER: FACTS & FIGURES Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work, and the landmarks just keep coming. Aside from Armin's 'A State of Trance' broadcasting to over 100 FM stations, satellite and internet radio and having more than 20 million listeners every week from 74 different countries, his Podcast gets more than 50,000 downloads per week as well. His singles, albums, and compilations routinely reach high chart positions all across the globe. The single 'Save My Night' was chosen as the official anthem for Heineken's 'Dance More, Drink Slow' campaign, and 'This Is What It Feels Like' ended up with a Grammy Award nomination. The music video for his single 'In and Out of Love' featuring Sharon den Adel has received more than 140 million views, making it one of the most viewed videos on YouTube.