Frank Frenzy, Lanfree and Armin Van Buuren – Friday May 20 2011
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This is my latest show of International guest djs for Friday May 20 2011 from 3 – 5 a.m. on 100.7 CHIN FM Toronto, Canada, I have the pleasure of featuring friends, Lanfree (Usefull Records, Italy) and Armin Van Buuren (Armada Records, Netherlands)
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== Hour 2 ==
About Armin van Buuren
Armin van Buuren has been named number one in the prestigious DJ MAG Top 100 poll four times in a row, as the first DJ in the history of the DJ Magazine and an indication of his prolific output over the more than 14 years he’s been dj’ing and producing. Being the official World’s Most Popular DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music.
Awards & Accolades
Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work: he was awarded with the prestigious Buma Cultuur Pop Award in 2008. This was followed by being voted as the Best Trance Artist in the Beatport Music Awards judged on the musician’s artistic achievements, national and international success. Next to that, Armin was awarded for ‘Best European DJ’ at the 2009 IDMA Awards, followed by ‘Best Global DJ’ in 2010 and most popular International DJ at Australia’s Sony inthemix DJ Poll, along with 3 other big Awards. In March 2010, Armin received the ‘Gouden Harp’, the highest distinction a Dutch artist can get. On Queensday 2011, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands named Armin Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. The Royal Distinction was handed to him after his set in hometown Leiden by mayor Lenferink of Leiden. It is evident that Armin van Buuren has become one of the decade’s most influential trance acts.
But there’s more. ‘Best Album’ for artist album ‘Shivers’ at both the Dutch Release Dance Awards and the prestigious Edison Awards; ‘Best Compilation’ for ‘A State Of Trance’, in 2006, claiming the ‘Best European DJ’ award in 2007 and ‘Best Mix Radio Show’ at the Miami Winter Music Conference 5 years in a row for radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ – now broadcasting on a massive 40 FM stations as well as satellite and internet radio, with over 15 million listeners a week; over 50,000 downloads every week from podcasting high end chart-bothering positions all over the world for singles, albums and compilations, with single ‘Rush Hour’ used as the anthem to the UEFA European Youth Championship; the #1 entry in the Dutch album charts with his artist album ‘Imagine’, the #1 entry of the DVD registration of ‘Armin Only ‘ Imagine’, a golden record for ‘Mirage’ on selling more than 25.000 copies in the Netherlands – the landmarks just keep coming!
Armin’s own productions have all made a huge impact and quickly gain worldwide acclaim; his third artist album titled ‘Imagine’ entered the Dutch Album Top 100 Chart at number one; this is the first time a dance producer has ever accomplished such a feat in the history of Dutch music. The ‘Armin Only – Imagine DVD’ was also released and reached the acclaimed number one spot in its second week. The music video of ‘In & Out of Love’, the hit-single with singer Sharon den Adel, received more than 88 million views on YouTube, holding the first position on the Dutch Top 10 of most viewed videos all-time. Armin’s back catalogue includes Blue Fear, Communication, Sound of Goodbye, Shivers, Rush Hour, Burned With Desire, Exhale, Love You More, This World Is Watching Me, and Yet Another Day. While the remix offers flood in, Armin only takes on tracks that he really loves. He uses exactly the same criteria for his compilations, meaning that every release from Armin or his long-running Armind label is a bone fide stormer that’s earned its place. His output includes tracks for the cult TV series 24 and the likes of Motorcycle, The Killers, Faithless, BT and Kerli.
But, as a true artist befits, Armin keeps creating new music and has released his fourth artist album, ‘Mirage’, in September 2010. For the album, Armin collaborated with the likes of BT, Christian Burns, Ferry Corsten, Adam Young and Nadia Ali. ‘Mirage’ reached golden status in The Netherlands only 3 months after its release, selling more than 25.000 copies. After the first single, the instrumental, powerful trance track ‘Full Focus’, the second release of the album was a collaboration with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, ‘Not Giving Up On Love’. The music video for the track was shot on party island Ibiza, including shots of Club Amnesia, where Armin holds his residency. ‘This Light Between Us’, featuring Christian Burns, and ‘Drowning’ with singer Laura V, are the follow-up singles.
A State of Trance & ASOT 500
But aside from recognition and ever-going fan support, it’s the music that means most to Armin. The perfect example of that given fact, is his weekly 2-hour radioshow ‘A State of Trance’. Listened to by 15 million EDM lovers, he continues to deliver his fans a selection of the best in trance and progressive, no matter how busy his tour schedule might be. The 400th and therefore 8th birthday of the show was celebrated in style with a cross-country 72-hour live broadcast, with three events in Germany, UK and the Netherlands. ASOT 450 was even bigger, with 5 events in 4 different countries. A State of Trance 500, the 10th anniversary of the show, was celebrated in 5 different countries on 5 different continents; South-Africa, the Netherlands, USA, Argentina and Australia. All A State Of Trance 500 events were broadcast live.
ASOT Podcast and A State of Sundays
In addition to the weekly show, Armin also started the weekly ASOT podcasts, which contain highlights and Armin’s favourite tracks from the previous episode, to ensure that trance lovers across the world will never miss another episode. Every Sunday, Armin van Buuren hosts a 24 hour radio day called ‘A State of Sunday’, broadcasted on one of the biggest radiostations of the US, Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Next to the A State of Trance shows, the show also introduces its listeners to special sets of other popular DJ’s and talented artists.
A State of Trance compilations
Armin’s annual A State of Trance compilations have won several awards and continue to lead the trance fans in the right trancy direction with a fresh and exclusive selection of tracks. The 8th edition of the series, A State of Trance 2011, will be released in March 2011. As if one compilation isn’t enough yet, Armin has been live recording some of his sets at the Armada parties in Amnesia, Ibiza and released them under the ‘Universal Religion’ series. The summer of 2009 saw the 4th edition of this beloved series, a one hour live recording of a more than special night.
Being the world’s number 1 DJ sees the Dutch DJ perform at some of the world’s biggest and best festivals, clubs, events and shows. One of the highlights of 2010 was Armin’s DJ set at the Museumplein in Amsterdam in July, during the honoring of the Dutch soccer team. Even though the national team lost in the FIFA Worldcup, they partied like they were the absolute winners, and so did the 200.000 strong crowd.
Sold-out shows for Armin Only in 2005 and 2006 created eager anticipation of the third edition, which kicked off in a sold-out Jaarbeurs in Utrecht in 2008; over 16,000 fans attended and were enthralled by the DJ’s nine hour set. On New Years Eve 2008-2009, Armin managed to draw 35,000 people to his Armin Only show in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, making him the first Dutch DJ ever to have drawn such a big crowd to an own event.
For his fourth artist album, ‘Mirage’, Armin kicked off another Armin Only World tour: Mirage. After the first show in the sold-out Jaarbeurs in Utrecht on November 13th, Armin will continue to travel the globe with shows in 15 different countries, ranging from Australia to Ukraine, Argentina, Libanon and more. The Blu-Ray/DVD of ‘Armin Only – Mirage’, including the highlights of the kick-off and many extra’s and specials, has been released in February 2011.
Amsterdam based record label Armada music was created in 2003 by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis. Releasing tracks by some of the biggest names in trance, progressive and house, plus organizing several club nights, had Armada gaining a steady and ever growing position in the dance industry. With 23 imprints residing under one umbrella and over 2900 releases, Armada has definitely proven to be working hard and after 8 years still feel passionate for top quality music.
Armin & New Media
In October 2009, Armin had the premiere of launching the first full music DVD as an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The complete DVD of Armin’s ‘Armin Only’ concert in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, is available as an app. After downloading the app, users can see the full live registration on their iPhone or iPod Touch.
New media is something that surely gets Armin’s attention. Armin’s YouTube channel, as part of the Armada Music channel, is one of the most viewed channels on the net. The music video for Armin’s ‘In & Out of Love’ has received more than 80 million views, and is therefore the most viewed music video of alltime within all categories, on the Dutch YouTube. On Armin’s YouTube, his fans can find the official music videos, exclusive interviews, specials, previews and party reports.
On the road biography ‘Armin Only’
The author of ‘Eén op Eén’(Dutch title), Coen Bom, has followed Armin around the world for over a year. He reports about the hectic life of one of the most popular DJ’s of this moment. During the process of writing ‘Armin Only’, Armin was voted ‘most popular DJ of the world’ by the readers of British Magazine DJ Mag in their annual ‘DJ Mag Top 100′. Coen Bom challenged himself to dig deep in Armin’s past and present to find an answer to the question ‘what is the key to Armin’s success?’.
How it all began
Born in Leiden, Holland (on 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 round on records. His mum won a computer when he was 10, gaining 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!”
“I loved dance music immediately – this great rebellious sound that was so different to the ‘beautiful’ songs of the years before”. Armin cites electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre as a major influence, as well as Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, who later mentored him in his mixing and producing.
In the early days, Armin thought it was wise to have something extra in case the dj’ing didn’t work out. So he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing out to packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed!
Armin is a dedicated trance lover, but isn’t imprisoned by a single genre, saying “What makes trance work so well is that it doesn’t stick to one style, and can incorporate electro, minimal, whatever it likes.”
The main ingredient to Armin’s life will always be music. “This is just what I really want,” says 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”.
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In the studio, MYNC are also a force to be reckoned with. Most recently they achieved Number 1 club chart positions with their remake of the classic Donna Summer record ‘I Feel Love’, which was co-produced alongside the Rhythm Masters and featured the vocal talents of Atlantic Records rising star, Wynter Gordon. Before that they enjoyed massive club success with another co-produced track titled ‘Boogers’ where they worked alongside long standing friends Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero & Jose Nunez. Remixes for Kylie, Faithless, Chuckie can also be added to that list of production credits. You’ll find their music being spun by the world’s greatest DJ’s – Pete Tong, Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Chuckie and Tiesto.
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Cr2 records was set up in July 2004 by former Credence Records head honcho & one half of M.Y.N.C Project Mark Brown.
In its first year Cr2 managed to muscle its way to the top of the hugely competitive house music market by releasing consistently high quality house music. With releases from the likes of Eric Prydz & Steve Angello, 100% & Danny Howells all going into the UK top 40 singles chart, its easy to see why Cr2 has forged a reputation as being one of the best independent house labels in the world, and one of the only labels with the ability to challenge the majors!
Other outstanding releases on the label in 2004/05 came from the likes of Skylark Thats More Like It, Anthony Acid Sweat, Lee Cabrera Voodoo Love, Steve Mac & Steve Smith Loving You More, Exhibit A G Minor, Spencer Parker Open Your Eyes & Bush II Bush The Piano Track. All were massive in clubland, with the label receiving support from virtually every DJ under the sun, from Sasha, Pete Tong, Nick Fanciulli, Sander Kleinenberg, John Digweed, Roger Sanchez, Tom Stephan, Paul Woolford, Hernan Cattaneo, Tom Middleton, Erick Morillo, Steve Lawler, Satoshi Tommiie, X-Press 2 & many more!
Cr2 further cemented their place as a force to be reckoned with when they launched their own compilation brand United Nations Of House to critical acclaim. The compilation had a unique concept whereby tracks from well known artists from around the world such as Danny Howells, Skylark, Tiefschwarz & Sander Kleinenberg, sat along side tracks from virtual unknowns from all corners of the globe. 17 countries were represented, including Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Albania, as well as more established countries on the house music map like UK, Holland, Gemany, USA, Italy and many more.
2006 got off to a great start with the signing of The Egg Walking Away, fusing electronic hooks with indie guitars, the song made popular by the Citroen car advert (and ice skating robot car) was to become one of the biggest (alongside another from Cr2!) commercial singles of the year! The track was hammered by literally every house and electro DJ under the Sun and definitely spearheaded what was to be the year of Electro-House. The track crossed over to the mainstream with the addition of a vocal from a David Guetta record and Love Dont Let Me Go (Walking Away) went on to reach Number 3 in the UK charts in August. Another two huge records that were also in every DJs set throughout Ibiza that Summer were The Rub by Kurd Maverick, and The Rendition by Dave Robertson & Jon Gurd.
But it is testament to Mark Browns A&R skills that he continued to seek for the next big hit and he found just that! Fedde Le Grand was an unknown DJ from The Netherlands for most people, until he produced Put Your Hands Up For Detroit which charted at Number 1 in the UK charts in October of 2006, and catapulted Fedde to Worldwide superstar status as both a producer and DJ.
Cr2 were also proud to release the first solo artist album from another of the scenes rising stars of the Underground Switzerlands Danny Freakazoid. Cr2 was now firmly establishing itself as a leading label in the World dance scene.
In January 2007 Cr2 launched sub label Cr2 Digital to cater for the more underground electronic sound that was blossoming within the scene. The string of big tune releases did not stop either with big hits coming from Hook N Sling The Bump, and no less than 3 records in Pete Tong’s Essential Selection Show including Kurd Maverick Lets Work and The Essential New Tune for Arno Cost & Arias ‘Magenta’.
Looking to spread their sound as global as possible, Cr2 held their first Miami WMC Party at the exclusive Mokai Club in March, and also began the first of several club dates at Ministry of Sound in London. With this side of the business now beginning to evolve and blossom, Cr2 Live & Direct was born!
Live & Direct was chosen as the brand name to accompany all our club nights and events, and to complement this a new CD compilation was started Cr2 Live & Direct Presents. The concept being to bring together some of the finest artists together on one CD, both showcasing their own styles and sound as a DJ and also coming together to produce an exclusive track for the album which will be featured on the bonus 3rd Unmixed Disc. The series kicked off with Dirty South & Kurd Maverick which was released in August 2007, and was followed by one of Americas favourite but perhaps slightly lesser know heroes Oscar G, Live from Space Miami one of the greatest Nightclubs in the World.
The Summer was of course filled with more hits the highlights being Fedde Le Grand v Funkerman Wheels In Motion, Spektrum Kinda New, Eddie Thoneick Feat. Berget Lewis Deeper Love, Federico Franchi Cream and DJ Jeroenski Back Once Again.
Cr2 also welcomed the signing of the MURK Records catalogue (Miamis Oscar G & Ralph Falcon), with the first release being the mighty Reach For Me.
It is without question down to the A&R vision and drive that Cr2 has forged itself into such a highly respected place in the market and early to recognize the shift occurring within the musical scene away from the Electro sound and towards a more stripped down techy sound, Cr2 were quick to pick up on two of the hottest tracks around (and anthems of Ibizas coolest Minimal hotspot, DC10) Sudoko Kid by Ito & Star, and Alcoolic by Popof.
It is any wonder that Mark Brown had time to do anything else with such a relentless release schedule and the pressure to keep signing and delivering such monster club hits (as well as his International DJ Schedule) but 2007 was the year that he focused hard on developing his own studio production skills. Under the M.Y.N.C Project moniker along with long standing studio/DJ partner Nick Corelli they released Ride The Storm alongside Carl Kennedy, and Everybody Freakin alongside Dirty South. Both were huge in club land.
But it was time for Mark to take the next step and begin to grow and develop as a solo artist in his own right. He collaborated with Steve Mac to release Bells of Brighton in December, but something big for Mark and Cr2 was just around the corner!
The end of 2007 was a difficult time for Cr2 along with many other dance music record labels after the sad, and sudden closure of Amato Distribution. This was yet another signal that the Digital Age in music was well and truly and truly now upon us, and that sales of the beloved 12 vinyl were on a steep decline. The introduction of Social Networking sites such as Myspace & Facebook, increasing popularity of Digital download sites such as Itunes and Beatport meant that the music scene as a whole and the way new music is both sold and marketed had to keep up with the fast paced changes that were occurring.
So, 2008 and what better way than to start the year with a Number 11 UK hit! Thats right, Mark Brown narrowly missed out on the Top 10 with his debut solo single The Journey Continues, which featured a sample from the hugely popular TV Advertising campaign run by Lloyds TSB throughout 2007, and also featured the vocal talents of Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell. The success of the record again highlighting that Cr2 have the ability to deliver crossover hits into the mainstream as well as keeping their credibility amongst the most cutting edge clubs across the World.
The Live & Direct brand also continued to build nicely, with events in Spain, USA, Colombia, UK and the release of Cr2’s first Miami CD Compilation.
The launch of the brand new Cr2 website early in the year was another highlight, and the online shop selling vinyl, CDs and MP3 downloads meant that fans of Cr2 all over the World now had a place where they could find out and purchase everything to do with Cr2!
Cr2 has always been about quality house music, but has also always embraced good dance music no matter what genre. This was highlighted with the release of the classic Old Skool House production by Carl Cox I Want You (Forever), which was remixed by Brazils / The Worlds finest Drum and Bass DJ, DJ Marky.
The Summer saw a weekly residency every Friday daytime at the legendary Cafe Mambo, and appearances at Super club Pacha for Mark Brown. Mark also toured the USA and Australia alongside Micky Slim to promote their Cr2 Live & Direct mix compilation.
The end of 2008 will be remembered in history for the beginning of one of the worst economic downturns ever experienced, and the Music Industry unfortunately did not escape unharmed. In fact it hit the industry hard, with major retailers feeling the pinch and being forced to close. And no less than 12 months after Amato Distribution was forced into Administration, so was the largest remaining independent Music Retailer, Pinnacle, forced into the same fate. This was another unfortunate obstacle for Cr2 to have to deal with, with no one to distribute their physical product to stores over the busiest sales period of the year. Fortunately, Cr2 had worked hard throughout the year to establish themselves as a brand that sold well digitally, and through their successful cross-over albums on Itunes, and exclusive DJ albums on more specialist download stores they were able to maintain their position as one of the leading labels.
So, 2009 is already well under way and Cr2 have already released a whole host of digital albums including Basslines The Future Sound Of Bass, the second installment of their Kings Of The Underground compilation series, and a Best Of French House compilation in conjunction with one of Frances leading labels, Serial Records.
2009 marks two momentous occasions for the label, their 5th Anniversary and their 100th Release! The honours for the big 100 fittingly go to Mark Brown, who releases a techno monster entitled The Fly, alongside long time friend and ex-Rhythm Master, Steve Mac. The release has garnered support from the worlds biggest DJs Steve Lawler, Groove Armada, Ritchie Hawtin and Carl Cox and shows that Cr2 have no intention of resting on their laurels, with the next 100 already coming thick and fast! The 5th anniversary will be celebrated with various events across the world featuring artists from the label kicking off at the 2009 Miami WMC.
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