We speak to 34-year-old Dutch superstar DJ ahead of his New Year's Eve gig
Time Out Dubai Staff
The party starter As one of the biggest DJs in the world, Armin van Buuren knows a good party. Ahead of his headline slot at Dubai World Trade Centre on December 31, we asked the 34-year-old Dutch DJ how to make sure New Year’s Eve goes off with a bang.
What makes a good New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve is always funny – it isn’t my favourite night. Everyone gets over-excited at midnight and by 1am the atmosphere is lost. But I know in Dubai we can reduce that.
What’s your ideal way to spend the night? In Holland our tradition is to watch comedians on TV, then go out with friends and family, although I haven’t done that since 1997.
So why are you working this year? I haven’t been to Dubai for a while and I had a really good time when I played in the city for New Year’s Eve in 2009. The crowds were absolutely crazy – not that other crowds are bad, but Dubai’s clubbers have that little bit extra. That’s why I’m not playing LA, or New York, or London on New Year’s Eve.
You’ve got some competition this time: you’re playing on the same night as British trance group Above & Beyond. It’s a shame. I’m not in Dubai to compete with Above & Beyond, I’m there to please my fans.
What’s your best memory of 2011? The birth of my baby daughter, Fenna.
2011 also saw the 500th episode of your radio show, A State of Trance, which has more listeners than any other show in the world. Why do you think it captures the imagination? If you listen to A State of Trance, you’ll hear 70 to 80 per cent of the tunes that matter. Everything evolves around my radio show – it keeps me on my toes, and means my DJ sets change every week.
What is the ‘state of trance’ in 2011? It’s a very good year – it’s so alive right now, with so much new talent. The sound of trance is still true to its origins. Trance is not commercial any more and that’s cool because it means trance is going back to its roots.
Anyone you’d like to work with in 2012? It’s just name dropping. I could drop you some names, but for me it’s about the song, not the name. Enya, Bono, Bryan Adams – there you go, they’re all amazing vocalists, but if it’s not a good track I’ll send it back. Armin van Buuren plays Peppermint Experience at the Dubai World Trade Centre on December 31. www.timeouttickets.com.