After a huge showing at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 600th episode of A State of Trance, the world's number 1 DJ has announced that the popular radio show is no more. "Trance is dead. All the kiddies just want to hear 'Spectrum' and 'Language' now, so I thought we had to rework things a little," said the legendary Amsterdancer when we spoke to him after the show.
The days of 140 BPM seem to be over but that doesn't mean Armin's going anywhere anytime soon - A State of Electro (pronounced "A-SO") will now be broadcast live every Thursday on Digitally Imported to a worldwide audience. "ASOT had so many limitations, and most of the TranceFamily just ended up fighting online. But ASOE is the start of a new beginning for me. Now I can finally connect with the majority of my fans who in most jurisdictions would be breaking curfew laws to come out and see me. Most of my fans these days are really young."
Young they are indeed. This jolly chap that we were dancing next to broke it down low when Armin dropped Andrew Rayel's Trance-i-fied remix of "Clarity." In fact, he was so enamoured by the spectacle at The Garden that he took it upon himself to pull out a glass bowl and light up an unknown substance that smelled distinctly of skunk. When we asked him his age he responded, "I'm fourteen." Armada Music & Armin van Buuren North American press representative Emily Tan had no comment regarding the incident.
But it's not just Armin that's making the push towards a new sound for an era of underaged dance music enthusiasts. At his side America's top DJ Markus Schulz and Dutch veteran Ferry Corsten assembled this past weekend to form the DJ duo known as "New World Punx." We were happy to see the two spin some of their classics, but also assured that this would be the last time we'd be hearing these tracks from them. "Why play 'Loops and Tings' when we could just drop 'Spaceman?' The minors like Hardwell better than us anyways," said Markus after his miserably crowded afterparty set at Pacha in Midtown.
Either way, my heart goes out to all the people in Den Bosch because the final show has been cancelled and your tickets will not be refunded. The only saving grace is that Aly & Fila will be playing B2B with Dillon Francis the same night in the Red Light District - sure to be quite the interesting experience.
By Edward Fancher