Watch: Full 50-minute ‘A Year with Armin van Buuren’ movie

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As Dutch trance titan Armin van Buuren put it to inthemix this year: “I’ve never been more productive than I am now.” Judging by the relentless activity condensed into the new documentary, A Year with Armin van Buuren, he’s wasn’t exaggerating. Filmed in the lead-up to the birth of his daughter in July 2011, the movie documents the DJ’s level-headed commitment to his A State Of Trance radio show and non-stop tour schedule, while also venturing into his home life.

“Trance music has a special effect on people,” Armin says early in the doco. “It unites them in a way I’ve never seen with other types of music. It makes them ecstatic and has an almost religious effect. It’s extraordinary.” There’s certainly plenty of evidence of that across the 50 minutes, with an ecstatic turnout for the opening night of his Space Ibiza residency (Armin tells of his first experience on the island, doing the “graveyard shift” after Judge Jules at Eden), packed-out arenas on the A State Of Trance 500 tour and one acolyte reduced to tears. The movie also takes us to the childhood bedroom where Armin made Blue Fear and shows his process in the studio alongside Ferry Corsten.

However it’s the glimpses of vulnerability behind the business-like demeanour that are most revealing. “Sometimes he works for over 80 to 90 hours a week,” Armin’s wife Erika says. “He never stops working. He doesn’t like to show his weakness and does everything for his fans.” The balance of touring life and marriage isn’t always easy, as Armin reveals to the camera: “When I get home, I’m tired and cranky. And the woman I love has to suffer.”

In recent interviews, including our own from earlier this year, the DJ has strayed from the well-scripted path and revealed a more pensive mood. The theme continues here. “It’s good to realise I’m spending 95-percent of my life, with people who won’t love me in ten years’ time,” he says in A Year with Armin van Buuren. “They’ll be cheering someone else.” Armin fan or not, this is well worth a watch. Click on the Captions button for subtitles.


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theHordern said on the 8th Oct, 2012

"Watch: Full 50-minute %u2018A Year with Armin van Buuren%u2019 movie."


separatevolume07 said on the 9th Oct, 2012

@theHordern, so then go away, don't comment?

Unreal documentary, Armin is the world's best human.

special ed

special ed said on the 9th Oct, 2012

its actually quite a good doco, and im definitley not a fan of Armin or his music. really good look into the world of the mega star dj, without the ego. i love how he catches public transport to the airport.... to then board his private leer jet and fly around the world.


lawlietskyy said on the 9th Oct, 2012

A sense of self justification for the costly flights? ^^^^^


412nv said on the 9th Oct, 2012

Was really good actually, couldnt help but think he compares himself to god though... But really very good


Stocko12 said on the 9th Oct, 2012

is there an english version of this?

special ed

special ed said on the 9th Oct, 2012

you have to select 'close captions' on youtube for the subtitles


IamMartin said on the 9th Oct, 2012

So much better than SHM's doco. Armin seems very grounded and compassionate unlike the SHM members in their doco.


IamMartin said on the 9th Oct, 2012

Also, David Guetta looked/acted like the most awkward nancy boy in the documentary.


RaVeR_SpIkE said on the 10th Oct, 2012

sweet be watching this for sure


Digitalgrub said on the 10th Oct, 2012

Yeah, I'm not much of an Armin fan either, but a fantastic doco - It's good to see that it's hard work and passion that took him to where he is and that alone.


kool_kimbo said on the 10th Oct, 2012

Geeeeez wish I knew you could turn on captions before I watched half of it!


ingeivan said on the 10th Oct, 2012

hahah how weird did guetta look in it?!!
fucking weirdo!


touki said on the 11th Oct, 2012

@ lawlietskyy, The private flights would've been part of that contract. I don't think he'd be making enough to have his own jet. Pretty insightful, but I wish he'd answer those questions he spoke about at the start.


JackT said on the 11th Oct, 2012

Yo all, it said 'Click on the Captions button for subtitles' in the story.


MickeyZ said on the 11th Oct, 2012

@touki - Wouldn't surprise me is he had his own jet...i remember seeing Guetta and Tiesto etc having their own planes..

Great Doco, really enjoyed seeing how down to earth Armin is and how douchy Guetta actually is...why are his sleeves rolled up when he comes off stage?


ChemicalJames said on the 14th Oct, 2012

It's just 50 minutes of marketing. Nothing else.