A talented DJ, Armin Van Buuren, was born on 25 December 1976 in a Dutch town Leiden. His father was a contemporary music fan, who taught Armin many different genres. When Van Buuren was young, he enjoyed computer games and paid special attention to new technologies.
A French composer, Jean-Michel Jarre, who worked with electronic music, inspired the young artist. Even though Armin enjoyed music, he was planning to enroll in the Leiden University to become a lawyer.
When Van Buuren was 14 years old, he bought a sampler Akai S-01, borrowed his father’s keyboard and recorded several tracks. He sent the demo to the famous musician and producer, Ben Liebrand. The producer accepted these tracks, and Armin earned his first salary. He used it to buy new equipment.
In 1995, the artist graduated from high school and enrolled in the university. In 1997, he recorded his first successful song, “Blue Fear”. It quickly gained popularity in the UK. Armin decided to quit the university and devote his life to music.