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Approaching Your DJ Set

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 10:35 min

It’s time to move away from producing and start talking about taking your music to the stage. Here are the core principles that make up Armin’s DJ philosophy.

Armin van Buuren
Teaches Dance Music
Learn how to make dance music from the platinum-selling producer voted No. 1 DJ in the world five times by DJ Magazine.
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Every week, Armin van Buuren puts 41 million listeners into A State of Trance on his radio show. In his first-ever online class, the platinum-selling DJ breaks down his hits and builds a track from scratch to show you how he produces, performs, and promotes dance music. You’ll learn his technical process for using samples and plug-ins, mixing, recording vocals, and how to DJ a set. Your crowd is waiting.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Good class. Enjoyed the later part more when he was talking about DJing, creating music, preparing his set. The early stuff a bit too technical, but probably good for people actually involved in music production. (I'm not!)

Great to see how Armin works collaboratively. No arrogance at all. Super loved this class!

It was fun to see the workflow and creative process of an established artist. I think EQ-ing, mixing and mastering could use a little more attention.

I have developed an insight into the psychology of making music and that the priorities are not shaping a perfect brand or making perfectly sounding electronic music. Having fun and sharing your passion for music with an audience should be the biggest driver and motivator for any producer and DJ. This is clear to me now and I am confident in my ability to improve and what I love. Making music.


Olga N.

Really cool guy, terrible music... I wonder if Armin actually likes what he produces?

Moises T.

"Be You." The best advice of the entire Masterclass for sure. This single advice will get me to the top. Thank you so much Armin, I love you so much! UNIQUE.

A fellow student

Hey everyone, I created my own DJ set - Please check it out!

Tomas B.

Great tutorials. All. You won't say it all except to highlight the most important ideas. Thank you very much

Aleksandr T.

This is the best lesson I've ever seen while I was making music! Thank you!

Bogdan I.

This session is absolutely the best. Best advice. Best communication. Best performance.

Kenneth S.

"Every day you wake up a little bit more..." That's definitely an inspirational thought! It gives you... permission... the thought of freedom to experiment and run with your own thing. Everyday you'll come up with something new... don't be afraid to try it, and run with it... it rings my bell!

Dale H.

Great lesson - it is crazy to think that you can actually make a career as a DJ and producer, and that in the end we all share a passion for music and sharing it with others. Very inspirational!

Alejandro O.

Hey everyone, let me know what you think about this track


"The drive to become a DJ stems from a passion for sharing music you love with others"--Love this!