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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 lessons, just not what I am looking for now

Love the attitude and clear explanations. Inspired to continue creating music! Thanks!

One of the most helpful things was learning what a DAW is and how to use it. Also appreciated insight into Armin's thinking process and how he approaches music.

I've been following Armin since the beginning, in the mid/late 90's. He's always been an inspiration to me as a dj/producer. Watching him work in Logic pro, also my choice of DAW, has further inspired me to take my music to the next level. I now know what's expected of me.


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!

Adam S.

Have fun making your sets! Feel out the music and do what sounds right. Use tools like Mixed in Key and the harmonic wheel to figure out what will sound good and what won't. One great way to get started is by making your own monthly show/podcast! It's so easy to get started, and if you love the music as much as probably most of us do, then you'll look forward to improving each episode and getting to really interact with your music. I've been doing this myself for over four and a half years now, and each month I think about what new things I can do and how I can incorporate some of what the pros, such as Armin, do. Have a listen if you'd like to my show, leave a comment saying that you're a fellow classmate or whatever else you'd like to say, and subscribe/follow to hear my latest each month! (iTunes and RSS feed version for non-iTunes podcast listening, such as on Castbox)

Gaetan G.

I also don't play what's hot or on the charts even if I know the trends, I try and avoid them. I still hint at them I think.

Tim L.

I was litteraly just thinking the other day of the fact that I do love to listen to and play music, and when someone else is around and can hear what I listen to I really like to see that person's reaction to the track I'm listening to. And that's why I now really want to become a DJ. Before it was more about producing, but after really thinking this through I just realised what a cool thing it would be just to share the music I love with others, which is what DJ's do. And just now when I watched this video it was like if Armin took the thoughts out of my head!