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Armin's Early Influences

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 07:23 min

Where did the Armin van Buuren sound come from? These are some of the musicians and DJs whose music helped make Armin the artist he is today.

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.

About the Instructor

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.

I really enjoyed listening to Armins story and input, it has been very inspiring.

very good! well detailed and explained. lesson PDFs are well populated with external information for further learning

谢谢明哥,这个课程我学到的不只是音乐上知识 还有做人道理...thx armin, thx master class...

The only true masterclass. Armin Van Buuren really gives you everything he knows.


Kane D.

Anyone happen to know how to the name of the long ambient piano track by Jean-Michel Jarre that Armin mentions?

Adam S.

Armin has always been one of my main influences, but that list also includes the likes of Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Arty, Kyau & Albert, many good guys out there. But you can be an influence to others as well! Take what you've learned and get started 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 guess my parents were into rock and I'm into alternative rock because it's a genre that was born out of anger at the genre it came from. I play the guitar. I enjoyed this lesson.

Luis D.

WOW, WOW, WOW, Armin you took me back to some fond Musical Memories. I too was very influenced by the music my father played. I still have the Vinyl of Walter/ Wendy Carlos. The Moog Synth was going to change Music forever and it did. I grew up on that sound. Dad played lots of classical as well as Early pioneers of Ambient like Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and the list goes on and on. I can hear in your music how you have been able to draw inspiration from these great masters of Music. I caught your show at The Brooklyn Mirage last week and have to say my wife and I as well as the crowd were on an emotional roller coaster with your set. Keep inspiring and keep creating music, The World is a better place becuse of it. Thank you

Peter R.

Ben Liebrand ... now there's a blast from the past. Way back when I was enrolled at the conservatory of music, in the early 1980s, I used to get up at 2 am to record his "In The Mix" show live, on cassette tape, on a Sony cassette tape recorder, with automatic reverse, and Dolby B and C. Still have some of those cassette tapes lying around.

Keegan D.

I had two main influences to become a DJ/Producer, and these guys are still playing today. 1. The main DJ/Producer who made me fall in love with Electronic Dance Music was a Frenchman by the name of David Guetta. I remember being about 14 and watching a music video show on the TV and his song 'Sexy Chick' came on and I loved the song. I started dancing and nodding my head to the beat - it was great! Then I saw David appear and I thought wow, he must love what he does! I thought to myself, I need to find out what it's like to be a massive DJ/Producer! 2. As I began to research what a world famous DJ's life is like, I came across my second influence, my favourite international DJ, my motivation, a young Dutch superstar by the name of Martin Garrix. He was the DJ who made me want to become a huge, successful DJ/Producer. He's only a year older than me so I keep telling myself: "If he can do it, I can do it". The life he lives, the shows he plays at, the amazing memories he creates with friends, family and people of the dance music industry is incredible and the way he connects with his fans is amazing. He makes people happy with music and he has so much fun. To become such a phenomenon at such a young age is a true credit to himself and he got to where he is today because he was passionate about music and that's what motivates me everyday to keep improving and learning. It is my ultimate dream! To tour the world as a massive DJ/Producer making people happy with my music. It's crazy to think that Armin's influences were guys that I don't really recognise, probably apart from Carl Cox, and my influences are guys that Armin shares the stage with so much every year! How times have changed.....

A fellow student

I have been influenced my many artists, the Beatles, the sounds of the 80's, I seem be stuck there but i have found a new idol armin burn for my new trance tracks.. And having new influences, armin has been a true inspiration to me to, he is a legend, great history which truly no other person has given us, your humble and speak from th heart with passionate,I'm now a big fan now,love your work and continue do so..for more simplified tracks..oh also I loved the inspiration all story, I was in the same boat when you're dad kepted knocking and asked can you please change the record turn music down..kept playing in my bedroom, until I ventured out to small clubs an d parties,then ventured to a clubbing and spinning to 1000 + people

Håkan E.

Having influences is really important, from Jean Michel Jarre to Frankie Knuckles, and of course Armin Van Buuren who is a huge inspiration for me.

Ruben R.

It is interesting to see how exposure to different music has brought us to where we are. I grew up listening to a lot of salsa, rap, jazz, and pop from the 80s and 90s. I learned to play several instruments mainly because of the salsa influence. I was exposed to Brian Eno and Kraftwerk during college, and that got me listening more to the modern dance music. I heard dance music in the clubs and on the radio, but it was just background music. Once I started focusing on the synthesis and the structure of dance music, I fell in love. I found the freedom to use my musical background in playing classical, latin, and jazz to express different emotions and feelings within dance music. I embraced house music and dubstep, but now I love all the beauty that is trance. I plan to grow as much as I can, producing and performing. It's refreshing to hear Armin talk humbly about his story and influences. This is one of the things I enjoy most about Armin and this class. Armin is relatable. He is a person doing what he loves.


I was introduced to Jean Michel Jarre long ago and that changed my view of what I though electronic music was supposed to be (80s synth-pop at the time). Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Tomita, Wendy Carlos, etc. opened my mind.