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Performance Tips

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 11:59 min

A live performer has to do more than just play great music. Learn how to handle yourself on stage, how to connect with your crowd, and how to be respectful of your fellow DJs.

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.

Th e Human element of Armins lessons alone are a great inspiration but its about he he go's things even in the studio its fun first because the music is the passion and this reflects throughout the whole course. I took a lot away form the arrangement tips from gain staging in the drops to layering of the kicks and taking a no linear approach. A very humbling watch

Armin is the nicest dude ever. Never listened to trance, but I could listen to Armin talk for days. He's great.

Thank you Armin! This masterclass has given me the tools to not only start producing my own tracks, but also improve as a DJ and start building a brand/profile in order to make a name for myself in the world of Electronic Dance Music! I cannot wait for what's to come! Thank you for giving me that boost I needed! See you on stage!

This has been very fun and good structure. I has not helped yet because I have seen everything in 3 days, but it will. I hope I reach Armin´s lvl some day. Best tip from him, not give up. Keep going!



There's a lot to take in, but I can always come back to this of course and try and prepare the way I need/want to.

Heuber G.

Love the idea of „emergency exits“ of tracks. Will use it in my next set. Really helpful

Terry P.

Love your philosophy and approach ! Thanks for sharing your insights on performing.

Kenneth S.

Play for the people in front of you... and forget about the people listening on social media, that an important point to make. It's easy to get caught up trying to think of the big picture going on, and lose focus on the groove that's happening, which when you think of it, will probably show up more to the 'remote' people listening. Valuable advice!

Vladimir P.

*cough cough* (talking about going overtime) DJ Khalid who showed up like an hour (or 30 minutes) late to his set and then that mother fucker overstayed his time when yellow claw was supposed to go up next. So when he just stayed on stage, the crowed started chanting "YELLOWCLAW YELLOWCLA" ETC....

Hector L.

He is talking like i'm going to start playing at tomorrowland with those tips of not playing other djs tracks that are going to do their show right after you, i want to know how can i get there, how can i start playing music at festivals, who do i need to talk to? who invites me to do a performance at big shows

A fellow student

Another Awsome lesson, yes he right about changing up the set keeping it fresh, I doo Facebook live and I could treat it like radio show...mmm , great tips on politeness towards everything what he told us..taking them on board. I remember doing many DJ warm up sets until I hit the mainstream, this lesson has certainly helped to get back into it. I'm always helping other music artists in my sets, I should remember to mix it up a bit more,

Ruben R.

The DJ etiquette is important. The emphasis on the audience is essential. I like how Armin said, " can walk up to him and hit him in the head, or..." The point is there's no need to get overly worked up about it. Prepare for everything, and I like that Armin talks about his organization and how he handles situations like that. It is important to check your ego at the door. You are there to entertain the audience. Have fun, but focus on what they want. Thanks, Armin.

Team Asota Music A.

Yes really True i am supporting many Dj from Netherlands i dont now way , i love Trance Tech Deep Tech House and sometime only House and you have say all true Armin sometime you play one sett by Festival after you i have sometime not the power to accept here music is to broke up parts and not full numbers This is what Profi Dj really do and i like it alote to listen and after support by Social media I thinks so can go a big Friendship from DJ to Next Dj Happy weekend

Isabel B.