Armin van Buuren has been voted The World’s No. 1 Trance DJ in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs 2023.
The Dutch trance legend also continues his incredible run inside the top five of the Top 100 DJs poll — now running at a whopping 22 years. “I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio to cook up new tracks, and also had the pleasure of performing at premier festivals throughout the summer season,” he enthused when asked about the last 12 months.
In terms of releases, Armin dropped the final part of his 'Feel Again' album trilogy in March. Split into three, the record — which takes in 33 tracks in total — is said to have been born out of van Buuren's disconnect from his family, friends and fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having reformed his life routines and taken up yoga, he found a renewed love for music, which fed into his work on the album. Armin also found time to release the 20th instalment of his long-running 'A State Of Trance' mix album series in May. Featuring 41 tracks in total, it is split across three mixes, rather than the usual two.
The additional third mix pays homage to another of van Buuren's own labels, Who's Afraid Of 138?!, and among its 14 tracks are two new remixes by Bogdan Vix & UUFO and Maddix of van Buuren's recent tracks, 'Vulnerable' and 'Computers Take Over The World', respectively. Alongside his busy release schedule, Armin also took over the weekly radio show Dance Department, on Dutch broadcasting station Radio 538, which goes out alongside his long-running weekly A State Of Trance broadcast.
The awards were announced during a broadcast event, hosted by BBC Radio One’s Arielle Free from The Standard, Ibiza. The show featured an iconic David Guetta performance from an Ibiza cliff top, alongside sets from four leading DJs from unique locations that spanned five continents.
The awards show and full sets are available to watch now on DJ Mag’s YouTube channel. Chinese viewers can also enjoy the show on NetEase Cloud Music, the exclusive Top 100 DJs results partner for the China market.
1.3 million votes were counted from 237 countries in this year’s Top 100 DJs poll. You can see the full Top 100 DJs list here.