After a one-year hiatus, Miami Music Week’s International Dance Music Awards have returned to the dance music hub with their 32nd edition and boy, did Armin van Buuren and Armada Music make it count. Together, the world-renowned DJ and the biggest independent dance music label in the world snatched up a whopping four awards: ‘Best Global Label’ (Armada Music), ‘Best Male Artist (Mainstream)’ (Armin van Buuren), ‘Best Music Event’ and ‘Best Podcast / Radio Show’ (both for A State Of Trance).

The five-time #1 DJ in the world and a key figure in the electronic music scene since seemingly forever, Armin van Buuren showed his peerless versatility in the past year by not only strengthening his roots with blistering Trance productions and massive mainstage live sets, but also by giving rise to pop-scented singles such as ‘I Need You’ (with Garibay and Olaf Blackwood), ‘Sunny Days’ (feat. Josh Cumbee) and, more recently, ‘Sex, Love & Water’ (feat. Conrad Sewell). Having shown the full range and impact of his internationally acclaimed skill set, he has pushed himself further than many thought possible, laying the foundations for this huge IDMA hat trick: a personal award for ‘Best Male Artist (Mainstream)’ as well as awards for ‘Best Music Event’ and ‘Best Podcast / Radio Show’ for A State Of Trance.

Having won the IDMA for ‘Best Global Label’ for an unprecedented five times, Armada Music had already staked its claim as the award’s top contender when their nomination was made public earlier this year. In the past few years, the Amsterdam-based record label opened offices in New York and London, strengthened its global brand by assembling a diverse and powerful artist roster (including Afrojack, Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Erick Morillo, Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery, Julian Jordan, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies, Morgan Page and W&W) and became the biggest independent dance music label in the world. This IDMA for ‘Best Global Label’ serves as a crown to their hard work in the same year the label celebrates its 15-year anniversary.

As if that wasn’t enough, Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance’ empire notched up two awards as well. The radio show, which has a loyal following of over 40 million listeners per week and is broadcast from over a hundred stations in more than 80 different countries, not only earned the right to call itself ‘Best Podcast / Radio Show’ for a full year, but also saw its music event spin-off – the legendary, globally acclaimed A State Of Trance events (including the designated ASOT stage at Ultra Music Festival Miami coming Sunday) – rack up the award for ‘Best Music Event’, making it four awards out of four nominations this year for a stupendous 100% efficiency.

Maykel Piron, CEO Armada Music: “Over the past few years, we’ve been working round the clock to show the world who we are: an incredibly diverse and versatile label with an equally diverse artist roster that can work dance music on a truly global scale. To win the award for ‘Best Global Label’ and to see Armin van Buuren do so incredibly well is what we hoped to achieve. We feel blessed that our artists trust us to work with them on their careers and we are grateful toward our fans for their help in achieving these milestones in the same year we celebrate our 15-year anniversary.”

Armin van Buuren: “Just heard the news about winning the IDMAs for ‘Best Male Artist (Mainstream)’, ‘Best Global Label’, ‘Best Podcast / Radio Show’ and ‘Best Music Event’. I feel blessed knowing that so many people around the world appreciate my music, my radio show and my label. I couldn’t have done this all without them and the amazing team around me: Maykel, Dave, Sander, Benno and Ruben for ASOT, my supporting and lovely wife Erika, and of course everyone at Armada Music, David Lewis Productions, Alda Events and 250K!”

Richard Durand returns with a fresh trance anthem called “Pandora”

Enriched with an enthralling synthline and filled with awesome fx nestled in the whole tune, this is a beauty that comes to conquer your minds on the dancefloor.

True to keeping trance alive, Richard Durand is a perfect fusion between old school and modern times dance music, clearly distinguishable in his latest “Pandora”. Shared to the world across the Grotesque Fusion imprint, it sure guarantees we are in for a lot more perfectly crafted pieces from the dutch producer.

As a fan of the motto “Harder, Faster, Bigger, Bolder… Darker”, dance floors worldwide shall tremble and trance fans shall shiver.


No stranger to the trance scene, Richard Durand is one of the most renown names in the history of the emotional genre. To date he has found himself positioned in the DJ MAG top 100 in 5 occasions, has 3 artist albums under his belt – “Always The Sun”, “Wide Awake” & “vs The World”, took over Tiesto’s iconic In Search of Sunrise for 6 consecutive editions and has played the world’s best shows such as Sensation, Trance Energy, Sensation White, Mayday, Ministry of Sound and many more.

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Six-time Grammy® nominated singer, songwriter and producer Kaskade has released his new single “Cold As Stone” featuring  indie pop songstress Charlotte Lawrence.

The song follows the recent release of his full-length Christmas album late last year.

Relentlessly touring the world and playing to tens of millions of people around the globe, Kaskade has been in the trenches for over a decade. His handwriting can be read all over the history of electronic music while his influence maintains an all-time high.

Says Kaskade about the new single, “’Cold as Stone’ presented itself as a sort of departure from the songs I’ve put out in the last while. It didn’t end up being that forever-love message we’d all love to hear. Instead it’s an emotional reckoning from a pretty vulnerable place. Charlotte Lawrence’s voice was that perfect storm of beauty, anger and quiet strength which is a rare find. It helped paint that audio picture of falling out of love, which is painful. Even though the song is called ‘Cold as Stone’ it will probably make quite a few people feel exactly the opposite.”

While bridging the gap between old school music purists and a new generation of music lovers, Kaskademarries genres and twists labels to stay true to his roots while pushing the boundaries of what’s next.

“Cold as Stone” marks the first release from Kaskade since he inked a worldwide contract with Sony Music.

About Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte Lawrence hides the spirit of a soulful singer-songwriter under the cover of expansive and engrossing future-facing production. She works with producers Mag & Louis that have helped craft her sound, and support her growth as both a songwriter and an artist. Charlotte’s breakout independent debut single “Sleep Talking” clocked over 9 million Spotify streams in under four months, and she built a devout fan base by holding nothing back. Her follow-up track “Just The Same” leapt past the one-million mark in under a week. Her life experience thus far is nothing short of fascinating. A travel obsessive, she spent three months in France during 2017 and found the time to take in her first Italian fashion week. In the end, she’s got many more surprises to come. Pop music might never be the same.


The operative word around VANDIT parts of late has been ‘teamwork’. Within the last four weeks, that’s given us M.O.R.P.H. x Mark (Sherry) on ‘Magnetar’, as well as the reteaming of PvD & Alex on ‘Breaking Dawn’. In-line-with, we have another force multiplier for you this week in the paired-up form of Digital Rush & Mhammed El Alami.

Nu-guns they maybe, but this isn’t quite the first time we’ve heard from at least one of our protagonists. Seasoned VANDIT-watchers will recognise Mhammed as the man who mixed Alex M.O.R.P.H & Woody Van Eyden’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ to the heavens last year. 

Memories of that floor splash were front-and-centre in our minds when their collaborative debut landed. Mere minutes after it arrived ‘Wonderlust’ was on the office sound-system and its signature ink was dry within the day!

With melodic chime, superheated chords, pads to match and journeying synth flow, up top ‘Wonderlust’s all about spring-beckoning harmonics. Don’t let those first-listen ears deceive you though! Beneath all this beauty beats the heart of a genuine floor beast! Recursive drum-drive, resolute bass and beautifully arranged & mixed percussion zone it comfortably to the later-night spin.
‘Wonderlust’ from Digital Rush & Mhammed El Alami is now through VANDIT. Score your copy hereabouts: You can also check it out via VANDIT’s Soundcloud here:

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