It’s almost impossible to put into words just how amazing the year of 2018 has been for A State Of Trance and Trance music as a whole. After drawing over 70 million listeners to the live broadcast of the previous year mix, Armin van Buuren built on the momentum by introducing the video broadcast of A State Of Trance to the radio studio set-up, hosting several phenomenal ASOT events in places such as Utrecht in the Netherlands, Melbourne in Australia, Gliwice in Poland and more, and spoiling his listeners with loads of new, exciting Trance & Progressive tunes every single week. And now, it’s time to capture all of those moments in an album so carefully crafted it took 60 hours to complete: ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2018 (Mixed by Armin van Buuren)’.
For ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2018’, the fifteenth consecutive year mix album, Armin van Buuren left no stone unturned to find the tracks of 2018 that mean the most to the loyal ASOT fans. Based on the standings of the Tune Of The Year voting halfway in (15.000 votes), the results of the most important Trance & Progressive charts throughout the year and the personal picks of Armin van Buuren himself, the mix album features over a hundred mind-blowing records from some of the world’s most esteemed Trance artists, including Giuseppe Ottaviani’s ‘Till The Sunrise’, Richard Durand’s ‘The Air I Breathe’, NWYR’s ‘Wormhole’ and ‘Dragon’, Above & Beyond’s ‘Red Rocks’ and Armin van Buuren’s ‘United’, ‘Blah Blah Blah’, ‘Just As You Are’ and ‘Last Dancer’.
‘A State Of Trance Year Mix 2018’ is a way of giving back to the fans who made this whole journey possible, and a way of making sure this amazing year will be remembered until the end of time itself. And as the year mix and its end-of-the-year broadcast close the year in style, fans will know what to expect from 2019: tons of gorgeous records and another phenomenal ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix’ to round up a year destined to reach a new high.
01 Armin van Buuren – A State Of Trance Year Mix 2018 Intro: License To DJ
02 Omnia – Cyberpunk
03 Andrew Bayer feat. Alison May – Immortal Lover (In My Next Life Mix)
04 Audien feat. Cecilia – Higher
05 Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – The Last Dancer
06 Super8 & Tab – Blockchain
07 Simon Lee & Alvin with Susie Ledge – Why I Came Here
08 Mark Sixma – Sinfonia
09 Signum feat. Scott Mac – Coming On Strong (Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge Remix)
10 Jeremy Vancaulart feat. Danyka Nadeau – Hurt
11 Super8 & Tab feat. Envy Monroe – True Love
12 Omnia feat. Danyka Nadeau – For You
13 Cosmic Gate & Jason Ross – Awaken
14 HALIENE – Dream In Color (Ruben de Ronde Remix)
15 Above & Beyond feat Richard Bedford – Happiness Amplified (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
16 Loud Luxury feat. brando – Body (Ørjan Nilsen Remix)
17 Purple Haze – Bergen
18 Armin van Buuren feat. Sam Martin – Wild Wild Son (Club Mix)
19 Estiva – Bloom
20 Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Raito Remix)
21 ilan Bluestone with Maor Levi feat. EL Waves – Will We Remain
22 Ferry Corsten & DIM3NSION – Safe With Me
23 ARTY – Tim
24 Fatum – Violet
25 Ørjan Nilsen – Savour This Moment
26 KhoMha – Tierra
27 MaRLo feat. Emma Chatt – Here We Are
28 MaRLo feat. Roxanne Emery – A Thousand Seas
29 Denis Kenzo & Sveta B. – Sweet Lie
30 Markus Schulz feat. Nikki Flores – We Are The Light
31 Ben Gold & Sivan – Stay
32 Gareth Emery feat. Evan Henzi – Call To Arms (Cosmic Gate Remix)
33 Armin van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy (Super8 & Tab Remix)
34 Maor Levi – Light Years
35 Andrew Rayel & David Gravell – Trance Reborn (FYH100 Anthem) [Mark Sixma Remix]
36 NWYR – Wormhole
37 Eric Senn – Inkunzi
38 NWYR – Dragon
39 KhoMha – White Swan
40 Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)
41 Denis Kenzo, Fahjah & Kate Miles – Who I Am
42 Seven Lions feat. Rico & Miella – Without You My Love (Myon Definitive Mix)
43 Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston – Always (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
44 ARTY – Perfect Strangers
45 ALPHA 9 – Sleepwalker
46 Above & Beyond – Red Rocks
47 Andrew Rayel feat. HALIENE – In The Dark
48 Armin van Buuren vs Shapov – Our Origin
49 Darude & Ashley Wallbridge feat. Foux – Surrender
50 Alex Kunnari – Sundown
51 Beatsole – Pearl
52 Ferry Corsten & Paul Oakenfold – A Slice Of Heaven
53 Venetica – Patterns Of The Soul (Davey Asprey Remix)
54 Alex M.O.R.P.H. – Running For Peace (Club Mix)
55 DJ T.H. & Nadi Sunrise feat. Michele C – See You Again
56 Craig Connelly feat. Roxanne Emery – This Life
57 Bryan Kearney & Deirdre McLaughlin – Open My Mind
58 Roman Messer feat. Christina Novelli – Fireflies (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
59 Aly & Fila with Emma Hewitt – You & I (Aly & Fila Club Mix)
60 Ben Gold & Audrey Gallagher – There Will Be Angels
61 Simon Patterson feat. Lucy Pullin – Fall For You
62 Scot Project – D (Don’t Go)
63 Ran-D – Zombie
64 Ben Gold & Allen Watts – Strike As One
65 RAM & Susana – Northern Star
66 Craig Connelly feat. Kat Marsh – Light The Way (Bryan Kearney Remix)
67 Gareth Emery – Long Way Home (Ashley Wallbridge Remix)
68 Mark Sixma & Emma Hewitt – Missing (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
69 A.R.D.I. – Army Of Angels
70 MaRLo – Enough Echo
71 Dash Berlin feat. Bo Bruce – Coming Home (STANDERWICK Remix)
72 Armin van Buuren x Vini Vici x Alok feat. Zafrir – United
73 Armin van Buuren vs Alexander Popov – Popcorn
74 Exis feat. Enya Angel – Free
75 Giuseppe Ottaviani – Till The Sunrise
76 CRW – I Feel Love (Omar Sherif Remix)
77 Heatbeat – Stadium Arcadium
78 Armin van Buuren – Be In The Moment (ASOT 850 Anthem) [Allen Watts Remix]
79 Allen Watts – Midnight
80 Paul van Dyk – Music Rescues Me
81 Aly & Fila – Rebirth (Ahmed Romel Remix)
82 Will Atkinson – Seventh Heaven
83 Ferry Corsten feat. HALIENE – Wherever You Are (Solis & Sean Truby Remix)
84 Markus Schulz & Emma Hewitt – Safe From Harm (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
85 Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star feat. Fiora – Just As You Are
86 Roger Shah & RAM feat. Natalie Gioia – For The One You Love
87 Davey Asprey – Alone In The Wilderness
88 Oliver Cattley with Kiyoi & Eky – Zubr
89 Darren Porter – Whiplash
90 Richard Durand & Christina Novelli – The Air I Breathe
91 Avao – Activate
92 Ayla – Ayla (Ben Nicky & Luke Bond Remix)
93 Armin van Buuren – Lifting You Higher (ASOT 900 Anthem)
94 Protoculture – Thirty Three South
95 STANDERWICK – I’ve Been Thinking About You
96 Militia – Take Me There
97 Armin van Buuren – Blah Blah Blah
98 Luke Bond – U
99 Aly & Fila with Philippe El Sisi & Omar Sherif – A World Beyond (FSOE550 Anthem)
100 Billy Gillies – Disturbance
101 Chris Schweizer – The Wolf
102 Ultra Shock – The Sound Of E (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)
103 W&W x Armin van Buuren – Ready To Rave
104 Splinta – Shock Therapy (Rising Altitude Mix)
105 Armin van Buuren – A State Of Trance Year Mix 2018 Outro: The Verdict
Today global online search giant Google has announced its annual year in search list that unveils the most popular names and events searched in 2018. In the category of electronic dance music Armin van Buuren, the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, has been ranked one of the top 5 artists that people searched on Google this year. The entire list consist (in chronologic order) Swedisch House Mafia, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello and Marshmello.
With more than 41 million listeners tuning in each week to his SiriusXM radio show “A State of Trance”, Armin van Buuren is considered one of the top DJs and music producers in the world, having been voted as the #1 DJ worldwide five times. Further highlighting his popularity, Armin recently sold out his show in London’s Wembley stadium in less than three hours after tickets went on sale.
Armin van Buuren said, “Wow! This is so cool and such great news to hear; what an honor to make it in Google’s search list of 2018. Behind every search is someone looking for my shows or music. Connecting my music to my fans is the most important thing for me. My thanks go out to Google and even more so to my fans for their amazing support. I wouldn’t be on this list without you!”
This coming Friday, December 14, Armin will release his own annual year in review, his end-of-year compilation of his personal picks from the trance and electronic music releases this year. Armin will unveil his “A State of Trance Year Mix 2018” this coming Friday, December 14th.
For further information on Google’s “Year in Search” 2018 list, please click g.co/2018 to see all of the top searches of the year in different categories. You can find the official artwork Google has created for Armin van Buuren for this announcement below. You can also follow this announcement on social media using #YearinSearch. Collectively, Armin van Buuren has over 14 million social media followers and can be found at Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @arminvanbuuren.
Allen Watts’ track ‘Algorithm’ came to be after he combined multiple old projects together into one track. The result is a pure trance masterpiece!
Tried, tested and perfected, Allen Watts’ ‘Algorithm’ is the secret formula to Trance that cracks dance floors and evokes moments of bliss. Uplifting to the bone and melodically irresistible to boot, this brand-new release on Who’s Afraid Of 138?! simply scores a perfect ten in terms of high-quality Trance music.
Maor Levi & OTIOT truly produced a smashing track together with ‘Bandana’.
We spoke to Maor Levi about how the track came to be. Here is what he had to say: “Bandana was a result of combining both of my Trance style with OTIOT’s Edge of dark-psy, the idea came from one of his psy projects that was just laying in his computer, I heard it instantly and felt the goose bumps, so we Immediately started working on the idea while gathering more ideas in just a few days, as a result you got a dark proggy trancer with some psy elements , but most importantly we were aiming to keep it dark, the title for the track was pretty random but we felt it suited the vibe.”
It seems as if Maor Levi just can’t stop churning out absolute gems. Now teaming up with fellow-Israeli OTIOT for ‘Bandana’, he shows again why he’s considered one of the most consistent producers of his time. Infectious, mesmerizing and impactful, this brand-new Armind release is what makes Trance fans tick.
The Dutch electronic dance music DJ has performed at events across the world, Estiva has brought his infectious sound and energy to some of the most pivotal events in the scene. His new track ‘Rage Race’ shows a totally different side of his album ‘Spectacle’.
Estiva: ‘As much as I love the pretty and emotional melodies, sometimes I just feel like raving and raging on the dance floor. Rage Race is a bass driven track I wrote having a dark and steamy club environment in mind. I named it Rage Race because I want to see which one of you clubbers can go out of its mind best!’
Be ready to go on another crazy ride with Estiva, listen to ‘Rage Race’ here.
Definitely one of the darker tracks from his ‘Spectacle’ album, ‘Rage Race’ shows another side to the acclaimed signature sound of Dutch top producer Estiva. Merging a vicious sounding bassline with thumping beats and buzzing synth rises, this tune sets the mood as soon as it kicks in late at night.
And talking about dark and steamy clubs, we met Estiva during the summer at the world famous club Hi Ibiza, and sat down with him for a chat, check this out!
Teaming up together to create another musical masterpiece. Progressive at its finest, ‘Madrigal’ definitely makes you want more!
Ruben: “Ever since I signed one of Yoel’s records a few years ago on my label Statement!, I always thought it would be nice to work on something with him. A few years later this opportunity arose! To top everything off, we asked Natalie Gioia to deliver some cool vocal work, ‘Madrigal’ is the result! The name might be a bit random, but if you have watched the legendary Breaking Bad TV series, you’ll figure it out ;-).”
Churning out progressive masterpieces without stop, Ruben de Ronde and Yoel Lewis are currently scoring perfect As on the prolificness scale. Now teaming up together as well as with famed songstress Natalie Gioia, they merge their signature sounds into something greater, something so incredible you won’t want anything else. Progressive at its finest, ‘Madrigal’ will have you reeling for more all night long.
The day after the release of his summer anthem ‘Upon my Shoulder’, we’ve been lucky enough to meet the man himself, the legendary Markus Schulz, a few minutes before he rocked the MainStage at e-Lake festival in Luxembourg, here’s what he told us:
TBA: Hi it’s Jess from The Backstage Access, here with the amazing Markus Schulz
MS: Hellooo, it’s good to be here, actually it’s my first time here in
Luxembourg so I am pretty excited
TBA: First of all congrats on your new single
MS: Yeah, it’s called ‘Upon my shoulders’ and it’s just released yesterday;quite excited about it, I wrote it after last year Tomorrowland, I remember I was playing on the mainstage and I was looking out at the audience and I saw the flags in the air, and I saw the hands in the air, and then I saw the people on each other’s shoulders so when I went back into my studio I said I wanna write a song about that, you know, about what I’ve seen and it was funny as it all came together and the way it feels like a festival anthem so I am quite excited then the world is finally gonna hear it
TBA: And it’s very good it had that feels good vibe a festival has
MS: Yeah that was the important thing, to make a feel good summer vibe in the song
TBA: Well Markus, mission accomplished
MS: Thank you!
TBA: So last time we talked you were telling me how involved you were in writing the lyrics of your album
MS: With the other song writers, yes, to me it’s important to get
involved in the writing cause I want give messages that our community can relate to, I wanna do more than create song people can sing along to, I wanna make songs that people can relate to, for example Shoulders, I hope than when people hear it 10 years from now, it takes them back to Tomorrowland or EDC or here at e-lake, I want people to remember the lyrics and that it takes them back to their special time
TBA: You are always putting all yourself into your projects, like with
MS: I really want to give all myself , the vibe, the energy that I have
inside of me, I need to put that in my music, I don’t wanna just
manufacture music for like no reason, I wanna put my heart and soul into everything and right now is really though because music goes so fast, everyday there is new Music, every week there is a new number one song, but at the end of the day this is why I am doing it, I put my heart and soul into it cause I wanna my songs last longer, I wanna be able to play them for the next couple of years
TBA : You always had that, basically got my soul with ‘Do you dream’
MS: That was a legendary album and this is what I hope to accomplish with the next album, I have to take my music to another level and make it a bit more accessible for the new generation but it still has to have that vibe that you can relate to it even listening to it 10 years from now as well
TBA: Do you ever feel vulnerable when you put so much of yourself into
MS: No, cause I think my fans know I have always been open, that¹s why we have a special connection, they know I am not up there faking it… you know, I am not the kind of dj that make them do things like sit down, say heyyy ohhh, things like that, I just put all my energy into my set and let ppl be themselves I am not into those ‘Simon says’ games if you know what I mean
TBA: Is there something in the scene you would like to change?
MS: Well it’s funny we are having this conversation this week… Of course there is something I would like to change in the edm scene right now, there is a lot of that cake throwing and tricks but in the same time I know there is a certain vibe a certain energy when people go mainstage and they hear those kind of sets, it’s the same when you go to a heavy metal concert, when you go to a Metallica’s concert .. they might not be your cup of tea but the energy it’s infectious, it’s insane… so in the end , yes there is something I would change but you just have to keep things in perspective, don’t be a hater and do your things because at the
end of the day is who you are as an artist you should concentrate on and not on who other ppl are as an artist.
TBA: And what is your absolutely love about the scene?
MS: I love the fans, and the fact they all gather together, I know there are people here that drove here from Germany, from the Netherlands or from Belgium so it’s like a community and when you look at the audience you see familiar faces, so yeah it’s my first time here in Luxembourg but when I look out at the audience there are a lot of people I recognize
TBA : And what’s next?
MS: So we got ‘Upon My Shoulders’ just being released and the new album coming out October 5th it’s called ‘We Are The Light’ and I am quite excited about it and I hope everybody gets excited too cause I am really proud of it and I can’t wait for you guys to hear it
TBA: We are excited already indeed!!
Will it be a tour?
MS: Yes we will put together something special on selected dates to
bring singers and artists with me and it will be a lot of fun
TBA: Anything funny happened while touring lately ?
MS: Oh well this summer has been pretty crazy, it’s funny cause I was talking about it and I was thinking “I am gonna mention this at some point in an interview” …haha actually …tbh with you, everybody has been partying like crazy backstage this summer, the funniest thing has been seeing these dj’s being carried back to the hotel, I don’t wanna mention their names but let’s say everybody has been cutting loose this summer,djs have been celebrating a lot, it’s kinda nice to see that people are blowing off steam but backstage this summer has been quite amazing,pretty crazy
TBA : Ok Markus thanks a lot for your time and see you mainstage in a bit
MS: Thank you guys!
STANDERWICK is a legendary DJ but also a great and loving father. Being on tour all the time, away from his kids, is hard for him. That’s why he created a song, dedicated to them! The teaser video was all filmed from where STANDERWICK lives and the kids are featured in the video! It’s something he can watch and also play out when he is away, this makes him feel a little closer to home.
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Prolific as ever, STANDERWICK has lined up his next speaker-buster on the Who’s Afraid Of 138?! label. From the high-magnitude bass to the acid swirls and colossal synths, ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’ could very well be one of the most tempestuous cuts to hit the biggest festivals this year.
Myon released a euphoric mix of Seven Lions‘ Without You My Love with Rico and Miella. Myon’s take features dreamy, melodic chords, vibrant beats, and is tied together by uplifting vocals. The piece is a colorful medley of sound, showcasing Myon’s innovative style which is categorized by heavenly notes contrasted with deeper undertones.
Monday blues? we got the perfect remedy!
Known from his progressive sound, Maor Levi follows up his previous Armada Trice release, ‘Just Listen’, with a slight different sounding record.
A crunchy bassline, supported by a powerful sub kick provides ‘Supernova’ as a unique, energetic new release.
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Eruptive and high-octane like a solar flare, Maor Levi’s ’Supernova’ hits the crowd like nothing you’ve heard before. Juggling hyper-energetic build-ups with a shimmering breakdown and a strong drop, this brand-new release on Armada Trice pushes the progressive sound to a whole other level.