PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ABRAHAMS
MIAMI'S ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOWCASES A NEW BREED OF MEGASTARS MAKING NOISE FOR THE MASSES AND GIVING POP IDOLS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. IN 2013 THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY DJS
Describe your sound in three words:
AVB Trance, progressive, euphoric
Tell us about your setup:
AVB My DJ setup is a Pioneer DJM-2000 mixer and 4 Pioneer CDJ-2000-NXS. I use my laptop to communicate with the front of house and run my music through Pioneer rekordbox.
What time do you usually go to sleep and when do you wake up?
AVB On tour I sleep whenever I can. In the last couple of weeks, close to the deadlines of finishing my recently released album, I didn’t get a lot of sleep.
Do you have any rituals before, during, or after a performance?
AVB I like to arrive an hour before my set, to listen to what the DJ before me is playing and to catch a bit of the mood/vibe of the audience.
Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?
AVB In the middle of the desert in Jordan. It was special and amazing!
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to and where?
AVB Love Parade in Germany, for one million people.
What is the most fun part of touring?
AVB We have just finished the A State of Trance 600 Expedition world tour, which meant we did gigs in places we normally wouldn’t. We toured with a complete team, about 20 people, and we became a bit of a family because of these trips.
Least fun part?
AVB Easy answer: being away from my family.
Do you have a team that helps you when it comes to putting your show together?
AVB Yes, I’m lucky enough to have a team that helps me out, together we are able to take care of both the bigger picture and the small details.
Do you have any lucky charms?
AVB My headphones!
What’s on your rider that we might not expect?
AVB I think I have a very boring rider, no clown outfits, boats, or weird drinks or foods. The most important thing for me is that I always need a Wi-Fi connection.
If you could play anywhere for anyone, what would be your most ideal set?
AVB We are actually working hard toward the start of my new Armin-only tour, which is named after my album Intense. We announced that two shows will take place at a new venue in the Netherlands, called the Ziggo Dome, this November.
What is the biggest misconception about electronic music?
AVB Computers can’t make music. Some people think music is made entirely by computers, but it’s humans that have to tell the computers what to play!
AVB Don’t be a prisoner of your own style.
Digital technician Tim Bell Photo assistant Eric Simmons Equipment rental Milk NY Special thanks Alexandra Greenberg, Clayton Blaha, Darren Baber, Chris Werner, Marije de Konink, Sander Reneman, Justin Kleinfeld, Ciara Davey, Diana Baron, Alexandra Baker