May 21, 2011
AVB @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Armin van Buuren vs Jochen Miller - In & Out of Connection (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
Laura Jansen - Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework)

Well, it seems that Armin’s new penchant toward the harder sounds of trance isn’t going away any time soon. After a gutbusting group of sets during his ASOT 500 world tour, it seemed that Armin had a new realization that people are leaning more toward heavy basslines and techy sounds these days rather than the more ambient, uplifting sound that originally made him famous, so he is adjusting his sets accordingly. I for one couldn’t be happier about that.

Armin continued his killer streak at Roseland Ballroom in New York City last night, giving his throngs of fans lined up around the block an epic 4-hour set–plenty of time to dance their hearts out. Dropping many of the tracks that he originally spun during his most recent ASOT tour like the as yet unknown remix of Welcome Home by Wally Lopez and his beautiful rendition of Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, as well as classics like Tuvan, there truly was something for everyone in this set. Side note–I really like the fact that he always drops Tuvan; it seems that he recognizes it as the best track he’s put out in the last five years, which I would agree with.

The lighting situation was much better than the last time I saw him at Roseland Ballroom for his ASOT 450 tour, but there is still room for improvement; there is just too much amazing lighting technology out there these days that the #1 DJ in the world doesn’t fully take advantage of yet at all of his tour dates. Nevertheless, a great time was still had by all. The New York trance family always shows up and shows out, making a statement to the world that the NYC trance scene is alive, well, and here to stay.

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