Recording full-length studio albums is often a labor-of-love. It took the world’s #1 DJ, Armin van Buuren, three years to complete his highly anticipated fifth full-length studio album, INTENSE, the follow-up to his 2010 artist album, MIRAGE. On May 3rd, INTENSE will be released by ANA (Armada North America), the sub-label of Armada Music focusing on releases within North America. On April 5th, the first single from INTENSE will be released, “This Is What It Feels Like,” featuringTrevor Guthrie. This single is the inaugural release of the ANA imprint.
Voted the world’s #1 DJ the unprecedented fifth time by the readers of DJ Magazine in its annual “Top 100 DJs” poll, INTENSE shows van Buuren spreading his wings musically beyond the electronic dance music (EDM) sound of trance his millions of worldwide fans have come to expect. Guthrie, a Canadian singer-songwriter and former member of the 1990’s band, SoulDecision, teamed with van Buuren on “This Is What It Feels Like.” On the single, van Buuren fuses the elements of dance, rock and pop into one cohesive song primed for the mainstage.
Said Armin van Buuren, “It’s been an intense three years in the making. Being a perfectionist, some of these tracks have taken me months to finish. I’ve tried to incorporate as many real instruments as possible, including a live orchestra and the rock band of my brother, Eller, Bagga Bownz. It’s been an honor to work with such talented artists, singers and songwriters.”
“This Is What It Feels Like” proves that van Buuren is not a prisoner of his own world-renowned style of EDM. A feel-good song that positively soars and rushes with extraordinary production, “This Is What It Feels Like” is the perfect introduction to van Buuren’s long-awaited fifth album.
In May, Armin van Buuren will be touring North America in support of INTENSE. Tour dates will be announced soon and posted on van Buuren’s website.
Armin van Buuren’s INTENSE album is available on www.ArmadaShop.com and iTunes.com pre-order starting April 5th.
The teaser for “This Is What It Feels Like” was viewed more than 150,000 times within four days of going live.
Listen to the single, “This Is What It Feels Like,” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?