When MTV News last caught up with Armin van Buuren, it was poolside in Miami at electronic/dance music's annual Winter Music Conference. The Dutch trance music star had just pulled himself away from his newly created beat lab in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to divulge that after two years of studio cooking, he had enough material for two full albums of solid Armin fist pumpery. His task, he said then, was to whittle that material down into one disc.
Well, rejoice, Armin army, because Monday we caught up with the EDM music titan and he confirmed that he has done just that.
"There's actually 16 tracks on the album," van Buuren confirmed. "Then there is a deluxe edition where you can buy another five bonus tracks. It's the biggest project I've ever done and I'm really proud to be sharing this with the world right now."
The album is titled Mirage, due September 10 on iTunes and September 14 in stores, and van Buuren already released an instrumental club jam for Europe — a 3 a.m.-hands-in-the-air-pile-driver called "Full Focus." But for a first official single from the album, he's gone with a sure-to-be anthem called "Not Giving Up on Love," featuring the vocals of British singer/songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor (remember Spiller's "Groovejet," anyone?).
The song is a summery classic Armin joint: multilayered synths and phat drums combined with a pop-rock edge. And van Buuren enlisted British electronic songwriters the Nervo sisters (also producers, and Nervo wrote David Guetta and Kelly Rowland's hit "When Love Takes Over") for the song's euphoric lyrics.
Last week, van Buuren premiered the video for "Not Giving Up" online, a clip shot in Ibiza, Spain, earlier this month. The video was directed by veteran helmer Sophie Muller (Kings of Leon, Shakira, Beyoncé).
"Sophie [Ellis-Bextor] was very keen on working with Sophie Muller. She's like the name in music video production. We wanted a video that was very beautiful. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is a beautiful person to look at. She's an amazing performer, and I was like, 'I have my residency at Amnesia [a marquee club on the island], why not just do a video in Ibiza?' And everybody was like, 'OK!' "
The video shows Ellis-Bextor taking in the sun's rays, both poolside and from a yacht in the ocean. Inter-cut is a club scene showing both Ellis-Bextor and van Buuren performing the song, the shoot for which turned out to be the first live attempt at the song for the duo.
"It was really crazy because we only had one take to do it live. We had [about] eight cameras rolling, and it was like, 'Sophie is gonna be here. She's gonna rock the track live for you guys. We are shooting a video and we only have one take to do it. So you better be enthusiastic!' "
When all was said and done, van Buuren was certainly pleased with the outcome.
"Sophie [Muller] did such an amazing job. The color. The lighting. The atmosphere. She's an artist. That's what you want to see when you watch a video. You have MTV on, and you see that video going by. And you're like, 'That's nice. That's where I wanna be!' Everybody wants to be on a boat with a beautiful girl in Ibiza!"
Armin van Buuren will headline New York's Electric Zoo electronic music festival on September 4 and 5. Swedish House Mafia member Axwell, Benny Benassi, the Chemical Brothers and Afrojack are but a few of the other acts fans can look forward to at the festival.
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