2013 was a year Armin van Buuren can look back on proudly. Not only did he become a father – a moment he celebrated on stage at Tomorrowland in July – but his fifth artist album, “Intense,” spawned the biggest hit of his career with “This Is What It Feels Like.” The tune is now nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy, an accolade the DJ wasn’t expecting. He talked about that and more in a recent visit to Billboard.
“To have a Grammy nomination is something I couldn’t have dreamed of in my wildest dreams,” van Buuren says. “For a lot of American acts it’s really amazing to be nominated but I’m from the Netherlands. It’s just unreal. It was in the national news that I was nominated for a Grammy. It was that big. I still can’t believe it.”
Far from resting on his laurels, van Buuren is embarking on one of the most ambitious tours of his career. The “Armin Only: Intense” tour hits 40 cities and showcases a 7-hour (!) set from van Buuren.