The dance offerings at SiriusXM just expanded, with a pair of superstar DJs leading the charge.
Today (February 3), the satellite radio service is launching A State of Armin, a new channel featuring programming by Dutch icon Armin van Buuren. Meanwhile, EDM renaissance man Steve Aoki is at the helm of Steve Aoki’s Remix Radio.
Both channels go live today at 12 p.m. ET via the SiriusXM app. They join Sirius’ current slate of dance channels, BPM, Diplo’s Revolution, Chill, BPM Discovery, Utopia and Studio 54 Radio.
A State of Armin will feature new trance and progressive dance, along with genre classics by van Buuren and his many collaborators. This channel will also broadcast van Buuren’s revered radio program A State of Trance, which has long served as a platform for new and exclusive tracks and DJ sets. This station expands van Buuren’s presence on Sirius, as the producer previously hosted “A State of Sundays,” a 24-hour block of programming that played every Sunday on Diplo’s Revolution and the predecessor to that station.
“Part of the reason why I’ve been around for so long is because nothing beats the feeling of sharing the music you love with as many people as possible,” van Buuren tells Billboard. “I’m grateful that SiriusXM is giving me the opportunity to reach even more people through this new full-time streaming channel.”
Additional State of Armin programming to be launched at a later date includes van Buuren’s World Wide Club 20 and Armada Next. This latter show will include music from Armada Music, the Dutch label of which van Buuren is a co-founder, and will be hosted by Armada Music CEO Maykel Piron.
Aoki’s channel will feature dance remixes of pop and dance hits, along with Aoki’s own productions. Curated entirely by the global scene star, this channel will also air Steve Aoki’s Remix Rewind, featuring his five favorite remixes of the week, and the Aoki’s House weekly mix show. Both of these shows previously aired on BPM, Sirius XM’s mainstream dance station.
“Steve Aoki’s Remix Radio is special to me because remixes have really helped me hone in on and develop my own sound over the years, through some of my favorites, like the “Pursuit of Happiness” remix for Kid Cudi, the “Mic Drop” remix for BTS and the “Mi Gente” remix for J Balvin,” Aoki tells Billboard. “This channel is going to play the top remixes and best underground remixes out there 24/7. It’s music we want to play, and music that you’ll want to hear.”
The SiriusXM app features more than 300 channels along with additional streaming-only features like personalized stations from Pandora, SiriusXM video, podcasts, and more than 10,000 hours of on demand content. Streaming access is included for most subscribers.
“During this time of quarantine and overall personal reflection, we have just begun to see the incredible creativity from amazing producers having more time for themselves and their families,” Geronimo, Head/Electronic Dance Music Programming and Sirius, tells Billboard. “I’m thrilled to build on what we’ve already created with both Steve and Armin and excited for listeners to hear and be a part of the innovative and original programming coming to them through the SiriusXM app.”