A State of Trance
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|Running time||2 hours|
|Country of origin||Netherlands|
|Starring||Armin van Buuren, Ruben de Ronde, Ferry Corsten|
|Created by||Armin van Buuren|
|Original release||1 June 2001 – present|
|No. of episodes||1039|
|Website||A State of Trance|
A State of Trance (often abbreviated as ASOT) is a Dutch trance radio show hosted by Armin van Buuren and co-producers Ruben de Ronde and Ferry Corsten that first aired in June 2001. It is aired weekly every Thursday at 20:00 (CET) and 14:00 (EST). As of January 2021, ASOT is broadcast to more than 150 stations in 84 countries, and its listener count was at more than 40 million.
Background and growth
The show takes the format of a two-hour mix in which Armin plays new trance music (uplifting trance, vocal trance, and progressive trance), both promotional and commercially released. All tracks are announced during the show. The show has its own website, which enables fans to converse in chat-rooms and forums while listening to the broadcast. The success of the show has also spawned several dance events around the world. The show is celebrated live each year in different locations around the globe with a lineup consisting of many trance artists.
It began airing through ID&T Radio.
On 1 June 2001 (a Friday), Episode 001 was broadcast, and it continued to be broadcast weekly. In the first three episodes, the show was called Into Trance. From Episode 004 onwards, it was called A State Of Trance.
Since episode 017, it airs on Thursdays.
Episode 182 was the last to air on ID&T Radio, as the show was canceled unexpectedly after the station decided to change its music policy. Episode 183 was aired a month later, through the Internet radio station ETN.fm. To better adapt to an international audience, Armin went from presenting in Dutch to presenting in English.
From Episode 185 onwards, the show went from ETN.fm to DI.fm and began to synchronize on many national radio stations.
The A State of Trance radio show is currently broadcast by websites like Digitally Imported. Also, the show is broadcast by many radio stations around the world. Since Episode 800 Part 2, the show is streamed live on YouTube. A State of Trance is available on a number of streaming services, including Spotify, YouTube, Twitch, iTunes, Deezer, Tidal and Anghami. Track lists for every episode can be found at the Episodes page of Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance website and https://www.1001tracklists.com/.
Record label (2003–present)
The label A State of Trance was formed in 2003 as a sub-label to its Dutch parent company Armada Music. The style of released music is mainly trance and progressive trance. The label is focusing on both young producers (such as Filo & Peri, 8 Wonders, Robert Nickson, and Galen Behr) as well as established artists (like Markus Schulz, Sunlounger, Sean Tyas, Signum and Vincent de Moor). It released its first vinyl release in 2003 with "Questia - Nexus Asia" and reached its 100th release (ASOT100) with "The Doppler Effect – Beauty Hides in the Deep / Envio – For You (The Blizzard Remix)" in June 2008.
The radio show's legacy
While it was not the first radio show to broadcast a two-hour mix from a recurring DJ, A State of Trance's legacy has extended beyond the trance scene. Part of this may be due to the fact that, for most parts of the world, A State of Trance was only accessible via Digitally Imported (also known as DI.FM), an internet radio station. Since A State of Trance has been on the air, numerous DJs have created their own radio programs similar to A State of Trance; some of these include Above & Beyond's Group Therapy (formerly Trance Around the World), Aly & Fila's Future Sound of Egypt, and Markus Schulz's Global DJ Broadcast. Some radio shows that don't even play trance music have spawned out of the spirit of A State of Trance (such as Carl Cox's Global, Hardwell On Air, and Nicky Romero's Protocol Radio).
Special episodes and celebrating events
Although the program usually takes the format of a mixture of two hours in which the latest musical developments are presented, special episodes are also made such as anniversary broadcasts, programs in which the Tune of the Year is chosen, the Yearmix, broadcasts of recorded or live sessions, as well as various specials (such as episode 666).
The 100th episode was a 5-hour special show, with guest mixes and the best tunes of the 100 episodes.
Since the 250th episode, and every subsequent 50th episode of the show, there are some celebrations that include guest trance DJs that play live. Since the 400th episode, these celebrations have often taken place in different countries.
In March 2011, during the Ultra Music Festival, A State of Trance was given its own stage as part of its A State of Trance 500 Tour. This was the first time a radio show was given its own tent at a music festival, along with its own broadcast, separate from the festival's official broadcast. Typically, a festival stage is hosted by either a particular style of music, or a record label. Since Ultra 2011, A State of Trance has had its own arena at Ultra and the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Since the 500th episode, A State of Trance's annual episodic celebrations have effectively replaced Trance Energy (later simply called Energy, focusing on electro house instead of trance) as the main trance event in the Netherlands, where every year the biggest of these celebrations takes place.
Besides episodes with numerical significance, van Buuren annually records so-called Year Mixes that comprises the crème de la crème of trance music from the previous year. Besides being broadcast and streamed, these are available in CD format (as per the Compilation section below).
Each regular broadcast features five songs selected as Tune of the Week, Future Favourite, Service for Dreamers, Trending Track and Progressive Pick.
The Tune of the Week is selected by Armin van Buuren as his personal choice of best new tune in the show.
The Future Favorite is voted for by listeners from a list of new tunes from the previous week's show. This section began in episode 090. The poll takes place at http://www.astateoftrance.com/futurefavorite/.
For Service for Dreamers, Armin asks the listeners of A State of Trance to submit original suggestions for a trance track that has had an meaningful impact on their lives. During episodes 248–769, when it was known as ASOT Radio Classic (and between episode 770 and 799 as Armin's Oldskool Classic), Armin would select a track from past years and briefly describe what made the track a classic. Armin also played a classic track on each of the first 16 episodes in the early days of the radio show. These tracks were productions from the 1990s and showcased some of the very earliest pioneers of the Trance genre.
The Trending Track is the most discussed track from last week's show. This section began in episode 706.
The Progressive Pick is a segment for a featured new progressive trance track. This segment began in episode 717.
Armin van Buuren annually releases a double mix CD of A State of Trance compilations, as listed below:
- A State of Trance 2004
- A State of Trance 2005
- A State of Trance 2006
- A State of Trance 2007
- A State of Trance 2008
- A State of Trance 2009
- A State of Trance 2010
- A State of Trance 2011
- A State of Trance 2012
- A State of Trance 2013
- A State of Trance 2014
- A State of Trance 2015
- A State of Trance 2016
- A State of Trance 2017
- A State of Trance 2018
- A State of Trance 2019
- A State of Trance 2020
- A State of Trance 2021
Awards and Nominations
International Dance Music Awards
|2004||Best Podcast or Radio Show||A State of Trance - Armin van Buuren||Won|||
- Corsten's Countdown, a similar show by Ferry Corsten
- Future Sound of Egypt, a similar show by Aly & Fila
- Global DJ Broadcast, a similar show by Markus Schulz
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