A State of Trance

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A State Of Trance
A State of Trance Logo
Running time 2 hours
Country of origin Netherlands
Home station
Starring Armin van Buuren, Ruben de Ronde
Created by Armin van Buuren
Original release 1 June 2001 – present
No. of episodes 831 (episode 000 not included)
Website A State of Trance

A State of Trance (often abbreviated as ASOT) is a weekly radio show aired every Thursday at 20:00 (CET) and 14:00 (EST), hosted by prominent music producer and DJ Armin van Buuren and Ruben de Ronde. The show first aired in May 2001.[1]


Background and growth[edit]

A State of Trance was first aired in March 2001 on ID&T Radio (the predecessor of Slam!FM). The show takes the format of a two-hour mix in which Armin plays new trance music (uplifting 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, such as Digitally Imported while listening to the broadcast. The success of the show has also spawned to include 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.[2]

Record label (2003–present)[edit]

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 by Mary Spiteri and reached its 100 release (ASOT100) with "The Doppler Effect – Beauty Hides In The Deep / Envio – For You (The Blizzard Remix)".

Radio show's legacy[edit]

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, an internet radio station. Since A State of Trance has gone on the air, numerous DJ's have created their own radio programs out of the spirit of A State of Trance. Some of which include, Above and Beyond with Trance Around the World (now rebranded as Group Therapy), Aly & Fila with the Future Sound of Egypt, and Markus Schulz with the 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)

Special episodes and celebrating events[edit]

Special episodes of the show features various live or recorded mixes by Armin van Buuren or other guest DJs. Every 50th episode of the show there are various celebrations in different countries with many trance DJs that plays live.

In March 2011, during the Ultra Music Festival, A State of Trance was given its own stage as part of its 500th episode 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 ID&T's shift from trance to house music, A State of Trance's annual episodic celebrations have effectively replaced Trance Energy (now simply called Energy, focusing on electro house instead of trance) as the pinnacle trance event in The Netherlands.[citation needed]


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 Pt 2 the show is streamed live on YouTube. A State of Trance is available on a number of streaming services: Spotify,[3] iTunes, Deezer, Tidal and Anghami.[4] Track lists for every episode can be found at the Episodes Section of Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance website.

Regular features[edit]

Each broadcast features four songs selected as Tune of the Week, Future Favourite, Service for Dreamers 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. Here is the list of all Tunes of the Week:

The Future Favorite is voted for by listeners from a list of new tunes from the previous week's show.

The Armin's Old Skool Classic (until Episode 770 known as ASOT Radio Classic) track has been part of the show since Episode 284. Armin selects a track from past years of trance and briefly describes what made the track a classic. It is played as the last track of the show. 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.

Armin asks the listeners of A State of Trance to submit original suggestions for the Armin's Old Skool Classic with the stipulation that the track not be a track already played on ASOT as a Classic. The following table lists all classics played on A State of Trance from Episode 284 to Episode 800, when the segment got replaced by Service for Dreamers:

The Progressive Pick is a segment for a featured new progressive trance track. This segment began with Rodg – Wrong Direction on ASOT Episode 717. Service for Dreamers is a segment that began with OceanLab - Sky Falls Down (Armin van Buuren Remix) on ASOT Episode 800, Part 2.

Compilation series[edit]

Armin van Buuren regularly releases double mix CD A State of Trance compilations, as listed below:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A State of Trance celebrates its 250th broadcast!". Armada. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "About – A State of Trance". Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "A State of Trance now exclusively streamed on Spotify!". Armin van Buuren. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  4. ^ "According to A State of Trance website". Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Corsten's Countdown". Corstenscountdown.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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