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Armada Music
Armada Music Logo.svg
Founded1 June 2003; 16 years ago (2003-06-01)[1]
FounderArmin van Buuren, Maykel Piron, David Lewis
Country of originNetherlands

Armada Music is a Dutch independent record label that specialises in releasing electronic music.[1][2][3] The name Armada derives from the first two letters of the founders' first names: Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis.[1]

As of December 2015, the label had won the "Best Global Record Label" award for five years in a row at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA's).[3] Armada received two nominations at the 2014 IDMAs.[4] The Academy of Electronic Music, a joint venture between Armada, Google, Point Blank, and DJ Mag, was the recipient of the 'People's Voice Award' at the 2014 Webby Awards.[5] In 2016, Armada Music was one of the 21 labels nominated for the IMPALA FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN[6] campaign shining a light on Europe's most inspiring young labels. The label received the IMPALA Young Label Spotlight Award.[7]



Former sublabels[edit]


  • 2-Dutch Records now independent
  • 6K Music
  • 68 Recordings Run by Remy Unger
  • Aerys Records Run by Heatbeat
  • Alteza Records Run by Vini Vici, bought by Smash The House
  • Armada North America
  • Armada Various
  • Aropa Records Run by Dash Berlin
  • AVA Recordings Run by Andy Moor, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • AVA Blue
  • Bandung Run by Harry Lemon aka Lemon8
  • Bits And Pieces Run by 16 Bit Lolitas
  • Black Book Audio
  • Black Sunset Music Run by Jeremy Vancaulart and Assaf, now independent
  • Brobot Records Run by Junior Sanchez, now independent
  • Buygore Run by Borgore, now independent
  • Captivating Sounds Rebranded as Armada Captivating
  • Club Elite Run by M.I.K.E.
  • Coldharbour Recordings Run by Markus Schulz, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • Coldharbour Red Run by Markus Schulz
  • Cryon Recordings
  • Cyber Records
  • Danse Club Records Run by Brodanse
  • Denis Kenzo Recordings Run by Denis Kenzo, now independent
  • Different Pieces
  • Electronic Elements Rebranded as Armada Electronic Elements
  • Energetic Sounds
  • Fame Recordings Run by Mischa Daniels
  • Fine Human Records
  • FSOE (Future Sound of Egypt) Recordings Run by Aly & Fila, continued as independent record label
  • FSOE (Future Sound of Egypt) Excelsior Run by Mohamed Ragab, continued as independent record label in 2016, separated From FSOE as Excelsior Music in 2017
  • Gangsta Audio Run by Nick K
  • Geousus Records Run by Borgeous, now independent
  • Goldkid Records Run by Julian Jordan, now independent
  • Got Me Baby! Records Run by Nervo
  • IHU Records Run by Antillas, continued on as IHU Music Group, an independent record label
  • JUMMP Records Run by Juicy M
  • KLASH Records Run by Dirtcaps, now independent
  • Intuition Deep
  • Intuition Recordings
  • M Recordings
  • Magic Island Records Run by Roger Shah, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • Mainstage Music Rebranded as Rave Culture
  • Morrison Recordings Run by Glenn Morrison
  • No Art Run by ANOTR, now independent
  • NoFace Records Run by Max Vangeli, now independent
  • Organized Nature Run by Gabriel & Dresden
  • Perfecto Records Run by Paul Oakenfold, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • Perfecto Black Run by Paul Oakenfold, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • Pilot6 Recordings
  • Planet Love Classics
  • Planet Love Records
  • Plus 39 Group
  • Re*Brand Run by Max Graham
  • Release Records Run by Third Party, now independent
  • S107 Recordings
  • Showland Records Run by Swanky Tunes
  • Skink Records Run by Showtek, now independent
  • Soundpiercing
  • State Recordings Run by Simon & Shaker
  • Stealth Records Run by Roger Sanchez, now independent
  • Stoney Boy Music
  • Subculture Run by John O'Callaghan, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • Subjekt Recordings Run by Kevin Duane, rebranded as Armada Subjekt
  • Top Flite Records Run by Juicy M
  • Trice Recordings Run by Onno van Kemenade, rebranded as Armada Trice
  • Undr The Radr Run by Roger Sanchez, now independent
  • Wake Your Mind Recordings Run by Cosmic Gate, bought by Black Hole Recordings
  • WOLV Run by Dyro
  • Vandit Records Run by Paul van Dyk, continued as independent record label
  • Wall Recordings Run by Afrojack, now independent
  • Zouk Recordings Rebranded as Armada Zouk

Signed artists[edit]

Artists currently signed by Armada Music include:[11]

Other artists[edit]

Note: These are artists who have released tracks through the label, including artists that were previously signed by the label.


  1. ^ a b c "About – Armada Music". Armada Music.
  2. ^ "A night in the life". Time Out. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos. "Meet Maykel Piron: Co-Founder and CEO of Armada Music SPECIAL". Digital Journal. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ "31st Annual International Dance Music Awards – Winter Music Conference 2016 – WMC 2016". Winter Music Conference. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  5. ^ "GOOGLE, ARMADA, POINT BLANK, DJ MAG: ACADEMY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC". Webby Awards. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  6. ^ "IMPALA Young Label Spotlight". Impala.
  7. ^ "FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN: Armada Music (The Netherlands)". The Independent Echo.
  8. ^ "Labels – Armada Music". Armada Music.
  9. ^ a b "Armada Music B.V. - CDS and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.
  10. ^ "Labels – Armada Music". Armada Music.
  11. ^

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