In September 2010, after months of hard work and creativity, the number one DJ in the world delivered his fourth artist album. Armin van Buuren proudly presented: â€˜Mirageâ€™. Armin:â€œ There's so many hours in this. Work started two years ago when I actually built a completely new studio for this project. Many new techniques were used and most of all I had so much fun creating this with the many people that are involved. It was a journey, an epic one!â€
â€˜76â€™, â€˜Shiversâ€™ and â€˜Imagineâ€™ are still etched in memory of millions of dance music lovers, but â€˜Mirageâ€™ made an incredible addition to that. â€˜Mirageâ€™ revealed a side of Armin his fans havenâ€™t heard yet and takes in its listeners with new and surprising collaborations. Within the 2 years of endless jamming and producing, Armin invited artists such as Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ferry Corsten, BT, Nadia Ali, Guy Chambers, Christian Burns and Adam Young of Owl City into his studio.
Inspired and influenced by many different types of music, â€˜Mirageâ€™ is more diverse thanâ€™76â€™,â€™Shiversâ€™ or â€˜Imagineâ€™. His collaboration with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, â€˜Not Giving Up On Loveâ€™ is a perfect example of that, combining the best of both worlds. Armin:â€œThe Nervo Sisters, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and me met up to write the vocals for â€˜Not Giving Up On Loveâ€™. I was thrilled to work with them on this. We gave it a more analog feel with some real drums, to give it a pop-rock feel. We also put a piano top line on the track and then the vocals of Sophie, which I think is a win. Itâ€™s a lush summer tune with an epic vocal that gets stuck in your head and cheers you up!â€
â€˜Mirageâ€™ is filled with musical fusions and surprising interpretations, from the orchestral masterpiece of title track â€˜Mirageâ€™, deep trance track â€˜I Donâ€™t Own Youâ€™ and housy â€˜Feels So Goodâ€™ to the eerie â€˜Take A Momentâ€™ and feel-good â€˜Drowningâ€™. 16 tracks that highlight how Armin has matured as an artist.