Transformation of ASOT through the years

Posted at June 1st, 2015 | by Karan Acharya | in Nightlife



March 2001 is when it all started. A State of Trance, a weekly radio show, hosted by the prominent Dutch producer Armin Van Buuren has been on air 14 years and counting. With an estimated 20 million listeners, proliferating over 74 countries, ASOT has been one of the most successful Trance Radio Shows ever!
The one radio show which has globally evolved mainly features commercial tracks of progressive and uplifting trance. Producers around the globe send in their tracks to compete and the best of the lot are featured on the radio show. One of the main reasons of why ASOT has been different or special compared to the other shows would be it revolutionizing the perception of Trance Music. Trance in olden days was more of techno trance. The underground artists would have gone unnoticed if we were all void of ASOT. The sole motive behind the radio show was to bring these underground artists to light and bound the trance universe together.



Armin Van Buuren with an upcoming artist David Gravell

ASOT also a sub-label under Armada Music is a compilation of the best tracks round the year is put together in a compilation and is released under Armada. The show usually takes the form of a 2 hour mix and every year the show goes live in different countries with numerous trance artists performing live on stage as part of the ASOT World Tour.

Dash Berlin performing in ASOT 600, Mexico



Cosmic Gate performing in ASOT festival


ASOT has transformed through the years with the audience experiencing the change in the variety of trance, the unique and unparalleled tracks; overall a ubiquitous radio show in the beginning, a worldwide phenomenon in the current era. ASOT hit its show number 700 in Sydney, Australia; celebrated as ASOT festival, show number 700 witnessed a tremendous increase in the crowd, all thanks the loyal fans of ASOT.




ASOT has also inspired or has been the ignition switch for many other popular artists to come up with their radio shows viz Above and Beyond with their Group Therapy, Aly & Fila with their Future Sound of Egypt; that’s a few to name. Top artists such as Hardwell, Nicky Romero also started off their own radio shows after witnessing the humongous response to ASOT.




‘A STATE OF TRANCE’ has only been getting bigger and better over the years. ASOT comes in the form of an online radio show but you can get all the episodes for free on the official website.
Check out the the full set of A State of Trance Festival held at Buenos Aires, Argentina to get an idea of how GRAND it is going to be in Mumbai on 6th of June.

Karan Acharya

Exceptionally passionate about music especially Electronic Dance Music. Freelance Disc-Jockey. Actively involved in Sports and Dramatics as well


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