Recording full-length studio albums is often a labor-of-love. It took the world’s #1 DJ, Armin van Buuren, three years to complete his highly anticipated fifth full-length studio album, INTENSE, the follow-up to his 2010 artist album, MIRAGE. On May 3rd, INTENSE will be released by ANA (Armada North America), the sub-label of Armada Music focusing on releases within North America. On April 5th, the first single from INTENSE will be released, “This Is What It Feels Like,” featuring Trevor Guthrie. This single is the inaugural release of the ANA imprint.
Voted the world’s #1 DJ the unprecedented fifth time by the readers of DJ Magazine in its annual “Top 100 DJs” poll, INTENSE shows van Buuren spreading his wings musically beyond the electronic dance music (EDM) sound of trance his millions of worldwide fans have come to expect. Guthrie, a Canadian singer-songwriter and former member of the 1990’s band, SoulDecision, teamed with van Buuren on “This Is What It Feels Like.” On the single, van Buuren fuses the elements of dance, rock and pop into one cohesive song primed for the mainstage.