The 5 tunes that shaped Jorn van Deynhoven

A more than familiar face on Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance label, Jorn van Deynhoven has more than made his mark in the past few years. In addition to a bevy of legendary remixes and stunning originals, Jorn van Deynhoven was responsible for the anthem of A State Of Trance 650 and dropped his brand-new single ‘Space Girl’ today. But this kind of brilliance must have originated from somewhere, so that’s exactly what we set out to uncover in The 5 tunes that shaped Jorn van Deynhoven

Chris Hülsbeck – To Be On Top
This guy made me aware of electronic music when I was just a kid. I was a huge fan of C64 (Commodore 64) games and recorded the game music on cassette. I collected a lot of this kind of music for my Walkman instead of the modern pop music of the time. I liked the harmonies, melodies and this old and dirty 8-bit sound. I was obsessed. The story behind ‘To Be On Top’ is to produce a playable demo, present it to a DJ, get invited to a studio and record this song in a professional recording studio. If you made the charts and subsequently reached the Top 3, you were invited by a TV channel to perform your song live in front of an audience. If the performance was good, you earned a gold record for the sales. My life story as represented in a game from 1987.

Orbital – Choice (Eye & I Mix)
This song is a true classic and just can’t be beaten. Okay, maybe by The Future Sound Of London – ‘Papua New Guinea’. The piano line at 6:10 brings the whole song to a different level. I remember some great club nights at Dorian Gray in Frankfurt, Germany with some incredible moments, made possible by this track.

Jam & Spoon – Stella
Back in 1993, I drove with friends to Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate New Year’s Eve with them. The problem was that we didn’t make it to our favorite place by midnight, so we celebrated the beginning of the new year on a motorway bridge with the skyline of Frankfurt and the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks ahead of us. Whilst we were on the bridge, we met some other club-goers, who also hadn’t reached their destination on time. So we celebrated the New Year together. The guy behind us turned up his car radio full blast and ‘Stellar’ emanated from his speakers. It was one of the best New Year’s Eve moments I’ve ever had in my life.

The Visions Of Shiva – How Much Can You Take?
I remember Mate Galić (Native Instruments) playing this song at UFO D3 in Cologne. A club with 250 invited guests in a telecommunication tower (Colonia) 200 metres above the city. Unreal! Summer. It’s 5am, the sun rises. You walk inside the glass facade, hear and feel this track and enjoy every moment with fantastically happy people. It’s a moment I will never ever forget. And by the way, this track is one of the early productions of Paul van Dyk & Cosmic Baby. Legends! I get goosebumps whenever I hear it. Even now, 24 years later!

Denzil & Dwayne – Force Of Habit (Armin van Buuren Remix)
Back in 1999, I started a record company in Germany together with DJ Quicksilver and signed ‘Force Of Habit’ to our label. The song by Denzil & Dwayne was our third release and included remixes by Vincent de Moor and Armin van Buuren. If I remember correctly, I was one of the first people who signed a remix for Germany produced by Armin van Buuren. At that time, I could’ve never guessed that Armin van Buuren would sign me as an artist to his label (Armada Music) nine years later. Real life writes the best stories!

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