March 27, 2023 – Maykel Piron, the CEO and co-founder of Armada Music, has been presented with an Industry Achievement award at the Electronic Dance Music Awards (EDMAs), which took place on Friday during Miami Music Week. Presenting the award was Armada Music co-founder, world-renowned artist and longtime friend Armin van Buuren, following his 30-minute set at the award ceremony held at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Boasting over twenty-five years of music industry experience, Maykel Piron has been the driving force behind Armada Music’s success and unwavering growth since its inception in 2003. Under his guidance, Armada Music grew from a small label from the Netherlands into an internationally acclaimed independent in the dance music space with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London and over a hundred employees. Currently, the label represents and cultivates the creative exploits of some of dance music’s premier players, including Armin van Buuren, ARTY, Audien, Brando, Cat Dealers, D.O.D, Ferry Corsten, Jan Blomqvist, Loud Luxury and Tensnake.

It’s an honor to be recognized by the EDMAs, especially in the run-up to Armada Music’s 20th anniversary. It’s a special and personal milestone for me, and one I’m proud to share with so many esteemed artists and colleagues. I am blessed to be surrounded by the best possible team, so I’d like to dedicate this award to the entire Armada Music crew as well as my business partners, Armin and David, for putting their trust in me. Special thanks to Sean and everyone at the EDMAs for this opportunity to reflect on a whirlwind of a career so far. Maykel Piron

Testament to the label’s stature and global impact on the dance music scene are the results of this year’s EDMAs, which includes three wins and nine additional nominations in various categories for songs, artists or radio shows represented by Armada Music. Loud Luxury, the Canadian duo who saw their debut single on Armada Music – ‘Body’ feat. Brando) – surpass one billion streams on Spotify this month, won the award for Best Dance / Electro Pop Song with ‘These Nights’ feat. KIDDO, whilst Armada Music flagbearer Armin van Buuren claimed two awards: Music Video Of The Year (for ‘One More Time’ feat. Maia Wright) and Best Radio Show (for A State of Trance).

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About Armada Music

Armada Music is the biggest independent dance music label in the world. Founded by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron (CEO) and David Lewis, the label manages an ever-growing catalog of over 40,000 tracks, built up across twenty-plus years of specialized dance music exploitation.

Representing artists such as Armin van Buuren, ARTY, D.O.D, Eelke Kleijn, Jan Blomqvist, Loud Luxury, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tensnake, THEMBA and Yulia Niko, Armada Music amasses more than one billion streams per month, airplay on leading radio outlets such as BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM, and top positions in the world’s most notable charts. The label also takes great pride in major achievements such as Armin van Buuren’s GRAMMY nomination for ‘This Is What It Feels Like’, Loud Luxury and Brando’s ‘Body’ surpassing one billion streams on Spotify and breaking artists such as Lost Frequencies into global stardom.

Across offices in Amsterdam (HQ), New York, London and Laren (NL), Armada Music offers a truly global appeal to its growing roster. The label has its own club, radio studio and multiple production studios, and hosts various live formats. Producer platform Armada University, which offers educational products and opportunities, shows the label’s sustained effort to nurture the next wave of talent.

In 2023, Armada Music launched BEAT Music Fund, the world’s first dance music investment company, that acquires catalogs with the mission of honoring, representing and reinvigorating them. BEAT’s portfolio will continue to grow; in the first six months following its launch, BEAT acquired the catalogs of, among others, electronic music star ARTY, house and techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records, legendary NYC-based house label King Street Sounds and chart-topping producers Chocolate Puma.

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