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Armand Van Helden Biography

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Background information
Birth name Armand Van Helden
Born 1970
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genre(s) House, Big beat, Electro, Hip hop
Occupation(s) DJ, Remixer, Producer
Years active 1991-present
Label(s) Southern Fried Records / PIAS Recordings
Associated acts Sultans of Swing
Sahara
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Armand Van Helden Biography

Armand Van Helden (born 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) to an Indo (Dutch/Indonesian) father and a French-Lebanese mother. He travelled around the world as a child spending time in the Netherlands, Latvia, Turkey and Italy, as his father was a member of the U.S. Air Force. At the age of thirteen, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.

He is is a record producer and remixer whose biggest commercial successes came from his remixes of the 1996 Tori Amos song "Professional Widow", which reached the top of the UK Singles Chart, and his own track "U Don't Know Me" which was Number 1 in the United Kingdom in January 1999.


He returned to Boston in 1988 but also moonlighted as a DJ in Boston clubs. He attended college in Boston. He quit his legal review job in 1991 to work as a remixer under the management of Neil Petricone and X-MIX. Armand Van Helden was one of the best-kept secrets in house music. He took up a DJ residency at The Loft, a top Boston nightclub at the time. He released his first official single, a mix of Deep Creed's "Stay On My Mind" through Nervous Records.Van Helden joined such names as Todd Terry, Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Masters at Work and George Morel to record scores of club hits. By the late '90s, a clutch of crucial remixes and several albums made Van Helden's name as one of the most popular producers around.


He released "Move It To the Left" (credited to Sultans of Swing) in 1992 on the Strictly Rhythm label, which became a moderate club hit. His first track to make the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart Mostly hip-hop and freestyle.

The success of "Witch Doktor", which made it to the top 5 in 1994, led to opportunities to remix acts such as New Order, Deep Forest, Jimmy Somerville, Deee-Lite and Faithless.

However, it was the "Professional Widow" remix that established him and became a dance hit around the world as well as a number one hit in the UK. Unfortunately, Van Helden did not receive a penny for this mix as he presented it uncommissioned, and thus was not entitled to compensation. However, it led to work remixing The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Puff Daddy as well as Daft Punk and Sneaker Pimps, adding to his reputation as one of the world's top house musicians.

During 1996-97, Van Helden became the name for forward-thinking pop artists to recruit for remixing duty from the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and Puff Daddy to Sneaker Pimps, C.J. Bolland and Daft Punk.

His own-name singles productions continued unabated, with hits like "Cha Cha" was another top ten dance hit from his first album Old School Junkies released in 1996, and "The Funk Phenomena," plus the release of his first album (and greatest hits) album. Old School Junkies ."U Don't Know Me" was a number two hit on the Billboard dance chart, a Number one in the UK and a top 20 single on the pop charts in Australia and Canada. Following a 1997 Greatest Hits retrospective, Van Helden returned to his old-school rap roots with the party breakbeat album, Sampleslayer...Enter the Meatmarket. The 2 Future 4 U EP followed in 1998, and in mid-2000 Van Helden returned with Killing Puritans.


The song was the breakout track from his 2Future4U album, which was released stateside on Armand's own label Armed Records.

Van Helden released the Killing Puritans album in 2000 (also on Armed Records) which contained the dance hit, "Koochy". His single "Why Can't You Free Some Time" made number 34 in the UK in 2001. His New York: A Mix Odyssey album released in 2004 produced two hits, "Hear My Name", a collaboration with Spalding Rockwell which reached number 7 on the Billboard dance chart, number 34 in the UK, and the top 40 in Australia; and "My My My", which reached number 4 on the world internet charts, number 5 in the Belgian and Dutch charts, number 6 in Australia, number 15 in the UK and top 30 in the world dance charts.

In 2005 he released the album Nympho, featuring the singles "Into Your Eyes", "My My My", "Hear My Name" and "When the Lights Go Down". The album reached the top 30 in Australia, and number 48 in the UK.

Van Helden was the featured DJ in the Southern Fried tent at Get Loaded in the Park at Clapham Common on the August bank holiday in 2005. He treated concertgoers with an incredible mash up set, which is still spoken about today about being one of his best performances.

In 2007, Armand Van Helden released his new album, Ghettoblaster, from which he released the singles "NYC Beat", reaching #22 in the UK chart, and "I Want Your Soul", #19.

In 2008, Van Helden gained enormous commercial success by remixing INSPIRE, a #1-hit song by Japanese popstar Ayumi Hamasaki. This remix was released on the album Ayu-mi-x 6 -GOLD-.

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See Also
Spalding Rockwell

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Performed Songs By
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Discography

[edit] Albums
Old School Junkies: The Album (1996)
Da Club Phenomena (1997)
Live from ya Mother's House (1997)
Sampleslaya: Enter the Meatmarket (1997)
Greatest Hits (1997)
2 Future 4 U (1998 UK, 1999 U.S.) #22 UK
Armand Van Helden's Nervous Tracks (1999)
Killing Puritans (2000) #38 UK
Gandhi Khan (2001)
New York: A Mix Odyssey (2004)
Nympho (2005) #48 UK
Ghettoblaster (2007)

[edit] Singles
Year Song UK singles Album
1997 "Spin Spin Sugar" (Remix of the Sneaker Pimps song) 46 Single Only
"Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)" (Remix of the Tori Amos song) 1
"The Funk Phenomena" 38 Old School Junkies
"Witch Doktor" 79
"Ultrafunkula" 46 Enter The Meatmarket
1999 "U Don't Know Me" (feat. Duane Harden) 1 2 Future 4 U
"Flowerz" (feat. Roland Clark) 18
"The Boogie Monster" 162
2000 "Koochy" (feat. a sample from Gary Numan's 1979 track "Cars") 4 Killing Puritans
"Full Moon" 110
2001 "Why Can't You Free Some Time" 34 Gandhi Khan
"You Can't Change Me" (Roger Sanchez feat. Armand Van Helden & N'Dea Davenport) 25 Roger Sanchez - First Contact
2004 "Hear My Name" 34 Nympho
"My My My" (Feat. a sample from Gary Wright's 1981 track "Comin' Apart") 15
2005 "Watching Cars Go By" (Felix Da Housecat Feat. Armand Van Helden) 49 Single Only
"Into Your Eyes" (Feat. a sample from Andy Taylor's 1987 track "I Might Lie") 48 Nympho
"When The Lights Go Down" (Feat. a sample from Nick Gilder's 1978 track "Rockaway") 70
2006 "Sugar" 103
"My My My 2006" (feat. Tara McDonald) 12
2007 "Touch Your Toes" (feat. Fat Joe & BL) 145 Ghettoblaster
"NYC Beat" 22
"I Want Your Soul" 19
2008 "Je T'Aime" (feat. Nicole Roux) 163


[edit] Remixes
1994 "Living in Danger" (Ace of Base)
1994 "Raise Your Hands" (Real 2 Real)
1995 "Bizarre Love Triangle" (New Order)
1995 "Conway" (Real 2 Real)
1995 "Cotton Eye Joe" (Rednex)
1995 "Atomic" (Blondie)
1996 "Da Funk" (Daft Punk)
1996 "Jump For Joy" (2 Unlimited)
1997 "Anybody Seen My Baby?" (The Rolling Stones)
1997 "Got 'Til It's Gone" (Janet Jackson)
1997 "Insomnia" (Faithless)
1997 "Stay" (Sash!)
2003 "My Love Is for Real" (Victoria Beckham)
2003 "Crazy Talk" (Space Cowboy)
2003 "The Current" (Blue Man Group)
2004 "Força" (Nelly Furtado)
2004 "Funky Rhythm" (Dj Sneak)
2004 "My Prerogative" (Britney Spears)
2004 "Not in Love" (Enrique Iglesias)
2004 "Plug It In" (Basement Jaxx)
2004 "Toxic" (Britney Spears)
2004 "Hole in the Head" (Sugababes)
2004 "Watching Cars Go By" (Felix da Housecat)
2004 "What You Waiting For?" (Gwen Stefani)
2006 "Bounce" (Tarkan)
2006 "New York, New York" (Moby)
2006 "SexyBack" (Justin Timberlake)
2007 "Feelin'Me" (Therese)
2007 "Hustler" (Simian Mobile Disco)
2007 "Something 4 Porno" (Felix Da Housecat)
2008 "Inspire" (Ayumi Hamasaki)

External links
Armand Van Helden Article With AJ on inthemix.com.au Australia
Interview with DJ Times, 2005
Interview with DJ Times, 1999
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armand_Van_Helden"



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