Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden ( born February 16, 1970 in Boston) is an American house DJ and producer.


Armand Van Helden has a multinational ancestry: his father was Dutch Indonesian descent, his mother is French and Lebanese descent. Since his father in the U.S. Air Force, was Van Helden went as a child around the world and spent a lot of time in the Netherlands, Turkey and Italy. At the age of 13, he bought a drum machine and two years later he made his first steps as a DJ.

In 1988 he returned to Boston and joined a sideline in various clubs. After three years, he devoted himself completely to music. As a remixer, he had a job in the loft, a leading Boston Club. A mix of Deep Creed's Stay on My Mind was his first release. In 1992, under the name of the Sultans of Swing Move It to the Left panel on the label Strictly Rhythm. She became a club hit.

The worldwide breakthrough Armand Van Helden in 1994 with the Track Witch Doctor. He arrived in the U.S. dance charts 5th place

In the following years he received remixes from well known artists such as New Order, Jimmy Somerville and Faithless. His interpretation of Tori Amos ' Professional Widow song had great success and became a number -one hit in the UK. As a result, he was hired by the Rolling Stones and Janet Jackson.

Armand Van Helden also still operates the hip-hop project AV8. The name AV8 results from the initials of Armand Van Helden, which is eight for the eighth letter in the alphabet (H ), but can also English as aviate ( verb to Aeronautics) " stand out " express.

In 1996 the first album Old School Junkies. With them the decoupled single The Funk Phenomena (based on a sample of the song How High the hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman ), he had worldwide success. End of January 1999 reached Armand Van Helden with his single You Do not Know Me, a co-production with the Dance vocalist Duane Harden, again topped the British charts.

Published in 2007, Armand Van Helden his album Ghettoblaster, from which the singles NYC Beat, and I Want Your Soul were released. Both songs made ​​the jump into the top 20 on the British charts. The song I Want Your Soul includes an audio sample of single Do You Want Right Now the U.S. R & B singer Siedah Garrett, which was published in 1985. In addition, the song I Want Your Soul contains a musical section of the single Everything Counts of synth pop group Depeche Mode, which was published in 1983.

Together with Dizzee Rascal he had titled Bonkers 2009 his third hit on the top of the UK charts.

Since 2009, he also runs the joint music project Duck Sauce, along with DJ A-Trak and Producenten. It was founded in New York in 2009.

They had their first hit in 2009 with the piece anyway, which was a Top 40 hit in several European countries. Followed in 2010 by the US- American singer Barbra Streisand named piece. It uses as a sample of the song " Gotta Go Home" by Boney M., which in turn is based on the song " Hello Train" by Night Train. They were composed hook line of the Berlin Heinz Huth. Produced the Boney M version of the German producer and singer Frank Farian and the Night Train version of Michael Holm. Duck Sauce thus reached number 1 in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia ) and number 3 in the UK and Germany. The duo is also successful in Australia and New Zealand.

Mode of production

Armand Van Helden can not read correctly notes, yet he dominated a classical instrument. Getting Started as a producer he made with a Roland W-30 workstation.

His favorite tools are virtual effects such as Guitar Rig the company Native Instruments and IK Multimedia AmpliTube manufacturer. Both VST plugins to simulate the basic characteristics of guitar amplifiers. For bass figures he uses a bass guitar the Fender company, whose sounds he picks up step by step and edited with the help of software and hardware on. Armand Van Helden uses Pro Tools.