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Armand Van Helden

Armand Van Helden in 2004
at the Forum in Trier, Germany
Background information
Birth name Armand Van Helden
Also known as Deep Creed, Sultans of Swing, Banji Boys, Circle Children, Old School Junkies, Jungle Juice, Armand & The Banana Spliffs, Hardhead, Wizzards of Wax, The Mole People, Chupacabra, Duck Sauce
Born February 16, 1970 (1970-02-16) (age 40)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres House, electro, hip hop, funk, speed garage, drum and bass
Occupations DJ, producer, remixer
Years active 1990–present
Labels AV8 (1992–1996)

Nervous Records (1992–1999)
Strictly Rhythm (1993–1997)
ZYX Music (1993–2002)
Henry Street Music (1994–1996)
FFRR (1994–2001)
Armed Records (1999–2004)
Southern Fried (2004–present)

Associated acts Subspecies, Da Mongoloids, Klobber, Sahara

DJ Sneak, Duane Harden, Roland Clark, Common, Roger Sanchez, Tekitha, Spalding Rockwell, Tara McDonald, Fat Joe, Nicole Roux, Christina Rich, Team Facelift, Dizzee Rascal, A-Trak

Armand Van Helden (born February 16, 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American record producer, DJ and remixer whose biggest commercial successes came from his remixes of the 1996 Tori Amos song "Professional Widow" (released on East West Records), which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1997[1], and his own track "You Don't Know Me (released on Ffrr Records)," which was Number 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1999 along with his most recent song "Bonkers" featuring Dizzee Rascal which reached Number one in the UK singles chart in 2009.[2]

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Biography

Van Helden was born to an Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) father and a French-Lebanese mother but traveled 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 13, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.

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. 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.

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 and led to a string of singles released under several monikers for that label. His first track to make the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart was "Witch Doktor," which made the top 5 in 1994, and 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 remix because he presented it non-commissioned and, thus, was not entitled to compensation[citation needed]. 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-music musicians.

"Cha Cha" was another top-ten dance hit from his first album, Old School Junkies: The Album, which was released in 1996, along with "The Funk Phenomena." A greatest hits album appeared the next year, followed by a breakbeat album later in 1997. "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. 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 hit "Koochy." His single "Why Can't You Free Some Time" made it to 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 that 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. "When The Lights Go Down" reached #52[3] on the ARIA Singles Charted in Australia, and was a Dance and club hit.

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 that is still spoken about today about being one of his best performances.[citation needed]

In 2006, he re-released "My My My" featuring extra vocals from Tara Mcdonald, which reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2007, Van Helden released his new album, Ghettoblaster, from which he released the singles "NYC Beat," which reached number 22 on the UK chart, and "I Want Your Soul," which reached number 19.

In 2008, Van Helden gained enormous commercial success by remixing Inspire, a #1-hit song by Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki. This remix was released on the album Ayu-mi-x 6: GOLD. Also, in 2008, Van Helden is set to release two albums, a best-of album titled You Don't Know Me and a mix album titled New York: a Mix Odyssey 2.

Two of his songs, "My My My" (featuring a sample from Gary Wright's "Comin' Apart") and the Dark Garage Mix of the Sneaker Pimps' "Spin Spin Sugar," are featured in Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME 2. He also edited music for Deee-Lite.

In May 2009, Van Helden collaborated with UK rap artist Dizzee Rascal on a new single entitled 'Bonkers'. The single entered the UK Top 40 at number 1, where it stayed for two weeks.

Later in 2009, Van Helden worked with A-Trak to create "aNYway" which will be released in October under the stage name Duck Sauce.

Discography

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Studio albums

Compilations

  • 1997: The Collection
  • 1997: Greatest Hits
  • 1999: The Armand Van Helden Phenomena
  • 2008: You Don't Know Me: The Best Of Armand Van Helden

Remix albums/DJ mixes

  • 1994: Armand Van Helden Live From Your Mutha's House
  • 1994: Get Up
  • 1997: Da Club Phenomena
  • 1999: Armand Van Helden's Nervous Tracks
  • 2001: Repro
  • 2004: New York: A Mix Odyssey
  • 2008: New York: A Mix Odyssey 2

Singles

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK

[4]

IRE GER NED BEL (Vl) BEL (Wa) FRA SWI DEN SWE NOR FIN AUS NZ CAN US
Hot Dance Single Sales Hot Dance Club Play EU Hot 100
1994 "Witch Doktor" 18 Armand Van Helden EP
1995 "Witch Doktor" (reissue) 3
1996 "Cha Cha" 15 10 Non-album single
"The Funk Phenomena" 38 Old School Junkies: The Album
"Psychic Bounty Killaz"
(feat. DJ Sneak)
The Funk Phenomena
1997 "Ultrafunkula" 46 Enter The Meatmarket
1998 "Ghetto House Groove"
(Armand Van Helden & The Horse)
The Armand Van Helden Phenomena
1999 "U Don't Know Me"
(feat. Duane Harden)
1 14 13 26 7 16 27 15 15 11 2 2 Future 4 U
"Flowerz"
(feat. Roland Clark)
18 24
"The Boogie Monster"
2000 "Koochy" 4 38 24 Killing Puritans
"Full Moon"
(feat. Common)
2001 "Why Can't You Free Some Time" 34 Gandhi Khan
2002 "Funk Phenomena 2K" 51 The Funk Phenomena (re-release)
2003 "Everytime I Feel It"
(feat. Tekitha)
Non-album single
2004 "Hear My Name"
(feat. Spalding Rockwell)
34 84 44 32 19 7 Nympho
"My My My" 15 36 18 5 5 9 6 3 2
2005 "Into Your Eyes" 48 38 31 14 20 28 23
"When the Lights Go Down" 70 10
2006 "Sugar" 5 25
"My My My"
(feat. Tara McDonald)
12 25 44
2007 "Touch Your Toes"
(feat. Fat Joe & BL)
38 6 Ghettoblaster
"NYC Beat" 22 36 65
"I Want Your Soul" 19 13 10 58
2008 "Je T'Aime"
(feat. Nicole Roux)
2008 "Shake That Ass"
(feat. Team Facelift)
/ "Ski Hard"
(feat. Christina Rich)
New York: A Mix Odyssey 2
As featured artist
2001 "You Can't Change Me"
(Roger Sanchez featuring Armand Van Helden & N'Dea Davenport)
25 78 86 45 First Contact
2009 "Bonkers"
(Dizzee Rascal &
Armand Van Helden)
1 3 6 13 12 6 Tongue N Cheek
#1 hits 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 10 hits 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 1 5 1
Top 40 hits 12 3 0 3 5 1 1 1 2 3 1 5 6 3 1 6 6 1
Top 100 hits 15 3 2 4 6 1 1 2 2 3 1 5 7 3 1 6 6 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Remixes

References

  1. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 23 ISBN 0851121993
  2. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 579 ISBN 0851121993
  3. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20051020-0000/issue812.pdf
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 580/1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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