Armand Van Helden was born in Boston in 1970.Massively prolific house music producer, Van Helden was first noticed for his numerous productions on Strictly Rhythm produced under various aliases. His first big underground hit was scored late 1994 with "Witch Doktor", a mysterious, dark and hypnotic composition. His first EP followed, giving a glimpse of his talents and imagination. In 1995, he re-edited "The Bomb" by Bucketheads, The and started to remix other artists. From the big names of Eurodance (Real McCoy, Rednex) to popular pop acts (Bananarama, Ace Of Base, Blondie), the 'Van Helden' touch started to impose itself.After a couple of succesful remixes for Kim English and Daft Punk among others, he unintentionally kickstarted the genre known as "speed garage" with his remixes of 'Sugar Is Sweeter' by CJ Bolland (strongly inspired by 'Get Up' by Krimp), 'Professional Widow' by Tori Amos, 'Runaway' by Nuyorican Soul and 'Spin Spin Sugar' by the Sneaker Pimps.To prove he was not just only a remix act, he came back with one of his own productions 'The Funk Phenomena' in 1996. It became an international dance hit and made Van Helden the most requested DJ of the time.Further albums and singles continued his success story: 'You Don't Know Me' (1999), with Duane Harden on vocals, sampled Carrie Lucas to great effect, just like 'My My My' did with Gary Wright (2004).He Has also dabbled occasionally in hip hop productions: the album 'Sampleslaya' (1997) is a good example.
Armand Van Helden is a house music artist and music 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 "You Don't Know Me" which was Number 1 in the UK in January 1999. Van Helden was born in Boston in 1970 to a Dutch-Indonesian father and a French-Lebanese mother, but travelled around the world as a child spending time in the Netherlands, Turkey and Italy, as his father was a member of the US Air Force.
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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, and his own track "U 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.