For over 20 years, Armand Van Helden has been on the cutting edge of dance music, both breaking down walls between genres and accidentally opening up new ones in the process.
Born in 1970, Van Helden grew up primarily in Europe, then hit the states to attend university. Soon he was playing clubs in Boston – and throughout the early ‘90s, shopping demos to New York City house labels such as AV8, Henry Street, Nervous, and Strictly Rhythm, under monikers like Deep Creed, Circle Children, and Banji Boys, as well as his birth name. Van Helden’s production career gained traction after moving to NYC mid-decade, with club hits such as “Witch Doktor” (1994) and “The Funk Phenomena” (1996) burning up floors from Manhattan to Mainhattan. His seminal hit ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (containing a sample of “Dance With You” by Carrie Lucas), topped the UK Singles Chart. He also featured in “Bonkers” by British rapper Dizzee Rascal, which also topped the UK charts.