Remixing veteran Armand van Helden brings his chart-topping tunes to Atlantis
All in all, we have to say that 2009 has been Armand van Helden’s year. He’s had some good ones before, of course. In 1994, for example, his single ‘Witch Doktor’ went top 10 and gave him the chance to remix the likes of Faithless, New Order and Deee-lite (remember them?). And two years later his remix of Tori Amos’s ‘Professional Widow’ became a breakout chart-topping success. Granted, van Helden didn’t make too much off the back of that, but it led to remix jobs for The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Daft Punk and bands of similar size and quality – and, therefore, the rest of his career.
And yeah, he had a number one in 1999 with ‘U Don’t Know Me’, but that was back in the days when all you needed was a four-four beat and some half-decent female vocals to get a dance track into the charts. Now it’s a teeny bit harder, so the massive crossover success that was 2009’s ‘Bonkers’ is even more impressive, especially after 10 years rolling around the mid-20s. More than that, grime artist and co-collaborator Dizzee Rascal – a man who’d previously had no interest in house music – liked the sound of the finished song so much that he’s turning his entire direction around in favour of more chart-friendly, pop-influenced stuff.
So that’s all fine and dandy, but what does it all mean for you? Well, it assures everyone planning to party at Sanctuary that they’re in safe hands. See, van Helden is going to be the headline DJ for the night, and with 15-plus years of DJing skill and musical knowledge at his finger-tips – not to mention a big bag of squelchy electro-house – he should put on a fine show.
Armand van Helden plays Sanctuary; night runs 8pm-3am, Dhs500 if bought before December 31, Dhs700 on door. Tickets available at Sanctuary from 3pm-3am daily, call 04 426 0561