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Armand Van Helden, Still The Funk Phenomena

Armand Van Helden, Still The Funk Phenomenon by Caleb Bacon
Armand Van Helden | Photo Courtesy X-Mix
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When Armand Van Helden jumped onto the house music landscape in the early ‘90’s, it was as a star.
Thanks to a hip hop influenced, classic house sound, this Boston-born New Yorker, soon began commanding remix fees higher than many of his veteran peers. Numerous successful LPs and a mess of number one hits would follow.

In this half of the new millennium, he's tried something new, taking music cues from electro and indie rock. While this legend, who turns 40 next year, has changed his sound, he hasn't lost his passion for music that makes people wiggle and jiggle. In fact, it's brought him yet another number one UK hit with "Bonkers," featuring Dizzee Rascal.

LAist had a chance to chat with the straight-shooter, Armand Van Helden, about dance music today, trance, and his plans to rock Hollywood on Friday, when he plays the one year anniversary of Avalon’s weekly Friday party CONTROL.