Armand Van Helden is one of dance music’s most iconic figures. If you were alive and near a radio in the past 20 years, you know his music. From You Don’t Know Me (1996) and My My My (2004), to his work with A-Trak as Duck Sauce, the guy has been a relentless hit machine.
On Australia Day weekend 2018, the American DJ and producer will touch down in Melbourne for a one-night-only collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Van Helden’s also known for his extensive remix work with artists ranging from beloved dance acts New Order and Daft Punk, to Britney Spears and Katy Perry. His early remix of the Real McCoy’s Another Night (1994) has stood the test of time.
He was last in Australia seven years ago. At the January show his famous dance anthems will get a remix of their own with the help of a 70-piece orchestra.
The Van Helden collaboration follows the success of MSO events with other big international electronic names including producer Jeff Mills and musician Derrick May. The MSO is Australia’s oldest professional orchestra and performances like these introduce classical music to a new generation of music lovers.
And although Bonkers (2009) wasn’t exactly Van Helden’s – or Dizee Rascal’s – finest moment, it was still a number-one hit in the UK. Still, we can forgive him for that one: bringing a classic like Witch Doktor (1994) into the world earns you a few free passes.