Armand Van Helden
1970, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Based in Times Square in New York, Van Helden had, by the mid-90s, supplanted Masters At Work as the most in-demand remixer in the music industry. However, Van Helden himself was troubled by this reputation. As he told the UKs New Musical Express: The perception in England is that Im rolling in cash, but I could make a lot more money if I was a real entrepreneur and said yes to every remix I got offered. As a testament to this, he claimed to have turned down offers to work with Mick Jagger and Janet Jackson in the same week in 1997.
Van Heldens childhood comprised several foreign postings (his father was in the service of the US armed forces), though he eventually settled in Boston, losing much of his youth to cocaine addiction. Although he was a high-profile DJ on the American and continental European circuit for several years thereafter, his breakthrough in Britain came in 1996...