Duck Sauce, a recently formed collaboration between Armand Van Helden and A-Trak under Fool’s Gold Records, is receiving worldwide success after producing their first single in 2009. Their most-recent single, “Barbra Streisand,” is currently at the No. 8 spot in Italy in its third week after release.
Armand Van Helden
Both DJs have achieved great success in the electronic music world, and have collaborated to produce songs that have received much hype and popularity. Armand Van Helden, whose father was a member of the U.S. Air Force, traveled the world as a child, making stays in Netherlands, Latvia, Turkey, and Italy. He bought a drum machine at 13 and started DJing two years later. At age 18, he returned to Boston and began to DJ there, receiving his first significant recognition. His latest famous solo single is “NYC Beat.”
A-Trak, born Alain Macklovitch, was born in Montreal Canada. He began DJing at the same age as Van Helden of 15, and won the DMCs World DJ Championship in 1997, making him the youngest and first Canadian to win the competition. A-Trak is noted not only for his immensely popular musical production, but also for developing a notation system for scratching, on which he gave a lecture at a conference and published an article in Tablist Magazine. He is also close friends with Kanye West, who recruited him in 2004 as a personal DJ, and has been working with him ever since. West makes a brief appearance in the “Barbra Streisand” music video.
The DJs met in New York City, where they both reside. They released their first single “aNYway” (“NY” is capitalized to acknowledge the band’s origins in New York) in September 2009. The single, which establishes the band’s disco house sound, features a music video with a quartette in matching purple suits striding across a stage with their afros bouncing. Their second released single was “You’re Nasty,” which sounds more like a standard house track infused with disco samples.
The public is in for a great treat with this unique collaboration of two greatly successful DJs. Just as the sign that Armand Van Helden stands in front of at the end of the video for “Barbra Streisand” says, “The sauce make(s) the difference.”
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