ARMAND VAN HELDEN has branded all dance music as “a joke” in amazing outburst during an interview with NME.
Van Helden, who had a number one hit with ‘You Don’t Know Me’ last year, states: “I’m frustrated with dance music as a whole. So I’m letting you know that dance music is a joke to me. It’s a bunch of records that last about a month and mean nothing in terms of longevity. I just think it’s time for people in dance to look at what they’re doing.”
Van Helden, who famously had a DJ-face off ‘Battle Of The Dance Heavyweights’ with Norman Cook at London‘s Brixton Academy last year, also blasts critics who question his ‘authenticity’ with a controversial statement about race and class in the US saying: “What is ghetto? Ghetto is more white than it is black. Sixty per cent of the people on welfare in America are white. They’re in trailer homes.”
And the current state of the US music industry gets compared to Hitler. He rails: “I watch MTV and it’s like straight Hitler tactics. A bunch of 14-year-old kids screaming at the Backstreet Boys and they don’t get shown nothing else. It’s propaganda.”
Meanwhile, Van Helden has joined Coldcut as two of the latest additions to this year’s Brighton Essential Festival.
They appear on the Dance Alldayer which takes place on July 15 at the town’s Stanmer Park. Other acts already confirmed for the main arena that day are Fatboy Slim, Lo-Fi Allstars, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Luke Slater, James Lavelle and Laurent Garnier.
Other DJs confirmed to play at this year’s event on the other stages include Judge Jules, Grooverider, Tall Paul, DJ Rap and CJ Bolland.
The Essential Festival is divided up into two days, with the second day being billed as the Roots Alldayer (July 16). Headlining that is James Brown, along with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Horace Andy.
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To read the full Armand Van Helden interview, see this week’s NME, out nationwide from today (May 3).