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“aNYway” – Duck Sauce

Duck Sauce is an American-Canadian DJ duo consisting of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak.

Armand Van Helden was born to an Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) father and a French-Lebanese mother but traveled around the world as a child, spending time in the Netherlands, Latvia, Turkey, and Italy as his father was a member of the U.S. Air Force.  At the age of 13, he bought a drum machine and started DJing two years later.  Van Helden returned to Boston in 1988, moonlighting as a DJ in Boston clubs.  After attending college in Boston and a short stint at a legal-review job he took up a DJ residency at the Loft, a top Boston nightclub at the time.  The rest is history!

Montreal-born, New York-based A-Trak was the first DJ to win all three major DJ competition titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax), as well as being the first DJ to win five World Championships.  He won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1997 at the age of 15, making him the youngest and first Canadian winner of the competition.  In 2004 Kanye West recruited him as his personal tour DJ,and he has worked closely with him ever since, including performances alongside the US rapper at MTV specials, the Grammy Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and worldwide stadium shows.

Both DJ’s have made a huge impact on the techno genre, and their different styles and tastes bring a unique sound to Duck Sauce.  “aNYway,” is a perfect example of their eclectic styles combining, and the effect is fantastic.  The song peaked at Number 22 on the UK Singles Chart, Number 1 on the UK Dance Chart and Number 1 on the UK Indie Chart.  Quite a record (ha!).  Also, the capitalization of NY in “aNYway,” is a tribute to the bands origins in New York, good party trivia!

More about Duck Sauce, Armand, and A-trak here.

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