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Armandox is the pseudonym of Dutch recording-artist, composer, remixer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, drums, percussions, melodic percussions and vocals), arranger, synthesist, sound engineer, sound designer and DJ Armand Segers.
Armand was born on the 29th of March 1974 in the south-eastern part of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After one year the family relocated to Hauset (Raeren) in Belgium where they ran a dancing/discotheque (Le Chatam) for four years. This is also the place where Armand got his strong roots in music. While laying in bed hearing the beats of i.e. Donna Summer’s – I Feel Love disco and one track he remembers quite vividly: Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive, but also much much more. After that they settled in the quiet village of Linden (near Nijmegen) where Armand grew up for the largest part of his life. This is where Armand gained his love for the countrylife, and started to respect the tranquility of nature. Armand is by no means a city-person.
Armand started playing the drums at the age of three and playing the organ at the age of five. He started his public music career playing drums in various local bands (while also playing snaredrum and various melodic drums with the national very succesful drumband St. Anthonis from his hometown Linden) and obtaining all the certificates for playing drums at the local music-school. In the process Armand learned solfege and how to read and write music notation/scores. Armand gained more and more interest for keyboards and computers when obtaining a Roland Juno-106 synthesizer and a Yamaha PSR600 keyboard. His first computer was an Atari 600XL homecomputer, but he soon switched to the Commodore 64 and later the Amiga and PC to create music with programs like Rock Monitor 3, Fasttracker and Protracker. He continued doing so until the mid 90’s on the PC. In the meantime he continued playing the drums for bands like Jetset (classic rock), I-Star Connection (roots reggae) and more. Armand took up playing keyboards and synthesizers extensively after hearing a recording of Jean-Michel Jarre’s album Equinoxe. This is where Armand found the love for the synthetic and hypnotizing sound landscapes Jean-Michel Jarre produces and knew he had to play synthesizers.
“Synthesizers can say anything and speak for you, whenever words fall short or fail. It’s a very emotional, personal and intimate process to compose and make music. After all you’re giving, through the creative process of composing, producing, mixing, etc. people a glimpse into the depths of your soul”
And with synthesizers Armand feels he can put those emotions and feelings out into the world the best. It’s fair to say that Jean-Michel Jarre has been the biggest musical influence for Armand, along with Vangelis (incidentally also born on the 29th of March), Isao Tomita, Kraftwerk, Kitaro, Synergy (Larry Fast), Jan Hammer, Klaus Schulze, Harold Faltermeyer, Michael Cretu (Enigma), to name just a few… Also Armand listens to contemporary music and (what some may call) heavy metal. Armand likes music from Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frank Zappa, Iron Maiden and especially Nightwish!
So, soon after getting more aquainted with the ivories and knobs and buttons that accompany them he started playing keyboards for a coverband called Mixed Up. After doing so for eight years Armand set out to play keyboards for well-known Dutch coverband Van Gogh with whom he played and toured for six years. Meantime in the year 2005 Armand studied keyboards at the Rockacademie in Tilburg. After that he founded countryrock band The Lowlanders, whom although short in existence made it to 2nd place overall at the Dommelsch Clash of the Coverbands in 2008. Their rendition of Bon Jovi’s song Wanted Dead Or Alive (arranged by Armandox), which was recorded live at Paradiso in Amsterdam is one of the most coveted renditions.
Armand has always been working on his own projects and music, and made quite a few remixes throughout the years. Silently he is working on his first album called Nychthemeron for which no scheduled release date has been planned. The music comes as it comes and energy flows as it flows. Also he’s working with some close friends on a project called Event Horizon, and co-writing, producing and mixing an album called Exodus.
Besides composing and playing music Armand also works as a DJ for radio, parties and clubs and alongside being a musician Armand also very much is an entertainer who likes to connect with the crowd, make people laugh and enjoy themselves…