Musician, composer, remixer, arranger, producer, sound designer, sound engineer and DJ Armand 'Armandox' Segers
Armandox is the pseudonym of Dutch recording-artist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, drums, percussion, vocals), arranger, 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 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 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. At some point Armand obtained 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 national coverbands like Jetset, I-Star Connection 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.
"These instruments can say anything and speak for you, whenever words fall short or fail. In all 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, Isao Tomita, Kraftwerk, Kitaro, Synergy (Larry Fast), Jan Hammer, Klaus Schulze, to name just a few...
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, who although short in existence made it to 2nd place overall at the Dommelsch Clash of the Coverbands in 2009.
Armand has always been working on his own projects and music, and made quite a few remixes throughout the years. Also he is working on his first album called Nychthemeron, a kind of old-style synthesizer record in the style of Jarre and Vangelis about 24 hours in a day. He also involved in a project called Event Horizon, and co-writing, producing and mixing an album called Exodus. The story behind this album is the exodus of people from earth in search of other worlds and planets. Besides composing and playing music Armand also works as a DJ for radio, parties and clubs.