French producer/ DJ and musician, Viken Arman crafts a distinctive sound that blends the timeless and modern from a collage of samples, modular grooves, and acoustic composition. A musical maverick with a progressive yet grounded approach, who subtly melds his vast influences of jazz, house, minimal, hip hop and world musicHis hypnotic live performances and DJ sets have left a mark on some of the world’s most iconic dancefloors and festivals from Fusion (DE) to Burning Man (USA).

His musical journey began at the age of 5, when he first entered the Conservatory. He was quickly charmed by the liberating sounds of freejazz, idolizing the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, or Sun Ra, while nourishing a profound affection for film music. But his passion didn’t stop there – at 12, he was already producing hip hop beats for renowned French artists and delved deeper into the world of electronic music, discovering a revolutionary way of manipulating sound material.  From the classic melodies of Eric Satie and Keith Jarett to the modern beats of J.Dilla, Matthew Herbert, Ricardo Villalobos or Four Tet, his ability to dismantle and transform his influences results in an original sound that breaks the mold, while maintaining genuine substance and artistic integrity

Viken Arman honed his experience in Parisian nightclubs such as the legendary Rex Club. He contributed to the emergence of a news global scene since 2010, with his collective Minimal Trip – bringing young international talents to Paris for their first performances; his label Denature Records – signing over 20 artists, including Stavroz, Acid Pauli, Nicola Cruz or dOP; his international Festival SouQ – bringing together thousands of soulful people every year in Paris, before expanding to Europe, Middle-East and the Americas. 

Over the years he navigated his way to iconic clubs and festivals worldwide taking center stage with his nuanced, unreserved and poetic music. Securing 6 EPs, his latest release ‘Willow’ topped N*1 of the Beatport Chart Electronica, while his Cercle Live reached over 1 million views, cementing his status as one of the most innovative artists of the scene. 

Always looking to explore new horizons, he acts as a true artistic bridge, collaborating with musicians from a diverse range of genres and performing with the likes of Acid Pauli, The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Tigran Hamasyan, the jazz legend Michel Portal, or the saxophonist rebel Guillaume Perret

He keeps on refining his sound with each project he undertakes, from exploring new techniques like integrating new modular sound or delivering a wild six-hour improvisational concert at the legendary New Morning in Paris. 

For Viken Arman, his creative pursuit brought him last to Berlin, where he concretized his new mutation with the release of the 9-track opus LP « Alone Together« . 

Viken Arman also holds a deep connection to his roots, actively investing in the cultural and artistic scene in his home country of Armenia. In 2016, he participated in the creation  of an Independent Modern Art Museum in Yerevan with the collective Rambalkoshe, offering a real creative alternative, with exhibitions and concerts by local and international artists. 

 

 

Cabaret Sauvage
Paris, France
Szczecin Philharmonic Lobby
Szczecin, Poland
Het Stroombroek
AS Braamt, Netherlands
LIMBO Festival
Barga, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Italy
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Live for Cercle

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Live @ New Morning

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Live with Michel Portal (France 2)

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Djset @ Untold Festival

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Live for Cercle

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Live @ New Morning

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Live with Michel Portal (France 2)

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Djset @ Untold Festival

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