Koen Heldens

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Koen Heldens
Koen Heldens at a recording studio.
Koen Heldens at a recording studio.
Background information
OriginVenray, Netherlands
Genres
Occupation(s)Mixing engineer, producer
Years active2003–present
Associated actsDr.Dre, Timbaland, Wiz Khalifa, XXXTentacion
Websitewww.mixedbykoenheldens.com

Koen Heldens, originally from the Netherlands,[1] moved to Los Angeles at 19 to start a career in the music business.[2] He is an international multi-platinum, American Music Award, and Billboard Music Award winning mixing engineer.[3][4] He began music school at the age of 6, "attended the Venray School of Music"[5] and accelerated through his teenage years as a music producer and classically trained pianist.[6]

Heldens has worked with XXXTentacion, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Joe Budden, Missy Elliott, Fat Joe, Rihanna, J-Lo, Run DMC",[7]Dr. Dre, Dreezy, En Vogue, Kid Ink, Lecrae, Sizzla, Timbaland,[8] TLC’s T-Boz, and Wiz Khalifa.

Heldens is often called upon to teach and speak on panels for music companies such as the National Association for Music Merchandisers (NAMM)[9] and Avid's Pro-Tools.[10] He also reviews plugins and new technologies for "quality and accuracy" for various companies.[11][12]

Discography[edit]

Singles mixed or mastered[edit]

List of singles as mixer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
AUS CAN FRA UK NZ SWE GER
"Blast Off (Gwap Off)"
Taryn Manning
2011 non-album single
"It's All About You (Fawni song)"
Fawni
2012 non-album single
"Talk That Shit (ft. T-Pain & Timbaland"
Missy Elliott
Misdemeanor (Missy Elliott album)
"This Side Of Paradise (Blake Straus Remix)"
Hayley Kiyoko
2015 non-album single
"I’m Yours"

Sizzla

2017 I'm Yours
"Jocelyn Flores"
XXXTentacion
19 - 10 8 14 38 39 4 7 -
  • United States (RIAA): 5× Platinum
  • Denmark (IFPI Denmark): Platinum
  • Ireland (IRMA): Gold
  • France (SEP): Platinum
  • Italy (FIMI): Platinum
  • United Kingdom (BPI): Platinum
  • New Zealand (RIANZ): Platinum
17 (XXXTentacion album)
"A Ghetto Christmas Carol"
XXXTentacion
[A] [B] [C]
  • United States (RIAA): Gold
A Ghetto Christmas Carol E.P.
"I'm Back (ft. Dr Dre)"
Jon Connor
2018 non-album single
"Fuck Love (ft. Trippie Redd")
XXXTentacion
28 3 - - 31 70 89 19 35 -
  • United States (RIAA): 6× Platinum
  • France (SEP): Gold
  • Italy (FIMI): Platinum
  • United Kingdom (BPI): Silver
  • New Zealand (RIANZ): Gold
17 (XXXTentacion album)
"All I Know (ft. Kes)"
DaniLeigh
"Summer With Friends"
"Banded Up (ft. XXXTentacion)"
Ronny J
OMGRONNY (Mixtape)
"Sad!"
XXXTentacion
1 1 1 4 2 27 5 3 3 12 ? (XXXTentacion album)
"Reach 4 Me"
En Vogue
Electric Café (En Vogue album)
"Arms Around You (ft. Swae Lee & Maluma")
XXXTentacion & Lil Pump
28 2 - 14 13 25 14 15 8 16
  • United States (RIAA): Platinum
  • Australia (ARIA): Platinum
  • France (SEP): Gold
  • Italy (FIMI): Gold
  • Portugal (AFP): Platinum
  • United Kingdom (BPI): Silver
  • New Zealand (RIANZ): Gold
non-album single
"Think Twice (ft. Lil Skies)"
YBN (collective)
"YBN: The Mixtape"
"Porches In The Rain"
YBN (collective)
"God Damnit (ft. Call Me Karizma)"
Illenium
non-album single
"Manic Pixie Dream"
Chloe Lilac
2019 "Manic Pixie Dream E.P."
"Hypocrites"
Icy Narco
"Winter Can Be Murder"
"Dead Yet (ft. Phem)"
Gabriel Black
"Help me, I'm Flying"
"Flames (ft. Key!)"
Gabriel Black
"Blue Skies"
Gabriel Black
"Royalty (ft. Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don & Vybz Kartel)"
XXXTentacion
[D] [E] Bad Vibes Forever
"#PROUDCATOWNERREMIX (ft. Rico Nasty)"
XXXTentacion
[F] ? (XXXTentacion album) Deluxe
"Hot Sauce"
Lil West
"Vex, Pt. 2"
"Heartbreak (ft. Travis Barker)"
Jasiah
"I Am"
"How You Feel? (ft. Danny Towers, Lil Yachty & Ski Mask the Slump God)"
DJ Scheme
  • United States (RIAA): Gold
"DJ Scheme Presents Pre Season E.P."
"Pressure"
Goon Des Garcons
non-album single
"Breathe Outside While You Can (ft. Filho & Jeleel)"
Goon Des Garcons
"Cheers To The End Of The World"
"Hot Gyal (ft. Mavado (singer) & Tory Lanez)"
XXXTentacion
Bad Vibes Forever
"Pay Me Remix (ft. Night Lovell)"
Lil West
non-album single
"Punisher (ft. Phem)"
Gabriel Black
2020 non-album single
"Break Shit"
Jasiah
"War"
"Rebel"
Jasiah
non-album single
"School Shooters (ft. Lil Wayne)"
XXXTentacion
[G] Bad Vibes Forever
"Dumb Sh!t (ft. Jasiah)"
Whipped Cream
"Who Is Whipped Cream?"
"A24 (ft. Cuco (musician)"
Goon Des Garcons
"Adventures"
"Gotham"
Tokyo’s Revenge
"7VEN E.P."
"How You Feel? (ft. Danny Towers, Lil Yachty & Ski Mask the Slump God)"
DJ Scheme
  • United States (RIAA): Gold
"Family"
"Angst"
Apache 207
2021 1 non-album single
"Unintelligible (ft. Nascar Aloe)"
Jasiah
"War"
"Hoor Je Mij"
AMBER
non-album single
"Luxury Love"
Mario (singer)
non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs as mixer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"Whoa (Mind In Awe)"
XXXTentacion
2018 37 3
  • United States (RIAA): Platinum
Skins (XXXTentacion album)
"I Don't Let Go"
XXXTentacion
51 17 22
  • United States (RIAA): Gold
"One Minute (ft. Kanye West & Travis Barker"
XXXTentacion
62 23
"Staring At The Sky"
XXXTentacion
68 12
Non singles as mixer, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Year Title Album Artist(s)
2017 "Facts" All Things Work Together Lecrae
2018 "Intro" YBN: The Mixtape YBN (collective)
"Us (ft. Elley Duhé)" Uncle Drew (Soundtrack) Kid Ink
"Diamond Minds (ft. Tory Lanez & Elliott Trent)" A Love Letter to You 3 Trippie Redd
"Memories" Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (soundtrack) Thutmose (musician)
2019 "Imaginary Illness" The Gloomy Tapes, Vol. 2 Call Me Karizma
"Voices" I Am Jasiah
"Destructo Disc"
"When I'm Gone"
"FDD"
"You Can't Take Me (ft. Sybyr)"
"Neon Rainbows"
"Hate Will Never Win" ? (XXXTentacion album) Deluxe XXXTentacion
"Up Like An Insomniac (Freestyle)"
"Red Light!"
"Ran Outta Time" VEX 2 Lil West
"Pay Me"
"Flaws (ft. Baby Goth)"
"Better"
"Upset"
"PSA" Cheers To The End Of The World Goon Des Garcons
"Seven Minutes In Heaven"
"Make Me A Weapon"
"Back 2 Square 1"
"Mother!"
"Snow In LA" Help Me, I'm Flying Gabriel Black
"Fucked Up (ft. Call Me Karizma)"
"Johnny's Interlude"
"Crystal Cage"
"Dorothy"
"I Changed Her Life (ft. Rick Ross)" Bad Vibes Forever XXXTentacion
"Triumph"
"Kill My Vibe (ft. Tom G.)"
"The Only Time I Feel Alive (ft. Craig Xen)"
"Daemons (ft. Joey Badass & Kimba)"
"Attention!"
"Eat It Up"
"Voss (ft. Sauce Walka & Carnage (DJ)"
"NorthStar Remix (ft. Joyner Lucas)"
"Chase/ Glass Shards (ft. Ikabod Veins)"
2020 "Stay With Me (ft. JonFX)" Of Dons & Divas Vybz Kartel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Guinness World Records[edit]

Publication Country Song Record
Guinness World Records World Wide XXXTentacionSad! Most Streamed Song in a Single Day[16]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2020 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (soundtrack) 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated [17]

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 17 (XXXTentacion Album) (as mixer) Favorite Album – Soul/R&B Won [18]
2019 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (soundtrack)(as mixer) American Music Award for Top Soundtrack Nominated [19]

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 17 (XXXTentacion Album) (as mixer) Top Album – R&B Nominated [20]
2019 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (soundtrack) (as mixer) Top Soundtrack Nominated [21]
? (XXXTentacion album) (as mixer) Top 200 Album Nominated
? (XXXTentacion album) (as mixer) Top Rap Album Nominated
17 (XXXTentacion album) (as mixer) Top R&B Album Won
Sad! (as mixer) Top Streaming Song (audio) Nominated
Sad! (as mixer) Top Streaming Song (video) Nominated

BET Hip-Hop Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 YBN: The Mixtape (as mixer) BET Hop-Hop Award for Best Mixtape Nominated [22]

NAACP Image Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (soundtrack) (as mixer) 50th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Soundtrack/ Compilation Nominated [23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KOEN HELDENS Overzicht". www.muziekencyclopedie.nl. Retrieved 1 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ black rooster audio. "KOEN HELDENS BIOGRAPHY" (web). blackroosteraudio.com. CUREON. Retrieved 1 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Docenten: Koen Heldens". www.soundeducation.nl. Retrieved 1 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "American Music Awards 2018 Nominees". www.theamas.com/. Retrieved 12 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "International Multi-Platinum Mixing Engineer". indieentertainmentsummit.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ LMKR, LMKR (April 2018). "Koen Heldens" (web). Genius.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Tonelux Tilt and Tilt Live". www.pluginboutique.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Staff (23 September 2013). "Koen Heldens Interview" (Web). www.propellerheads.se. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Softube". namm.org. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Community Tips And Tricks - Mix Buss Tricks". www.pro-tools-expert.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Staff. "VLB525 compressor" (web). lsraudio.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Staff. "Digitale foefjes van dit duo zijn favoriet bij 's werelds beste muziekproducers" (web). volkskrant.nl. Retrieved 8 May 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "XXXTentacion breaks Taylor Swifts Spotify Record for most streams in a single day". Forbes.com. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "62nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations". Grammy.com. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "XXXTentacion 17 wins Favorite Soul R&B Album award". xxl.com. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "2019 American Music Awards Nominees". theamas.com. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominees". Billboard.com. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "2019 Billboard Music Award Winners". Billboard.com. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations". billboard.com. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "50th NAACP Image Awards Nominations". NAACPImageAwards.com. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  1. ^ "A Ghetto Christmas Carol" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  2. ^ "A Ghetto Christmas Carol" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
  3. ^ "A Ghetto Christmas Carol" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[13]
  4. ^ "Royalty" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number ten on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
  5. ^ "Royalty" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number eight on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[14]
  6. ^ "#ProudCatOwnerRemix" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 25 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[15]
  7. ^ "School Shooters" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 26 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.

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