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You will find in this category each week, an interview or a biograhpy of a Dj or artist which is breaking the news. All styles are on the “menu” of this category: minimal, house, electro, techno or even trance in some cases.

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Sander van Doorn - Interview

Some people call Sander van Doorn a technical and musical genius. And who can deny it? He has cranked out more dance floor destroyers, sold-out gigs, number one records, and awards than most artists do in a lifetime. With the help of classics like Grasshopper, Punk’d and Riff, recent hits like Love is Darkness and of course massive collabs and remixes of The Killers (Spaceman), Sia (The Girl You Lost To Cocaine), Robbie Williams (Close My Eyes) and Depeche Mode (Peace), Sander shrugged off the confines of genre typecasting long ago and created something he prefers to call 'SvD-style'. Today, we have the chance to offer you an exclusive interview with this Dutch producer. It follows notably the interviews of other famous producers like Fedde le Grand, Avicii, Umek, Dr Kucho or Moguai. First, I wanted to thank Sander who answered our questions.

"Hello Sander,

You’ve just released some days ago the whistling track “Koko” under Doorn Records, that is currently #4 in the Beatport chart. It has been already playlisted by a lot of international DJs like Ferry Corsten, David Guetta, Axwell and many more. Could you please give us more information about this new track?
> Sure. There is a whistle in the track which I did myself. I think a lot of people know this by now. The whistle became the basis of the track and I used that melody to build on within the song. When I was done writing it, I sent over to some DJ friends and I got really great feedback from them, so I knew it would be a great summer track! I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s out now on Beatport !

What will be your next release?
> I’ll be giving away a free track on my Facebook page (, a bootleg I did of Mumford and Sons. I also have a few collaborations, one with Laidback Luke and a track with Sidney Samson! Those won’t be out for a while though!

If you look back to 2010, what can you say about it? What is your vision of the couple past months?
> 2010 was a great year. I traveled to a lot more new territories and it was great to meet fans from all over the world. The past few months have been productive, working a lot in the studio, writing music for my next artist album.

For 2011, what can we expect from you? New tracks for sure. An album maybe or a compilation?
> Yes, all of the above. Def working on an album, but until this is released I’m focused on my Dusk Till Doorn compilation album which comes out in June. Some great music on the album including Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto and Hardwell, even a few of my own tracks! I’m also gearing up for the Dusk Till Doorn tour which kicks off this weekend in the UK. You can see all my tour dates at

After you give us these info about your music news we would like to go back to your musical roots. Could you briefly tell us how did you become DJ and producer?
> I wouldn’t say my story is unique! I started hearing the music by going out when I was around 16 and just knew I needed to give it a go. Marco V was definitely is big influence on me in the beginning. The rest is history as they say!

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> It took some time I think as parents want you to have a good solid life and career. Parents are never happy when you want to leave your studies to try something very risky. When I told them I wanted to try music, they were actually quite supportive, even loaning me money to get started. I think they are happy with how things turned out! My mom has even come to a few gigs!
Besides your production schedule, you have worked tirelessly to bring your radio show 'Identity' and your clubbing concept, Dusk till Doorn to fruition. How do you manage all these tasks? You need to have a good team to help you I can imagine! When we interviewed Fedde le Grand some weeks ago, another Dutch artist, he was mainly help by his family. What about you?
> Well, I have a great team that I can count on! They make sure that everything is coordinated and ready for me to work on so that no time is wasted! My family is also very supportive and understands the work that is involved now. The radio show is doing great and is syndicated now on SiriusXM in the US, which is phenomenal!  I think that it will only continue to grow and evolve so long as people like it and listen!

We know the Dutch music electronic scene mainly through its trance scene thanks to DJs like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and many more. How would you describe the scene of electronic music from your point of view?
> I think it’s moving out of being just dance music and becoming more global. This is mainly due to a lot of pop stars gravitating to electronic artist and pushes the collaborations between them into the mainstream. Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga are two examples and of course, Madonna has been a big proponent of dance music for years. I think this trend has some benefits for everyone and I don’t see dance music going back underground anytime soon!

Sander, the interview will be published on a website mainly read by French people. So, what do you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know or especially love their music?
> I’m a huge fan of Jean Michel Jarre.  I’ve found out recently that I will get to meet him this year and I am really happy about this!!
Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> I’m learning to ski, so it’s a hobby in the making! Also learning more about wine, so next time I’m in France I hope your readers will give me some good tips!

Is there anything you would like to add?
> Thanks everyone- see you soon!!


Sander, before we conclude this interview we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The track you advice us to listen to in your discography?
> Koko

An artist you would like to work with one day?
> Moby

One word about France?
> Love

One privilege, being DJ, gives you access to?
> I get to meet a lot of people I probably wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Did you use your aura of being a DJ to go out with a girl? Did it work?
> No and no.

Your favorite track these days?
> It changes weekly, so impossible to answer!

Some words about the website I manage: Actualités Electroniques?
> Great that you're supporting electronic music. Keep it up!

Sander, thank you very, very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this full and exclusive interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions. We hope to see you soon in France too. A bientôt!”

Dj Aroy


Written by Dj Aroy
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