ON THE WHITE TRACK SENSATION RETURNS WITH SANDER VAN DOORN, MARTIN SOLVEIG AND MORE!
Miss Kittin, Lumi, Orbital, Foals, My Digital Enemy, The Spin, and lots more!
Welcome back to Dubai, this must be your biggest gig out here – do you still get nervous, what goes through your head before you get on stage in front of 15,000 people?
Haha, yes I’m still a little nervous before my sets, especially big gigs like this one! But that comes with a lot of happiness and adrenaline in my body. When I’m on stage the nervousness turned into positive energy!
What do the Sensation parties mean to you, what memories do you have of them?
It’s always a pleasure to play at a major event like Sensation and I’m a big fan of the incredible showcases. The organization really know how to combine music and entertainment.
How has your sound changed over your career, and what’s in your sets at the moment?
Actually, my sound has not changed in the last few years. I’ve always stayed true to my sound. I’m working on tracks with more techno influences that appeal to the general public. Techno always will have a special place in my heart and I love to combine a lot of influences in my sound.
People like Paul Van Dyk are firm believers that music can help change the world, it can play a part in politics – do you agree, and what do you hope the crowd comes away with after a Sander Van Doorn gig?
I don’t believe in the politics part but I do believe that music is a really special, unique thing that can connect people. It’s the best feeling ever for a DJ if you can leave a message to the crowd where no words are needed. I mean, you know what they say: music speaks louder than words! Right?
Dance music has got increasingly commercial and increasingly widespread across the world – have you embraced
that growth and change?
The EDM scene comes with a lot of negativity, but that’s not my point of view. I think when a DJ chooses for a sound it’s because he or she love that at the moment.
In my opinion it’s really important to not have just one style, I’m always trying to mix different genres.
How hard do you have to work to stay at the top of your game, to stay popular and relevant in today’s dance music culture?
For me it’s important to always develop myself like exploring new influences to get inspired. I’m lucky I have a great team behind me who help me whenever they can. Without them I wouldn’t be able to manage it all at once.
And who are your DJ heroes, and what was it like meeting them for the first time?
I don’t really get star struck because after all this time in the game you’re sort of used to having other artists or celebrities at events, eventually you realize that they’re normal people like you and me. My heroes would be the guys that have paved the way for a lot of artists nowadays, dudes like Tiësto, Laidback Luke and such have had such a huge impact on the scene.
If there was a Dutch DJ football team, who would be the lead striker and where would you play?
I would want to be a striker! I think it’s the most fun to be part of the attack. After all, it’s scoring goals that matter at the end. I think Martin Garrix would make for a good striker as well; he’s young so he’s still in great health. Also, Laidback Luke is really good at Kung Fu, so he’s sporty, he might be the right man for the job as well.
And what can we expect from your Dubai show? And who else are you looking forward to catching?
Haha, that will be a little surprise, but you can expect some brand new music in my Sensation set. That’s all I can tell you now.