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!

Infusion Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SAN­DER VAN DOORN

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.

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