World trav­els in­spire DJ’s mu­sic

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - TRAVEL - By Jae-Ha Kim

Bet­ter known by his stage name of San Holo, Dutch DJ, gui­tarist and pro­ducer Sander van Di­jck, 28, says he of­ten finds in­spi­ra­tion for his mu­sic in his trav­els.

“Trav­el­ing has af­fected my mu­sic a lot,” he says. “See­ing new places and meet­ing new peo­ple — it al­ways gives me fresh in­sights and new per­spec­tives on life, which tend to have an ef­fect sub­con­sciously when I write mu­sic.”

He is cur­rently on tour pro­mot­ing his sin­gle “Lost Lately” off his de­but record, “Al­bum1.”

Q: Where is home for you these days?

A: I’m based in the Nether­lands. I don’t ac­tu­ally have a house of my own at the mo­ment, be­cause I’m on the road most of the time. But when I’m not on tour, I ei­ther stay at my mom’s or my brother’s house or with friends.

Q: Do you write any mu­sic when you’re on the road?

A: Yes and no. I al­ways try to, but mostly there’s just not a lot of time in be­tween trav­el­ing and play­ing shows to fully fin­ish songs. But I do work on a lot of ideas I have in my head. The melody and chords for “Light,” for in­stance, started on a flight to the U.S., and I worked on most of the records for my al­bum in ho­tels and at the air­port.

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: Los An­ge­les is def­i­nitely a fa­vorite. I didn’t go there on va­ca­tion, but I stayed there in an Airbnb last year for about three months to work on my al­bum. Also, the weather is good nine out of 10 times, unlike Hol­land. So that makes it feel like I’m on va­ca­tion. I stayed in Echo Park. I just love to wan­der the streets and have some good food, to be hon­est. Also, I loved go­ing to the Griffith Ob­ser­va­tory.

Q: What un­tapped des­ti­na­tion should peo­ple know about?

A: Toronto is re­ally cool. I’ve been spending a lot of time there lately. Den­ver is an­other great city. Red Rocks is one of my all-time fa­vorite venues. I also have a ton of fond memories from Seat­tle and Port­land. That whole area is gor­geous, and all the peo­ple there are su­per nice.

Q: What was the very first trip you took as a child?

A: I went to a prov­ince in Hol­land called Zee­land — not to be con­fused with New Zealand — with my brother, par­ents and grand­par­ents in a car­a­van. I re­mem­ber lik­ing it a lot. It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful place with a lot of nice beaches.

Q: If you could pick only one place to eat, which would you choose: A ca­sual meal at a street cart or fine din­ing at a nice restau­rant?

A: Def­i­nitely food truck food. I had the most amaz­ing pad thai when I was in Asia at a street cart when I was there last year. I’m not re­ally the fine-din­ing type of guy.

Q: Where is the most ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion?

A: I know it’s cliche, but I have a lot of fond memories of Paris.

Q: Do you speak any for­eign lan­guages?

A: I can speak Dutch and English flu­ently.

Q: What are your five fa­vorite cities?

A: LA, Syd­ney, Port­land, (and in the Nether­lands) Zoeter­meer and Zee­land.

Q: Where have you trav­eled to that most re­minded you of home?

A: When I was in LA last year, I re­ally felt at home. But I al­ways love com­ing back to Zoeter­meer af­ter a tour. I don’t know why, but I guess that’s where ev­ery­thing started for me, and I think it’s such an ugly city that it’s beau­ti­ful, if that makes sense.

Q: What is your guilty plea­sure when you’re on the road?

A: Pad thai and Boba tea, all day, every day.

HA­LEY LAN

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