We’ve interviewed with Sander Van Doorn, just before his performance in Barcelona’s No.1 Club, The Sutton.
I would like to express our gratitude to José Woldring who set the interview and Sander’s tour manager Mark for greeting us nicely and The Sutton manager Kyke Navarro and DJ Brian Cross also DJ Alex Rosen, it was a nice set before Sander! :)
Well, actually we’ve waited his new single to release interview, so here it is.
1. How did you get into DJing?
I started about 10 years ago. First I started as a producer a little bit.. back-room producing. A little bit experimenting with tracks. Got signed first to record label which I am still with today. About 9 years ago I came for my first show over in Switzerland and I kind of kept rolling after that. So, it was 9 years ago that I started.
2. Who were some of your influences when you started DJing?
Around that time a big influence was and still is Depeche Mode, Underworld, Marko V was of big influence, back in those days. He was a resident DJ in Eindhoven,club called Dance Loom. I would always call it, clubbing over in a club, he was always a big express for this. This is kind of like basis of mine, on my side.
3. Do you prefer DJing or producing songs?
It’s hard to say, I actually prefer the whole combination. Because you can produce a track in studio and then you can play at the same night, which I love to do. So, I couldn’t choose one or the other. These are two completely different worlds. I definitely love the combination.
4. What advice or tips would you give a young deejay?
A young DJ, I would say.. Really focus on producing as well. It’s all about creating your own sound. There are a lot of DJs out there and I predict the next few years, the amount of DJs, It’s kinda, gonna triple or quadruple, so there is gonna be a lot of competition and the best way to deal with that is to start producing first, to create your own sound and kind of take it from there.
5. What is the best and the worst thing about being a DJ?
The best thing is, you get a play out.. I still see it, sometimes as a hobby and it’s more work at the same time. It’s the best thing in the world. The worst thing in DJing is the whole travel part. Because getting from point A to B is sometimes gonna be, 20 hour-30 hour flight schedule. I actually.. for New Year’s eve, I played India, it took me 32 hours to get to Ottowa, Canada and then I had to go to Dallas and then New York and then to Mexico. So, it’s such a big flight schedule that makes it very hard.
6. Who would you like to DJ with? May be B2B
Back to back? One of the most spontaneous back-to-backs was actually with Sebastian Ingrosso, we both at the Sensation over Belgium and we ended up in this after our club. He was playing his set and I just came, just for fun, ended up in the DJ booth and started DJing with him.. absolutely love doing that. Beside, i did sets with Marco V, actually just did back-to-back Sunnery James around my show that was pretty cool in Argentina. It doesn’t matter who, as long as it’s spontaneous. I like that.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – Sander van Doorn @ Mandarine Park;
7. What has been your best and worst show?
My best show, its hard to say which one is the best. I would say, the best year definitely was 2012.. it’s just insane with the whole amount of festivals. US market has blown up. EDC was insane, Electric Zoo New York was crazy. Tomorrowland was off this world, so many good festivals these days.
Well, the worst gig, I would say, for me personally, the most painful gig was actually in Poland, that was around 8 years ago, I was doing a DJ set in a lake and I was attacked by bees and I was surrounded by Redbull and all this sugar. So, one of the bees crawled into one of the ear shelf of one of my headphones, it was over on my chin and it stung me on my chin while I was doing the set. Nobody spoke a word in English, so I couldn’t explain it to the guys, you know what was going on.. the only thing they expect is that show must go on. So, that was the most painful gig.
8. What is the longest set that you have ever played and where was it?
The longest set… I was in Singapore@Zouk a few years ago. I think I was playing for 7 hours, I could have played for about 10 hours, but I had to stop because we had a flight, I had to be pulled out of stage because I was about to miss that flight. Yeah, I think that was the longest one.
9. Do you have anything to say to Electronica.FM readers?
Thanks for your supports. I hope to see you too, anytime on one of my shows, keep on the good work! :)
Electronica.Fm : Thank You
Sander Van Doorn : You are Welcome! :)
While he was playing in The Sutton, I’ve shooted some videos behind him.;
Electronica Fm : We are thankful to Sander Van Doorn for this amazing interview in The Sutton. I hope i will see you too some another time in your show.
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Some photos of Sander Van Doorn after interview in The Sutton ;