Getting to grips with Sander Van DoornWritten by Claire Williams
When did you first realise music was a realistic career path for you?I guess the first time I actually got paid to DJ- then I knew I could make a go of it. Sometimes I had to sweep up after my set, but was worth it in the long run I’d say.
That’s a tough one. I would have to say that I am really excited about my new one called Nothing Inside. It’s coming out in May and features a brilliant singer called Mayaeni. So far, the response has been phenomenal with Pete Tong premiering it and radio stations asking to get a copy to air. Very excited to see what happens!
You’re playing alongside Eddie Halliwell and Michael Woods for Fire It Up at Tall Trees in May, have you played alongside these two before? What are you most looking forward to?
Yes, I think I’ve probably played with just about everyone by now! I think I’m most looking forward to the incredible energy that always comes when I play in the UK, the people are what make it special for me.
What are you most excited about in the Sander Van Doorn calendar for the rest of the year?
Well, I love playing the states and I think all the big festivals there will be amazing! I hear rumours that Sensation is also coming to America, so I think if that happens… Wow!
Very few people know that Sander Van Doorn is really good at….
Business. Studied it at school and I take a pretty keen interest in investing and following what’s happing in the global markets. Not very exciting is it?! Also pretty good at Angry Birds.
Where do you find inspiration for new music projects around such a busy schedule?
Usually I get most inspired when I’ve had a good night out playing. But, ideas can come anytime, maybe after I meet new people or see a film.
What’s the best and worst parts of touring for you?
Well obviously I have to say the travel is something most touring artists could do without. I am used to it, but I still don’t like it. I also don’t get to see the countries/cities I am in, so even thought to the outside world it may seem glamorous to be in a different place every day; the reality is that I really just see the hotel and the venue and LOTS of airports! The best part is that my life is never dull and I get to see things I wouldn’t have otherwise. My job is amazing and playing music for people is pretty incredible.
Your secret for handling the long nights and lack of sleep?
Had to learn to sleep when I can and not overdo it, especially when there’s another flight in the morning!
What do you see as the next big technology breakthrough that will change the way you work/perform?
Fingers crossed its teleportation!
If you could bring back any musician from the dead to collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Probably Michael Jackson. Once if the icons of dance music really.
When you’ve grown old and wrinkly, retired and hung up your headphones, what do you want to look back on and say you achieved?
I leave that open ended, I just want to work hard and let the rest be a surprise!
Your Identity radio show is nearing 125 episodes now, what has been the most memorable one for you?
The live ones are always my favourites.
What is currently getting the most love on your iPod at the moment?
What does Doorn records have in store for the summer/rest of 2012?
My new single, Nothing Inside.
And finally, tell us what the Fire It Up crowd can expect from you on May 6th??
A lot of new music and an amazing party!
Claire is a freelance journalist living, loving and havin' it large in hectic London town. As well as editing the Core website and doing all manner of important editor business on the printed publication, she also writes for numerous dance music publications and reviews clubs and restaurants for London guide, Fluid. When she's not beavering away on the mag or telling people off for bad spelling and punctuation, Claire likes travelling, long walks and throwing some serious shapes on the dancefloor.