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Friday 23rd, September 2005
Sander van Doorn Interview

Born on the 28th of February 1979, Sam's passion for music already started at a young age. At the age of 16 though, Sam discovered the true thrill of making music when he played some records for the first time on 2 really bad turntables! This new hobby was to be expanded with producing when he began experimenting with a drum computer at the age of 17. This experimenting resulted in a first release a few years later, which was shortly followed by 2 other releases. Not yet satisfied about these songs, Sander began focusing entirely on how to make the productions sound stronger and better. Influenced by techno, trance and progressive, Sam now worked on creating his own distinctive style. This has led to successful productions such as remixes of Ron van den Beuken's "Timeless", E-Craig's "The Beat Goes On" and Randy Katana's "One Solid Wave" and many more. After the first remixes came the debut release "Twister" which was shortly followed by numerous other releases under the name of Sander van Doorn, Sandler and of course under the name Sam Sharp. Currently the bootleg S.O.S., which combines vocals from the Police with techy sounds of Sander.. Time to get some news from this guy, including questions from forum members.

Real Name: Sander
Aliases: Sander van Doorn, Sam Sharp, SVD, Sandler, Purple Haze
Age: 26
Country: Netherlands
Website: http://www.sandervandoorn.com

T.nu: What inspired you to get into the EDM scene?
I started with hobbying, playing around. I had a little Groovebox 303, and I was busy with drumloops in the beginning. Later I started to focus more on melodies. In the meantime I started spinning records as well. When I was around 16/17 years old, I really loved the harder stuff. Then, when I was 18 years of age, I went to the Dutch topclub De Danssalon. I learned there to appreciate different styles of music like groovy house and trancemusic. I then switched and focused more on those styles of music. I started to produce and release my first tune named Frequence – Summer Melodies, which I made totally on a newer type of Groovebox. I only used a computer for arranging the sounds.

T.nu: How did your sound evolve till the sound you produce now?
I always focused on many styles of music from groove till trance and techno. I was never satisfied about my own productions in the start. I focused more and more on what I really liked to listen to. The different elements and styles, I felt the need to give my own twist to them and eventually combine them in my productions. I focus especially on drive and dynamics, that’s what's really important to me.

T.nu: You are also a DJ, what do you exactly play?
I try to do the same with spinning as with producing. Which means combining diffent styles in one fluid mix.

T.nu: Are you a fulltime producer/DJ now or is the business too risky? Isnt it too uncertain?
Yes I am a fulltime producer and DJ at the moment. No it is not that uncertain, it is difficult to make money right now, the money is there but you need to get it to you. You need to focus 100% and be totally devoted to quality with everything you do. The most important thing is the passion that I have for the sound.

T.nu: You are being tipped by alot of big DJ’s and producers as one of the favourite producers at the moment. Does this give you extra pressure?
Yeah, it gives me some pressure, but new inspiration as well. I always try to make the music 100% with my soul and it gives me more self confidence and drive to produce when I see big DJ’s are picking it up.

T.nu: The biggest hype at the moment is your bootleg of the tune The Police – Message In A Bottle (S.O.S.). What inspired you to make this? What is the story behind it?
I made a bootleg of the track two years ago already, but i wasn’t really satisfied with that result. Some months ago I remade the bootleg but then in a totally different style. Now I am satisfied about it. I just really love The Police, so I wanted to do something with the track to give me the opportunity to play it in my sets. And so it happened…

T.nu: Is there a release for this bootleg planned?
Perhaps…. wink

T.nu: What are the big differences between your aliases?
Every alias stands for a different style. Sam Sharp is for techtrance productions, Sander van Doorn stands more for progressive/tech-house productions, which are the productions I think are the most fitting for my sets. Sandler is pure trance and Purple Haze is more for the deeper, melodic progressive.

T.nu: What new tunes can we expect the coming months from you? And under which aliases?
A new Sam Sharp is finished called Hoover:Craft. It’s a crafty track with a progressive twist, and the other mix is a full blown techno climax record. I am also busy with a new Purple Haze record, which is currently in production and is nearly finished. I am also busy with a remix for Armin van Buuren. So that are my current projects. So i am pretty busy at the moment.

T.nu: What is your best production till date in your opinion?
I think the ideas I had with the records Purple Haze – Adrenaline, Sam Sharp – Error and Sander van Doorn – AKA were perfectly translated in the final production. If the result reflects my original idea, then I am satisfied with it.

T.nu: Producing is your job, did you have to invest alot into equipment?
The basic investment is not that expensive actually. I think the core of a studio is a good computer and good speakers. Almost everything I do is made with software. With the right speakers you can make it sound like you want it to sound. Next to that I have some synthesizers like the Nordlead, Virus C and the Andromeda. But still the base is software. For me, personally, Logic works the best.

T.nu: How much time do you invest in a production usually?
It differs very much. Sometimes a week and sometimes it can take more then a month. The record Bling Bling was created pretty fast though.

T.nu: How important do you think the internet is for an artist at the moment?
Very important I think! It’s the most important tool for promotion and to participate in the scene. It’s easier to stay up to date about new developments. The beautiful thing is that everybody can show his or her opinion. I check the internet alot, like Trance.nu (the reviews and interviews) and sites from recordshops to check out the new releases, but I never buy online! Sometimes a soundsample on the net sounds not so good, but when you play it in your studio / recordshop it sounds amazing.

T.nu: Which producers do you think are leading at the moment?
I think Benjamin Bates is quality. Also Mylo is amazing. Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso are also making good stuff at the moment.

T.nu: Your DJ career is taking off at the moment. Where have you played and where can we see you perform the coming months?
I played at The Turnmills, London a couple of times. I played in Godskitchen, UK some time ago. I played at the Global Gathering festival and the coming months I will play in Slinky, Bournemouth. The Inside Out in Scotland. Possibly South Africa and Thailand as well. Just keep an eye out!

T.nu: What kind of advice would give young and upcoming producers to get noticed between the mass?
It’s important to focus on creating your own style. Listen to music that is currently released, think about it and always be critical to yourself. If you think you can do better, you probably can!

T.nu: How important is a recordlabel for an artist’s career?
It is very important to find a label that suits you. A label is super important for an artist. They take care of the promotion as well as the A&R. A good record company knows what’s inside you and can pull it out of you. Producing is besides the creative course also based on teamwork. Next to the creative process its important to work with professional people to take your sound to the next level.

T.nu: In what environment do you work with, PC or Mac? And what main sequencer do you use?
I work with an Atari 500 with Fasttracker…. Joking.. I work with a PC with Logic.

T.nu: Are you going to co-operate with any other producers, ie Ron van den Beuken?
Yeah Ron and me are planning a production, but we still have to set a date to get it started. But there will come a new one, I promise.

T.nu: One of the caracteristics of your productions is the overall bassiness that just keeps pulsing thru the tracks. And we all know that kicks and basslines never match. How do you make the blend so smooth when having basslines across bassdrums?
It’s very important to keep a close eye to the frequencies of the bassline and the kick. To make the balance as good as possible I tend to put the volume maximum. I try to keep as much low frequency as possible into the basslines as well as into the kick, without blowing up the speakers. It’s difficult to explain really, just experiment with kicks on bassline and kicks besides basslines to find the right balance.

T.nu: What do you listen to besides EDM?
Alot of U2, Moloko, Coldplay, Red hot Chilli Peppers.

T.nu: What do you think of the current mp3 issues?
It’s got two sides. It’s not nice to see your tracks downloaded illegally, but the music promotion spreads throughout the world this way in a fast manner, which gives my tracks bigger exposure. It’s a good thing that music is available legally now for download through various webshops. It’s a cheap alternative to purchase music. I personally enjoy it more to have the original work. I buy alot of vinyl which I don’t spin, but I just want to have it, because it’s so good.

T.nu: Any plans on a full album?
Yeah we are planning it. 2006 might reveal something happy

T.nu: How do you forsee your own future?
I see it very positive, it’s going very well now.

T.nu: Does the new sound of trance appeal to you? Which do you prefer, the new sound or the old one?
I am still really fond of the old tracks, like Push and Art Of Trance, but also the newer style of tracks appeal to me. But I look much further then just trancemusic. The technomusic has developed itself very well lately in my opinion. Also the rise of electrohouse changed the other styles as well. I think every style is evolving more and more under the influence of other styles.

T.nu: What are your favourite tracks for the dancefloor at the moment?
Marcel Woods – Advanced
Benjamin Bates – Manimal
Eyewall – Bad Deal (Remy & Ronald Klinkenberg Mix)
Sander van Doorn – AKA
Hisjam – Sweet Dreams
Sam Sharp - Hoover

T.nu: Any words for the visitors on Trance.nu?
Thanks for the support and hopefully see you in the club

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