Sander van Doorn at Opera Nightclub
(Coverage by ATL NIGHTLIFE)
Top 10 Ranked DJ, Sander van Doorn electrifies a packed house at Opera Nightclub on Wednesday, April 21st 2010.
Sander van Doorn (SvD), named as one of the top 10 DJs in the world according to DJ Mag and recently nominated in the Beatport Music Awards 2010 (Trance), has amassed quite the reputation.
Some notable artists he has done remixes for include, trance heavyweight, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren. Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Blank & Jones, Robbie Riviera, Randy Katana, and TDR.
SvD tweets, “Well rested after a few days off in Denver, ready for another big week. Kicking off tonight in Atlanta. Good to be back!”
Van Doorn has transcended beyond trance, diversifying his repertoire in all genres including house and techno. He exclaims, “The music is purely crowd driven.”
As usual, 14th street and Crescent Avenue is backed up and the sidewalks are clamoring with club attendees ready to witness Sander van Doorn’s performance.
Atlanta’s own, DJ George Lükin, received rave reviews all day on facebook for an amazing opening set. Lükin set the dance floor on a blazing wildfire as the crowd awed in anticipation of Dutch techno-trance DJ/Producer, Sander van Doorn (SvD).
Some of our favorite shots from the night:
Opera Nightclub has transformed Wednesday nights into the official start of the weekend.
George Lükin (Agency Sounds) getting the crowd ready for Sander van Doorn with an epic performance of his own
UFC Legend Randy “The Natural” Couture was in attendance to see Sander van Doorn at Opera Nightclub
The night was filled with sweaty trance beats and hypnotic hip swaying on the dance floor. SvD teased the crowd by abruptly ending his set early only to slingshot us back into outer space with a mind boggling 30 minute encore performance.
ATL Nightlife One-on-One Interview with Sander van Doorn
ATL NIGHTLIFE: Some people would be surprised to know that you started DJing only 6 years ago and basically taught yourself how to produce. How did you make that career choice?
Sander van Doorn: My interest in music came at an early age. I started spinning as a hobby when I was 16 years old. About 7 years ago, I decided to release a few tracks and send it to a record label and that’s basically how it came about.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: What would you be doing right now if you did not pursue a career in music?
Sander van Doorn: I’d probably still be working for my brother, he had an aluminum company, where I worked as a “Purchaser” and was attending university at the same time focusing on Corporate Management.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: You were named Top #10 on DJ Mag’s 2009 Top 100 DJ List. Do you find there to be a lot of rivalry or competition amongst your peers?
Sander van Doorn: I get along with all my colleagues but I try to follow my own way. We’ll see each other at the same party, we’ll have a drink and catch up… it’s all-good to be honest. I hang out a lot with Marco V and speak a lot to Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten… guys like John O’ Callaghan, Gareth Emery… all those guys.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: Given a choice, do you prefer attending a music festival or performing in one?
Sander van Doorn: I would definitely prefer to perform in one. I like the whole experience from the DJ booth.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: You have a new DJ concept called “Dusk Til Doorn”, please tell us more.
Sander van Doorn: “Dusk Til Doorn” is a DJ concept surrounding me for the night. I play an extended set and the whole night is built starting with House music and we go from there. I’ve done a few over in London and here in the states, like LA and Toronto. The response so far has been insane!
ATL NIGHTLIFE: With the summer season around the corner, how do you find balance in DJing and being in the studio.
Sander van Doorn: It’s a very thin balance, especially now. I’m on the road for a month tour in the US. I try to take off a few weekends a year to get an ongoing studio session. I work with a great team; they make sure I get enough time to produce and free time for myself, which is very rare.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: This year you’re under new management and PR group, how’s the transition been so far?
Sander van Doorn: Great! I decided to go with a separate PR group for the US market. The transition is going quite well. This year everything seems to be falling in place.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: You have a new compilation available now on Beatport called Sander’s Identity Essentials. Fill us in on this exciting project.
Sander van Doorn: It’s a selection of my records that I play a lot in my sets as well as on my Podcast (Identity). It’s what I’m all about, what Identity is all about, and now it’s available for fans to enjoy.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: It’s been awhile since you’ve been back to Atlanta, how was your last experience in Atlanta?
Sander van Doorn: It was great. I still distinctly remember that night because I record all of my sets. If you listen at the end of the set, my manager gets on the mic and says in a really funny English accent, “This session has finally come to an end”, it made for a really funny moment and the crowd’s response was great.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: Did you have a chance to take in the local Atlanta scene?
Sander van Doorn: No, that’s the only problem about with being a DJ or musicians in general. You get to see all these beautiful places because you are only in town for one day. You never really find time to enjoy a particular place.
ATL NIGHTLIFE: Do you have any advice for local DJs trying to make it center stage?
Sander van Doorn: Try to find your own style. It’s good to have a local residency where you can get into the swing of things and comfortable playing in front of an audience. It’s hard to be a DJ these days, you need to produce tracks as well and basically find your own sound other than the ones out there.
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Article by Louis Nguyen
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