As a generation-defining artist that reshapes our perception of what dance music can be, Sander van Doorn is without a doubt one of the world’s most essential, influential and popular DJ/producers in dance music today. Sander van Doorn entered the musical scene in 1995, aged just sixteen. His brother’s latest gadget at the time, a Roland Groovebox 303, caught his attention. He was astounded when he first experienced the amount of creativity that could be put into making electronic music. Time and time again, Sander would borrow his brother’s Groovebox and his nephew’s vinyl records and he played the life out of those records. Since then, Sander’s heart belonged to music and it still does today.
Sander has created his own inimitable sound and style. He is a producer at heart, and started DJing to create exposure for his productions. It’s basically impossible to appoint one specific genre to him; his music gets influenced by a very broad spectrum of factors. He continues to be an immensely prolific and diverse producer, with his own monstrous solo output plus massive collabs helping him to amass millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify. Gold Skies has picked up well over 60 million plays alone, making for one of the biggest hits of his career so far. His A&R skills show no sign of faltering either with his DOORN Records imprint unleashing a steady stream of big names and hot new talents alike.
Today, Sander has performed thousands of shows in every corner of the world and released numerous solo records, yet he is still part of a group of innovative and progressive artists. Sander’s creative process exists of re-inventing musical styles, taking risks in regards to the sound he creates and most importantly staying ahead of the masses. His ADE Melkweg party was one of the jewels in the crown for his 2016 diary, alongside regular appearances at world-beating clubs and festivals like Creamfields, Tomorrowland, UNTOLD Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival.
2017 sees him launch his exciting new alias Purple Haze, dedicated to a “sharper, darker, rougher” sound that what he’s currently known for. Rather than taking shine away from his usual SvD sounds, the new project is creating a positive, synergized feedback loop in his studio. “Too often I’ve seen artists lose their focus when they try to combine too many different sounds” he says, “but at the moment I get so much creative energy from working on this project that it’s actually adding to the creative flow for Sander van Doorn.” The project will be unveiled at Ultra Music Festival, with a huge sense of anticipation building around this landmark set. These Purple Haze appearances will include a full visual accompaniment built for dark rooms and will see Sander play an extended set, going deeper into his sound and showing the Mr. Hyde to his usual Dr. Jekyll.
With two full-length albums, numerous hit-singles, remixes of the world’s biggest artists, sold-out gigs in all major venues and festivals worldwide, his own successful record label and a weekly radio show named Identity, Sander van Doorn continues his musical journey into the heart of fans around the world.