Dutch DJ/producer Sander Ketelaars, better known as Sander van Doorn, has been rocking dance-floors since 2004. The EDM mainstay has been able to successfully dominate multiple genres from house to trance to everything in between. Read on to get to know Doorn Records head honcho Sander van Doorn a lot better!
His first official release was “Twister” under the alias Sam Sharp. “Twister” was released on RR Recordings, a Dutch trance/hard-house sub-label of Spinnin’ Records.
Sander went skydiving in Texas, USA in April 2008 and had it filmed.
He collaborated with Pet Shops Boys and former Take That member Robbie Williams on “Close My Eyes.” The track was released in January 2009 and peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
The original sample in “Joyenergizer” comes from a 2001 record by Joy Kitikonti. Sander released the reworked version in 2012.
Sander started producing at the age of 17 when he began experimenting with a drum computer.
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FilterFunk was an alias he used to produce “S.O.S. (Message in a Bottle),” which was released in 2006. In a interview with iHeart, Sander said he used an acoustic solo of Sting he found on the internet for the track and the sound was inspired by techno duo Filterheadz. Sander heard the finished product being played live for the first time when Tiësto dropped it at Global Gathering.
In 2011 Sander received Holland’s prestigious Silver Harp Award. The award was handed out on a plane by Armin van Buuren, who was dressed as a flight attendant to surprise Sander.
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Sander beat out Axwell, Calvin Harris, and Deadmau5 when he won the award for Best Breakthrough DJ at the International Dance Music Awards at Miami Winter Music Conference in March 2008.
Sander van Doorn & Julian Jordan were chosen to remix “To Galaxy” by Neil Davidge from Massive Attack for video game Halo 4′s Complete Remixed Album.
In the summer of 2008 Sander performed at the Beijing Olympics for Heineken Holland House.
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