Sander Van Doorn – Identity
Sander Van Doorn
SANDER VAN DOORN // PURPLE HAZE
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
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.
2017 saw him re-launch his exciting alias Purple Haze, dedicated to a “sharper,
darker, rougher” sound. The project was unveiled at Ultra Music Festival with a
spectacular audio-visual live show that vividly brought to life his new concept.
Later in the year he released the debut Purple Haze album, SPECTRVM: a riot of dark
trance and tough techno with some standout vocals to boot. Rather than taking shine
away from his usual SvD sounds, the new project has created a positive, synergized
feedback loop in his studio, bringing a yin to his existing yang. “Too often I’ve
seen artists lose their focus when they try to combine too many different sounds”
he says, “but I get so much creative energy from working on this project that it’s
actually added to the creative flow for Sander van Doorn.” It’s just the start for
Purple Haze, with some very big plans in the works — and with such a positive
reaction from fans, more material is hotly anticipated.
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. Regular appearances at world-beating clubs and
festivals like Creamfields, Tomorrowland, UNTOLD Festival and Electric Daisy
Carnival pepper his hectic diary which sees him plays to tens of thousands across
the globe every month.
With three 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.