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Sander van Doorn
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Sander van Doorn in 2014
Background information
Birth nameSander Ketelaars
Also known asFilterfunk, Larsson, Purple Haze, Sam Sharp, Sandler
Born (1979-02-28) 28 February 1979 (age 40)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Genres Electro house, progressive house, tech trance
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, producer, remixer
Years active2004–present
LabelsDoorn Records, Spinnin' Records, Ultra Records, Mixmash Records, Toolroom Records
Associated acts The Killers, Depeche Mode, Julian Jordan, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga, Sia, Laidback Luke, DVBBS, Martin Garrix, R3hab, MOTi, Oliver Heldens

Sander Ketelaars ( [ˈsɑndər ˈkeːtəlaːrs] ; born 28 February 1979), better known by his stage name Sander van Doorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɑndər vɑn ˈdoːr(ə)n] ), is a Dutch electro house DJ and record producer from Eindhoven.

Electro house is a form of house music characterized by heavy bass and a tempo around 130 beats per minute. Its origins were influenced by tech house and electro. The term has been used to describe the music of many DJ Mag Top 100 DJs, including Daft Punk, Skrillex, and Steve Aoki.

Eindhoven City and municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands, located in the south of the country. It had a population of 229,126 in 2018, making it the largest city in the province of North Brabant, although 's-Hertogenbosch is its capital. Eindhoven was originally located at the confluence of the Dommel and Gender.



Sander van Doorn began his recording career in 2004, releasing numerous tech-trance hits on Oxygen Recordings. He became a regular DJ at Ibiza's Judgement Sunday and the Gallery in London, and was featured on BBC Radio One's Essential Mix in 2006. He gained recognition as a popular remixer, shifting from remixing for trance producers to pop/rock artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, whose hit "When the Sun Goes Down" was remixed by van Doorn in 2007. [1]

Disc jockey person who plays recorded music for an audience

A disc jockey, often abbreviated as DJ, is a person who plays existing recorded music for a live audience. Most common types of DJs include radio DJ, club DJ who performs at a nightclub or music festival and turntablist who uses record players, usually turntables, to manipulate sounds on phonograph records. Originally, the disc in disc jockey referred to gramophone records, but now DJ is used as an all-encompassing term to describe someone who mixes recorded music from any source, including cassettes, CDs or digital audio files on a CDJ or laptop. The title DJ is commonly used by DJs in front of their real names or adopted pseudonyms or stage names. In recent years it has become common for DJs to be featured as the credited artist on tracks they produced despite having a guest vocalist that performs the entire song: like for example Uptown Funk.

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new.

Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 1990s German techno and hardcore scenes. At the same time trance music was developing in Europe, the genre was also gathering a following in the Indian state of Goa.

Musical style

Sander van Doorn's musical style has ranged from tech-house and progressive house during the mid-2000s to more vocal-driven electro-house and EDM throughout the 2010s. Despite being more known for DJ'ing, since 2006, he's been a regular presence on DJMag's Top 100 DJ surveys. Among his most notable remixes are Armin van Buuren's "Control Freak", Tiësto's "Dance4Life", Yello's "Oh Yeah", Sia's "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine", and Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night". [1]

Tech house is a subgenre of house music that combines stylistic features of techno with house. The term tech house developed as a shorthand record store name for a category of electronic dance music that combined musical aspects of techno, such as "rugged basslines" and "steely beats," with the harmonies and grooves of House Music. The music originally had a clean and minimal production style that was associated with techno from Detroit and the UK.

Progressive house is a style (subgenre) of house music. The progressive house style emerged in the early 1990s. It initially developed in the United Kingdom as a natural progression of American and European house music of the late 1980s.

Electronic dance music (EDM), also known as dance music, club music, or simply dance, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called 'dance music', or simply 'dance'.


2007: Doorn Records and Best Breakthrough DJ

He established his label Doorn Records in 2007, and released his debut album Supernaturalistic on Spinnin' Records. That same year, he won the award for "Best Breakthrough DJ" at the International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

<i>Supernaturalistic</i> (album) album by Sander van Doorn

Supernaturalistic is the debut album by Sander van Doorn. It was released in March 2008.

Spinnin Records record company

Spinnin' Records is a Dutch record label founded in 1999 by Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf. The label, which specializes in electronic music, has over 24 million subscribers and 13 billion views on YouTube. In September 2017, Warner Music Group acquired Spinnin' Records for over $100 million.

Winter Music Conference

The Winter Music Conference (WMC) is a week-long electronic music conference, held every March in Miami Beach, Florida, United States since 1985. It is also known as the premiere platform for electronic dance music. The conference brings together professionals such as artists, DJs, record label representatives (A&R), producers, promoters, radio and the media for seminars and panel discussions. Thousands of attendees attend the WMC each year from around the world.

The first big achievement in his career was securing residencies at Judgement Sunday in Ibiza and at the Gallery in London. In June 2007, he presented one of Eddie Halliwell's shows on BBC Radio One. He also did an essential mix for BBC Radio One. His productions, both original work and remixes, in 2007-2008 have generally been well received in the electronic music industry and are supported by more than 50 radio stations worldwide. Notable artists he has done remixes for include Sia, The Killers, Swedish House Mafia, Depeche Mode, & many others. He also collaborated with Robbie Williams.

Ibiza Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea

Ibiza is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. It is 150 kilometres from the city of Valencia. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. Its largest settlements are Ibiza Town, Santa Eulària des Riu, and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa, is 475 metres above sea level.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

The Killers American rock band

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning. Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. completed the current lineup of the band in 2002. The band's name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".

2008: Debut studio album

On 3 March 2008, van Doorn released his first studio album via Spinnin' Records, a Dutch electronic dance music record label. The album was titled "Supernaturalistic" consisting of 13 tracks.

Dutch people or the Dutch are a Germanic ethnic group native to the Netherlands. They share a common culture and speak the Dutch language. Dutch people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in Aruba, Suriname, Guyana, Curaçao, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States. The Low Countries were situated around the border of France and the Holy Roman Empire, forming a part of their respective peripheries, and the various territories of which they consisted had become virtually autonomous by the 13th century. Under the Habsburgs, the Netherlands were organised into a single administrative unit, and in the 16th and 17th centuries the Northern Netherlands gained independence from Spain as the Dutch Republic. The high degree of urbanization characteristic of Dutch society was attained at a relatively early date. During the Republic the first series of large-scale Dutch migrations outside of Europe took place.

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists, and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information. Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.

2010: Headlining music festivals

In the summer of 2010, van Doorn had residency at the world-famous Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza, Spain. van Doorn headlined a lot of music festivals with Bal en Blanc 16 in Montreal, Beyond Wonderland in San Bernardino, Electric Zoo in New York City and Transmission in Prague. A month-long tour of North America, which started in April was a great success with the finale "Dusk Till Doorn" show at The Guvernment in Toronto. His tracks including "Renegade", "Daisy", "Reach Out", "Hymn 2.0" and "Daddyrock" topped the Beatport charts.

2011: Second studio album

On 19 September 2011, he released his second studio album titled "Eleve11" via Spinnin' Records. In 2011, he performed at Energy, Mysteryland, EDC and started a residency at worldwide Sensation festivals. He also released his first true cross-over hits 'Love is darkness' and 'Koko'. Besides that, his Dusk till Doorn compilation got its 2011 version, all of which earned him a Dutch Silver Harp award.

2012: Collaboration with Mayaeni

In 2012, his singles regularly topped the charts of online dance music retailer, Beatport. He collaborated with Detroit-based soul singer Mayaeni for the single "Nothing Inside". In March 2012, Sander performed at Ultra in Miami, where he introduced his new single "Nothing Inside" featuring Mayaeni. The song topped Beatport as well as the playlists and charts in numerous countries. In August 2012, it was announced that van Doorn and various notable electronic music producers would be featured on the Halo 4 remix album. [2]

2013: Digitally Imported

In 2013, he started a monthly program called Identity on internet dance music radio station Digitally Imported. He started his own monthly internet radio show called "Identity" on Digitally Imported radio. He also released some hit songs like "Joyenegizer", "Neon", "Project T" (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike) and "Direct Dizko" (with Yves).

2014: Gold Skies

In 2014, he collaborated with Martin Garrix and DVBBS for the single "Gold Skies". He also released "Right Here Right Now". In 2015, several more singles were released, including "Phoenix" (with R3hab) and "Rage" and collaborations with Firebeatz and Julian Jordan.

2016: The Snake 2016

Sander van Doorn started 2016 by releasing "Cuba Libre" followed by a collaboration with Gregor Salto for "Tribal". He then produced "Not Alone" inspired by the original track by Olive. "Raise Your Hands Up" with Chocolate Puma was released on Musical Freedom Records before "The Snake 2016" with Fred Pellichero. He ended 2016 with "WTF", collaborating with Oliver Heldens, which was released on Heldeep Records on November 28.

2017: Return to trance and new album

Sander teased on Twitter that he was releasing a new album under his Purple Haze alter ego. [3] and released "SPECTRVM" on October 9, 2017. [4] He states that it's a deeper & darker side of him that's always been there.



TitleReleasedRecord LabelOther Artists
Direct DizkoKonverted
Dawn Raid2008DOORN Recordswith Jon Rundell
What Say?2009with Marco V
Renegade (Official Trance Energy Anthem 2010)
Reach Out
Hymn 2.0
Drink To Get Drunk
What Did I Do2012
Kangaroowith Julian Jordan
Into The Lightwith DubVision and Mako featuring Mariana Bell
Project TSpinnin' Recordswith Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
TenToolroomwith Mark Knight and Underworld
Direct DizkoDoorn Recordswith Yves V
Guitar Track2014with Firebeatz
Gold Skies Spinnin' Recordswith Martin Garrix and DVBBS featuring Alessia
Get EnoughDoorn Records
THISwith Oliver Heldens
Rage2015with Firebeatz and Julian Jordan
PhoenixSpinnin' Recordswith R3hab
Ori Tali MaDoorn Records
Oh, Amazing Bass
ABCwith Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
LostSpinnin' Recordswith MOTi
White Rabbitwith Pep & Rash
Cuba Libre2016DOORN Records
Tribalwith Gregor Salto
Not Alone
Raise Your Hands UpMusical Freedom Recordswith Chocolate Puma
The Snake 2016DOORN Recordswith Fred Pellichero
WTFHeldeep Recordswith HI-LO
Need To Feel Loved2017Doorn Recordswith LVNDSCAPE
Just Won't Get EnoughQ-Dance Recordswith Noisecontrollers
The RhythmDoorn Records
Neilojas Purple Haze
Mant Array
Contrastas Purple Haze
Choir 1.0
No Words [5] 2018featuring Belle Humble
Bergen [6] Armindas Purple Haze
Call Me [7]
Let It Go [8] Doorn Recordswith D.O.D
The Hyll [9] Armindas Purple Haze
One Love [10] 2019Doorn Recordswith Frontliner
500 (Pcm) [11]


TitleReleasedRecord LabelNotes
Supernaturalistic 2008Spinnin' Records
Eleve11 2011DOORN Records
Spectrvm2017as Purple Haze

Remixes and edits

ArtistTrackReleasedRecord LabelAdditional Information
Sam SharpRoundabout2009Doorn RecordsSander van Doorn Main Mix
Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah Miami 2 Ibiza 2011Capitol (US)
Polydor (UK)
Sander van Doorn Remix [12]
InpettoShhhh!2012Doorn RecordsSander van Doorn Edit
The AlexsanderOutput2015 Spinnin' Deep Sander van Doorn Edit
Moby Natural Blues2016Spinnin' DeepSander van Doorn Remix
Sam SharpRoundabout2017Doorn RecordsPurple Haze Remix
Lifelike and Kris MenaceDiscopolis 2.0 [13] 2018Armada MusicSander van Doorn Remix
FrontlinerI'm The Melodyman [14] Doorn RecordsSander van Doorn Remix

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