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Five Minutes with Sander Van Doorn

1. Growing Up

My father used to listen to all kinds of music: I think the very first real electronic based music I heard was through him. When I was little I remember hearing these records with all sorts of interesting and experimental sounds I’d never heard before in my life. My father was quite ahead of his time when it came to his musical preference. Unfortunately he isn’t with us anymore, so I can’t ask him what these tracks were … I think it’s because of him I started out experimenting with music when I got older. 

 

2. Inspirations

Sigur Rós is my all-time favourite band. You should really take the time to listen to this Icelandic band: it’s something special. It’s hard to describe the style but it’s very deep, dreamy and experimental. It’s music that really touches me. I first heard [the band] six years ago and was super impressed and since then I pretty much listen to them every day. 

 

3. Your Crew

It’s hard to say who got me into music in the first place. Of course, like we all do, I had a couple of friends in high school [and] we used to share lots of music with each other. When I was an 18-year-old, I really started to feel the urge to create my own music and I became more interested in music production. That turned out very well so now I have the luxury of having a great and dedicated team around me. 

 

4. The Music You Make And Play

At the moment, I’m at a very interesting point in my musical life. I [have] found a new sense of freedom, which feels rejuvenating and fuels me as an artist. This past year I really started to experiment more with musical styles and freed myself from all the obstacles I had created for myself. I tried to make music without any boundaries, which resulted in letting out my darker side. It was such a liberating feeling. I can’t wait for all my fans to hear this sharper, darker and deeper sound.  

 

5. Music, Right Here, Right Now

Music right now is like being a kid in a candy store: there is so much of everything, including so many colours and so many flavours. That’s what I like about today’s music: there are so many different … creative musicians and styles that all seem to find their own place and listeners. Music can be spread so fast and easily, [and the internet] can really bring new styles to light you might have otherwise missed. I love it. I myself found it so liberating to just create music without thinking in the boxes or worrying if it might fit the style I’m known for. I can really recommend it to anybody: just try to have an open mind and enjoy making and listening to music.

Istoria Sydney, featuring Sander van Doorn, Andrew Bayer, Ben Nicky, Khoma, Marlo and Pure NRG, is at the Exhibition Halls, Sydney Showground, Saturday March 18.