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Sander van Doorn will perform at Valentine's Day show at Effex Nightclub.
Sander van Doorn will perform at Valentine's Day show at Effex Nightclub.

Sitting in his room at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nev., Sander van Doorn is taking it easy.

Hours before his show at Lavo, www.lavolv.com,  the 33-year-old does some press and readies a bath before his show.

“The only thing I have to have is 30 minutes before my set to be on my own and chill,” he says. “That’s pretty much the only part of my regimen that stays the same.”

Aside from this quiet moment, van Doorn is a busy man.

The DJ is often jet-setting across the world to play shows to sold-out crowds.

Yet, it’s taken a lot of hard work and time for the 33-year-old to reach this point in his career. And he takes nothing for granted.

“I’m writing when I can, on the road, on the plane and in my studio,” he explains. “I have a lot of music and am considering a new album, but it has to feel right musically, so not sure when it will be ready for me.”

Van Doorn began in the music industry nearly a decade ago when he started remixing song for various artists.

Along the way, the Dutch DJ has released only two full-length albums and more than two dozen singles and EPs.

He’s worked his way from an opener to a headliner in that time.

“(The dance music scene) is bigger of course and more people listen to it for sure,” he says. “It’s infiltrated through pop culture in every possible way, so that’s a big change. ”

Van Doorn says people are drawn to dance music because there is a connection that isn’t shared by any other genre of music.

“It’s really a lifestyle,” he says. Getting into the DJ lifestyle didn’t come easy for van Doorn.

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 in June 2006, the same month he won ‘Best New Producer’ at the Trance Awards. His productions, both original work and remixes, in 2007-2008 have generally been well received in the electronic music industry. “It was not an easy road at first, that’s for sure,” he says. “Once I began to get more show and people liked what they heard, then I knew I could work hard and make this my career.” In addition to making music, Van Doorn hosts “Identity” podcast, which is broadcast as a weekly radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio. He also has a YouTube channel which has more than five million hits.

“I have a great team in place for each part of my career,” he says. “It’s always nice to have that side of things but it’s not why I do this. I love music and being part of the industry.”

Van Doorn has also played many of the major music festivals, including the Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival.

Although he’s performed to some of the biggest crowds, he admits to feeling uneasy before the shows.

“All shows I still get a little nervous. I think that’s normal,” he says. “It’s exciting for me still.”

Sander van Doorn
WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14
WHERE: Effex Nightclub, 420 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $15 at www.holdmyticket.com or 886-1251

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