A Sit Down DJ Sander Kleineberg
Sander Kleineberg began his career as part of a dance music composite called Free Frogs. Two decades and change later, his Spinnin Records debut We-R-Superstars throws back to the future of disco with a video starring nothing but dogs. In between, there have been tracks for FFRR Records and Global Underground, collisions with Justin Timberlake and Jamie Cullen, as well as residencies at Crobar, New York; Avalon Hollywood; Discoteque, Moscow; Redlight, Paris and; Pacha Ibiza. Through it all, his infamously vivid visuals mind-blowing set pieces that expand the very horizons of EDM.
"I find joy in following someones progression. Unfortunately we live in a world where things are very complex, and its a big thing to ask from people, but it keeps me creative and moving forward. Its the only way I can go."
How did you learn to create tracks and the production process itself?
Simply by trying over and over again, i guess endless practice and persistence made perfect.
Can we talk about your latest album, "This Is Everybody Too"? In what way can we take this as an extension of your last album "Everybody"?
Well, "This is Everybody Too"; any way you want to translate that is fine by me. I've tried to keep it as open as anything, I wanted to be in there, but it's not about me, it's not about the DJ. It's about people on the dancefloor, coming together and creating an atmosphere. And merely what I do is provide a soundtrack, but it could be any Tom, Dick, and Harry round the block... kind of. The aspect of what it's really about is that- people coming together and doing something. All I'm trying to do is highlight what I think is most interesting in electronic music, at least what I have my hands on, and I listen to lots and lots of music, and I filter it through, and this is what I believe, in my world, are the eye-catchers. I think on both CDs, the first 4 or 5 tracks are a stepping ground for what happens next in the CD. I'm not musically changing the world, I know that, but it comes from the heart, it's what I believe in musically.
What was your inspiration behind the new track WE-R Superstars?
I was looking to recycle some of the flavors that got me into this music in the early nineties; I loved that time because of its no rules vibe. It obviously gives a nod to Daft Punk. Its a track I always wanted to produce, however I do think it sounds very now in terms of production value and I love taking whats best from the past and mix it with the now.
Who is actually the person behind the DJ Sander Kleinenberg? what do you do in your spare time?
I am also just a human being! I'm going to do wonderful things with my child. I love to cook, to have friends around me, to have a nice meal (Japanese!) And to drink a good wine. 'Special' going out is always fun, reading books. I have a boat. Actually all of those standard things. I am not very pronounced like that.
How about Little Mountain Recordings, your label? What tracks have been released recently?
Yeah were doing really well. Weve picked up on Rene Amesz whos a young promising producer from Holland, trying to release as many of his tracks as possible and he keeps on coming with one bomb after another, which is brilliant. We just released something from the Low End Specialists from New York, who are like the new Deep Dish if you want....a great little team of great producers. Ive just done my This Is Miami track which has no transferred into This Is Ibiza and I just did a title song, or the theme song for a big party in Holland called Sensation, called This is Sensation, so we have all these different This Is.... records...
You are not only in America to receive awards and to visit the WMC, but you are also there to promote your new concept "This is". Tell more about this.
Actually, I need new clothes every few years ... new clothes for the emperor. "This is" originated from the idea that I am now really ready to perform in the way that makes me feel most comfortable. Without having to adapt and match with things that people expect from me, without really having to "fall in love". I now feel more confident and easier in the role that I have. I now dare to look at myself more of "Fat! I do nice things and I'm doing a good job!". That is more Sander Kleinenberg. "This is" is also a place where I can put my video things in a cool way. Yes ... it is actually a kind of reinventing that which I am.
You've been to so many places; any gigs that stand out?
Well, my favourite gig is always the next gig. You know, I think it's not very clever to look back and think "oh, that was great!", because then you've kind of lost something. But, then, you know, there are a few places in the world which are really happening, Canada's very healthy, Montreal is a healthy city. New York's coming back to where it once was, with lots of new clubs opening and fresh ideas. There are many places, and Japan, you know...
Are you planning on collaborating more in the near future? Or do you have any other special collaborations coming up that you can share with us?
Im working with CID on something fun that will be finished soon. Its been a wish of mine to work with him for a while. He has a very special talent. I also wrote a few songs with Sam Bruno that we are now finishing. More poppy and mature than my club records.
Over the past couple of years your sound changed from deep, lush, melodic progressive house to phat dirty stomping Electro house...a move towards more party-orientated music some might say. Why the change?
I have no idea. I guess its other peoples perspective on how I DJ. I just pick out tunes that I like, and I produce records that I feel are effective on the dancefloor.
Can you tell us more about the two events that you organize during ADE?
The Thirsday night in Club Home of our label Little Mountain Recordings becomes very cool with a large number of artists and Darren Emerson. Darren will exclusively release some new tracks from his unreleased album during his gig. Last summer during the Exit (where Sander Kleinenberg & Darren Emerson back2back turned, red) festival of Darren got a taste and I'm sure it will be cool again. The Saturday night in the Melkweg is also becoming a fat thing. During " This Is Our Night"I get the chance to lift a corner of the veil of my new album. For me it is also a great opportunity to test my new tracks among like-minded people. I receive feedback from my fans and can take the experience from the showcase with me when I dive into the studio. In addition, it is also a special evening in terms of video, but I can not tell too much about it .
What about the Never Say Never beach parties here at Ushuaia with Sasha does it give you a chance to showcase a different musical side?
Absolutely. I can really be myself, theres no direction apart from playing great music and the crowds are up for it. Obviously Friday nights at Pacha are a great passion of mine, but there is a couple of thousand people you have to entertain so theres a different level of awareness when I DJ there. So Im just chilled out at Ushuaia and I play what I love. Its good for the soul, thats for sure.
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