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Sander Van Doorn

It was only ever a matter of time wasn't it? Since exploding out of nowhere with 2004 singles like the ripping tech-trance monster 'Dark Roast' and follow-up 'Punk'D', Sander Van Doorn has blazed an unstoppable trail as one of the most populist big room DJs on the planet, so it's little surprise the baby-faced Dutch genre-chameleon has busted into the Top 10 for the first time this year. But the same can't quite be said for his other recent accolade as best electro-house DJ at this year's Ibiza DJ Awards. "I was definitely surprised to be put in that category in the first place - I have no idea why I was in it," admits Sander. "I wouldn't really class myself as an electro-house DJ, although I do play some electro-house in my sets. The pool I was in included Deadmau5, Eric Prydz and James Zabiela so I was really pleased to win and accept it. But then I wouldn't say James Zabiela is electro-house either!" In the past 12 months, Sander has done plenty to confound and confuse the pigeon-hole police further. One minute he's smashing into the Dutch national charts with his huge remix of Robbie Williams' 'Close Your Eyes' and dropping official arm-raising retouches of The Killers' 'Spaceman' and Depeche Mode's 'Peace', the next he's laying out rugged, old school NYC house stylings through his take on DJ Erick E & Olav Basoski's 'Don't Turn Your Back On Me'. As DJmag went to press, the colossal stadium-filling keys of his own 'Bastillon' beast were riding high at the top of the Beatport trance charts, while he's also found time to resurrect his deeper Purple Haze guise for the hypnotic proggy journey 'Bliksem', which scaled the same chart-topping Beatport summits back in July. Both tracks dropped on Sander's own Doorn label, which has gone from strength to strength this year. "We're really very critical of what we release," explains Sander. "We want to give the best young talent a platform but we're also about letting existing talent do something outside of what they're known for. Simon Patterson had a release called 'Different Feeling' that's a little more of a progressive feel to what you might expect from him, and we've got a new track by this young duo called Dysfunction, which is on a melodic minimal tip. It's just about doing something different. "I'm taking a few weeks 'holiday' right now to get back in the studio myself, as I've got so many new ideas flying about," he continues. "I'd also love to do a collaboration with Mark Knight, which we've been talking about for a while." On the DJ front, Sander's burgeoning Dusk Till Doorn concept has allowed him to let all this instinctive diversity loose with launches at Ibiza's Judgement Sundays and The Gallery in London. "For the last Ministry of Sound event we did with The Gallery, I got to work through a five-hour set," he explains. "It's definitely a challenge but it's preferable because I've always liked building through genres, which is impossible to do in a two-hour set." Proving an instant hit with the ever-growing army of SvD fanatics, Dusk Til Doorn is primed to become the Dutchman's DJ calling card with forthcoming events in LA and Toronto. Take a look back at how Sander's unrelenting 2009 DJ diary has already consumed tours of Canada, Argentina, Brazil, the States and China, as well as debut appearances in Peru, Moldova and his first season as headlining resident at Cream's Amnesia spectaculars in Ibiza, and you wonder when the boy-done-good from Eindhoven gets to take a breather. "Proper holiday is not really an option," he admits cheerily. "Holiday is getting in the studio for a few weeks or staying a few days extra in Ibiza. Even in January I won't take any proper time out, we're getting tours lined up for South America so maybe I'll just hang out and chill over there for a few extra days."