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Sander Kleinenberg
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Last year, Sander Kleinenberg took his biggest leap yet towards incorporating visuals into his DJing, hooking up with Pioneer to launch the SVM-1000 audio-visual mixer. And rather than being a passing phase, he's more convinced than ever that this is the way to go. "DJing has changed so much. I remember pressing up acetates as little as five or six years ago," he says. "Video DJing to me is one of the new ways to get across what I'm doing. The art of DJing has been elevated to a whole new level, and combining all these disciplines is exciting. It keeps me inspired." The down side to all of this is that he has spent less time in the studio. But he's about to hole up behind a mixing desk for the next few months, with plans to drop a new album in February 2010. Jamie Cullum and Fluke's Jon Fugler are involved in what Kleinenberg calls "a good clique of people" working on the project. His second year as resident at Pacha, replacing Pete Tong, has been an inspiration too. "It's the modern day Studio 54, isn't it?" he says. "It's not as dark or underground as, say, your DC10, but I love it. It's a true gathering of like-minded souls. There's the housewife from Brighton dancing next to Kate Moss."