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As a DJ, Sander plays the finest electronic dance music and has graced the decks of the best clubs and festivals worldwide. His sets are internationally renowned and in 2001 his Radio 1 Essential Mix was voted best of the year. 2006 saw Sander successfully launch his own ‘This Is’ nights around the world, which have included performances at Pacha Ibiza, Ministry of Sound London, Panama in Amsterdam, Redlight in Paris and Crobar New York.
Always one to push the boundaries, Sander was one the first DJ’s to embrace the audio-visual technology wholeheartedly in his performance. He is an innovator and creates his own explosive video content which has been incredibly well received around the world and includes the music video for THIS IS!! Using the new DVJ’s in the booth, Sander can have full control over the visual elements that are usually left to a club’s own VJ, which allows him to express himself using a new medium – DVD. Using the DVJ allows Sander to really stamp his personality on the night through the images and custom video content, which also helps him connect with his audience on another level.
Sander is also an accomplished producer, who first appeared on the dance radar in 1996 with the now infamous NY Club Anthem “Y.D.W. (You Do Me Wrong)”, which was released on Strictly Rhythm under his production moniker S&S Project. But it was in 2000 when the world really started to take notice when he released a string of EP’s called 4 seasons, and specifically “My Lexicon” which was played by every notable DJ across the globe and shot Sander to instant stardom. He has since had club hits as ‘The Fruit’ a genre bending piece of funk and ‘This Is Miami’, which was one of the biggest tunes of 2006. Sander has also remixed tracks for the likes of Royksopp, Mylo and Sasha & Emerson and in 2004 he won the DanceStar Award for Best Remix of ‘Rock Your Body’ by Justin Timberlake.
The Global Underground ‘NuBreed’ CD marked Sander’s first release in a series of high profile mix compilations on some of the worlds most prestigious dance labels. This list includes the 2002 launch of the ‘Everybody’ compilations for Renaissance, and ‘This is Everybody Too’ following in 2004. After the success of these compilations Sander then released ‘This is Everybody on Tour’ in 2005 through his own label Little Mountain Recordings.
It all started simply enough. The son of artists, Sander grew up in rural eastern Holland. He did the things that normal kids do. He played with dirt, ate paste, dabbled in football and learned his lessons. But the other kids knew he was different when he got his first turntable and headphones and fell in love with DJ culture. Soon, as the result of Sander’s incessant record playing, he was asked to DJ at his school disco. A talent was officially launched, and an entire schoolyard was ahead of its time. At 15, Sander started his first DJ residency at a small bar around the corner from his home.
Sander’s musical taste has always been very eclectic. “By the time I was 14, I was listening to stuff like Mantronix,” he recalls. “I was heavily influenced by American and British dance music. Remixes by Shep Pettibone, the sleeve art from Jon “Jellybean” Benitez releases, loops by Simon Harris, the movie Beat Street and Depeche Mode concerts.
It was this cocktail of influences that informed the taste of the budding Sander, and led him to making music of his own; launching a career that 15 years later sees him travelling all over the world and being one of the biggest DJs’ of the moment with America’s influential Urb Magazine describing Sander’s career as “that of a slow but steady build culminating in absolute frenzy.”
In 2007 Sander teamed up with the legendary Renaissance, renowned for delivering consistently quality releases; to bring you his third instalment entitled “This Is Sander Kleinenberg” and it Is simply that.
“This Is Sander Kleinenberg” showcased the intrepid Dutchman’s distinctive take on dance music over two CDs which, in his words focus on ‘the most interesting, forward thinking, funky, sexy, electronic music out there,’ – a true reflection of his eponymous club nights of the same name which have already touched down in London, Paris, Miami, Ibiza and Sander’s native Amsterdam.
One thing’s for sure, he’s not your average superstar DJ, he’s the guy who writes songs called ‘Frog Dancing’ and ‘Slipper Sleaze’ yet still gets away with it… This is Sander Kleinenberg.
So what does the future hold for Sander? “The future is not mine to see, but I am working hard in shaping it.” says Sander. “I have residencies in New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Ibiza and I hope to continue developing DVDJ-ing. I will also be working in the studio to create some freshly baked goodies”
Keep an eye out for Sander in 2008, a very interesting collaboration with Pioneer is soon to blow and is going to revolutionise the current scene as you know it.