This week we bring you very special guest Sander Kleinenberg in our Artist Spotlight. Kleinenberg has been a well known name in the dance music world for nearly two decades. He’s put out a ton of music in that time and has played pretty much all over the world. This Saturday, April 2nd, he joins us at #Afterlife in Chicago to play a headlining set. Take a look at the interview we did below and make sure you don’t miss him live in action.
How did you first begin DJing/Producing?
I started DJ’ing at a very young age. When DJ’ing wasn’t anything like what DJ’ing is today. I slowly evolved while DJ’ing grew into what it is today.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
There are countless DJ’s and musicians who I admire greatly from Steve Wonder to DJ Sasha and Depeche Mode to Earth Wind and Fire. This balance between American soul and European industrialism is what you can find in my DJ sets and productions.
What’s your favorite record of all time?
It’s impossible to look at music and choose one specific record, I have literally hundreds of favorite records.
What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
I always envision that my favorite party is still to come. Every week I prepare myself as if it’s gonna be the best party in the world. Ever.
Both of your record labels, Little Mountain Recordings & THIS IS Recordings, have been rather quiet lately. What is your plan for the record labels?
I’m releasing tunes through Spinnin’ Records atm. In the last year I made remixes for Madonna, LANY and Halsey. With running a label comes a responsibility, I wanted to focus on my studio work and could not do both. It was a matter of choice between the two.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/ DJing?
I like art, musea, fashion, I do photography for my girlfriends fashion blog which I love, I travel, I read, I try to be a human being, I am dad and I like to ride my bike through Amsterdam.
What is your opinion on the current EDM scene?
It’s great, young people having a little fun. Who am I to judge someone else’s excitement or way of celebrating. From an artistic point of view it can come across as a little one dimensional at times but I can totally understand EDM being a great sound when you’re young and celebrating life.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
You can go to my Soundcloud and check out my latest releases. I drop new releases every month, next to my monthly series of The Deepest Mixtape In The Universe which is a lot of fun to work on and showcases my range as a DJ and producer.