TranceFixxed: As you have been producing music for over 10 years you have a significant back catalog of previous releases. What was your favourite Trance production from the earlier years of First State?
Sander: That’s a hard one! For remixes, I’ve always had a weak spot for my own remix of ‘Waiting’ by Dash Berlin, but if I had to pick one First State original it would be ‘Reverie’ as it had such a huge impact for my career at the right moment.
TranceFixxed: What’s your favourite Trance track that you heard recently?
Sander: Ilan Bluestone’s ‘43’ on Anjunabeats. I love the vibe of that record!
TranceFixxed: Do you have any plans to resurrect your ‘OneWorld’ alias for future productions?
Sander: I would love to if the right idea presents itself. I’ve always kept this alias for ideas that were too ‘chill’ for the First State handle. But definitely something I will keep in mind.
TranceFixxed: It is currently expected that Electronic music producers both regularly produce and release new music and that they DJ and go on tour, which are two very different talents. Which do you find easier and comes more naturally; producing music or DJing?
Sander: I’m a studio beast to be honest, but I also love to DJ as it’s a way to let go some excessive energy and feel the vibe of the crowds when they react to sudden things that have been created in the studio.
TranceFixxed: Which do you enjoy more?
Sander: I enjoy them both! In all honesty I’m studio geek who loves to party!
TranceFixxed: What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
Sander: Later in the summer I’m planning to release a new single which I’m working on at the moment and I’ve just finished a remix I did for Showtek featuring Vassy – ‘Satisfied’ which will be out soon! In the meantime, I’m working on a remix of one of my own classics… As for touring I’ve just came back from a small tour in Asia and I’m looking to be on the road again soon!
TranceFixxed: Any thoughts or plans about doing another album?
Sander: Not really right now as I’m more focussed on doing singles. But if the right label is open to it I would say yes!
TranceFixxed: What was the strangest / funniest thing that has happened to you on tour recently?
Sander: Well I travelled to India a few months back and went to a far off city where they asked me to stop the music for a birthday announcement… and then they asked me to play some Bieber music! Travelling thousands of kilometers for a request like that cracked me up!
TranceFixxed: Finally, when are you next performing in UK?
Sander: I would love to be back as soon as possible as it’s been a while! I’ve always loved playing at Ministry of Sound in London!
TranceFixxed: Thank you for your time. Best of luck with your journey back into Trance!
Sander: You’re very welcome, thanks for the great interview!