Sander van Doorn

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Sander van Doorn
Sander van Doorn (11).JPG
Van Doorn in 2014
Background information
Birth name Sander Ketelaars
Also known as
  • Filterfunk, Larsson, Purple Haze, Sam Sharp, Sandler
Born (1979-02-28) 28 February 1979 (age 38)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Years active 2004–present

Sander van Doorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsɑndər vɑn ˈdoːr(ə)n]; born Sander Ketelaars [ˈsɑndər ˈkeːtəlaːrs] on 28 February 1979) is a Dutch electronic dance music producer and DJ.


Ketelaars began his recording career in 2004, releasing numerous tech-trance hits on Oxygen Recordings. He became a regular DJ at Ibiza's Judgement Sunday and the Gallery in London, and was featured on BBC Radio One's Essential Mix in 2006. He gained recognition as a popular remixer, shifting from remixing for trance producers to pop/rock artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, whose hit "When the Sun Goes Down" was remixed by Ketelaars in 2007.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Ketelaars's musical style has ranged from tech-house and progressive house during the mid-2000s to more vocal-driven electro-house and EDM throughout the 2010s. Despite being more known for DJ'ing, since 2006, he's been a regular presence on DJMag's Top 100 DJ surveys. Among his most notable remixes are Armin van Buuren's "Control Freak", Tiësto's "Dance4Life", Yello's "Oh Yeah", Sia's "The Girl You Lost to Cocaine", and Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night".[2][3]


2007: Doorn Records and Best Breakthrough DJ[edit]

He established his label Doorn Records in 2007, and released his debut album Supernaturalistic on Spinnin' Records. That same year, he won the award for "Best Breakthrough DJ" at the International Dance Music Awards held at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.

The first big achievement in his career was securing residencies at Judgement Sunday in Ibiza and at the Gallery in London. In June 2007, he presented one of Eddie Halliwell's shows on BBC Radio One. He also did an essential mix for BBC Radio One. His productions, both original work and remixes, in 2007-2008 have generally been well received in the electronic music industry and are supported by more than 50 radio stations worldwide. Notable artists he has done remixes for include Sia, The Killers, Swedish House Mafia, Depeche Mode, & many others. He also collaborated with Robbie Williams.

2008–11: Studio albums and headlining music festivals[edit]

On 3 March 2008, Ketelaars released his first studio album via Spinnin' Records, a Dutch electronic dance music record label. The album was titled "Supernaturalistic" consisting of 13 tracks.

In the summer of 2010, Ketelaars had residency at the world-famous Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza, Spain. Ketelaars headlined a lot of music festivals with Bal en Blanc 16 in Montreal, Beyond Wonderland in San Bernardino, Electric Zoo in New York City and Transmission in Prague. A month-long tour of North America, which started in April was a great success with the finale "Dusk Till Doorn" show at The Guvernment in Toronto. His tracks including "Renegade", "Daisy", "Reach Out", "Hymn 2.0" and "Daddyrock" topped the Beatport charts.

On 19 September 2011, he released his second studio album titled "Eleve11" via Spinnin' Records. In 2011, he performed at Energy, Mysteryland, EDC and started a residency at worldwide Sensation festivals. He also released his first true cross-over hits 'Love is darkness' and 'Koko'. Besides that, his Dusk till Doorn compilation got its 2011 version, all of which earned him a Dutch Silver Harp award.

2012–15: Collaboration with Mayaeni, Digitally Imported and Gold Skies[edit]

In 2012, his singles regularly topped the charts of online dance music retailer, Beatport. He collaborated with Detroit-based soul singer Mayaeni for the single "Nothing Inside". In March 2012, Sander performed at Ultra in Miami, where he introduced his new single "Nothing Inside" featuring Mayaeni. The song topped Beatport as well as the playlists and charts in numerous countries. In August 2012, it was announced that Ketelaars and various notable electronic music producers would be featured on the Halo 4 remix album.[4]

In 2013, he started a monthly program called Identity on internet dance music radio station Digitally Imported. He started his own monthly internet radio show called "Identity" on Digitally Imported radio. He also released some hit songs like "Joyenegizer", "Neon", "Project T" (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike) and "Direct Dizko" (with Yves).

In 2014, he collaborated with Martin Garrix and DVBBS for the single "Gold Skies".[5] He also released "Right Here Right Now". In 2015, several more singles were released, including "Phoenix" (with R3hab) and "Rage" and collaborations with Firebeatz and Julian Jordan. On 17 October 2015, he collaborated with MOTi to release the single "Lost".[6]

2016–present: Releases[edit]

Ketelaars started 2016 by releasing "Cuba Libre" followed by a collaboration with Gregor Salto for "Tribal". He then produced "Not Alone" inspired by the original track by Olive. "Raise Your Hands Up" with Chocolate Puma was released on Musical Freedom Records before "The Snake 2016" with Fred Pellichero. He ended 2016 with "WTF", collaborating with Oliver Heldens, which was released on Heldeep Records on November 28. On 1 June 2016, he released "You’re Not Alone" as a single.[7]

On 23 January 2017, Ketelaars released "Need To Feel Loved", a deep house collaboration with LVNDSCAPE.[8] He released a single "The Rhythm" on 24 April 2017.[9]

Other projects[edit]

Purple Haze[edit]

Ketelaars released his debut single "Neiloj" as his Purple Haze alias on Doorn Records on 15 May 2017.[10][11][12]



Title Details Peak chart positions
Dusk Till Doorn
Eleve11 62

Charted singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
"By Any Demand"
(featuring MC Pryme)
2007 20
"Grasshopper" 65 19
"Riff" 24 15
"Apple" 2008 34
"Close My Eyes"
(with Robbie Williams)
7 19 33
"Renegade (The Official Trance Energy Anthem 2010)" 2010 21 15
"Koko" 2011 10
"Love Is Darkness"
(featuring Carol Lee)
"Chasin'" 2012 67
"Nothing Inside"
(with Mayaeni)
29 42
"Project T"
(with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike)
2013 39 29 33 21
"Joyenergizer" 29
"Gold Skies"
(with Martin Garrix and DVBBS)
2014 94 9 183

Other singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Loaded" 2004 Non-album singles
"Dark Roast"
"Bling Bling" 2005
"Pumpkin" 2006
"The Bass" 2008 Supernaturalistic
(with Marco V)
Non-album singles
"What Say"
(with Marco V)
2009 Best of Doorn
"Daisy" 2010 Non-album singles
"Reach Out"
"Daddyrock" Dusk Till Doorn
"Intro (XX Booty Mix)" Non-album singles
"Drink to Get Drunk" 2011 Eleve11
"Who's Wearing The Cap"
(with Laidback Luke)
(featuring Frederick)
"What Did I Do"
(with Kele featuring Lucy Taylor)
Non-album singles
(with Julian Jordan)
(featuring Mark Knight and Underworld)
"Into The Light"
(with DubVision vs. Mako featuring Mariana Bell)
"Direct Dizko"
(with Yves V)
"Right Here, Right Now" 2014
"Guitar Track"
(with Firebeatz)
"Get Enough"
(with Oliver Heldens)
(with Firebeatz and Julian Jordan)
(with R3hab)
"Ori Tali Ma"
"Oh Amazing Bass"
(with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano)
(with MOTi)
"White Rabbit"
(with Pep & Rash)
"Cuba Libre" 2016
(with Gregor Salto)
"Not Alone"
(with The Alexsander)
"Raise Your Hands Up"
(with Chocolate Puma)
"The Snake 2016"
(with Fred Pellichero)
(with HI-LO)




  • Depeche Mode – Peace (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (Sander van Doorn Remix)


  • The Killers – Spaceman (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Club Scene Investigators – Direct Dizko (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Armin van Buuren – Control Freak (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Tiesto featuring Maxi Jazz – Dance 4 Life (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Timbaland featuring One Republic – Apologize (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • TBA – King Of My Castle (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Club Scene Investigators – Direct Dizko (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Manny Romero – Compadre (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 Ibiza (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Mode Hookers – Breathe (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • Olav Basoski – Don't Turn Your Back (Sander van Doorn Remix)
  • TBA – SOS (Sander van Doorn Remix)


  • Lady Gaga – Marry The Night (Sander van Doorn Remix)


  • Mark Reeve and Joe Brunnings – Phobia's Workout (Sander van Doorn Remix)


  • Moby – Natural Blues (Sander van Doorn Remix)


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