First State

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This article is about a Dutch music act. For the official nickname of the U.S. state Delaware, see Delaware.
First State
Origin Dordrecht, South Holland, Netherlands,
Genres Trance, Progressive House
Occupation(s) DJ, Producer, Remixer
Years active 2005 - present
Labels Magik Muzik, First State Music, Black Hole Recordings
Members Sander van Dien

First State is a trance act, founded in 2005. It was originally a duo consisting of Ralph Barendse and Sander van der Waal, but Barendse left the project in May 2009. First State was a solo project until the end of 2011 when South African born producer Shane Halcon joined the project. In the end of 2012 Shane Halcon left the project, leaving it once again as a solo project of Sander van Dien.

First State has released numerous singles, remixes and albums and compilations, many of which gained recognition within the world wide dance scene.



  • 2007 Time Frame
  • 2010 Changing Lanes
  • 2014 Full Circle

Mix Compilations[edit]

  • First State's Crossroads Yearmix 2010
  • The Whole Nine Yards


  • "Sacred"
  • "First State" [In Trance We Trust]
  • "Falling"
  • "Rhapsody"
  • "Sierra Nevada"
  • "Evergreen"
  • "Your Own Way"
  • "Off The Radar"
  • "My Sanctuary"
  • "Exeo"
  • "Surrounds Me" (Feat. Elliot Johns)
  • "Cape Point"
  • "Cross The Line" (Feat. Relyk)
  • "Mojave"
  • "Reverie" (Feat. Sarah Howells)
  • "Butterfly Effect"
  • "Breathe On Me" (Feat. Elliot Johns)
  • "Primate"
  • "As You Were"
  • "Skies On Fire" (feat. Sarah Howells)
  • "Maze" (feat. Tyler Sherritt)
  • "Reloaded"
  • "Backstage"
  • "Battle Of The Hearts" (feat. Fenja)
  • "Take The Fall" (feat. Relyk)


  • "Devoid – Cremona / Arella"
  • "Sander van Dien – Terms"
  • "Sander van Dien - Aurora"
  • "OneWorld - Isla Blanca / Lingus"
  • "OneWorld - Green Bay"
  • "OneWorld - The One That Got Away"



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