With his third release in the ever-growing and popular Everybody series, Sander Kleinenberg continues to annihilate dance floors from the Space terrace in Miami to his residency at Crobar New York. We had a chance to talk to Sander after his most recent US stop. He gives insight on the Everybody series, his use of the video mixing, the future of progressive house, and some off-topic items. Everybody loves Sander, for a reason.
Pete Kay: What was the concept behind This is Everybody on Tour?
Sander Kleinenberg: Well, the concept is obviously to show the world a quality piece of music but in an interesting package. I think Lee Burridge is an amazing talent, someone that's all about the music, someone that leaves the nonsense behind when he gets behind the decks and he does what he does. So it would be amazing to have him onboard and to show the world both of our DJing abilities.
Pete: Where do you plan on taking the Everybody series?
Sander: I can't really say too much because we're in the middle of negotiations, but we've got some interesting names coming out.
Pete: You've had a lot of people come on to your gigs on the Everybody tour, is there
anyone currently pushing themselves out there?
Sander: Well, if you look at the people that I book, those are the ones that I'm really looking to to work with more. And it's not hard to look at the lineups and go 'oh, we'll probably use so-and-so or so-and-so' but, again, I'm in the middle of negotiations and I can't let go of the names before the contracts are signed.
Pete: Do you feel the logical evolution of the clubbing experience is to integrate the
visual and the audio components together? Where do you think that leaves the DJ with respect to their
ability to affect the mood of the night with audio alone?
Sander: Well, to be really honest with you, audio's a really powerful tool and for years we've all been able to do very well without (video). To have the illusion that it's going to completely change no, it will not, but it definitely will enhance it. I think if it would only enhance it for ten percent or fifteen percent, then that already makes it more interesting. The process is usually not an overnight thing. I think I'm very comfortable with using visuals in my clubbing, it's almost like I've got my own lighting guy. I'm in control much more of the night. I can have a real sort of impact on the mood of a night and that in itself is something that I'm very, very interested in pushing even further.
Pete: In general, do people get what you're doing or do they maybe ignore it or they just
kind of stand there and gawk at the screen?
Sander: You know, I hope it's going to be some kind of television show, but it's not like that at all. At the most, it's a subliminal scene that's there, I don't want them to see that, I don't want them to be too aware of it at any given time, but giving it an answer is all I'm looking for. And if it's more than fine, great, if people think it's the best thing ever, then phenomenal. I'm not looking for it to be any bigger than what it's always been, and I think what it says, it's progress, it's clubbing in 2006, it's the future, you know, it's like it's just a futuristic way of dealing with nightlife, and the more the better. Anything that you can come up with that makes it slightly better is what I will use because I'm getting to paid a lot of money to travel around the world and entertain all these people. So it makes sense.
Pete: You just got back from New York, how has the residency at Crobar been going for you,
how is the crowd taking everything in?
Sander: Entertaining a New York crowd on a monthly basis is not a simple fact. It's like you don't get away with shit, you've got to really deliver and if you don't they'll let you know, and they have let me know. And that's the kind of edge I love. I love being on my toes, really. Just the idea of always, being able to make it better is fantastic to me, and New York constantly gives you the idea that it could always be better and that sense of constant self-reflection and improvement on what you do is what I love. It's what I fucking live for.