Future Music Festival’s trance stars ready to go

Following on from last year’s Anjunabeats showcase, in 2011 the trance arena at Future Music Festival is in the capable hands of Sander Van Doorn and Cosmic Gate. Both acts have had a busy couple of months in the lead-up to the Australian tour, so inthemix sought out some phone time with the DJs to hear what they’ve got planned for us.

This weekend sees Sander joining an immense trance line-up at ID&T’s newly-named ENERGY in the Netherlands. The hometown hero will be joining Tiësto in the Play arena, with Ferry Corsten, ATB, Eddie Halliwell and Marco V leading the other stages. The show he’s then bringing to Australia is part of the Dusk Till Doorn ‘club concept’ that has travelled to select cities since its 2009 debut at Ministry Of Sound in London.

“There’s also a new compilation album in the works for Dusk Till Doorn,” Sander reveals. “That project is actually related to my live show: Dusk Till Doorn, which will be part of the Future Music Festival tour. It’s my own DJ concept. I’m really excited to get this compilation out there and also looking forward to my artist album. It’s going to be a crazy year!”

At some Dusk Till Doorn club shows, the DJ plays three one-hour sets in between guests like Jon Rundell and Simon Patterson. At Future Music Festival, though, we can expect him to do his own thing, “starting deeper and progressive, and really building to more techy styles after that”.

As for Cosmic Gate, they’re looking forward to doing their thing alongside the Dutch maestro. “We think we go really well together with Sander’s sound,” the guys told inthemix. “Everything from the tempo to the BPM fits really nicely. We don’t know who’s playing first, to be honest. Whatever happens, it fits perfectly!”

When asked what kind of set we can expect from Cosmic Gate, they wager it’ll be a good spread from their Back 2 The Future remix album and the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix they delivered this month.

“The Australians are really open-minded,” they enthuse. “You can play proggy or you can play uplifting trance. They connect to the DJ.”