My Biography

First State starts the year with a bang, after having another successful year (2013) as an artist/DJ with tours trough Australia, India, Indonesia and multiple gigs in Europe. Four successful singles that all charted in the Beatport Top 100 (Progressive House). The broadcast of his worldly known weekly radio show “Crossroads” which is broadcasted in more then 20 countries worldwide, 2014 is gonna be even bigger. With the release of his new album “Full Circle” which contains collaborations with “Relyk” aka Kyler England, Quilla, Eric Lumiere, Neev Kennedy, Tyler Sherrit and more.

The story started not so many years ago in 2008 with Tiesto picking up on Sander van Dien’s emerging production talent of the back of such smash hits as ‘Falling’. Taking the name First State and signing to Black Hole Music, Sander has never looked back and three artist albums later he continues to provide massive smash hits that rock dancefloors the world over. Whether its his eagerly awaited tracks with Sarah Howells such as Reverie, Seeing Stars or the hugely popular mashups coined affectionately as ‘Bashups’ that rock the likes of Tiesto or Fedde Le Grands sets Sander is a consistent producer of massive dance floor pleasing anthems. Morphing the First State sound over the last three albums the last twelve months have seen a more underground, housier edge emerge alongside the big riffs, breakdowns and luscious vocals we have come to love from the studio in Holland.

With such chart topping tracks like ‘Seeing Stars’, ‘Humanoid’ and ‘Battle of Hearts’ it is no surprise that First State has been in huge demand as a DJ and performer. Having performed at such legendary venues as the O2 in London and Privilege in Ibiza as part of Tiesto’s world tour early on, First State has gone on to carve out a name as a quality and in demand headliner the world over. Tours of Asia and the Far East, Australia, North America, India and Africa go hand in hand with some of the biggest and best clubs and festivals from the likes of Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Miami Winter Music Conference, A State of Trance to name a few.

2014 is set to be First State’s biggest year of musical anthems ready to drop, big collaborations as well as shows the world over will take First State onwards and upwards hitting dizzying new heights even by Sander’s standards!