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Andrew van de Sande

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Background information and interests

The two years I spent travelling throughout Europe had a huge effect on my life. Some people make the pilgrimage to Mecca … I instead made the pilgrimage to London, drowned myself in dance culture and found my new religion (as well as some new and fascinating ways to push my body to its limits!). The fuse was lit and the fire just keeps on burning! My turntables are now a permanent extension of my body and over the years I have enjoyed playing at a multitude of raves, underground events and parties.

Although it is the chug and bump of progressive house/tribal/trance music that fuels the fire, it is my lifelong love and appreciation for all kinds of music that keeps me going! The vinyl collection spilling out of the designated 'music room' can attest to that — or the fact that I have a reputation for dropping Neil Diamond or Burt Kaempfert into a dance set. If you ever wondered who has a vinyl copy of almost every 1980's compilation album — then I'm your man (ie '1982 Out of the Blue') — you get the idea! Two turntables aren't the only things demanding my attention — I wallow in the blues of a slide-guitar whenever I can, bang around on twin bongos when the tempo needs a shove and have begun writing my own electronica using a KORG EM-1.

'Phantasm Productions' arose out of my passion for (other) people to experience the vibe and with the help and enthusiasm of my partner Elizabeth (Miss Bliss); the atmosphere has been heightened with virtual flames, intelligent lighting and lasers. Gigs have ranged from weddings, New Years Eve parties, and a reunion for UWA engineering grads to over-60's singles nights. Yes people - diversity is the key to a joyful life!

Favourite sights
TV: The Family Guy, Drawn Together and The Simpsons (cartoon reality is enough for me!). Film: Dr Strangelove, Apocalypse Now, The Hotel New Hampshire, Mad Max II, any Star Wars and Donnie Darko

And sounds
The Cure, the Smiths, Joy Division, the Stone Roses, New Order, the Charlatans, Teenage Fan Club, Scissor Sisters, the The, Primal Scream, Morrissey, Jane's Addiction, Yummy Fur, Depeche Mode, the Rosemary Beads, No Flowers No Wedding Dresss, Ben Folds, the Beatles, James Last, Neil Diamond, Lalo Schiffrin, Benny Goodman, Burt Kaempfert, Herb Alpert, Slipknot, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Metallica and AC/DC (my red-neck past!), and DJs/ electronic artists … Sasha, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyke, Junkie XL, Captain Tinrib, Tony De Vitt, Pete Wardman, Ziv Shalitt, Monkz, Underworld, Blue Amazon, Apollo 440, Lamb, Bedrock, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Der Dritte Raum, Tenth Street Assembly, Prodigy, Micah, Dirty Den, Gypsy J, Volt and of course … Me!

And authors
Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Patricia Keneally, Sara Douglas and Stephen King


Member for
14 years 5 weeks