Without a doubt, First State is one of the most exciting and talented producers in Electronic Dance Music at the moment. Sander van Dien has cemented his place in the record boxes and sets of the biggest and most influential Progressive and Trance acts across the globe.
Under the FIRST STATE guise, he has been able to produce some of the biggest and most renown tracks over the past 3 years. Until recently, "FALLINGâ€ (featuring Anita Kelsey) was somewhat of an anthem, and gained monumental support from fans to world top 10 djs.
From the very beginning, FIRST STATE's releases have been nothing less than extraordinary, especially more popular hits, such as "Evergreenâ€, â€œYour Own Wayâ€ (feat Elliot Johns), â€œOff the Radarâ€ (Beatport #1) and â€œBraveâ€ (feat Sarah Howells)
Recently, global chart domination came in the form of "MY SANCTUARYâ€, being chosen as the opening track for the eighth edition of â€IN SEARCH OF SUNRISEâ€ (Made famous by superstar, DJ Tiesto). May 2010 saw the track at the top of the Trance charts, while simultaneuosly enjoying a position in the overall top 100 downloads on Beatport.com
It's been a steady rise for FIRST STATE and the last year was no exception. Every track produced and remixed by Sander in 2009 charted in the Beatport top 10, and featured on A STATE OF TRANCE radio show , graced the track lists of hundreds of Top DJ's and CD compilations.
Since the inauguration of the CROSSROADS radio show, demand for the FIRST STATE name has sky-rocketed. The show is now syndicated to over 20 partner stations spread across every continent, and gains popularity and listenership with every broadcast.
FIRST STATE can also boast to having an impressive tour schedule. During the last year, bookings came in from across all corners of the globe, with debut performances in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and the USA. Sander has also appeared on lineups of some of the biggest events around, such as TRANCE ENERGY, GODSKITCHEN, GATECRASHER and TOMORROWLAND and many more.