DJ Sandr Makes EDM Splash at the Navigator
By: Sam Houghton, August 15, 2012
REVISIONS Photography - DJ Sandr (aka Alex Mangoyan) lights up The Beach House with his prog house sound.
Is Cape Cod ready for Electronic Dance Music?
Mostly known as a European trend, the US has recently jumped on the EDM bandwagon and clubs around the country are busting at the seams with dance crazed freaks, rolling and shaking the foundations ‘til the early morning.
Now Cape Cod—ready or not—has its own dance music producer: Alex Mangoyan, a.k.a. DJ Sandr. Currently living in Boston, the young DJ is confident he can bring the EDM craze to the calm shores of the Cape.
Following up on his first show at The Beach House last week, he is scheduled to perform at the Navigator in East Falmouth on Friday, August 17... and rumor has it, could return to play The Beach House.
Don't forget your Day-Glo!
Friday, August 17 at 9 PMThe Navigator 55 Ashumet Road, East Falmouth
Opener DJ Hartbeatz
“The Navigator is gonna be a crazy show,” Sandr says. “The intro I’m working on now will be absolutely monster. We’re gonna blow the roof off the place.”
While Skrillex is known for monster bass drops, Avicii for his melodic pop samples, and DeadMau5 for being DeadMau5, Sandr has a little bit of everything. Heavily influenced by his friend Avicii, he also throws in his own touch, with deep bass drops and a subtle trance quality.
InsideOUT caught up with DJ Sandr as he prepped for Friday’s blowout.
i/O: So how did you get hooked up with Avicii?
Sandr: I was a huge fan of his before he got big. I knew a hostess in Miami who started setting up shows for him. I decided to fly down to meet him and we just hit it off. He said he had the week off, which is crazy because he probably hasn’t had a week off since then, and we ended up hanging out every night. I’ve met a lot of people really big in the EDM world through him.
i/O: What was The Beach House show like?
Sandr: The Beach House was not my target audience, but I think that we had a really good show. From what people were telling me, they’ve never really see anything like that here.
i/O: What is your target audience?
Sandr: We want a crowd looking forward to an EDM show. But I felt a lot of that energy [at The Beach House] and that’s basically what keeps me going. So I can’t wait to play at the Navigator.
i/O: Can you talk about the drug culture behind EDM? It’s fascinating that each generation of music has their unique drugs. Do you think the drugs came before the music, or the music came first?
Sandr: There is zero molly going on with the DJs. The DJs I’ve met, at least, are not into drugs at all. It’s funny when you see all these kids at college on drugs. It looks like fun, but it’s not something where we all take molly and make crazy beats. It’s quite boring actually.
i/O: I heard DeadMau5 complaining that DJs these days just pre-recording their material and then hitting play for the show. What do you think of this?
Sandr: Basically, a lot of DeadMau5’s shows now are staged. A lot of his stuff is choreographed beforehand. His lighting is choreographed with his music. There’s a very limited amount of room he can mess around with. Also, with the big artists, they have to play what the audience expects. It sucks for them because they want to play new stuff.
i/O: What about you?
Sandr: Everything I play is live. I set up cues so that I can interact with the crowd. Basically, I have a layout of the set that I want to play. I don’t want to pick from 1,000 songs. I want to mix in songs that have the same key so that narrows it down. With the cues, I can interact with the crowd and have fun.
i/O: How do you go about making the music?
Sandr: I try to get inspiration from different places. I’ll find a melody that I like from a 1950s band or even a classical composition and I’ll sample that and turn it into something modern.
i/O: How’d you get into EDM?
Sandr: I’ve been huge fan since I was six or seven years old. When no one ever heard of it, I was downloading whatever I could. It was an obsession. Tiösto and Armin van Buuren were both huge inspiration for me. They were huge in Europe and no one really knew about [them] here.