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Before I started spinning, I went on the dancefloor and watched everyone. They were all smiling and happy. It was almost like everyone’ inner child was coming out. And I thought ‘Wow… this is what I wanna do. I want to create this.’" Sandra Collins (Sweater, 1997)
Put simply, Sandra Collins is one of the US’ finest Progressive House and Trance DJs. Dubbed “The Trance Goddess”, Sandra has captured the imaginations of dance floors around the globe with her driving beats, hypnotic grooves and mesmerizing melodies. Her rare ability to combine a powerful groove for the body and an elevating journey for the mind continues to win the loyalty of fans throughout the world and looks set to make her one of the biggest names in global dance music today.
Sandra’ ability to inspire the crowd stems back to her early years. Born into a famous Las Vegas show business family, Sandra is no stranger to the spotlight. She began DJing in Phoenix in 1989 and demonstrated a rare flair for working the dance floor. Her talent was soon recognized in the underground scene and her name became synonymous with ground breaking parties including the historic New York “Storm” raves with Frankie Bones and The Fifth Column with Josh Wink in 1992.
Sandra’ relentless passion for dance culture led her to Los Angeles in 1992. Here, she again proved herself as one of the originators of the underground sound with three year residencies at LA’ legendary “King” and “Sketchpad” afterhours. During this time, Sandra was a regular guest DJ on Powetools 106FM, as well as helping to set up the first US office for the German Trance label Eye Q – Harthouse. From 1995 to 1998, Sandra also held a three year residency at LA’ most popular weekly “Metropolis” alongside Doc Martin and former partner in crime Taylor. It was here that Sandra befriended Sasha and played alongside greats such as Carl Cox, Chemical Brothers, Paul Van Dyk and Orbital… just to name a few. Sandra’ popularity continued to soar over the years as she DJed to enthusiastic audiences across the US and overseas. Whether doing international tours of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, or headlining the US Electric Highway Tour with the Fluke and The Crystal Method, Sandra was more in demand than ever before. Having DJed in a Coca-Cola commercial and graced the cover of ‘XLR8R’ magazine, she has also been featured in Urb, Option, Jump, BPM, Sweater, Mixmag, UHF and Fix magazines.
In addition to extensive touring, Sandra found time to record her first mixed CD “Lost in Time” on Fragrant Music in 1997. Described by Option magazine as “A beautiful sensual journey through the realms of hard house and trance by one of America’ best known DJs”, the CD continues to receive rave reviews throughout the US and was grounds for her nomination as “Outstanding Electronica Artist” in California’ BAMMIE Awards and “Best Trance DJ” in the forthcoming 1998 Global DJ Awards. Continuing her growth as an artist, Sandra has also begun recording her own tracks. Her spectacular first release, “Ode to Our” b/w “Red” through Fragrant sold out in Europe and the US in one day and was named Trance Release of the Month in XLR8R magazine.
With fervor continuing to grow about Sandra’ scorching sets, she was invited to move to New York and take up a residency at the prestigious Twilo in early 1998. It is here, alongside fellow residents Sasha & Digweed, Paul van Dyk and Carl Cox that Sandra Collins has firmly entered the upper echelon of international DJs… where she is destined to become a key player in the global dance scene due to her profoundly positive attitude, driving creative force and monumental sets. Sandra’ popularity continued to soar over the years as she DJed to enthusiastic audiences across the US and overseas. Whether doing international tours of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, or headlining the US Electric Highway Tour with the Fluke and the Crystal Method, Sandra was more in demand than ever before.
Sandra has become an ambassador for American trance, she landed on the covers and pages of every major U.S. dance music magazine, as well as in magazines like Spin, Gear, Urb, Option, Jump, BPM, Sweater, Mixmag, UHF and Fix
Continuing her growth as an artist, Sandra has also begun recording her own tracks. Her spectacular first release, “Ode to Our” b/w “Red” through Fragrant sold out in Europe and the US in one day and was named “Trance Release of the Month” in XLR8R magazine.
“Outstanding Electronica Artist” – BAMMIE Awards California
“Best Trance DJ” – Global DJ Awards
“Best Female Artist” – URB Magazine
Her ability to be both a crowd-pleaser and connect emotionally with her audience won her the daunting opening night slot at Woodstock ’99. Spinning after Moby, she admirably held her own with a six hour set in front of the 80,000 mostly-neophyte dance music fans, and by the end of her set had by all published accounts won them over.
Now with residencies at Chicago’ “Crobar” and Las Vegas “Utopia”, Sandra is one of the progressive dance music’ most in-demand DJs, travelling to raves and clubs across the country and around the world, from Little Rock to Lima, Peru and now finally Finland.
Now with Tranceport 3, Sandra marks the first time an American (and woman) has been behind the decks for the genre-defining trance series. Following up the global trance introduction of Paul Oakenfold’ Tranceport 1, and the deep, end-of-the-night vibe of Dave Ralph’ Tranceport 2, Sandra’ installment turns up the emotions and lets the melodies and beats pulse with a vibrance that’ somehow both introspective and anthemic.
Tranceport 3 is, like her life, a journey to places both brightly familiar and darkly exciting, mapped out by progressive underground anthems and new tracks of her own that point to the future of trance, in America and the world. The journey, as always, is as much ours as it is hers.