First State is a name that has been tearing up dance floors at clubs, festivals and events world wide, rocking radio stations on every continent, and dominating compilation tracklists and sales charts over and over again. Their releases and signature "Bashups" are regular features in live playlists and Podcasts of the biggest and most influential Electronic Dance Music performers across the globe. With founder, Sander van Dien at the production heart of the duo, and renowned DJ and Shane Halcon added to the equation, the combined forces behind the First State duo will be elevating the name to the next level. First State are famous for multiple chart-topping hits like "Maze”, "Skies on Fire", "My Sanctuary" and many more.
Their initial claim to fame was the track "Falling” that featured on Tiësto’s "In Search Of Sunrise" compilation. This led to the duo making their debut performance ahead of Tiesto in Amsterdam in 2006, which subsequently led to
a complete European tour that included a headlining set at Privilege in Ibiza, and another event that saw First State perform as the first ever DJ act at the O2 Arena in London. This set the duo up for a fast and steady rise in the Electronic Dance world.
With two hugely talented DJs and Producers at the helm, First State are a uniquely diverse and dynamic pair that are as at home in the studio as they are behind the decks.
2011 was a groundbreaking year for First State as both artists progressed to new heights individually and collectively, with performances at significant events like Miami Music Week, A State Of Trance 500, Official Istanbul Formula 1 Grand Prix Pre-Party, The Gallery at Ministry Of Sound, and lengthy tours to Asia, Southern Africa, Scandinavia and North America.
With an array of ammunition out of their Netherlands headquarters, which range from albums and compilations, to chart-topping hit singles and massive remixes, to a weekly radio show spanning across a multitude of broadcast stations with tens of thousands of weekly listeners, there aren't many EDM fans that haven't heard the name "First State".