Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Perhaps more than any other genre, electronic dance music spent the 20th century dominated by male DJs and producers, with only the occasional vocalist such as Björk or Tracey Thorn attaining any sort of notoriety. Consider Sandra Collins the first female DJ to reach superstar status in the late-'90s electronic dance music explosion. By being one of the first American DJs to champion the traditionally Eurocentric sound of trance, she quickly rose to stardom. Her beginnings on the West Coast at rave parties and at clubs led to her eventual entry into the popular Tranceport album series along with a March 2000 cover story for the important New York publication, Mixer.

After an early interest in industrial-flavored techno, it wasn't long before Collins was spinning at the West Coast's infamous desert parties in the early '90s. There her musical style become increasingly melodic and ethereal, influenced by the spiritual desert surroundings. By the mid- to late '90s, she began moving toward the sounds of progressive house and eventually the more epic sounds of trance, much in the style of mid-'90s Sasha and Taylor. By the late '90s, once the elitist class of European trance DJs rose to superstar levels, Collins began moving away from the anthemic sounds that filled the crates of these European DJs and began looking for a more American sound, characterized by West Coast producers such as Deepsky. So on the one hand, she spun trance, a very European sound removed from America, but on the other hand, she favored the handful of American producers in the genre, resulting in a unique sound. This unique sound coupled with Collins' rarity status as a woman garnered her plenty of attention, catapulting her to notoriety seemingly overnight. Many have criticized that she might never have reached such levels of stardom had she been a man. Yet despite this criticism, she was awarded the coveted opportunities to first spin at Woodstock and to mix the third entry in the extremely popular Tranceport series.

Sandra Collins Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

FRA 007 Sandra Collins Ode To Our / Red(12") Fragrant Music FRA 007 US 1998 Sell This Version
Sandra Collins Flutterby Hook Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
FRA021 Sandra Collins Ode To Our - The Remixes(12") Fragrant Music FRA021 US 2001 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

Sandra Collins Lost In Time (Comp) Fragrant Music US 1997 Sell This Version
54648-2 Sandra Collins Tranceport.3(CD, Comp, Mixed) Kinetic Records 54648-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
Sandra Collins Cream (Comp, Album) Kinetic Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Sandra Collins Perfecto Presents... Sandra Collins (Comp) Thrive Records US 2003 Sell This Version
90745-2 Sandra Collins Perfecto Presents Sandra Collins, Part 2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Thrive Records 90745-2 US 2006 Sell This Version