William Vandermade, otherwise known as Vander is an up and coming music producer from Sydney. In the last few years, Vander has enjoyed huge success in the local and international industries. Vander has had his music played on radio stations around the world including Australia, the UK and the US, featured in countless newspapers, magazines, radio shows and blogs, and even performed by large-sized ensembles including the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
He has performed with his band in many legendary Sydney venues, from The Annandale Hotel to Campbelltown Sports Stadium, as part of the pre-show entertainment for the Wests Tigers vs Parramatta Eels NRL game, as well as festivals including The Cruelty Free Festival, as part of the statewide animal rights awareness campaign in Sydney.
Whilst writing and performing, Vander also maintains a strong online presence on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Myspace, and has an online fan-base of around 20,000 people and counting from around the world.
Lauren McMah of The Fairfield Advance recently described Vander as an “artist (that) merges rock guitars, electronic synthesisers and catchy melodies to deliver a stadium-sized sound, drawing inspiration from bands including U2, Simple Minds and Australia's Icehouse.” Radio host, Ben Regattieri of Sydney’s 2GLF described Vander’s music, “Vander have better riffs than U2. Those riffs are just beautiful.”
Vandermade described the experience of being involved with this project, “The journey thus far has been phenomenal, not only because I have grown and developed as a musician but also because my music has touched and inspired a vast amount of people throughout the years. There has been some people who have expressed their gratitude for writing a certain song because it has related to them in a certain way. This more than anything helps me appreciate the significance of this project to people, the potential this project has to do great things and fuels the drive to realise that potential.”
Vander's original name was ‘Vandermade’, after his last name, however that was quickly changed to ‘Vander’ with the recommendation of an A&R executive at Warner Music Australia, after a venue host had trouble pronouncing the artist's original name whilst introducing him and his band to the stage.