Do the evolution
German deejay/ producer Paul van dyk is a man who firmly believes in the energy of the masses.
IN the eyes of acclaimed German dance music maverick Paul van Dyk, Malaysia has always been a special place for the development of electronic music over the years.
The 39-year-old deejay has performed to thousands here a handful of times in the past 10 years.
How many of us would remember his first visit to Kuala Lumpur, playing to a 3,000 capacity crowd at the now defunct Movement club in March 2001? He certainly does.
“I remember, after that gig, writing a song I called Movement, which I dedicated to that club. I remember it was a phenomenal club in those days,” said the Grammy-nominated superstar deejay over the phone from Luxembourg, where he was due another stop on his Evolution World Tour 2011 last weekend.
Movement appeared on his Columbia EP – released in 2001.
That’s some tribute from the man who claims to have no favourite venue or club and is credited as one of the hardest working artistes in electronic music, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headlining spots at every major festival, live collaborations with symphony orchestras and a hugely successful recording career (selling over 4.5 million albums worldwide).
He’s certain to add more Malaysian memories to his tour diary when he appears at the XPlay party at the Helipad of the Sepang International Circuit tomorrow.
Van Dyk’s appearance is also billed as part of his current Evolution Tour in support of his upcoming album Evolution. It will be his sixth studio effort in the 20 years that has already spawned five best-selling dance records, remix projects, concept DVDs, movie soundtracks, weekly radio shows and the highly successful Vandit record label to boot.
The forthcoming album is something he is pretty satisfied with and it comes four years after his last studio album, In Between.
“The album is actually going to be released at the beginning of next year. I was working with highly respected and acclaimed people (in the scene) with a big production in mind,” said van Dyk, who was born in East Germany and began his clubbing career in 1991.
“ Evolution is a more mature, more experienced record. In writing and inspiration, I have drawn from the power and energy of the people I have played to over the years. To see how happy and glad they are gives me energy. It is the best music I have ever made.”
That, in a nutshell, is the concept of the album and van Dyk’s deejay sets these days.
“I will be applying a lot of the album to the tour. The performance part is an extension of what I do.”
Taking the idea of the visuals a stage further, van Dyk has put together a live cinema performance n Paul van Dyk’s Evolution show is set to hit Asia for the first time at XPlay at the Helipad @ Sepang International Circuit in Selangor tomorrow. Italian trance producer Giuseppe Ottaviani, plus local favourites Terence C, Phil K & Ian Ross and Mister Ariffin provide support. Doors open 7pm. Pre-sale: RM55 (ends today). Door sale: RM75. Tickets available at select Rock Corner and Victoria Music outlets. Browse airasiaredtix.com.
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