Do the evo­lu­tion

Ger­man dee­jay/ pro­ducer Paul van dyk is a man who firmly be­lieves in the en­ergy of the masses.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By JA­SON CHEAH

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.

More info at xpax.com.my or fu­ture­soundsys­tem.com.

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