Lord of the Trance
Pacha Ibiza Dubai’s big 2015 continues as they’ve landed one of the biggest electronic DJs in the world, Paul Van Dyk. We caught up with the German trance and electronic boss to ask about big bills, EDM and the rise of the celebrity DJ…
You’ve always been very well received here. Does that surprise you when you play in the same place once or twice in the same year?
It depends entirely upon the place, but generally speaking, no it doesn’t really surprise me. It is always a big experience here, and the recent shows here were amazing with a very passionate crowd.
You’ve played as the main headliner out here, and also as part of a larger festival bill – which do you prefer?
Each provides an experience that, if not entirely different, then certainly comes with its own unique qualities. In clubs I am much closer to the audience and by that nature, there is a much closer and more intimate level of interaction. I love that. At festivals the audiences are bigger, so the music you’re playing has much further reach, which of course is a big positive too. Not to forget the growing level of stage production in regards of lights, visuals and special effects. At the bigger festivals, there has been a huge development in this sense during the last years. I think it’s safe to say I like them both equally, but for differing reasons.
Germany really does seem to be the hub for dance music producers – why do you think the country is so strong in that region?
I believe that’s down to its exceptionally long, strong history of electronic dance music here. Germany was a very early adopter – it embraced it right from the word go. The earlier the seed is planted, the more embedded it is and the greater a part of the culture it becomes.
How has the American adoption of EDM helped or hindered your career? Have you adapted your sound?
Electronic music started as a small subculture and developed into the biggest, most enduring music culture in the world. What is now widely called “EDM” has in my opinion not much to do with the ‘ electronic music world’. Our music is about trying something new; it is about being creative and breaking boundaries. “EDM” is a repetition of the same sound effect over and over, on a rather cheesy level. Electronic music is about having fun as much as it is to keep the quality. This is the responsibility of a DJ at the end of the day. There is so much great music out there, and so many amazingly talented DJs and producers who will survive once the EDM hype is over. As such, I’d say EDM has neither helped nor hindered.
In your 20 year long career, the DJ has become a huge star, when before it might have been more about specific parties or promoters. Do you think this is a positive change?
To me it’s not much different to how it was before the transformation of the DJ occurred. Then it was the bands and the venue names that were the stars. Now it’s the DJs and the clubs or festivals names that are famous and draw crowds.
Paul Van Dyk, Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Thursday February 26, 10pm-3am,
advance tickets Dhs200 from Platinumlist.net, Dhs250 on the door.
We have a pair of tickets to give away, head to infusion.ae