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Paul van Dyk interview: “Show me a lot of Slinky love”

“Any venue lives or dies on the dedication and passion of the music fans that live around it.” Wise words from on high. Yes, we have spoken to God and it was good.

Paul van Dyk has some words of wisdom for the Slinky faithful ahead of this weekend’s MASSIVE Valentine’s Ball, where he headlines with a whopping three-hour set. The event is a sell out BUT we have two VIP tickets to give away – potentially the last two tickets in Bournemouth. We want them to go to a real trance fan so, to enter the draw, use Facebook to share and comment on this interview and we will pick one winner on Friday morning.

But back to the interview… regular readers will know I’m not a fan of the Q&A style of feature. I like to chat a bit, read a bit, think a bit and write in proper prose. But I’m afraid I simply couldn’t edit these words effectively. I’m too overwhelmed… so over to PvD…

SUZI: Paul, you played Slinky at the O2 Academy in June 2008 (video below). Any special memories of the venue?

PVD: “I just love playing the venue as it has such beautiful acoustics and architecture. When I played Crush, a track I’d done some years earlier with Second Sun, it was a kind of classic moment drop. The whole club seemed to completely lose it – it was an instant, amazing reaction.

“Any venue lives or dies on the dedication and passion of the music fans that live around it.”

There are a lot of DJs in Bournemouth who have worshipped you for years. Ctrl, for example, running the back room on the night, are lifelong PvD fans. Any special words of wisdom or encouragement for them?

“Keep it instinctive and keep on doing exactly what you’re doing. If it comes from the heart, you’re never going to be far off the right track.”

Let us into a secret about your three-hour set. What is going to help keep you going for a whopping 180 minutes?

“Three hours is about the usual set length for a club gig for me. Much less and I don’t necessarily feel I’ve ‘said’ all I wanted to say to the crowd.

“This month, I’ll be releasing ‘(R)evolution, which is the remix edition of last year’s Evolution album. I’ve had to keep a lot of the remixes undercover for a long time, until we hit the release period. So this is one of the first gigs where the locks have fully come off. Those tracks will make up a fair amount of set time, no doubt, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they go down.”

And finally… how can the Bournemouth crowd show their appreciation?

“It’s Valentine’s weekend, so show a lot of love and make a lot of noise!”

Line up:

Room 1: Slinky

Paul Van Dyk (3 Hour Set)
Ørjan Nilsen
Lee Haslam
Dav Gomrass

Room 2: CTRL

Leolife (Infrasonic Recordings)
Messy A b2b Traian (Trance Sanctuary)
Tristan C (Pure Dance)
Vic Light
Asa Mikel
Michael Norton



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.


  1. Tamazine Gauntlett
    February 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    All my friends are going apart from me 🙁 and I have a rare Saturday off grr.. never seen PVD before as the nights I’ve been to where he was headlining he’s had to cancel. Would love to win tickets!

  2. Chris Pinto
    February 15, 2013 at 9:40 am — Reply

    I shall comment as directed xD x

  3. Becky Evans
    February 15, 2013 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Dying to see PVD but only way im getting there is if lady luck plays me a good hand!! Torturing myself listening to trance on the way to work this morning…..!! When will the winner be announced so i can be put out of my misery!!! <3 PVD

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