“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!”
Room 1: Slinky
Paul Van Dyk (3 Hour Set)
Room 2: CTRL
Leolife (Infrasonic Recordings)
Messy A b2b Traian (Trance Sanctuary)
Tristan C (Pure Dance)
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