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Paul van Dyk@The O, The Hague, Netherlands
by Overseas: 08-10-2001

This is my brief report from PvD's set at The O in The Hague/Netherlands last Saturday:

Well, this was so different from our experience in Miami. The opener was probably a local DJ by the name of Stef (never heard of him) who played a very dark and deep house set. So that was kind of unusual right from the start. The master he is, PvD had no difficulty to seamlessly tie in with that set. Not what you'd expect either, Paul starting housey! Housey, yes, but still distinctly PvD. Amazing. Of course, after a while he found his way into the realm of PvD-trance, but again, expect the unexpected: while Miami was a very coherent, consistent journey in one direction (that was at least my take), this set changed moods quite a bit. Like he took you flying at high speed over a sea of peace and tranquility the shores of which gave way to the land of driving, irresistible and uplifting energy.

The strange thing was the sound system: it seemed to consist entirely of bass speakers which lent a distinctly dark tone to the entire set. If you get your hands on a bootleg of this set you may therefore not get that impression at all.

Again in comparison to Miami, the set was more recognizable, featuring many of those tunes we all know so well and several that are on The Politics of Dancing. Also a remix (which one I dunno) of a real oldie but goodie: Sunscreen - Catch (me I'm falling), first published in 96 or 97.

I chatted with him for a bit and asked about his US tour. He said it was exhausting (surprise! look at the schedule he did) but great. I told him we enjoyed Miami so much and, so did he: Space is his favourite US club right now. When I complained about the lack of a venue in NYC he said "We're working on it". So let's keep our fingers crossed!!

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