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Paul van Dyk @ Hotel Arena, Amsterdam
by Overseas: 06-14-2003

A PvD-(r)evolution

Last night was the first night ever for PvD to spin using Final Scratch rather than vinyl. There were one or two instances where I thought it didn't work properly, but that's hard to tell. Anyway, apparently he was surprised (and pleased) that the computer didn't crash during his set. While I have a - maybe old fashioned - preference for DJs spinning with vinyl, this is probably here to stay.

Otherwise, there was a very clear and marked distinction between the first 2 hours and the rest of the 4.5 hour set. The first part was, well, I dunno how to describe it, very different from anything I have really heard form him. Totally different than last week's Vandit night. It kinda lacked energy IMHO. It certainly wasn't house, not prog, not hard trance, some kind of trance I guess, but without that uplifting part, in fact I am tempted to say it was a bit "dull", again IMHO. Hmmmm.

Anyway, then after 2 hours, all of a sudden the music changed completely and turned into the onslaught of energy we know from Paul. Excellent, lots of new stuff, some classics, including BBE-Seven Days and one Week, PvD-Another Way and Emmanuel Top-Turkish Bazaar

The location was just awesome, a former small church annexed to a hospital-turned-hotel. Almost Limelight feeling in Amsterdam . Great vibe, too! Apparently, the club has been up and coming recently, booking top name DJs like Dave Seaman, Sander Kleinenberg and, unbelievably, Deep Dish (I am so upset I missed that).

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