Music preview: Paul van Dyk @
O2 Academy, Glasgow

Published by Metro

Saturday 29th September, 9pm, £16,
O2 Academy, Glasgow. Tel: 0844 477 2000. www.o2academyglasgow.co.uk

VIDEO: Paul van Dyk feat. Austin Leeds — Verano

Paul van Dyk is a titan of trance. He’s the boss of beats, a hero of house, and – here’s my favourite – the daddy of decks.

Seriously though, this German DJ has appeared on the back of more Ibiza compilation albums than angelic photographs of women in yellow bikinis, bending down for out-of-shot bottles of Hooch. Yes, Hooch – that thing from the nineties.

Honing his craft on the dance music scene back in his native Berlin, PvD moved to UK shores to take up a residency at Sheffield’s legendary Gatecrasher nightclub in 1998. He scored a major hit with For An Angel that year, and quickly established himself as a pioneer of progressive trance, joining the likes of Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed and Carl Cox on an exclusive circuit of superstar DJs.

Six studio albums and countless remixes later, PvD’s tunes continue to set dancefloors alight across the world. His latest record Evolution is vocal-heavy and packed with anthemic tracks including new single Verano, which features Austin Leeds.

It’s 80 minutes of the usual euphoric piano chords, electronic grooves and thumbing beats that PvD fans have become accustomed to over the years – and Glasgow can expect more of the same when he takes the O2 Academy stage on Saturday night.

So come on now, I know times are hard, the weather’s cold, and the week’s been tough. That’s precisely why you need this in your life.