TOP international DJ Paul van Dyk has just been announced for the Ironworks on Saturday, November 14 for his only Scottish date of his current The Politics Of Dancing 3 world tour.
Paul started out as a trance producer in the 90s - after a childhood brought up in East Berlin where there were no record shops and his knowledge of Western music came from listening to banned radio stations and shared mixtapes with schoolfriends.
His first popular tracks were his remix of Humate’s Love Stimulation moving on through his 1994 hit single For An Angel (20 years later voted Mixmag’s eighth greatest dance track of all time), Perfect Day, the Age Of Love and Love Stimulation remixes, all the way to this year’s singles Guardian (rated 9.5/10 in DJ magazine) and Louder.
Other achievements include being the first person to perform to a then record-setting audience of nearly 1.5 million on Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro, during the 2008 New Years celebrations.
The last five years have seen Paul move away from a "mixing-two-tracks" live DJ set to a more concert-like approach to his shows.
His shows at the Cream nights @ Amnesia in Ibiza care now into their 16th year – one of the longest standing island residencies.
And appropriately for his own history, Paul commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2010 with the We Are One event at the O2 World Berlin arena which drew a capacity 17,000-strong crowd and led to Paul hosting We Are One one-day outdoor festivals in 2013, 2014 and this year a sunset-to-sunrise concept at Berlin’s unique beach location Rummeslburg.
He’s remixed Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears and works on tracks for games and movies – including Hans Zimmer’s Poor Choice Of Words for The Dark Knight and Still Alive for EA’s Mirror’s Edge game.
Album Reflections in 2003 saw him become the first artist to be Grammy-nominated in the then new best dance/electronic music category, though by his EVOLUTION album in 2012 Paul preferred to use the term "electronic music" rather than trance for his studio work.
This year’s seventh full-length album The Politics Of Dancing 3 was described by Paul as a "heritage" album, which "closes the first ‘Politics’ loop" (started by the release of the first Politics Of Dancing mix-compilation in 2001).
The DJ/producer and musican explained in 2006 that the "politics" eferred to in his album titles was "the politics of diplomacy". He added in the interview: "To me, only dance music has this power to reconcile the historic divisions of the planet like this."
He is well-known for working with anti-war movements and Rock The Vote.
Tickets for the Inverness date go onsale from the Ironworks from 10am on Friday.