It was quite the rush this past weekend as Magnetic attended an unprecedented performance by Paul van Dyk at San Francisco's 1015 Folsom. The club, which has been around since 1986, was the perfect location to welcome an industry favorite with strong roots to the techno scene which was and continues to be the championed sound of the underground scene at this exact location.
Feeling the energy of a maxed out room, it was a surreal moment getting to stand no further than 6 feet away with no barriers to one of my most favorited artist, DJ and producers of the dance music industry. With Paul van Dyk starting the night with a hard industrial and techno driven set, not one person we glanced over to stood idle while in proximity of the same walls while one of the best known dance DJ's in the world poured his artistic soul through the output of 150,000 watts of premium surround sound.
The night was unlike any other event I've ever experienced. As we stood by on the same level as Paul, there was a moment I got to experience the a unique point of view many successful artists experience night after night. It was during a point when ambient lights fluttered vividly and wild across silhouettes of hundreds of dancers while giants clouds of smoke completely suffocated the room from wall to wall. As the seconds passed, I took notice Paul van Dyk taking a moment to absorb a moment of clarity, while clouds of hazy white smoke made an entire club disappear, and nothing could be seen, only heard. It was quite the experience to have witness an artist who has worked so hard to earn his place in an industry over the years continue to feel the same rush he once felt close to two decades ago.
Paul had no shortcomings that night. Fans danced to his eclectic techno driven beat; maintaining a hold of all who got to dance to over three hours of of past and present releases. Not surprising, Paul van Dyk took the opportunity to promote and sneak in a track or two of his upcoming album "The Politics of Dancing 3," which sounded phenomenal and are due release sometime next month.