Paul van Dyk Reveals "Verano" A Free Download; Miami Music Week/WMC Appearance [News]

Due out March 20 on his own VANDIT label, EVOLUTION is PAUL VAN DYK’s (PvD) first major offering since 2007’s In Between and his sixth studio album overall. It is the product of the Berlin-based electronic dance music producer and performer’s months of studio time, and far more time spent on the road traveling the globe. The backbone of the album was built while performing and composing in front of live audiences worldwide and its connecting threads build upon decades of watching the electronic dance music scene grow and change. The first offering, available today, Friday, February 3 as a free download exclusively via, is “Verano” featuring Austin Leeds. EVOLUTION is now available for pre-order in CD and digital formats and also as 180 gram double vinyl at the site as well.

Miami-based DJ/producer Austin Leeds, who previously collaborated with PvD on “New York City” from his last studio album In Between, is featured on EVOLUTION for the intense and punchy floor filler. Says PvD, “There’s a sunny Miami bass vibe to it and I’m coming more from the darker, Berlin underground side, and when we work together you find both sides there, but not in a separate way. It belongs together.”

Meanwhile, to celebrate the new album, PvD has teamed with Pacha for the Ice Palace in downtown Miami on Saturday, March 24 as part of Miami Music Week/Winter Music Conference. The one and only PvD is known for his epic events in South Florida and 2012 proves to be no exception as he will take over the massive venue to mark the release of EVOLUTION. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 7 at noon ET.

PAUL VAN DYK’s 2012 U.S. special performances in a more intimate setting for his fans thus far include:

Wed 2/8 Chicago, IL The Mid
Thu 2/9 New York, NY Pacha
Fri 2/10 San Francisco, CA Ruby Skye
Sat 2/11 Los Angeles, CA Avalon
Sat 3/24 Miami, FL Ice Palace

Grammy-nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk has been ranked the world’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” poll two times, something less than a handful of DJs have ever achieved. The Berlin, Germany-based artist last released VOLUME in 2009, an album of his best works to date—encompassing selections from his previous albums 45 RPM (1994), Seven Ways (1996), Out There And Back (2000), the Grammy-nominated Reflections (2003) and In Between (2007). His new album EVOLUTION will be released on March 20, 2012 on his own VANDIT label. Aside from his musical activity, Paul van Dyk has always dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice. In 2001, he did a charity benefit for NYC’s Ground Hero Kids and in 2004, PvD was the only electronic artist involved in a nationwide tour with the Rock The Vote campaign. He most recently received Berlin’s Medal of Honor (Landesverdienstorden) in recognition of his work with Ruckenwind, a charity organization he founded dedicated to helping poor children in Berlin. He joins a distinguished list of arts and political establishment figures with this honor. PvD’s popular radio show VONYC Sessions can be heard on I Heart Radio’s Trancid Channel in the U.S. and over 50 stations worldwide. In 2011, Rolling Stone tapped him as one of the 50 Top Tweeters in Music and can be followed at @paulvandyk.