Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren and Paul vaN Dyk unite for Loveparade charity theme.
Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren & Paul vaN Dyk have collaborated on a track called ‘Remember Love’, an homage to the 21 victims and visitors of the 19th edition of the world-famous Loveparade event. All proceeds will be donated to charity.
Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have all played on several editions of the Loveparade, some of them even in the early years, when the Loveparade was still held in its original concept, in Berlin. They joined forces to produce a track, ‘Remember Love’. The initiator of the track, was Paul Oakenfold. “I think the Loveparade represents a big part of the essence of the dance movement”, he explains.“It’s a gathering for people from all over the world to come together to share their love for electronic music. I was watching television and a newsflash came up about the Loveparade. I really felt for the people that were there. I just thought we should do something to help them. In many other music genres artists come together, like ‘Live Aid’ and after the Haïti-disaster. We should do something. So I wrote this song and contacted Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. I asked them if they were interested, cause I thought it was a good idea to have England, Holland and Germany coming together. Us coming together to do a track and all the money goes to help people. I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the dance scene, to give back, to help people.”
Both Paul van Dyk and Armin van Buuren responded positively. Armin van Buuren, who played in front of over 1 million party people at the 2008 edition of the Loveparade, confirms:“For the first time an Englishman, a German and a Dutchman teamed up and became united in the studio, creating a track that I hope people will love and treasure. Our purpose was united in the sense that we wanted to pay homage to those whose lives were lost, and to have their memories live on in the spirit of our record.”
Paul van Dyk, who has been part of the Loveparade ever since the first years, when it was still a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through music, was devastated when he heard about the Duisburg tragedy:“In its last years outside Berlin, the vibe of the Loveparade was a far cry from its original spirit. With ‘Remember Love’, we want to recapture the essence of the Loveparade and try to assist those who suffered by donating all proceeds to charity. It was a great honor to work with Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold on this very important project. Please help us help others.”
‘Remember Love’ will be available under the collaborative name of DJ United from September, 11th on, exclusively on Beatport for 2 weeks. The collaboration is, according to Oakenfold, a true mix of the sounds of the three DJ’s/producers. Oakenfold:”’Remember Love’ has the melodic feel which represents my sound, the emotion and movement which I love of Armin’s sound and the energy and uplifting touch that no one does better than Paul van Dyk. I think it’ll be interesting for people to hear how three artists come together making one song.”