Paul Van Dyk Returns To U.S. For Minitour

Top trance DJ/producer marks album's Stateside success with four-city outing.

Top German DJ/producer Paul van Dyk will celebrate the Stateside success of his new album, Out There and Back, with a four-city U.S. tour in early September.

Van Dyk will play clubs in Atlanta and Chicago before an appearance at New York City club Twilo, where he has a twice-monthly residency; he will close out the jaunt in Miami.

"It's tricky because we have a worldwide release," van Dyk said recently. "I have to be everywhere when a record comes out. And [the United States] is so big. It's ridiculous how big it is."

Out There and Back, van Dyk's third album, has sold impressively in the States since its June 6 release. According to a spokesperson for van Dyk, sales of Out There are set to surpass his previous album, 1996's Seven Ways, and have already doubled his 1994 debut, 45 RPM.

The album has spawned the hit single "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" (RealAudio excerpt), which features Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell.

"I had the idea to work with people who could bring new aspects to my music, both vocal and atmospheric things," van Dyk said. "I told Saint Etienne, 'I don't like the typical pop-song thing, where the story is told from A to Z. "The Riddle" already has a very distinctive atmosphere, and the lyrics are going to be part of the track, not the main thing. I need lyrics that are supportive of the atmosphere and I'm going to use them as an element.' They came up with the lyrics, and I thought they were cool for the track."

Van Dyk is working on the second single from the album, "We Are Alive" (RealAudio excerpt), which will include remixes by Florida breakbeat veteran DJ Icey and London's Red Jerry, along with a new mix of his own.

In November, van Dyk said last month, he plans to tour the West Coast.

Paul van Dyk tour dates:

Sept. 6; Atlanta, Ga.; Chamber

Sept. 7; Chicago, Ill.; Crobar

Sept. 8; New York, N.Y.; Twilo

Sept. 9; Miami, Fla.; Space