In the wake of one of summer’s most preventable tragedies, three of the world’s biggest DJs have united to help bring its victims some relief. On July 24th, 21 fans perished and more than 500 attendees were injured during a stampede at the 19th edition of Germany’s Love Parade, and while the event brought an end to the festival it also sparked a collaboration between Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren, and Paul van Dyk that hopes to create awareness and support for all those involved.
After hearing of the disaster, former Love Parade performer Oakenfold envisioned a collaboration in the vein of Live Aid or this year’s Haiti relief campaigns. “I wrote ['Remember Love'] 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,” wrote Oakenfold. “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.”
As long-time participants of the event, van Buuren and van Dyk echoed the Englishmen’s sentiments. According to van Dyk: “With ‘Remember Love’, we want to recapture the essence of the Love Parade 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.”
Fans can contribute September 11th when “Remember Love” drops under the collaborative artist name of DJ’s United, exclusively at Beatport for 2 weeks. The proceeds will be donated to the Association of Non-statutory Welfare in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany (LAG), who give financial aid to the victims, their families and those in need of medical or psychological support.