Paul van Dyk Biography
His hit singles "Another Way" and "Tell Me Why" and "We Are Alive" spent serveral weeks at number 1 in the German Dance charts, and also reached number 15, 13 & 7 in the UK Sales charts respectively. He continuously moved-up in DJ Magazine's annual list of the "Top 100 DJs Worldwide," then in September 1999, Mixmag Magazine elected him as "Man of the year" and Muzik Magazine named him as "Leader of the Trance Nation." Paul van Dyk himself, however, isn't so happy with the label of "Leader."
"I wouldn't call myself a leader," he says. "Of course a man making music is (literally) standing in publicity. But the main thing for me is the music. I don't want to lead people, I want to tempt them, to create a new world for them, just for that very small moment when they are losing themselves in my music. I want to inspire them."
And this is from a man who regularly works both sides of the turntable, as recording artist and performing DJ.
"I mean, simply spinning or producing some tracks without feelings, without communication, without inspiration, this isn't enough. My music grows with the reactions of the listeners, there's communication between us." And in regards to trance… "I don't create 'trance music.' I really don't like to give my music a name, I don't like to categorize it. If I had to, I'd call it 'Electronic Dance Music.' For me, this is my language." A universal language, understood by people of every nation in every part of the world. Simply put, Paul van Dyk creates music that simply captures one’s emotions!
Born December 16th, 1971 in Eisenhuettenstadt, East Germany, Paul grew up in communist East Berlin. Prior to Germany's reunification, he at least had an early window to the capitalist world via the cross-border airwaves.
"We were able to see Westside TV and listen to western radio stations. We recorded the music and replayed it at our parties, because in the east we didn't have something like a club culture. In those days I listened to the radio show of Monika Dietl. I was really captivated by the music of The Smiths and New Order. It (the music) was very strong and emotional." Then in 1989, as the wall finally came down, a broad club culture sprung up throughout all of Berlin. "Mainly they played that hard Detroit techno. I liked this energetic spirit, but something was missing. I was looking for something else."
That search would never leave him. Stemming from two crusty old turntables, the first remix tapes of his musical ideas were created. And only a bit later, in March 1991, his unique style of dance music was played for the very first time to the public at the embryonic Berlin club, Tresor. Around this same period, Paul also started making his own original compositions. His first production "Perfect Day," put together with Cosmic Baby as "Visions of Shiva," was released in 1992. "I was pleased like a little child, holding my own very first record in my hands!" Paul remembers. "Perfect Day" was released by the Berlin underground label MFS, and launched a promising career, which aimed without pause or hesitation for the top!
In 1993 Paul created the club hit of the year with his remix of Humate’s "Love Stimulation." The following year, his first album 45 RPM was recorded, while he was also regularly spinning sets at the legendary club E–Werk. Over the next few years Paul garnered further respect by remixing tracks of many renowned artists such as Inspiral Carpets, Sven Väth, Curve and New Order. This was of course until the release of his second album, Seven Ways, which firmly established him as one of the world's truly great electronic artists. Seven Ways unleashed a frenzy of national and international interviews, and many globe-roaming DJ sets as well, as Paul was catapulted into the Top 100 sale charts. Even the English music media, typically protective of their own homespun DJ artists, unanimously praised the record. Readers of DJ Magazine voted Seven Ways as the Number 1 album of the year. Bellowing singles such as "Beautiful Place," "Forbidden Fruit" and "Words," featuring remixes of Salt Tank, Quattara and Curve, fully secured him a place as a major player in the British and European dance charts. Before the club closed, Paul became an institution at Berlin's E – Werk, regularly spinning new musical magic, with guest appearances by fellow superstar DJs Nick Warren, BT, Dave Seaman and Sasha.
However, Paul's core sentiments are not as a producer, to be shuttered away in some stealthy studio, but as a performing DJ very willing to be seen, and with a deep desire to have contact with his audience, whether it be 500 people or 1.5 million. "As I began my career as a DJ I discovered that there is a really deep communication between DJ and people. I learned to observe the different vibrations, learned how to move the crowd, and how to create atmosphere." Paul remembers, "Because while spinning, an interaction takes place between the people and me. I never come into a club and spin just a ready set. It is also a very new experience for me every time, and nobody knows in advance how it will end." Now he creates that experience regularly, as resident DJ in New York's Twilo club, at the acclaimed Gatecrasher in Sheffield, and in his hometown of Berlin.
In 1996 he signed his first North American record deal with Mute and in 1998, Mute released for the first time in North America 45 RPM and Seven Ways. The single "For An Angel," (freshly remixed) became an even greater dancefloor success, spending two weeks at number one on the UK's Dance Chart and four weeks at number one on the German Dance Charts as well as qualifications in the American, Australian, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian charts. In 1999 the UK's DJ Magazine readers voted Paul van Dyk as Best Music Maker ahead of Fatboy Slim (2) and Paul Oakenfold (3 and the UK's MixMag magazine declared him Man Of The Year.
In 1999 Paul parted with his former label MFS and started up, together with his team, the new label, Vandit Records in Germany. In England, Deviant Records are taking care of Paul's creative output, whose brainstorm was the 1998 Triple CD Vorsprung Dyk Technik. Combining 33 tracks, it is the most exhaustive collection of Paul's remixes to date, containing classics like Humate's "Love Stimulation" and Joe T. Vanelli's "Playing with the Voice in Germany" as well as Binary Finary's clubhit "1998" and Paul's own chart single "For an Angel." A year after its release in November 1999, "Vorsprung Dyk Technik" was officially declared "Silver" with over 60,000 UK sales, a very rare feat indeed for a triple CD.
Paul's third album Out There and Back was released in summer 2000 worldwide and went straight in the Top 20 album sales charts in the UK and Germany. In North America Out There and Back entered the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart at #12, debut at #5 on Soundscan's Alternative New Artist Chart, and debut at #3 on Soundscan's Electronic Album Chart. Radio championed Paul and Tell Me Why" peaked at #2 on Album Network/Virtually Alternative Essential Beats Singles Chart.
In October 2001 was the release of the Columbia EP. This record is rounding off with the new remixes from the Out There And Back album as well as the 3 new tracks "Movement," "Out There," "A Different Journey To Vega."
Today Paul's touring diary is incredibly hectic with regular globetrotting stops at major venues in London, New York, Melbourne, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico, and Singapore. Between all that, Berlin is always there and waiting -- if not for the interviews and local club dates, then for looking after his own label, recording studio and radio show (not to mention his friends and family as well!). "It isn't the success or which place I take in the salecharts that is important for me. (What's) most important are the people, the family, friends, ... and everyone, (especially) where I've changed something. I am really pleased when someone tells me: 'Hey, by hearing your song something changed in my life!'" Paul says, "I've never made music for being trendy or making the fat money. I make music for myself...it (the music) comes directly from my stomach, my music springs from an intense feeling. And every track has its own little story..."
In November 2001, Paul's first mix CD in 8 years was released on Ministry of Sound. The Politics of Dancing is a new mixture of artist album and mix CD. Paul reworked most of the tracks in the studio before he started mixing. "Remember the beginning of the 1990's? We all said that this was as much a political movement as it as a cultural one. But now clubs are getting closed by the authorities. They don't understand and accept it as a global youth culture. That's what I wanted to make aware off that's for me the politics of dancing."
Paul just finished his work for the soundtrack of the Mexican film "Mano del Zurdo." Now he will concentrate on his fourth artist album to be release in 2003 through Mute.
Paul van Dyk Bio from Discogs
Born on 16 December 1971, he began his DJ career in 1991, playing at the Tresor and Turbine clubs in Berlin, Germany.
His name is often capitalized with a lowercase v: "Paul van Dyk".
He has won a string of awards, from 1998 until 2011 - he was nominated for/won over 65 titles for his work as a DJ and music producer, such as those from "DJ", "Ministry" (of Sound), "Mixmag", and "Muzik". Readers of Muzik voted his resident 6-hour sets at the Sheffield club "Gatecrasher" as the "second best club night ever". That same year at the Music Awards in London, he received the "Best International DJ Award".
He moved up in DJ’s annual list of the "Top 100 DJ's Worldwide", where he was voted as number 1 DJ of the world in 2005.
His singles "Another Way", "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)", and "We Are Alive" reached number 1 on the dance charts in several countries.
He was married to Natascha van Dyk, who also appears on some of his releases, until 2012, when he filed for divorce and is since in relationship with his Colombian girlfriend, Mica K.