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Paul van Dyk (born Matthias Paul; December 16, 1971 in Eisenhttenstadt,
Brandenburg, East Germany) is one of the world's leading trance music D.J.'s
1.1 Early career
1.3 2007-present: 'In Between'
1.4 Personal life
5 External links
Van Dyk grew up in East Berlin, where he kept in touch with the world
beyond the Berlin Wall by secretly listening to the popular but forbidden
Western radio stations RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) and SFB and
mixtapes occasionally smuggled into the country copied among school friends.
Shortly before the fall of the wall, van Dyk and his mother were given
permission to leave East Germany and moved to Hamburg to live with his aunt.
In 1990, van Dyk moved back to Berlin. His first appearance as a D.J. was in
the Tresor in March 1991. A couple more dates followed and he was soon given
the chance to perform at Juergen Kramer's famous Dubmission parties in the
Turbine club, together with the highly popular young resident D.J. Kid Paul.
The shows were called Paul vs. Paul. His mixing style drew the attention of
Cosmic Baby and the two collaborated as The Visions of Shiva, on "Perfect Day"
(1992) on the renowned Berlin independent label MFS (Masterminded For Success)
Records, run by well known English ex-pat producer Mark Reeder and manager
In February 1993, van Dyk and Kid Paul hosted an installment of the
weekly three-hour HR3 Clubnight radio show perform for a nationwide audience
on the radio. The second and final Visions of Shiva single "How Much Can You
Take?" was released and van Dyk and Cosmic went their separate musical ways.
By late summer, Paul released his first D.J.-mix compilation "X-Mix-1 - the
MFS Trip" and remixed Humate's classic trance hymn "Love Stimulation".
The growing popularity of the Dubmission parties forced a venues
change, first to Cafe Moskau and then into the larger E-Werk where van Dyk
began hosting regular MFS nights.
In 1994 Paul released "The Green Valley EP", "Pump This Party" and
"Emergency 911". Meanwhile, MFS acquired many remixes for Paul and Reeder's
close friendship with artists such as New Order gave Paul the opportunity to
mix the track "Spooky" from the Republic album. After much persuasion by
Reeder, he finally recorded his debut "LP 45 RPM" with Johnny Klimek and VOOV.
Reeder also compiled the album's running order and design, and chose the
album's title as a reflection of the 45 RPM speed typical for dance vinyl.
Reeder compiled Seven Ways which established van Dyk as a trance
pioneer and was van Dyk's first real success in Britain. Reeder had
successfully convinced his old friend Rob Deacon (formerly of Volume) to
license the album for the UK and his new Deviant label.
The singles "Forbidden Fruit" and "Beautiful Place" didn't cause a
great impact at first, but with the release of Seven Ways and "Words"
appearing at the height of the British superclub phenomenon, van Dyk's own
material began to attract attention. "By the time they realised I was a
German, it was too late!" van Dyk said.
In 1998, 45RPM was re-released in the UK. To mark the event, and in
homage to the defunct E-Werk, Paul released a remix of "For An Angel". Van
Dyk took up a residency at Sheffield's Gatecrasher and declared himself
anti-drugs, which led to home-made "No E, Pure PvD" T-shirts, also a sly note
to journalists that his surname contained no "E".
Van Dyk left MFS Records and took a controlling share in the new label
Vandit Records. In 2000, Paul flexed his skills with his melodic,
dancefloor-friendly Out There And Back, which included the hit single "Tell
Me Why (The Riddle)", a collaboration with Saint Etienne. It also included
the European hit We Are Alive, a remixed version of the Jennifer Brown song
Alive. His first mix album The Politics of Dancing (2001) was followed by a
world tour and a DVD release Global (2003) and the Mexican film "Zurdo", for
which van Dyk composed the soundtrack.
Reflections (2003) derived from van Dyk's trips to India, was a more
melancholy affair, and includes the single "Nothing But You", a collaboration
with Hemmstock & Jennings. It was nominated for a Grammy in the category of
Best Electronic Album. The mix album The Politics of Dancing 2 (2005) was
preceded by a single "The Other Side," featuring Wayne jackson; a song
dedicated to the victims, and their families, of the Sumatra-Andaman
earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck Thailand on December 26,
Paul van Dyk released his fifth studio album, In Between, worldwide
on August 14, 2007. The album, which he created over a three-year period,
debuted at number #115 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard's Top
Electronic Albums and Top Heatseekers. The album also reached #16 on the
Mexican Albums Chart and #5 on the Mexican International Chart. The album was
released accompanied by a special edition limited to two thousand copies which
included a mixed version of the full album, along with an eight-track bonus CD
and an eight-page photo anthology.
The album was produced primarily by Paul van Dyk himself, and features
a wide range of collaborators including David Byrne of Talking Heads, Jessica
Sutta of the Pussycat Dolls, Ashley Tomberlin from Luminary, Alex M.O.R.P.H,
Lo Fi Sugar, Rea Garvey of Reamonn, Ryan Merchant and Wayne jackson. It also
features a vocal sample from Ben Lost from Probspot's "Blows My Mind" on the
song "Another Sunday".
In June 2007, Paul van Dyk embarked on the worldwide "In Between Tour"
to promote the album.
Paul van Dyk hosts a show on Radio Fritz every Saturday at 20:00 GMT.
In his latest gigs, he blurs the line between D.J.'ing and live performance
engineering by utilizing two MacBook Pro laptops sporting Mainstage (Logic 8
Pro) and Ableton Live software on both, two Midikeyboards, enabling a more
fully-featured club experience more acting to a concert than a standard night
out at a dance club. On-the-fly remixes, mashups and compositions are just
some of the capabilities of this new performance method.
He is married to Natascha van Dyk, who also appears on some of his
releases (Vocals on "Together We Will Conquer"). The two were married in
1994: "45 RPM"
1996: "Seven Ways"
2000: "Out There and Back" - #12 UK, #19 Germany, #41 Australia
2003: "Reflections" - #8 Germany, #3 U.S. Top Electronic Albums
2007: "In Between" - #20 Germany, #63 UK, #88 Switzlerland, #115 Billboard
200, #2 Top Electronic Albums
2008: "Let Go" - #13 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, #21 Germany, #45 Russia, #7
Netherlands, #2 Latvia, #14 Worldwide Airplay
2007: "White Lies" - - #3 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, #73 Austria, #38 Germany,
2005: "The Other Side" - - #58 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, #33 Germany,
2004: "Crush" - #48 Germany, #42 UK
2003: "Time of Our Lives/Connected" - #41 Ireland, #34 Eurochart, #28 UK,
#14 Germany, #47 Austria, #70 Switzerland
2003: "Nothing But You" - #11 Germany, #6 Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play,
#44 Eurochart, #34 Irish Singles Chart, #14 UK, #76 Switzerland, #2
Worldwide Airplay Chart
2000-2001: "We Are Alive" - #14 Germany, #15 UK, #29 Netherlands, #21 Brazil,
#89 Global100.com - Singles
2000: "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" - #7 UK, #45 Germany, #98 Global100.com
1999: "Another Way/Avenue" - #13 UK, #26 Netherlands, #49 Eurochart, #52
1998: "For An Angel" - #28 UK Singles Chart, #44 Germany, #74 Eurochart
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