The nucleus: From the origin of a single remix, an extraordinary music career set in motion… Throughout its course, it has given rise to terms including ‘genre creator’, ‘visionary’ and ‘studio maven’, as well as others like ‘pacifist’, ‘activist’ and ‘world-citizen’. All designations regularly used to describe the life and times of Grammy-nominated DJ/producer and dance music icon, Paul van Dyk. Following the scene’s first gleaming, 20 + years ago, he became trance music’s internationally recognized torchbearer. From there he’s gone from vanguard to its single most enduring influence.
After a brief spell residing in Hamburg, Paul moved back to his native Berlin at the start of ‘91. He made his first ever DJ appearance in March of that year, during the opening month of fast-to-become-legendary techno temple, Tresor. From there he began to build a spinning career, which, by ‘97 had unlocked the door to its highest echelons. As the twin phenomena of Superclubs and the DJ-as-a-rock-star collided, he found himself not only as trance’s most synonymous producer, but also its figurehead DJ.
A virtuoso performer, van Dyk now circles the globe 16 times each year, entertaining an average 3 million + music lovers along the way. On Barra Beach in Rio, during the 2008 New Years celebrations, he famously spun to an unprecedented (and then record) audience totaling 1.5 million. Van Dyk has held sway over dance floors in every EDM-speaking country in the world. He holds the record for the longest unbroken run inside the ranks of the DJ Mag Top 100, has twice reached the no.1 position and on aggregated positions is the single most popular spinner ever to enter the chart.
Throughout his career van Dyk has amassed numerous international awards for a wide range of activities. Among those are the illustrious Landesverdienstorden (Berlin’s Medal of Honour, given in recognition of his work towards social equality), a string of IDMA wins and Mixmag’s Man of the Year accolade. Even with a heavy tour and production schedule, Paul maintains many altruistic interests. Among them are Rückenwind (Tailwind), his Berlin-based charity, which seeks to maintain a thirst for knowledge in underprivileged children. He also makes time to engage in his longstanding political and social involvements, including work with organizations like Peace One Day, FEED and Rock The Vote.