Paul Van Dyk is a German DJ who was born as Matthias Paul. He is 34 years old and one of the most famous DJs, musicians and record producers in the world. Van Dyk has won a Grammy and sold over 3 million albums around the world.
Today he is one of the most important names in the industry and hope will play @ ultra europe 2016 because me and my mates are going to be there 😉
Here is how everything started…He grew up in Berlin without a father who left when he was four years old. His mother struggled to raise him on her own because of money problems. As Paul was growing up, he started working as a broadcast technician and trained to become a carpenter.
He stated in his interview that his musical education comes from listening to radio when he was a child in East Berlin. They were no record stores there, so he was listening to forbidden Western radio stations or smuggled mixtapes. Before the fall of the Berlin wall, Paul and his mother moved to Hamburg and then in 1990 back to Berlin. In 1991, he started appearing as a DJ.
At the beginning of the 1990’s, he worked with DJ Kid Paul and they went their separate ways in 1993 after which he released his first DJ compilation and remixes.
In 1994 he released “Emergency 911”, “The Green Valley EP” and “Pump This Party”. He then becamse friends with the group New Order and remixed their track Spooky. His debut LP “45 RPM” was recorded in collaboration with music producer Johnny Klimek. His first successful record in Great Britain was “Seven Ways” which was also named the number one album by DJ Magazine’s readers. In 1998 he started working in the famous club Gatecrasher in Sheffield and got himself a new label called Vandit Records.
At the beginning of the 2000’s he released his first mix album called “The Politics of Dancing” and then went on a world tour. He released a DVD and CD set “Global”which was a compilation of his tour. In 2003 he composed the music for the film Zurdo and even won a Mexican Oscar for that work. The album “Reflections” also came out in 2003 after his trip to India.
This album was nominated for a Grammy and some tracks from the album were included in two Hollywood movies (Into the Blue, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), two tv shows and four ad campaigns, so this was a valuable proof about the importance and popularity of his music.
In 2007 he released the album “In Between”. He worked for three years on this album and collaborated with Rea Garvey, David Byrne, Wayne Jackson and many more. The album received some great reviews and had success in the charts. He followed the album with a world tour in order to promote it. After his great worldwide success, he was approached by EA Games and asked to contribute his music to their games.
The result can be heard in the games “Grand Slam Tennis” and “Mirror’s Edge” from 2009. He also worked on the remixes of the songs from some of the world’s greatest artists like Justin Timberlake (What Goes Around… Comes Around), Britney Spears (Gimme More) and Depeche Mode (Martyr).
His remix of the song “Poor Choice of Words” from the movie “The Dark Knight” was one of the main reasons that soundtrack won a Grammy. In this same year, he performed at the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event was called We Are One and he even recorded a song for the event.
His last album was released in 2012 and is called “Evolution”. He worked with Adam Young, Arty, Austin Leads as producers on this album, and with Johnny McDaid, Sarah Howells and some others as performers on it.
Paul Van Dyk grew up in East Berlin and that is why he was always somehow involved in politics. His talents as a musician helped him express his views on the conflicts and wars around the world.