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.
As a producer Paul’s achieved similar success. In 1994 he recorded ‘For an Angel’, a track that regularly ranks inside electronic music’s greatest-ever lists and 3 years later he remixed ‘Age of Love’, which also frequently features. He continues to build upon one of EDM’s most distinguished remixographies. Artists who have received the hallmark Paul van Dyk remix have included mainstream superstars like Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. He’s also reworked more diverse acts, like industrial metal rockers Rammstein, as well as timeless bands like U2, Depeche Mode and New Order. Van Dyk is also a regular film and game score contributor, which has resulted in many notable OST credits. They have included his rework of Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer’s ‘A Poor Choice of Words’ for ‘The Dark Knight’ soundtrack and ‘Still Alive’ for EA’s groundbreaking ‘Mirror’s Edge’ game. Two decades on from trance-catalysers like his ‘Love Stimulation’ remix, the early MFS releases and his E-Werk & Tresor sets, scene-originator Paul van Dyk now stands on the threshold of his seventh full-length album. The successor to ‘45 RPM’ (1994), ‘Seven Ways’ (1996), ‘Out There And Back’ (2000), as well as the Grammy nominated ‘Reflections’ (2003), ‘In Between’ (2007) and ‘EVOLUTION’ (2012), ‘Politics of Dancing 3’ will be released in early 2014.
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.