Paul van Dyk

Paul van Dyk

Real Name:
Matthias Paul
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Trance DJ & producer from Germany.

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.
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Paul van Dyk Discography

Albums

Paul van Dyk 45 RPM (Album, Comp) MFS Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Seven Ways (Album) MFS, MFS Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Out There And Back (Album) Vandit Records Australia 2000 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Zurdo (Musica Original De La Pelicula) (Album) Universal Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Reflections (Album) Urban Russia 2003 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk In Between (Album, Comp, EP) Vandit Records Singapore 2007 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Evolution (Album) Vandit Records Australia 2012 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk The Politics Of Dancing 3 (Album, Comp) New State Music US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Paul van Dyk Pumpin' (Maxi) MFS Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk 45 Remixes Per Minute MFS, MFS, MFS Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1994 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk The Green Valley E.P. (EP) MFS Germany 1994 Sell This Version
NM 1072 EP Paul van Dyk 45 RPM -The Special Spanish EP Version(12", EP) Max Music NM 1072 EP Spain 1994 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Emergency (The Remixes) (Maxi) MFS, MFS Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MFS 323.9280.0, MFS 323.9280.0 16, 9280-0 Paul van Dyk / Cal-Q-Lator Paul van Dyk / Cal-Q-Lator - Club European(10") MFS, MFS, MFS MFS 323.9280.0, MFS 323.9280.0 16, 9280-0 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none Paul van Dyk Don't Imitate - Innovate!(12", Promo, Ltd, Blu) Not On Label none Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Beautiful Place (Maxi, Single) MFS, MFS, MFS Spain 1996 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Featuring Toni Halliday Paul van Dyk Featuring Toni Halliday - Words (Maxi, Single) MFS, MFS UK 1997 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit (Maxi, Single) MFS, MFS, MFS Spain 1997 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk For An Angel (Maxi, Single) Deviant Records Italy 1998 Sell This Version
DVNT22XDP Paul van Dyk Presents Humate Paul van Dyk Presents Humate - Love Stimulation(2x12", Ltd, Promo) Deviant Records DVNT22XDP UK 1998 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Words / For An Angel (Rmxs) Mute, Mute Corporation US 1998 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Another Way Universal Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Another Way / Avenue (Single, Maxi) Vandit Records UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
Paul Van Dyk Nervous Tracks Volume 3/5 (Comp) Nervous Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Paul van Dyk Avenue Deviant Records UK 1999 Sell This Version

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YAH7000

YAH7000

September 18, 2016
One of the best musicians of all time. A true pioneer of music.
Yuukaa_Sa

Yuukaa_Sa

August 15, 2015
He kind of fell off my radar lately since his latest tracks were pretty weak but what a come back with the release of "Lights" Simply a stunning track! I love it and enjoyed the release very much!
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

May 23, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Largely irrelevant trance DJ today. He sold out years ago in an effort to be #1 on DJMag. He managed to grab the top spot for a couple of years in 2005 and 2006 - two of the weakest years for trance in a long time. But he quickly lost it to Armin van Buuren, and now has been relegated to the second tier of trance producers.

As an artist, he hasn't done anything of value for years. The man who pioneered trance back in Berlin in the early 90s is past his prime. If he continues down this commercial path, he'll ultimately fade into obscurity.
Cobalt

Cobalt

December 2, 2007
Paul van Dyk is the avatar of European trance, the living embodiment of everything trance has done right and wrong in fifteen years. From vital ascent, through popular glory, down into shameful corruption, his name has tracked the history of the genre. Rising star, god, sell-out: one wonders whether Paul van Dyk shares the fortune of trance, or the other way around. I've seen the man, but part of me wonders whether he actually exists. Could it be instead that he is a sort of spectral representation of the herd, taking the stochastic flow of trance and feeding it back in human form?
Srbine

Srbine

January 25, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
If trance is a religion then Paul van Dyk is the god of trance.
Either if it´s his own productions or dj-Sets, you hear and feel that it comes from his heart and that he loves
what he is doing. In 2005 he was crowned as no.1 dj of the world and no one deserves it more than Paul.
Paul has created so many tunes and dj-sets that makes you both cry and smile of happiness.
No words can really describe this man, you have to experience him behind
the decks. Just close your eyes and fly away...
Besides the music Paul is also involved in 9 help-organisations.
Paul has a great concern for the world we live in. He cares alot for the poor, sick and the victims of injustice
and war. There are no limits for this man, PvD is the god of Electronic Music
Nostrum

Nostrum

December 12, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
What can you say about PvD? Pure class if you ask me. This guy really knows how to trash a dancefloor. Always playing the latest and the best mixed with some old time classics. Listening to this guy´s dj-sets is simply amazing. He always makes me happy when I listen to his sets. His own music is pretty okay, he has produced a few real classics during his years in the bussiness but personally I like him more behind the turntables.

September 22, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
It should come as no surprise that the number one DJ in the world is something of a Bono. Paul van Dyk worked with Rock the Vote in 2004 in the US, campaigned for the Social Democratic party in the 2005 German elections, and co-founded a Red Cross-affiliated charity to fight poverty in Germany. He's doing a hurricane benefit and playing the peace, love, and respect party known as the LoveParade in San Francisco in 2005. His new compilation album, Politics of Dancing 2 continues the dancing where the first of the series left off, albeit in a much different global context than four years ago. With all of his work for the good of the world, is Paul van Dyk is still all about the music. Absolutely!
zangief_pilam

zangief_pilam

January 27, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
I feel obliged to say something here since Paul has been one of my major influences and definitely my favorite producer/DJ for the last few years.

His sets are still great--they are now even better flowing, better beat, better timing... The music he puts out is though commercialized, is melodically very mature, in my opinion.

But as I listened to some of his latest life stuff, to his latest releases I felt like something was missing compared to the numerous live bootlegs I heard before -- and that was that amazing connection he used to establish with the listener/clubber/etc. It's not the same energy--it feels like the sets/songs are for the mass rather than on individual level. Nothing But You is a great track musically, but I just don't connect with it. To me, his 'last good release' was the Politics of Dancing mix album, that was quality.

I hope that Paul will slow down, look around, see where his true passion lies, and go back to the sound that made him big and made us like it. He said in an interview he wanted to inspire people and hopefully he will be back to it again. Once he takes a step back from the Motorolla commercials and other money making things I think PvD will be back as we know him because he is still great... maybe somewhat misguided.
Raijin

Raijin

December 31, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
As far as PvD's CD's, I haven't heard many of his releases. As far as his vinyls and productions go, the only one i own in is "Empire - Second Sun (PvD Remix)". I've got to say though, the man's live style is not congruous with what i'm seeing here as far as comments go. His mixing is stellar, and i've never really clocked a set that i've heard at under 145 bpm. His live stuff really takes off with you; i've been hard pressed to dance that hard at the parties i've seen him at.

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