Who Is Paul Van Dyk - Best Trance Producer and World’s Best Trance DJ

Who Is Paul Van Dyk - Best Trance Producer and World’s Best Trance DJ


Paul Van Dyk is a worldwide acclaimed and recognized DJ and Producer, as well as being a Grammy nominated artist Paul Van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music scene. Paul Van Dyk’s name is prominently seen across every Top DJ list around the world, and his fifth album called “In Between” was released August 2007 and featured artist such as Pussycat Dolls Jessica Sutta and producer David Byrne.

Paul Van Dyk (PVD) is know as one of the hardest working DJ / Producer, his cross continent DJ tours are always sold-out, and PVD headlines at most major music festival, and last but not least Paul Van Dyk’s recording career has also been extremely successful. Worldwide Van Dyk has sold over 3 million albums, he travels more than 15 times a year to destinations all over the world for this sold out performances. He’s also been given the title of the highest frequent flyer earner at Lufthansa Airline :)

Paul Van Dyk received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his original album Reflections – this marked the first time NARAS recognized this category. His creative and original productions from Reflections have been synced into major motion pictures such as Into the Blue, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and television shows such as Entertainment Tonight and MTV’s Cribs, and international ad campaigns for Motorola, HBO, Land Rover, Ski Vail and most recently for Jeep. This year he won the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best European DJ.

In 2006 Paul Van Dyk won 4 International Dance Music Award (IDMAs) in categories such as Best Global DJ, Best NuNRG/Euro Track, Best Producer and Best Mix Compilation for The Politics of Dancing 2. On top of that PvD was voted “America’s Favorite DJ” for 2004 and 2005 by BPM Magazine and was the big winner at the 2004 Dancestar Awards, taking home 3 awards: Best International DJ, Best Event and Best Music in a Commercial (Motorola). He also won Oscar’s in countries such as Mexico for his soundtrack in the film Zurdo in March 2004. Paul van Dyk was voted “Best Music Maker” by DJ Magazine, received the “Best International DJ Award” at the 1999 Music Awards in London, was named “Best International DJ” by Ministry of Sound Magazine, and Mixmag elected him as “Man of the Year”.

Apart from his music career, Paul van Dyk has a big heart and has dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice. As a young boy he fled over the Berlin Wall to West Germany, his partnership scheme with the German Red Cross helps poor children in Berlin. In 2004, PvD was the only electronic artist involved in a nationwide tour with the Rock The Vote campaign, where he joined the likes of Bono, P Diddy, the Black Eyed Peas and George Clinton in campaigning for America’s youth to sign up to vote in the presidential election. In 2006 he received Berlin’s Medal of Honor (Landesverdienstorden) in recognition of his work with Ruckenwind, a charity organization he founded dedicated to helping poor children in Berlin. He joins a distinguished list of arts and political establishment figures with this honor.

Paul van Dyk grew up in communist East Berlin and was born in Eisenhuettenstadt, East Germany,. At the time his area did not have a true club culture, Van Dyk use to listen to the radio a lot, this is where he discovered his passion for music that extended beyond Techno music. He wanted to create a different, more unique sound. In the early 1990’s Paul van Dyk was spinning regularly at various clubs in Berlin before releasing his first album 45 RPM in 1994. But it wasn’t until the release of his second album Seven Ways which catapulted him into the Top 100, followed by the release of his hit single “For An Angel,” which began to earn him praise across the globe.

By the time Paul van Dyk released Out There & Back in 2000, it became clear that the Berlin-based musician had far more talent than his signature club sets and remixe that had already defined him as one of the most influential DJs and producers of all time. His first compilation mix CD Politics of Dancing was released in 2001, followed by Global in 2003 – a DVD which portrays his own experiences traveling the world.

Paul van Dyk’s touring diary remains incredibly hectic with regular round the world gigs at major venues across in New York, London, Ibiza to India, China and Singapore. In the little time remaining between all the travel, Paul van Dyk resides in Berlin where he has his own radio show “Paul van Dyk’s VONYC Sessions” which airs weekly on Area 33 on Sirius Radio on Thursday nights at 6PM ET (and rebroadcasts Saturdays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at Midnight ET) and Soundgarden which airs every Saturday 2pm – 4pm (EST) on Fritz radio and over the internet.

It is this type of work ethic and love for music that has made Paul Van Dyk a household name, when it comes to dance / electronic music, he deserves all the awards for all the hard work he has put into his career.

Listen to Paul Van Dyk’s “Politics of Dancing - CD2″

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