PAUL VAN DYK / DJ/Producer
Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ and audio architect Paul van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music charts and appears at the pinnacle of every Top DJ list around the globe. PvD, as his fans have nicknamed him, has been ranked the World´s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine´s Top 100 DJs poll two times, something less than a handful of DJs have ever achieved.
With more than three million albums sold worldwide, van Dyk has traveled around the world more than 16 times a year to sold out performances internationally. On New Year’s Eve 2008/2009, Paul played Barra Beach to some one million people in Rio de Janero.
PvD also received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his original album Reflections. His original productions from Reflections have been synced into major motion pictures such as Into the Blue, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, television´s Entertainment Tonight and MTV´s Cribs, and numerous international ad campaigns. He also won the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Euro DJ. Aside from his musical activity, Paul van Dyk has always dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice: from his youth, when he fled over the Berlin Wall to the West, to his children´s charity in India´s Mumbai, and his partnership scheme with the German Red Cross to help poor children in Berlin. He most recently 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.
Born in East Germany, van Dyk grew up in communist East Berlin. Because his community did not have a true club culture, van Dyk listened to the radio where he discovered his passion for music that extended beyond Techno music as he wanted to create a different, more unique sound. In the early 1990s 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. His first compilation mix CD Politics of Dancing was released in 2001, followed by Global in 2003, a DVD which illustrated his own experiences traveling the world. Paul van Dyk currently resides in Berlin where he has his own radio show “Paul van Dyk´s VONYC Sessions” which airs weekly on the Area Channels on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. His sixth studio album, Evolution, was released in 2012. The track “Eternity” was made in collaboration with Adam Young, known for Owl City.
Evolution also features producers Arty, Austin Leeds, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Tyler Michaud, and Ummet Ozcan. The album features vocals from Johnny McDaid of Fieldwork, Sarah Howells and various other artists.