Paul van Dyk

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Paul van Dyk in Australia , 2007

Paul van Dyk [ fanˈdʏk ] (born December 16, 1971 in Eisenhüttenstadt as Matthias Paul ) is a German DJ , music producer and radio presenter .

Van Dyk is one of the most famous and successful DJs in the world. In addition to his activity as a DJ, he is also active as a music producer, has released eight studio albums and remixed songs by international artists such as Justin Timberlake , New Order and U2 . His music can be assigned to trance , but he himself prefers the generic term " electronic dance music ".

First years of life until 1991

Paul van Dyk grew up in East Berlin in the district of Lichtenberg , where his mother moved early. Matthias Paul already turned to modern music at school. After graduating from high school, he completed an apprenticeship as a communications engineer and carpenter in the GDR . In October 1989 he and his mother left for Hamburg .

Disc jockey career

After the fall of the Berlin Wall , he quickly returned to Berlin and began working as a DJ in March 1991 , including at the events of the Dubmission series founded by André Hoche and Jürgen Cramer in the Berlin club Turbine in the Kreuzberg district and in the newly founded Berlin techno club Tresor . From now on he performed under the stage name Paul van Dyk . At the same time, recorded in his apartment, he created his first DJ mix for radio, namely for Zündfunk in Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 1992 he recorded his first record Perfect Day with the music producer Cosmic Baby as The Visions of Shiva , which was released on Mark Reeder's Berlin trance label MFS . He released his first album 45 RPM in 1994 on MFS. From that time on he played regularly in the Berlin club E-Werk until it closed in 1997.

In 1998 the single For an Angel from the reissue of his first album 45 RPM made the international breakthrough. The title was number 1 on the English dance charts for two weeks and number 1 on the German dance charts for four weeks. There were also placements in the US, Australian, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian charts. In the following year, van Dyk founded the music label Vandit Records , on which both his own productions and those of other artists are published.

At the end of 2005 van Dyk founded the online portal , consisting of an internet radio on which his favorite tracks, as well as entire live sets or radio broadcasts from international DJs, are broadcast, as well as a download portal through which music from various record labels can be legally downloaded for a fee. However, operations were discontinued on March 1, 2009.

On October 3rd, 2005 van Dyk played at the ceremony for the Day of German Unity in the Caligarihalle in the Babelsberg Film Park in Potsdam with Peter Heppner Wir sind wir . Van Dyk played the keyboard, Heppner sang and the music was played live by the Babelsberg German Film Orchestra .

Further worldwide appearances

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2009, van Dyk composed the song We are one for the celebrations in front of the Brandenburg Gate . At the event, he played keyboard while Johnny McDaid sang.

In 2012 Van Dyk was the “ambassador” for the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which was not opened after all . In this context he was seen on posters at bus stops and on large posters on house walls. About his engagement, he said in an interview with the Berlin BZ : I'm not just a testimonial , there is a lively musical collaboration behind all of this. For the announcements at the airport, I made the “ringtone”, for example, and composed the music for the corporate film. I will also publish a chill-out album called “Destinations” which will then be sold at the new airport.

Stage accident and its consequences

As a DJ at the A State Of Trance Festival in February 2016 in Utrecht , van Dyk fell off the stage. In the six meter deep fall, he suffered a double fracture of the spine and a traumatic brain injury . A faulty stage construction is considered to be the cause of the fall.

After the hospital stay, van Dyk published a message in which he thanked those around him and fans for their support and announced that he wanted to perform again from June 2016. However, he had to spend some time in a wheelchair and learn to walk again due to neurological disorders. He also found it difficult to articulate and had to learn to speak again. He processed his way back to the stage in his book To Stay In Life , which he presented in March 2019.

The organizer Alda Events finally paid the DJ eleven million euros in damages for the fall on the stage in 2018. On March 11, 2017, Paul van Dyk and his Colombian girlfriend Margarita Morello married in Cartagena . You now live in Berlin-Friedrichshain .


Paul van Dyk was one of the first DJs to use digital hardware and software such as Final Scratch , Rane Serato Scratch Live or Ableton Live . The music of Paul van Dyk can be assigned to trance in the broadest sense. In his sets, however, he also very often incorporates other styles such as house or techno , so that he can generally be described as an artist of electronic dance music .

Paul van Dyk on the radio

Paul van Dyk moderates radio programs in Germany and the USA. On the US satellite channel SIRIUS, which can be received via the Internet in Europe, he presents his Vonyc sessions , which are also broadcast by the German broadcaster, on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm local time (Germany: 12:00 am–2:00 am) on SIRIUS channel 33 “Area 33” sunshine live will be broadcast on Sundays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and appear on every Monday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Since 27 September 2016, the radio program is always already live on Tuesdays from 20 to 22 clock via Facebook streamed.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1993 45 RPM - - - - -
First published: 1993
1996 Seven Ways DE81 (4 weeks)
- - - -
First published: June 17, 1996
2000 Out there and back DE19 (7 weeks)
- - UK12 (4 weeks)
US192 (1 week)
First published: June 5, 2000
2003 Reflections DE8 (4 weeks)
- - UK81 (1 week)
First published: September 7, 2003
2007 In between DE20 (3 weeks)
- CH88 (1 week)
UK63 (1 week)
US115 (2 weeks)
First published: August 14, 2007
Sales: + 20,000
2012 evolution DE22 (4 weeks)
- CH49 (2 weeks)
- -
First published: March 20, 2012
2015 The Politics of Dancing 3 DE76 (1 week)
- - - -
First published: May 8, 2015
2017 From Then On DE45 (1 week)
- CH82 (1 week)
- -
First published: October 20, 2017
2018 Music Rescues Me DE70 (1 week)
- - - -
First published: December 7, 2018
2020 Escape Reality - - - - -
First published: April 17, 2020

honors and awards

  • World's best producer of techno and house (British DJ magazine )
  • Best International DJ Award at the London Music Awards
  • Best International DJ (in the British Ministry of Sound magazine )
  • Best European DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2003)
  • Best Global DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2005)
  • Best Progressive House / Trance Track "Nothing But You" (Miami Winter Music Conference 2005)
  • 2005 nomination for a Grammy in the category Best Electronic / Dance Album
  • World's No.1 DJ 2005 (Top 100 DJ Poll - DJ Mag )
    After van Dyk had been in the top 10 of the Top 100 DJ Poll , a reader survey by the British magazine DJ Mag, since 1998 , he won the survey on October 28, 2005 and was voted “World's No.1 DJ”.
  • 2006: Order of Merit of the State of Berlin for outstanding services to the capital and social commitment
    On October 1, 2006, van Dyk received the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin from the then governing mayor Klaus Wowereit in the Berlin City Hall , with which the outstanding services of a person to the capital and the social commitment are recognized. The order on the red-white-red ribbon is the country's second highest award after honorary citizenship.
  • World's No.1 DJ 2006 (Top 100 DJ Poll - DJ Mag)
  • Best Global DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
  • Best Producer (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
  • Best CD Mix Compilation for Politics of Dancing 2 (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
  • Best HI NRG / Euro Track for The Other Side (Miami Winter Music Conference 2006)
  • BZ Culture Prize 2006
  • Best Ortofon European DJ (Miami Winter Music Conference 2007)



  • According to his own statements, Paul van Dyk does not board any aircraft made by McDonnell Douglas .
  • In the talk show 3 to 9 in which Paul van Dyk was a guest, the audience learned that it is the second largest Lufthansa - Miles account has.

Web links

Commons : Paul van Dyk  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Van Dyk in the survey of the best DJ in the world ( Memento from September 29, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. a b c d Anne Lena Mösken, Sabine Rennefanz (interview with Paul van Dyk): I don't know which part of my head I'm talking to, but I do . In: Berliner Zeitung , 6./7. April 2019, pp. 2–4.
  3. Director: Nikolai von Koslowski
  4. It's not just fire protection that is on fire. In: Der Tagesspiegel, May 10, 2012
  5. Ilka Peemöller: Van Dyks soundtrack for the new airport. In: BZ , April 29, 2012.
  6. dpa: DJ Paul van Dyk's condition is stable. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. March 1, 2016, accessed August 26, 2020 .
  7. Paul van Dyk on horror fall - "I got another chance". n-tv , June 9, 2016, accessed June 10, 2016 .
  8. Paul van Dyks' Facebook entry from May 24, 2016. Accessed November 15, 2016 .
  9. Paul van Dyk: Stay in life. Benevento Verlag, 2019, ISBN 978-3-7109-0031-0 .
  10. Paul van Dyk talks about his almost fatal fall on the stage - how did that change him? on
  11. Interview with MAX Magazin ( Memento from August 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  12. 3nach9 of August 3, 2007 and a. with Paul van Dyk part 2
  13. 3nach9 of August 3, 2007 and a. with Paul van Dyk part 1