Paul van Dyk is a German DJ and record producer who was one of the first DJs to become truly renowned. His 2003 release Reflections was the first album to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the newly added category of Best Dance/Electronic Album. Dyk was named the World’s number one DJ in both 2005 and 2006, which is something that not a lot of DJs have achieved.
Paul was the first DJ to be named number one by Mixmag in 2005 and by 2008, he had sold over 3 million albums worldwide. A trance producer starting in the early 1990s, van Dyk quickly achieved popularity with his remix of “Love Stimulation” by Humate on the record label MFS in 1993 and with his hit single “For an Angel”.
To this day, Van Dyk is still an avid trance lover. In an interview, he indicated that he chose the Belgian-sounding stage name Paul van Dyk because he used to incorporate many Belgian dance records into his DJ sets in the early 1990s.Paul van Dyk is currently the radio host of “Vonyc Sessions with Paul” on Dash Radio.
Paul van Dyk enjoyed a idyllic childhood in East Berlin, growing up in a single parent household with his devoted mother. His father left when he was just four years old, but Paul van Dyk didn’t let that stop him from following his dreams. He worked as a broadcast technician and began training to become a carpenter. While living in East Berlin, he claims his musical education came from listening to the radio.
Just before the Berlin Wall came down, van Dyk and his mother were allowed to leave East Germany and move to Hamburg to live with his aunt. In 1990, van Dyk moved back to Berlin. His first DJ gig was at the club Tresor in March 1991.