For those who have followed dance music well before the EDM craze, you have absolutely heard of Paul van Dyk. The legendary German DJ/musician/producer born Matthias Paul has won more awards than the New England Patriots have Super Bowl Championships, ranging from the coveted No. 1 spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 to various International Dance Music Awards. With six full lenght albums, movie soundtracks such as the one for Dark Knight, for which he shares a Grammy Award; and various video-game tracks, van Dyk has been touching people with his music for well over two decades. He headlined Insomniac Events Awakening Friday’s at Exchange LA 02/20 and we let his fans ask him a few interview questions.
Jessica Ramirez: Out of all the tracks in your crate, which one never fails?
IT’S A JOURNEY AN REALLY DEPENDS ON THE AUDIENCE AND VIBE OF THE NIGHT, BUT TRACKS LIKE
FOR AN ANGEL, TIME OF OUR LIVES AND HOME ARE ALWAYS GOOSE BUMP MOMENTS.
Kenric Wong: When and how do you decide when to do the “Politics of Dancing” compilation?
IT’S BEEN YOU GUYS, REALLY 🙂 I’VE BEEN ASKED SO MANY TIMES FOR A NEW EDITION OF THE POLITICS OF DANCING.. AND NOW IT FELT RIGHT TO DO IT!
Roger Flores: Since 1999, you have won countless awards, what has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
TO SEE YOU DANCE AND SING ALONG TO MY MUSIC IS MOST REWARDING.
@djbayko: What was the first gig where you felt that you had “made it” and what did it feel like?
THERE HASN’T BEEN A CERTAIN GIG OR MOMENT.. WHEN I FEEL THE CONNECTION WITH A CROWD – NO MATTER IF 500 PEOPLE OR 5000 – THAT’S WHEN I FEEL ‘ I MADE IT’.
@ronnieclark424: Being in the music industry for about 20 years now, how have you been able to adapt to the forever changing electronic music scenes and continuing staying on top of the charts?
YOU’VE GOT TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE, BE PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, STAY UNIQUE AND TRUE TO YOURSELF.
@trancepantss: How do you feel out what to play for a crowd? Do you play a few different styles of tracks and see how they react, or do you have another technique?
I HAVE A VERY CLEAR IDEA ABOUT THE JOURNEY I WANT TO TAKE MY AUDIENCE ON. THE MOOD OF THE ROOM INFLUENCES MY SET TO A CERTAIN LEVEL, SOMETIMES IT HAS TO START A LITTLE SWEETER, SOMETIMES A LITTLE ROUGHER, BUT I WOULDN’T CHANGE MY STYLE.
@nguyen_nf: Do you miss the classic EuroTrance from the 90s? And if so, do you plan on bringing it back in your bigger sets?
ABSOLUTELY NOT 🙂
@Minahoney: What has been your biggest motivation that has pushed you to be this successful with dance music?
MY LOVE AND PASSION FOR ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC
@kevinhalliday_ What is your verdict of today’s Electronic music and what do you think will be the future?
THERE’S LOT’S OF GREAT MUSIC OUT THERE… AND WITH MY LABEL VANDIT RECORDS I’LL MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE IN THE FUTURE 😉
@ExchangeLA: What’s next for you as far as big productions or collaborations that we should look out for?
THERE’S LOTS OF NEW MUSIC TO COME! I JUST RELEASED GUARDIAN, A COLLAB WITH ALY & FILA AND SUE MCLAREN, A NEW SINGLE IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH AND EARLY SUMMER WILL SEE THE RELEASE OF THE POLITICS OF DANCING 3.