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Interview: Paul Van Dyk

2008-02-28 14:00
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On discovering his love for dance music
It was the little illegal music I could listen to. I grew up in East Berlin and I could listen to West Berlin radio stations. And that was basically illegal. But I did it, all my friends did it. And that music was kind of... you know usually there aren't any lyrics which tell you what to think and what to do. It's just basically the wide open free space of sound and drive, and energy. And this is what I really really enjoyed about it...

On the Internet's effect on music
Throught the internet, people are globally connected. It doesn't matter anymore if you make a song in Calcutta, Johannesburg, New York or Berlin, you can have it out there. You can have it heard by millions of people.

On being famous
I don't really feel like a superstar DJ. When I wake up in the morning, I'm just basically grumpy little Paul.

Cool, but what are Paul's top three party places, worldwide? New York, because it's the city that he first played in and made it in outside of Germany. And because it's such a "crazy, vibrant city" where people come to a 6pm concert still in their business suits, and dance in the pouring rain til 10pm. Miami, "It's a great place to party" and South Africa "And I'm not just saying this because you're interviewing me."

Interview by Alistair Fairweather. The podcast features "Far Away", "Let Go" and "Haunted", all from Paul Van Dyk's new album In Between, which he's touring at the Global Breakthrough Festival in March in SA.

He grew up in East Berlin, listening illegally to dance music radio. He got his break by accident when someone passed on a mix tape portfolio he'd made. He's German (but don't hold it against him). He's Paul Van Dyk. Get up close and personal with the internationally acclaimed DJ, producer and composer in this in-depth interview.


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