Legendary status gets thrown around much too often, but Paul van Dyk is more than deserving of the title. He’s been a crucial pioneer in electronic music for decades and continues to push the boundaries, helping to establish the foundation of trance in the early ’90s and supplying the scene with dancefloor anthems through his Vandit label. He’s played an integral role in developing the booming dance music industry, guiding the scene with each passing year.
There are many accomplishments that help to define who Paul van Dyk is as an artist. He was the first DJ to receive a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance/Electronic album and has sold millions of albums, a major feat for a dance music producer. Plus, his melodic and high energy performances have captivated crowds with his unique approach. Now on the eve of his latest album, titled ‘From Then On’, and the debut of a new live show concept dubbed AEON, Mixmag is looking back on van Dyk’s fabled legacy.
Check out the most iconic moments from Paul van Dyk’s career, which prove he is a true trance master.
HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘45 RPM’ AND ‘FOR AN ANGEL’
Paul van Dyk established himself as an electronic innovator early on in his career. His debut album, ‘45 RPM’, released in 1994, set the foundation for his approach to dance music, focusing on captivating melodies and driving rhythms while also contrasting delicate and rugged textures. Standout tracks include ‘Pump This Party’, ‘Emergency’, ‘Spannung’ and, of course, iconic ballad ‘A Magical Moment’. Not to mention ‘For An Angel’, a euphoric production that helped set the stage for the trance genre. Now, over two decades since the release of his debut album, the material still sounds fresh
HIS GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR ‘REFLECTIONS’
The same year of coveting Mixmag’s first Number One DJ milestone, Paul procured his first Grammy nomination with his 2003 album ‘Reflections’ for Best Dance/Electronic Album Of The Year (the category was not available when the album was released).
Van Dyk went head-to-head with The Prodigy, Paul Oakenfold and The Crystal Method, the final victory going to Basement Jaxx for ‘Kish Kash’.