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Paul van Dyk on his love for Australia, Trance & upcoming tour

Multi-award winning DJ/Producer and internationally renowned Trance envoy, Paul van Dyk says “he’s really looking forward to be back in Australia.”

We took some time to hook up with the legend, to talk about his love for Australia, upcoming sets at Dreamstate Melbourne and Genesis White, and of course, Trance!

“Having experienced playing Dreamstate’s US events, I think that the guys from Insomniac will be importing something really special to Melbourne. In terms of the show and its production alone, it’s going to be spectacular,” Paul van Dyk revealed.

The Trance icon has recently been in the studio working with, and remixing some artists that are part of his record label, VANDIT and says “Dreamstate and Genesis White will certainly be hearing the music that’s come out of those sessions with Alex M.O.R.P.H. (‘We Are’) and Chris Bekker (‘Berlinition‘ & ‘We Can Be’) and more.”

You’ve been travelling to Australia for many years now – what do you love most about our country?

 Most of the times I have been in Australia to perform and I can say the crowd is among the most amazing audiences around the world. You guys know about music and you are passionate about it. On other occasions I traveled around and visited ‘The 12 Apostles’ and Phillip Island and saw those little penguins who are definitely a must see.

Oh, and the food is great, too so, as you can see, I love coming to Australia.

What is it like when you look out at the crowd at that sea of people and everyone is pulsing to the music that you are playing?

Every time people respond to the music with passion when they come and see me performit motivates me to go back into the studio and make more music. It’s an entirely reciprocal thing, and one that’s been happening now for 2 decades of more. My desire to make music has only grown over that time.  

Can you tell us more about the music you are currently working on. Any plans for a new artist album?

There are plans indeed, but they’re really only starting to take shape again nowWe were planning on releasing a new album this year, but because of an accident earlier this year I lost all the time and some focus on it, that’s not going to happen. But the plan is now for it to be finished for early in 2017.

Apart from music, what are your other passions in life?

I have quite a few. I like reading. If it’s fiction, I like to be taken away into some otherworldly environment and drift off. If it’s more factual, I like to read about other peoples view on certain topics. And I like to cook whenever possible.

What has been the most life-changing moment in your career to this day?

I still remember the feeling of holding a test pressing of my very first recording in my hand. I was driving home with the subway and I held it up like a trophy. That was the moment that made me want to make music forever.

Despite of that rather personal moment, I shared so many amazing times with passionate music lovers all over the world that I can truly say every one of those moments holds a special place in my life.

And on a more serious note, I had a very bad accident while performing which left me with life threatening injuries and some long lasting health issues. My view on important things like love, health and passion for what you do has even more focused somehow.

What has the world of Trance brought to the table that nothing else can even remotely compare to? 

I’m not quite sure about “even remotely compares to“, but in general I’d ‘say positivity’. 

If you simply count the amount of smiling faces you see on a trance floor, it tells you all you need to know. Positivity, in general, is taken a bit for grantedDon’t underrate it!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your Aussie fans?

 I can’t wait to see you at the Hordern Pavilion and Hisense Arena next month, guys!

Buy Dreamstate Melbourne 2016 Tickets here.

Buy Genesis White 2016 Tickets here.

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Written by Miguel Ramirez

My name is Miguel, and i'm a trance addict.

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