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Paul Van Dyk

From early Berlin techno and house through to progressive trance, producer/DJ Paul Van Dyk has soundtracked the German electronic dance scene ever since he moved to the city and began mixing in 1988. A native of an East German town near Frankfurt, Van Dyk first heard house music on the radio during the mid-'80s. Soon he was experimenting with a rudimentary turntable setup, and after hitting Berlin, he gigged around the city. By 1991, he had appeared at the legendary Tresor club; he later set up his own E-Werk club, and debuted on record as Visions of Shiva, with fellow trance wizard Cosmic Baby. He remixed for New Order, Humate, Sven Vth and others, then signed to the German MFS Records for his first album, 1994's 45 RPM. By the midpoint of the 1990s, Paul Van Dyk had become a globe-trotting DJ and remixer. His second album Seven Ways resulted in British and German dance-chart entries for the singles "Beautiful Place," "Forbidden Fruit" and "Words." While both of his albums were issued in America during 1998, Van Dyk added a remix collection (Perspective) and mix album (Vorsprung Dyk Technik) to his discography. 45 RPM followed soon after, and 2000 saw the release of the single "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" and the albums Out There and Back and We Are Alive. As a follow up to global club dates in support of the two albums Van Dyk released an EP, The Columbia, in mid 2001. John Bush

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