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Paul van Dyk Announces Eighth Studio Album, From Then On

Paul van Dyk Announces Eighth Studio Album, From Then On

Out October 20th via VANDIT Records

 

Debuts Live Show Concept ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’

NYC Sept 23rd PlayStation Theater

Electronic music and trance pioneer Paul van Dyk today revealed he will release a new album on October 20th, From Then On - his first LP in almost three years and his eighth studio album overall.

From Then On marks a turning point in Paul’s life, an album born from a shift in perspective. The record was written while Paul was traveling across the globe, as he re-emerged from the rehabilitation process that followed his near-death accident in early 2016. These first few months of touring and playing saw Paul experience culture, music, politics and geography with a radically shifted viewpoint.

While the darkness of Paul’s personal suffering seemed mirrored in the turmoil of global events, Paul’s heightened awareness meant he also derived great joy from the simple acts he could perform himself, and a newfound appreciation for the small things in life. A sunset in Berlin, a walk through Central Park in New York - seemingly innocuous events became far more significant and in the everyday Paul started to notice and try to document the extraordinary.

From Then On is a record born from a renewed sense of being, it is uncompromising and urgent, the music Paul wanted and needed to write and play, in its purest and direct form. There was no A&R on the record or any pre-conceived notions of what the music should sound like, it was a return to a concise style of writing and recording, much of which took place on stage as Paul improvised ideas live, exploring and experiencing them with people, rather than in the solitude of a studio. This record feels alive, and its music Paul wants fans to hear together, an album that speaks to community and harmony over withdrawal and isolation.

From Then On is Paul’s most personal work to date while re-affirming his love and enthusiasm for trance. It’s a genre Paul has never turned away from, it musicality and expressiveness always allowed him to explore and evolve as an artist. Today trance as a genre feels more vital and authentic than ever. The music’s primal energy and drive are reinvigorating staid dancefloors, and its earnestness and authenticity are re-capturing the hearts and minds of both underground tastemakers and mainstage masses.

Three singles from the album have already been released, ‘Touched by Heaven’, ‘Everyone Needs Love' (w/ Ronald van Gelderen feat. Gaelan & Eric Lumiere) & 'Stronger Together' (w/ Pierre Pienaar). The album title track ‘From Then On’, a collaboration with VANDIT Records’ protegee Leroy Moreno, will be released September 22nd.

Prior to the album, Paul van Dyk will debut a new live show concept, ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’. AEON is an ancient theological word that roughly translates to ‘life & vitality’ - the over-arching themes behind both the new show concept and album. ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’ signals the next live chapter - not just physically but also creatively - for one of electronic music’s most enduring and visionary artists.

‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’ is a continuation of Paul van Dyk’s long history of experimenting with live performance. Paul has always been more than a DJ, never content to press play, his performance set-up has always been geared to live, allowing him to improvise and compose on stage. This will further evolve with ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’ where alongside his own new live-set-up, he’ll be joined on stage by two keyboardists.

‘I am incredibly excited to introduce AEON by Paul van Dyk’ to my fans. Music has a distinct ability to take people away from their problems and relieve anxiety and stress, and this is the feeling we are trying to enhance with this new show concept. This intensified experience of sights, sounds and sensations will be our next level of entertainment. Paired with music of my upcoming album ‘From Then On’, it’s going to be a celebration of trance, life and unity. ’ - Paul van Dyk

From Then On will be released on Paul van Dyk’s label, VANDIT Records, on October 20th.

'AEON by Paul van Dyk’ will make it’s debut in New York City on September 23rd at the Playstation Theater. Tickets are available for purchase here.

 

From Then On Tracklist:

1.  While You Were Gone (w/ Vincent Corver)
2.  Inhale (w/ M.I.K.E. Push & Fred Baker)
3.  Touched By Heaven
4.  I Am Alive
5.  Everyone Needs Love (w/ Ronald van Gelderen ft. Gaelan & Eric Lumiere)
6.  Breaking Dawn (w/ Alex M.O.R.P.H.)
7.  Vortex (w/ James Cottle)
8.  The Code (w/ Jordan Suckley)
9.  Stronger Together (w/ Pierre Pienaar)
10. From Then On (w/ Leroy Moreno)
11. Fairytales (w/ Steve Allen)
12. Close Call (w/ Tristan D)
13. Escape Reality Tonight (w/ Emanuele Braveri ft. Rebecca Louise Burch)
14. Safe Haven
 

'AEON by Paul van Dyk' tour dates:

September 23rd - New York City, NY - Playstation Theater

November 24-25 - San Bernardino, CA - NOS Events Center

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About Paul Van Dyk

Van Dyk’s story begins not in a superclub or on the main stage at a music festival, but in his mother’s kitchen. The year was 1985, and his family was living in Communist East Germany, which at the time was still divided by the Berlin wall known as the “Iron Curtain.” Paul spent much of his time tuning into the radio stations broadcasting from the West side of the wall; to him, they were his only connection to the outside world and a freer society.

It was on these airwaves that he first heard the sounds of electronic music. Such an event may seem trivial to some people, but it would prove to have a lifelong effect on the young teenager, who over the course of the next 30 years would go on to attain recognition not just as a forefather of trance, but as an overall icon of electronic music.

After briefly living in Hamburg, he then returned to Berlin in 1991, marking his first hometown performance that March at the just-opened club Tresor, which has since become one of the city’s cultural landmarks. Soon after he began DJing, van Dyk expanded his talents to making electronic music for himself. In 1994, he released his debut album, ‘45 RPM’; one of its tracks, “For An Angel,” is regarded by Mixmag as one of the greatest dance tracks of all time. In the following six years, van Dyk followed up with his 1996 album ‘Seven Ways,’ which put him firmly at the forefront of trance’s emerging scene.

The public recognition would only grow with the 1999 launch of his new DJ residency at Cream Amnesia in the world party capital of Ibiza; 17 years later, it’s still going strong as one of the longest-running residencies in clubbing history. In 2000, he launched his own label, VANDIT Records, its first release being his third album, ‘Out There and Back.’ In 2005, his fourth album ‘Reflections’ penetrated the pop culture membrane with a Grammy nomination in its first-year category of Best Dance/Electronica Album.

A further testament to his musical abilities, van Dyk has remixed some of electronic music’s biggest names—Deep Dish, Faithless, and Underworld, to name a few—in addition to Top 40 radio icons including Madonna, Britney Spears, and U2. His music can be heard in films such as ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,’ and ‘Zurdo’ (the latter for which he won a Mexican Oscar), as well as for HBO, Land Rover, and Motorola commercials; and the ‘Mirror’s Edge’ video game.

Having been exposed to a larger audience, van Dyk aimed to reach higher heights as dance music broke out of clubs and raves and into public consciousness. His next two albums, 2007’s ‘In Between’ and 2012’s ‘Evolution’ yielded both critical and commercial success—Mixmag wrote that van Dyk had "achieved evolution in both name and nature," while DJ Mag called it "impressive" and "multidimensional." In 2008, his New Year gig in Rio de Janeiro set attendance records with 1.3 million people coming out.

All fame and club-hopping aside, van Dyk also has a political side he’s not afraid to showcase. In 2001, he started a mix compilation series titled ‘The Politics of Dancing,’ which was inspired by observing people of warring regions Palestine and Israel dancing together in peace. In 2010, he returned to Berlin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Wall with a one-day event aptly called We Are One, and in 2015, he wrapped up his Politics series with his seventh album ‘The Politics of Dancing 3.’ He has also taken up the banner for charities such as Rückenwind, which helps underprivileged children in Berlin; India’s Akanksha Foundation; the FEED Project; Peace One Day; and anti-war and voting movements such as Rock the Vote. His philanthropic endeavors were rewarded with Berlin’s Medal of Honor, as well as with MTV’s Chiuku award.

The coveted Medal of Honor is one in a long string of awards and accolades van Dyk has accumulated. His storied career has seen him achieve the longest run on the Top 100 DJs chart, including two years at No. 1; multiple IDMA awards; and Mixmag declaring him their “Man of the Year.” Last year, he won Mexico's Lunas del Auditorio award for Best Electronic Music Live Artist.


Over 30 years on from that first serendipitous encounter with electronic music on West Berlin’s radio airwaves, Paul van Dyk is himself inspiring newcomers to his culture. Come to any of his shows today and you’ll see on the dancefloor the free world he for a time could only imagine from behind the Iron Curtain: people of all ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and walks of life coming together to escape the world’s realities, celebrate, and live in the moment. “To me,” he says, “only dance music has this power to reconcile the historic divisions of the planet like this.”