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Paul van Dyk Releases New Album, From Then On

Paul van Dyk Releases New Album, From Then On

8th Studio Album Overall, Out Today on VANDIT Records

Listen to From Then On HERE

Iconic German trance producer & DJ Paul van Dyk has today released his 8th album, a fantastic 14-track LP entitled From Then On. The album is another classic trance record from one of dance music’s most beloved and longest enduring artists.

From Then On was made in the months following a horrific accident in which van Dyk fell through a poorly designed stage during a headlining festival appearance in Europe in early 2016. Following months of recuperation, during which van Dyk was unsure if he’d ever be able to walk again let alone be making music and touring the world, van Dyk returned to the studio and began piecing together early ideas that would eventually evolve into the album. Having gone through one of the most unfortunate experience any performing artist could ever imagine, van Dyk emerged from the ordeal with a reinvigorated sense of purpose and rejuvenated passion for making music and sharing it with the world.

The album was prefaced by 4 singles; Touched By Heaven, Everyone Needs Love (w/ Ronald van Gelderen ft. Gaelan & Eric Lumiere), Stronger Together (w/ Pierre Pienaar), and the aptly titled track, I AM ALIVE.

There was no A&R pushing the direction of the album or any sort of gimmicky marketing attempts to increase the commercial viability of the record. From Then On is instead a collection of meaningful songs that is designed to re-invoke a sense of nostalgia for trance’s glory days in the late 90s and turn of the millennium. While a number of producers and DJs have gravitated to the pop-friendly sounds and format of EDM, Paul van Dyk has remained steadfast, delivering some of the most euphoric and uplifting sounds that trance music has to offer, both through his albums and in his exquisitely produced live show.

To celebrate the release of From Then On, Paul van Dyk has established a brand new live show, AEON by Paul van Dyk, specifically to present the new album to fans in a live format. AEON by Paul van Dyk debuted at the PlayStation Theatre in NYC in late September, and was met by rave reviews from the press and fans alike. The next performance of AEON by Paul van Dyk will be the headlining set at the Dreamstate SoCal festival in San Bernardino on November 24th. Buy tickets from Dreamstate SoCal here and check out Paul van Dyk’s full tour dates:

 

October 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Rumor Nightclub
October 28 - Miami, FL - Heat
November 24 - San Bernardino, CA - Dreamstate SoCal
November 25 - Chicago, IL - Trance Arena

 

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

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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.”