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Paul van Dyk:
Grammy nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ and Producer Paul van Dyk
continues to dominate the electronic music charts and appears at the pinnacle of every Top DJ list across the globe. PvD, as his fans have nicknamed him, is currently ranked the Worlds No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine's "Top 100 DJs poll" for the second consecutive year. His new original album In Between will be in stores August 2007 and features collaborations with David Byrne and Jessica Sutta of the Pussycat Dolls.
PvD is renowned as one of the hardest working artists, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival, and a hugely successful recording career. With over 3 million albums sold worldwide, van Dyk travels around the world over 16 times each year to sold out performances internationally. 2007 alone has brought us PvD remixes of Depeche Modes "Martyr" and Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around."
PvD received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Dance/Electronic Album for his original album Reflections, this marked the first time NARAS recognized this category. His original productions from Reflections have been synced into major motion pictures such as Into the Blue, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, television's Entertainment Tonight and MTV's Cribs, and international ad campaigns for Motorola, HBO, Land Rover, Ski Vail and most recently for Jeep. This year he won the International Dance Music Award (IDMA) for Best Euro DJ.
Previously, PvD won four IDMAs in 2006: Best Global DJ, Best NuNRG/Euro Track, Best Producer and Best Mix Compilation for The Politics fo Dancing 2. In addition, PvD was voted "America's Favorite DJ" for 2004 and 2005 by BPM Magazine and was the big winner at the 2004 Dancestar Awards, taking home 3 awards: Best International DJ, Best Event and Best Music in a Commercial (Motorola). He also won the Mexican Oscar for his soundtrack in the film Zurdo in March 2004. Paul van Dyk
was voted "Best Music Maker" by DJ Magazine, received the "Best International DJ Award" at the 1999 Music Awards in London, was named "Best International DJ" by Ministry of Sound Magazine, and Mixmag elected him as "Man of the Year".
Aside from his musical activity, Paul van Dyk
has always dedicated a significant part of his life to politics and social justice: from his youth, when he fled over the Berlin Wall to the West, to his childrens charity in Indias Mumbai, and his partnership scheme with the German Red Cross to help poor children in Berlin. In 2004, PvD was the only electronic artist involved in a nationwide tour with the Rock The Vote campaign, where he joined the likes of Bono, P Diddy, the Black Eyed Peas and George Clinton in campaigning for America's youth to sign up to vote in the presidential election. He most recently received Berlin's Medal of Honor (Landesverdienstorden) in recognition of his work with Ruckenwind, a charity organization he founded dedicated to helping poor children in Berlin. He joins a distinguished list of arts and political establishment figures with this honor.
Born in Eisenhuettenstadt, East Germany, Paul van Dyk
grew up in communist East Berlin. Because his community did not have a true club culture, Paul van Dyk
listened to the radio where he discovered his passion for music that extended beyond Techno music he wanted to create a different, more unique sound. In the early 1990's Paul van Dyk
was spinning regularly at various clubs in Berlin before releasing his first album 45 RPM in 1994. But it wasnt until the release of his second album Seven Ways which catapulted him into the Top 100, followed by the release of his hit single "For An Angel," which began to earn him praise across the globe. By the time Paul van Dyk
released Out There & Back in 2000, it became clear that the Berlin-based musician had far more to offer than his signature club sets and remixes that had already defined him as one of the most influential DJs and producers of all time. His first compilation mix CD Politics of Dancing was released in 2001, followed by Global in 2003; a DVD which illustrates his own experiences traveling the world.
Paul van Dyk
created a revolutionary and visionary concept to offer internet users legal electronic music downloads called VONYC.com; a combination of radio and a music download shop overseen by specialists focused on the electronic dance scene.
Paul van Dyk
s touring diary remains incredibly hectic with regular globetrotting stops at major venues across the globe from New York, London, Ibiza to India, China and Singapore. In the little time remaining between all the travel, Paul van Dyk
resides in Berlin where he has his own radio show "Paul van Dyk
's VONYC Sessions", which airs weekly on Area 33 on Sirius Radio on Thursday nights at 6PM EST (and rebroadcasts Saturdays at 8PM EST and Tuesdays at Midnight EST) and Soundgarden which airs every Wednesday 2pm - 4pm (EST) on Fritz radio and over the internet (www.fritz.de).
www.paulvandyk.com and www.myspace.com/paulvandyk
Where does Eric Prydz
spend most of his time? "On trains," he says. "No seriously. I've done the calculations. I've travelled more this year than I ever have. Macedonia, a lot of Eastern European shows. Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, they've always been into techno, but now there are the bigger events like Global Gathering, and there wasn't so much of that before. The crowds are so excited and so into the music and the whole vibe, it's just a pleasure playing over there."
Between gigs, Prydz has managed to finish his Pryda album, something he's been working on for the past four or so years. "It's a big achievement for me, that it's finally finished." Also near completion is a multi-media platform ericprydz.tv, which was much of 2009 in the making.
"Over the years, I've not been all that press-friendly," he says. "I don't do that many interviews, I'd rather the music was the focus. But this platform is a way to get closer to the people who buy the music. So I've spent all year with a film crew with me, so people can see a bit more in depth.
"When I was growing up with music, all the Detroit guys and people like Thomas Bangalter, they never did much press or promotion, which made it all the more cool and exciting. You had to go out and find the music."
..Let us introduce to you – Hardwell!....
At just 21 it’s fair to say he’s ‘been around’ if you take into consideration his achievements over the past 18 months. His passion for music, in particular his love of all things house, has helped this multi-talented producer climb his way to the top. Hardwell’s overall talent is recognised by the dance music industry as a new, exciting and refreshing take on a scene that continues to evolve and with an apparent everlasting shelf life!....
“Guess What”, a recent co-production with Chuckie, is likely to be one of the most played underground house records of the past two years, his “Show Me Love vs. Be” bootleg of Steve Angello and Laidback Luke’s track was one of the biggest dance hits of last year and “MRKRSTFT” has been included in almost all of the house compilations of 2008. ....
On top of this pronounced success stories, Hardwell has also topped the leading Dutch chart ‘Dance-Tunes.com’ a grand total of 6 times in the past 12 months. He has also taken up remix duties for artists such as Chris Lake, Funkerman, Laidback Luke, Sharam (Deep Dish), Steve Angello, Booty Luv and Hi_Tack amongst others…need we go on?....
Hardwell's series of "Eclectic Beatz" belong to the best selling mix albums of the last few years.....
Behind the decks Hardwell never fails to deliver, his exceptional technical skills, variety of music and that added personal touch make him stand out, and he’s ready to bring this to the masses. ....
There’s a new kid on the block, and he’s here to stay.....