From the origin of a single remix, an extraordinary music career set in motion. Throughout its course, it has given rise to terms including ‘genre creator’, ‘visionary’ and ‘studio maven’, as well as others like ‘pacifist’, ‘activist’ and ‘world-citizen’. All designations regularly used to describe the life and times of GRAMMY nominated DJ/producer and dance music icon, Paul van Dyk. Following the scene’s first gleaming, 20 plus years ago, he became trance music’s internationally recognized torchbearer. From there he’s gone from vanguard to its single most enduring influence.
Music was the first significant window to the cultural vibrancy and important issues of the world for Paul van Dyk, who was raised under the shadow of the Berlin Wall, so he doesn't exactly have much patience for those who specialize in the disposable.
"I grew up in East Germany and I always used to listen to the radio when I did my homework," he remembers. "The only way to connect with free society and the outside world was the radio. Music changed my life when I was 10-years-old. Radio DJs are the ones who opened up my connection to the world."
"Music, for me, was always the playground for something new," he says. "When I started nearly 20 years ago, the DJ was the freak in the corner while everybody else in the room had fun," he recalls. "Now, obviously it's a very different perspective on what electronic music is, and now I'm literally composing songs live in front of my audiences. I couldn't have done any of it without all of the other artists putting out their idea of what electronic music is, and that's what makes our musical genre so unique."
Paul van Dyk has spent more than half his life as a composer and DJ. This journey of art and passion has led him to perform in front of an estimated over three million people each year. Part of the secret to his longevity is that he is what he represents. [from Paul van Dyk biography]
Saturday, December 28th 2013
The MID and React present...
PAUL VAN DYK
For Tables and Birthday Packages
306 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL. 60661
10pm-5am | 21+
312-265-3990 (info/table reservations)
Strict Dress Code Rules Apply
No Gym Shoes, No Hats, No Sports Attire, No Graphic Tees, No Shorts
Dress to Impress - Collared Shirts Recommended