Jan 19, 2012
Paul van Dyk

Legendary DJ Paul van Dyk has seemingly done it all, but he’s not about to quit. With a new VoNYC compilation and upcoming album “Evolution,” Paul continues to push his boundaries in new directions. Read on for his interesting thoughts about the future sounds of dance music.

Paul van Dyk - Rock This (V1 Edit) [VANDIT]
LessThan3: Do you focus at all on what is the current popular sound whenever you create your music?
Paul: I have never been an easygoing dance radio artist. Even with the poppiest approach I’ve ever done, you still find dirty, clubby Berlin roots in my music. If you listen to my previous albums, you hear that I was doing a lot of electro sounds before everyone else was—just listen to tracks I did with BT in ’96. I’ve always been experimenting with sounds and bringing them together into a piece of music.
LessThan3: Where do you see the dance scene headed in the next ten years or so?
Paul: This big pop/electronic overkill is going to probably go down like hip hop is sort of doing now. It always goes in waves. This left-field, electro stuff will continue to grow, and everything else is as strong as it always has been. Dance music grew from a subculture to the biggest youth culture in the world without radio play. There are so many creative artists who do phenomenal things every day and there are so many people who are inspired by it, regardless of if you hear the music on the radio. 99% of the music I’ve done has never been played on the radio except for specialized shows, and it’s part of what this whole thing became.
LessThan3: What do you think of Skrillex?
Paul: He’s very creative, but in the end it’s a question of whether other individuals can form something modern and new out of that sound and be creative with it. I actually find that kind of music hard to dance to—it almost holds you back in a way, but that being said, it’s f*cking amazing to listen to.
LessThan3: Which producer do you think is the next big thing in this scene?
Paul: I was wrong so many times because I was probably looking at something else than others, but if Arty plays it right, I think he’s gonna last. There’s a lot of creative potential there. He’s actually going to be featured on my upcoming Evolution album.
LessThan3: What about an underdog that you really like?
Paul: Tyler Michaud. When you listen to his tracks there are these whole soundscapes to them—it’s like youre listening to two different things at the same time that somehow synchronize. That’s the stuff I’m looking for though; it might not be the next big thing, but I was never really about the next big thing.
LessThan3: Do you play any acoustic instruments?
Paul: I’ve done everything from playing guitar to producing a rock band and playing with classical orchestra. I can also play anything that can be played with keys. Some of my new album was composed by me sitting in my garden with my guitar and strumming on chords.
LessThan3: How did you go about compiling the tracks for your new VoNYC Compilation?
Paul: The compilation includes the tracks that people requested the most on the show, as well as the tracks I liked the most, and also the tracks that were the big influencers. On this and all the VoNYC compilations, though, the decision is basically the listeners’.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Paul: Empire of Dirt by Johnny Cash. It’s very sad, and if I knew it was the end I would probably listen to that track because I would be quite sad.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Paul: Intense, Energetic, Meaningful.
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