Paul van Dyk Net Worth
Paul van Dyk’s net worth is estimated around $60 million. He is a Grammy Award-winning DJ, producer, and musician. He won the “Top DJ” Award in the World in 2005 and again in 2006. This recognition helped put him in a small percentage of DJs that few have achieved. His real name, Matthias Paul was forsaken in favor of the more catchy, “Paul van Dyk” name. He has been successful under this stage name, and his bank account shows it! Van Dyk says he doesn’t want to lead people, but he does want to inspire them.
Who is Paul van Dyk?
He is a Grammy Award-winning DJ most known for having sold over 4.5 million albums worldwide. In 2011, he was named the Longest Running DJ In Top 10 Of DJ’s Mag Top 100 DJ’s (13 years as of 2011).
Paul van Dyk Family Life
He was born Matthias Paul in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany. He grew up in East Berlin in a single parent household; his father left when he was four years old.
Paul van Dyk Before Fame
He initially received education as a carpenter before transitioning into music.
Paul van Dyk Early Life and Career
From early Berlin techno and house through progressive trance, producer/DJ Paul van Dyk has soundtracked the German electronic dance scene ever since he moved to the city and began mixing in 1988. A native of a German town near Frankfurt, van Dyk first heard house music on the radio during the mid-’80s. Soon he was experimenting with a rudimentary turntable setup, and after hitting Berlin, he gigged around the city. By 1991, he had appeared at the legendary Tresor club; he later set up his own E-Werk club, and debuted on record as Visions of Shiva, with fellow trance wizard Cosmic Baby. He remixed for New Order, Humate, Sven Väth, and others, then signed to the German MFS Records for his first album, 1994’s 45 RPM. By the midpoint of the ’90s, van Dyk had become a globe-trotting DJ and remixer. His second album, Seven Ways, resulted in British and German dance chart entries for the singles “Beautiful Place,” “Forbidden Fruit,” and “Words.” While both of his albums were issued in America during 1998, van Dyk added a remix collection (Perspective) and mix album (Vorsprung Dyk Technik) to his discography.
The year 2000 saw the release of the single “Tell Me Why (The Riddle),” the album Out There and Back, and the EP We Are Alive. As a follow-up to global club dates in support of those releases, van Dyk released another EP, Columbia, in mid-2001. After a relatively quiet 2002 (on the recording front), van Dyk returned with a mix-album/greatest-hits/DVD (Global), the soundtrack to a film (Zurdo), and a new production album (Reflections). He released the second volume of his Politics of Dancing mix album series in 2005 and returned with another studio album, In Between, in 2007. The remix effort Hands on in Between followed a year later, and live DJ gigs, remix work for others, and his own mix albums kept Van Dyk from releasing a studio effort for the next four years. He returned in 2012 with album Evolution, along with the single “Eternity” featuring Owl City frontman Adam Young. A year later he issued the (R)evolution: The Remixes collection, while 2015 saw his long-running mix series becoming a trilogy with the release of The Politics of Dancing, Vol. 3. After issuing the collaborative Berlinition with Chris Bekker and Chris Montana in 2016, van Dyk released the single “I Am Alive” from From Then On, which arrived in late 2017.
Paul van Dyk Bio Info
Born: 16 December 1971 (age 46 years), Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
Full name: Matthias Paul
Genres: Trance music, Techno
Movies: Zurdo, Rise: Story of Rave Outlaw Disco Donnie, Paul Van Dyk: Global, One Perfect Day
Labels: Vandit; Armada; Spinnin’; Ultra; Deviant; Mute; MFS; Universal Music
Instruments: Keyboards; mixer; synthesizer; turntables
Paul van Dyk Quotes
- Music should either move your feet or move your heart. – Paul van Dyk
- I wouldn’t call myself a leader. I don’t want to lead people, I want to tempt them, I want to create a new world for them, just for that very small moment, when they are losing themselves in my music. I want to inspire them. – Paul van Dyk
- Since the early days of humankind, dancing was always an expression of feeling good, and making someone feel good is the main intention of DJ’ing. I don’t see the point of playing a record that makes people stand there, look at you and say “Umm, very interesting”. – Paul van Dyk
Paul van Dyk Videos on YouTube
A backstage interview of Paul van Dyk.
Legendary DJ/Producer Paul Van Dyke speaks with Radio.com about watching the EDM scene blow into a cultural movement.