An icon to the dance music world, and a revolutionary leader in production; Paul Van Dyk is a figure that not only represents undeniable expertise and talent but also, resilience. After a fatal accident that left him in the hospital last year, he's back on the map and paving the road to the rebirth of trance music. His passion for music and, trance in general, seeps through his strong dedication to his music, label and more.

He's coming off of a nation-wide Dreamstate tour stopping in San Diego and finishing at the mega trance event, Dreamstate SF this Memorial Day Weekend. He's the father figure for the Dreamstate movement that's been sweeping the nation ever seen its introduction in 2016, where trance, some may call the “lost genre” was found again with very open arms.

Paul reflects on his past, present, and future, coming off of one of the most turbulent years of his life,

What's some advice you would give to yourself as a young producer?

 

Always try to make music that resonates with you personally. Aim to make music that you yourself want to listen to, rather than trying to make songs that the mainstream will enjoy. The same goes for collaborations. I always try to work with musicians that share the same passion for the music, instead of working with someone purely because they are popular in that moment.

 

What do you want to take away most from this tour? What do you want your fans to experience most from this tour in particular?

 

This tour means a lot to me, as it is the first full-length tour I’ve done in over a year. Touring is undoubtedly one of the greatest aspects of being a musician, and I love nothing more than traveling the world and playing my music for fans who really appreciate this music.

 

Who's an artist you've been listening to lately and believe in?

 

Alex M.O.R.P.H. is one of my favorite artists today. He’s joining me on this Dreamstate tour. He released a track on Vandit Records a couple months ago with Kim Kiona called ‘Coming Home’, that I’ve been listening to a lot recently.

 

How do you feel about trance's resurgence over the last few years, esp with the unfolding of Dreamstate as a brand?

 

The fact that Dreamstate still regularly attracts tens of thousands of people at festivals is clearly a sign that trance music is as alive and well today as it was 20 years ago. EDM has essentially become pop music today, but true electronic music is still as in demand today as it’s ever been in my personal opinion. I’m honored to be headlining the first ever Dreamstate tour, and the way the tour has gone so far, this certainly won’t be the last time they’ll be doing this.

Catch Paul Van Dyk in San Diego and at Dreamstate this weekend!