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article imageCatching up with Paul van Dyk: 'The Politics of Dancing 3' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 14, 2015 in Music
New York - German DJ and producer Paul van Dyk sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about his newest album and future plans, prior to his show at Pacha in New York.
On the song selection process for his newest offering, The Politics of Dancing 3, he said, "It is an album that is really, really close to me. Obviously, the whole concept started as a DJ mix compilation, and this time around, it changed into an artist collaboration album, so there is much more 'me' in this album, so therefore, it is even closer to me."
Paul van Dyk shared his excitement for the album being released, thus being available to his fans. He is drawn to electronic music due to its "passion and energy," both of which are palpable. "The fact that you can take so much good, positive energy into your every-day life and do something good with it," he said.
New York has a special place in his heart, especially since it has afforded him the pleasure to perform shows at Central Park over the years. "Central Park is such an amazing location. I wish the authorities would still allow us to do shows there in the summer, but now we do other things," he said.
When asked to reflect upon the success of his last decade, he noted that he has been surrounded by "a very passionate team that supports a very passionate artist."
Last summer, Paul van Dyk performed a live concert at Loca Club in Diakofto in Egion, Greece. "It is always great. We are going back to Greece in the next three weeks at Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos. It is always fantastic, despite the politics that are going on there," he said. "The German people and the Greek people come from the same wavelength. We like to have a good time, we like good food, and we like to have a happy and healthy life. It is always great to be down there."
He added, "I love the Greek food. My girlfriend and I have a favorite Greek restaurant called 'Sophia,' which makes the best tzatziki in the world."
Each day, Paul van Dyk is driven simply by making music. "I don't think I need to be really motivated," he said.
His hit single "Eternity," featuring Adam Young from Owl City, has gone viral on YouTube and it was a critical success with fans and critics. "It is always great when you do something that connects to the audience," he said.
For aspiring DJs, the electronic dance king said, "Stick exactly to what you believe in, and don't try to copy the people that are already out there."
When asked if he still has one of the most frequent flyer miles on Luftansa, he responded, "No, I actually have the fourth most on British Airways."
The key to longevity in the music industry for Paul van Dyk is the authenticity in one's craft. "Honesty and integrity is really important. I wouldn't just do something for short-time success," he said.
He concluded our interview by expressing his gratitude for his fans, and by furnishing his definition of success. "Getting up in the morning, being kissed by my girlfriend, and having a healthy breakfast," he said.
Electronic music fans can check out his latest album on iTunes, by clicking here.
For more information on Paul van Dyk and his new music, check out his official homepage.
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