Five Reasons Paul van Dyk Is Dance Music Most Christ-Like DJ

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Yesenia Hernandez
Dance music isn't a religion, but taking a look around today's dance floor might lead you to believe it's possible. It's not all sex and hedonism. These beat freaks are having life-changing experiences. And they flock from all over the world to pray at the altar of light and bpms.

And who presides over these sermons of peace and love? The mighty DJ is the wordless preacher of our era. And who among them reigns high above the masses? Why, German-born producer Paul van Dyk. He's been in the game for decades and continues to lead quite the Christ-like existence. Don't believe us? Check it out.

5. He was trained to be a humble carpenter.
Paul van Dyk (née Matthias Paul) was born on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall, and we mean Communist East Germany in December 1971. He was raised in a single-parent household. (Not quite a virgin birth, but there was an absent father.) Growing up, he worked as a broadcast technician and began training to become a carpenter, but he always had a deep love of music. And despite laws against Western pop, he discovered bands such as New Order and the Smiths. He and his mother escaped in November 1989, just a week before the Wall officially came down, and from that point, he abandoned carpentry for a different kind of build.

4. He helped lay the foundation for a movement.
This Jesus Christ-like superstar is one of the kings of contemporary trance. He began making waves in the early '90s with his own three-hour radio show in Germany. Next, he produced a miraculous, scene-defining remix of Humate's "Love Stimulation." And then, in 1996, van Dyk's second album, Seven Ways, produced several breakout hits, solidifying his place as a major proponent of trance's popular explosion. His classic '90s sound was characterized by lush soundscapes and shimmery textures, always pushing forward into an ecstatic rush. Still, like a lot of producers, he hated to be labeled and preferred that the music speak for itself.

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