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Disc jockey and trance music pioneer Matthias Paul (best known under his stage name, Paul van Dyk) was born in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany in 1971. The media was heavily regulated in communist East Germany during his childhood; as a result, Paul had to resort to extreme means to hear Western music - in high school, he often illegally tuned into American radio stations broadcast from West Germany and purchased cassette tapes smuggled into the country. Though his family was able to leave East Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall, Paul elected to move to Berlin in 1990 to pursue a musical career.

Paul became a fixture in the burgeoning Berlin trance scene, headlining popular events and becoming one of the city's most popular disc jockeys. His popularity began to explode nationwide after an appearance on German television in 1993. After releasing a number of independent albums throughout the very early 1990's, Paul released his first full-length trance album 45 RPM in 1994, quickly following it up with his second album Seven Ways in 1996. Both albums were initially confined to a Germany-only release until 1998, when electronic label Mute Records (Moby, Depeche Mode) opted to release both in the United States.

His third album Out There and Back received a worldwide release in 2000. A two-disc double album, it is widely hailed by critics as his best album. It produced a number of singles, including "Another Way" and "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)", his highest charting song on the UK Singles Chart to date. He released his next album, Grammy-nominated Reflections, in late 2003. Standout tracks from the album include "Nothing But You", "Time of Our Lives", and "Crush".

Van Dyk's most recent album In Between was released in late 2007, to tremendous praise worldwide. The album reached the #115 spot on the Billboard 200 (a rather impressive feat for a foreign trance album) and the #2 spot on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart, as well as the sixteenth spot on the Mexican Albums Chart. The album features appearances by David Byrne of Talking Heads and Jessica Sutta of the Pussycat Dolls. Two singles have since been released from In Between; "White Lies" and "Let Go".

From Discogs:

DJ since 1991, working in the german club Dubmission (Berlin). In 1999, the readers of the english magazine "DJ" voted Paul as the "Best Music Maker". Then, at the 1999 Music Awards in London, he received the "Best international DJ award". The "Ministry of Sound" Magazine elected him as the "Best international DJ", and his regular 6 hour set at "Gatecrasher" was voted as the "second best club night ever" by the readers of the English magazine "Muzik". His hit singles "Another Way", "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" and "We Are Alive" spent several weeks at number 1 on the German Dance charts, and also reached number 7 on the UK sales charts. He continuously moved-up in "DJ Magazine's" annual list of the "Top 100 DJ´s worldwide" where he was voted as number 1 DJ of the world in 2005; then in September 1999, "Mixmag" Magazine elected him as "Man of the year" and "Muzik Magazine" named him as "Leader of the Trance Nation". He is married to Natascha Van Dyk, who also appears on some of his releases.

From Lastfm:

Grammy nominated artist and globally acclaimed DJ and Producer Paul van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music charts and appears at the pinnacle of every Top DJ list across the globe. His fifth original album In Between was released August 2007 and features collaborations with David Byrne and Jessica Sutta. PvD is renowned as one of the hardest working artists, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival, and a hugely successful recording career.

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Matthias Paul, better known by his stage name Paul van Dyk (born (1971-12-16)16 December 1971) is a German Grammy Award-winning Electronic Dance Music DJ, musician and record producer. One of the first true Superstar DJs, Paul van Dyk was one of the first artists to receive a Grammy nomination in the newly added category of Best Dance/Electronic album for his 2004 release Reflections. He was named the World's No. 1 DJ in both 2005 and 2006, something less than a handful of DJs have ever achieved. Paul van Dyk is the only DJ to hold a spot in the World's Top 10 DJs since 1998. He is also the first DJ to be named No. 1 by Mixmag in 2005. As of 2007, he sold over 4.5 million albums worldwide.

A trance producer starting in the early 1990s, Paul quickly achieved popularity with his remix of "Love Stimulation" by Humate on the record label MFS in 1993 and with his hit single "For an Angel," but, in recent times, he no longer likes to describe his music as trance, but rather simply as electronic dance music.

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