Berlin techno, house and progressive trance producer and DJ Paul Van Dyk has been creating the German electronic dance scene ever since he moved to the city and began mixing in '88. Born in a German town near Frankfurt, Van Dyk first heard house music on the radio during the '80s, when he began experimenting with a rudimentary turntable setup. In '91 he had already appeared at the famous Tresor club and began remixing for New Order, Humate, Sven Veth. His first album 45 RPM was released in 1994, Seven Ways in '96, Nervous Innovators Vol. III in '99, Out There And Back in 2000, and Reflections in 2003. His albums resulted in British and German dance-chart singles "Beautiful Place," "Forbidden Fruit," and "Words."
Paul Van Dyk may be a German artist, but his extensive club tours and mixes have influenced many more than mere Germans. He has taken his ear for beats and sounds and mixed them with pop traditions to make techno that is not only palatable, but appreciated by those not in the techno world.