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23:30 Paul van Dyk: Guiding Light
One of the most iconic DJs and producers in dance music history, Paul van Dyk has been synonymous with trance since the mid-'90s. With early productions like his 1993 remix of Humate's "Love Stimulation" and the 1994 classic "For an Angel," he blended minor-key melodies with ecstatic beats, helping to establish the progressive trance sound that would become inescapable by the end of the decade. As dance music increased in mainstream popularity throughout the world, and the phenomenon of superclubs emerged, van Dyk became immensely successful, regularly selling out venues around the globe. Around 2000, van Dyk began collaborating with vocalists more frequently, resulting in his biggest pop hits, including the U.K. Top Ten-charting "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" featuring Saint Etienne. He continued to infiltrate the mainstream through his remixes of pop stars like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. He also became more politically active, speaking openly against war and initiating a series of releases titled The Politics of Dancing in 2001. By the mid-2000s, he was regularly receiving high-profile recognition in the form of a Grammy nomination and awards from various dance publications. He remained highly productive throughout the 2010s, releasing albums such as 2012's Evolution and 2017's From Then On, in addition to hosting his weekly VONYC Sessions mix show and remaining an in-demand club and festival DJ.
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