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Interview:
Hits, App, New Music Keeps Paul Van Dyk Busy
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Paul Van Dyk has no problem assembling 13 tracks for his new bestof collection, “Volume.” He just wishes he could have included even more.

“There was so much more I would have liked to have put together on something that’s called best-of,” says the German electronic dance music artist. “One of the thoughts I had was I wish I could put, like, 10 CDs together. But I took a traditional and normal approach; these are the tracks that had the best response (from) my audience.

“I do wish at one point I can put a whole box together that includes everything, though.”

That would be a substantial package. Van Dyk, 37, has spent nearly 20 years not only making his own music but also remixing for others; a second CD included in “Volume” includes his spins on songs by U2, Justin Timberlake, Depeche Mode and Britney Spears, among others. On top of that, recently he’s scored EA’s new Grand Slam Tennis video game, which has piqued his interest in doing more in the gaming world.

Van Dyk is also hawking an iPhone application that includes tools for dance club DJs (“So it’s more than just a gadget,” he notes) as well as fanfriendly “fun stuff” like a virtual glow stick that changes colors when the device is shaken.

“I love what I do,” says Van Dyk, who’s in the “writing phase” for his next album, which he hopes to have out in 2010. “It doesn’t really feel like a job and therefore, I’m constantly taking on new challenges and new projects. They obviously keep me constantly busy, but I don’t complain. I like it like this.”



Paul Van Dyk and Anthony Attalla perform Thursday (June 17) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $40 VIP. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.



Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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