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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:20

Electronic dance music
Best known for: 
Electronic music!
Tune of the year: 
Judge Jules 'The Attack'.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Maarten de Jong
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
I would choose to stop all superheroes. As human beings, we're all of equal importance on this planet.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
For me, I have a 100% clear idea of what I want to play, but it always comes down to the interaction with the audience as to what the gig will be like in the end.
What does EDM mean to you: 
Err, Electronic Dance Music!
Should celebrities be DJs: 
It's really down to the individual's choice and not down to me to judge what people are doing or not doing.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Yes, I have. When I was much younger. After one particularly long bedroom session I fell asleep across the turntables. My mother was unable to clean around me, so she picked me up and threw me off. She still reminds me of this.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
There are different technologies to beat-mixing these days, so it'd be difficult to answer that very clearly. Instinctively, though, I'm going to say 'yes'.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Uttoxeter. Maybe.

One of Paul van Dyk's principal achievements this year has been the release of his sixth artist album, 'Evolution', and the ongoing global dates he's played to support it.

"I think the reception to the album and the tour has to be the major highlight of 2012 for me," he tells DJ Mag.

"When you perform somewhere new and you can see in the first 20 minutes that everyone already knows the tracks from the album and are singing along to them, it gives you a great feeling." Paul collaborated with a number of singers and producers for the multi-dimensional album, including Russian wunderkind Arty, progressive house DJ/producer Austin Leeds from Miami, Adam Young from Owl City, Italian trancer Giuseppe Ottaviani and more. Paul also was one of the main acts at a number of festivals in the UK, Europe, the US and beyond.

"I had a fantastic time at SW4, and the Ibiza season as a whole this year was totally great too," he says.