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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 16:05

Style: 
“Electronic music.”
Best known for: 
“'The Politics Of Dancing 1, 2 and now 3'.”
Tune of the year: 
“Paul van Dyk & Sue McLaren ‘Lights’.”
From: 
Berlin
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Sender.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To be able to keep their mind on the music, rather than the money.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“If EDM’s still an acronym for Electronic Dance Music, then yes... It’s looking more positive than any year in the last five years. If it refers to pop-dressed-as-electronic-music, then considerably less so.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Happily, I broke through that barrier 15-years or so back.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Professionally, entertaining my fans. Personally, social justice and a more peaceful, fairer world.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Loft and the Paradise Garage, mainly as I never got to go; Twilo, as I miss playing there; and Dorian Gray, as I just miss it.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“You never stop wondering that. It’s modern day mystery. The one thing you can say about DJing is there are no obvious preventative barriers, as there are in other professions.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“If you’re not making your own music, chances are it’s not coming from the heart. If it’s not coming from the heart, then likely, there’s a problem.”

This year, Paul van Dyk released the third in his popular 'Politics Of Dancing' LP series. A risky move, considering number two came out way back in '05, but van Dyk is actually stronger than ever over a decade later. “A great number of things had changed,” says Paul, about the gap between then and now. “The way we make and produce music, how we promote and release music and, of course, how we consume it,” he says.

The producer/DJ also staged his fourth We Are One Festival in Berlin earlier this year — a day and night party that kicks off on Rummelsburg Beach on the banks of the River Spree.

Finally, van Dyk tips his 2016 set at Aquanario as one of his best ever, saying, “I performed new versions of many of my tracks choreographed to a water, light, laser and firework show — backed by singers and an orchestra.” Impressive!

CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS

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