The grammy-nominated artist Paul Van Dyk takes a break from dominating the electronic music scene at Electric Daisy Carnival to speak with Caitlin Rankin-McCabe. Here she delves into his thoughts on DJ-ing and how electric dance music has changed over the years.
Have you seen a change in the way people react to your music such as in the dancing?
People still jump up and down like me, I’m not really one with the grooves, I’m more the one that jumps, still like that.
Have you noticed the change from when you started out to now? I feel it has become slightly more corporate- is that what you feel or is this just a perception from an outsider?
The whole thing became much more corporate. I can only quote Annie Lenox- she was almost crying on the red carpet of the Grammies because she was asked what’s so different now compared to back in the days and she said, ‘you know what , I feel really intimidated as an artist because everything is so corporate.’ Of course there are festivals which are more corporate than others. But it’s more about marketing spend or people throwing food into people or doing stupid stuff on stage. Or something, the biggest bullsh*t like ‘one two three put your f*cking hands up.’ I really don’t think that is what our music is about.
Do you think DJ-ing has become more about being in the right place at the right time or is it still about talent?
I don’t really care what is going on in that scene, I am annoyed enough by listening to it sometimes. So I don’t really want to know what they are doing. For me I am concentrating on the music where there’s so much great stuff going on, ranging from minimal techno to trance to whatever, there are so many amazing musicians in the electric field and they are making so much great music, but because it became more and more corporate, a lot of people don’t even get to hear it- the channels are stuffed with the same sounding things.