Between lengthy sets and hot, crowded venues, a dancehall DJ needs an insane amount of energy to get through a show. For instance, spinning superstar Paul van Dyk tells us he once played an 11-hour set straight through. How does he handle bathroom breaks? ”You put on a long record, you have everybody on standby and then you run and you come straight back and hope the record didn’t run out,” he explains.
While the bulk of his pre-show energizing ritual consists of coffee and a good meal, van Dyk also listens to music, believe it or not, to get himself going. Here, he shares his top 10 tracks for revving up himself and the crowd (and yes, he mentions a few of his own tunes). Click the button below to hear van Dyk’s playlist on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “Eternity” by Paul van Dyk
The first single from my album Evolution and collaboration with the extremely talented Adam Young from Owl City.
2. “Sometimes They Come Back For More” by Cosmic Gate & Arnej (Alex Orion Remix)
Cosmic Gate is one of the few electronic dance music producers you can rely on. Every track they release is great and could be played unheard.
On Arcobaleno, dark, raw energy builds up to a beautiful piano hook, like a thunderstorm ends in a rainbow.
3. “Arcobaleno” by Sean Tyas & Giuseppe Ottaviani
I just signed this track to my label VANDIT today. Dark, raw energy builds up to a beautiful piano hook, like a thunderstorm ends in a rainbow. That’s probably why it’s called “Arcobaleno,” which means rainbow in Italian.
4. “Time Of Our Lives” by Paul van Dyk ft. VEGA4
A collaboration with my good friend Johnny McDaid, who also worked with me on the new album. “Time Of Our Lives” is that beautiful, unifying sort of anthem that an arena of 50,000 people sings word by word with you once they recognize the first bars.
5. “Don’t Hold Back” by Starkillers & Dmtri KO
Nick Terranova from Starkillers knows how to spice it up, this time in form of a makeover for Chemical Brothers epic “Galvanize.”
The decidedly un-ironic gentlemen of Hard Rock Sofa.
6. “Quasar” by Hard Rock Sofa
The Russian duo Shapovalov and Chepikov are setting their couch on fire with an aggressive, up-winding and forceful peak timer.
7. “Born Slippy” by Underworld
Underworld are dance dinosaurs who reinvent themselves with every album all over again, but no track has ever had as much impact on the dance floor as “Born Slippy.”
Underworld are dance dinosaurs who reinvent themselves with every album all over again.
8. “Higher State Of Consciousness” by Josh Wink
When I drop this tune, you can feel the energy it unleashes being absorbed and reflected by the audience. From the slow break beats in the beginning to the piercing climax, this song is truly unique.
9. “1998” by Binary Finary (Paul van Dyk Remix)
1998 has been a theme song to an entire generation of dance music lovers!
10. “Cafe Del Mar” by Energy 52 (Three N One Mix)
Cafe Del Mar reflects the Ibiza vibe like no other piece of music. Every year, EDM talents try their luck on reworks to hit the new zeitgeist, but to me, nothing will ever top the marvelous Three N One Mix.