For more than 20 years, Paul van Dyk has been stunning trance fans with incredible productions that have earned him a spot on the throne of the trance elite. This week’s #TBT takes us back to 1994 when his illustrious journey began, with one of the most influential trance tracks of all time, “For An Angel”!
Paul van Dyk certainly hit the nail on the head when in 1994 he took to the studio and developed what would ultimately become one of the most iconic trance tracks to ever hit the airwaves. “For An Angel” was initially released in 1994 as a track on ’45 RPM’ under the MFS record label, which was Paul van Dyk’s very first studio album. With such a massive response, “For An Angel” would emerge once again as a rework to be re-released in 1998 as Paul van Dyk’s “E-Werk Remix” on Deviant Records. This rework was his way to pay respects to E-Werk Nightclub where Paul would regularly take to the decks as their resident DJ.
Right out of the gate, “For An Angel” would become no stranger to garnering some major accolades as it would reach number-one on the UK Dance Chart, remaining there for several weeks. And since its release, the track has become one of the most influential and greatest trance tracks of all time. In fact, it was voted by Mixmag readers as the eighth greatest dance record of all time! Still, to this day, “For An Angel” continues to steal the hearts of trance fans all over the planet as it holds stead fast as a regular go-to track for many of the biggest and best DJ’s in the scene.
“For An Angel” and the Cinematic Experience
“For An Angel” not only offers up the most delectable sounds to ever hit your ear drums but also provides some serious eye candy as well, with three music videos existing for the track. The first brings us all the way back to 1994 when the track was released, filmed in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. With clips that include Paul van Dyk lounging among the tropical splendor of the Riviera Maya, complimenting the track with warm summer vibes and inspiring feelings of uplift and exploration.
The next would be filmed four years later in 1998 and features footage from the party-centric experience that is the Love Parade hosted in Berlin. Finally, the third would emerge in 2009, and it includes footage from an exhibition located in both L.A. and Berlin. All of the videos, each unique in their own right, have helped to re-establish “For An Angel” as the years have come and gone, reminding us that this will always be a track that will stand the test of time.
Watch Paul van Dyk – “For An Angel” (1994 Music Video) on YouTube:
Want to bear witness to the legendary trance mastermind that is, Paul van Dyk?
You can catch him at his upcoming shows that include multiple stops at Cream, Ibiza at Amnesia on August 3, August 17, and September 7, as well as Dreamstate Mexico on August 19, and Creamfields on August 24. Over here in the States, you can catch Paul work his magic in New York City as he takes to the decks to present AEON by Paul van Dyk at the PlayStation Theater on September 23 and then at Dreamstate SoCal on November 24/25.
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