From Then On: three simple words that define a new beginning. Paul van Dyk achieves just that as he digs deeper than ever before in his experiences to bring us the sounds of the future!
From Then On, out later this year on October 20th, is the 8th artist album in the long and illustrious career of electronic music and trance pioneer Paul van Dyk.
From Then On marks a turning point in Paul’s life, the album’s birth arising from a change of perspective. Paul wrote the record during his travels across the globe as he re-emerged from the rehabilitation process that followed his near-death accident in early 2016. His return to his touring habits and live performances gave Paul the opportunity to experience culture, music, politics, and geography with a radically shifted viewpoint.
Paul saw the turmoil of global events mirrored in the darkness of his suffering. At the same time, his heightened awareness allowed him to find great joy from the simple acts he could perform himself. Paul also had a newfound appreciation for the small things in life. A sunset in Berlin, a walk through Central Park in New York – seemingly innocuous events became far more significant. Paul started to notice and try to document the extraordinary of the everyday life.
From Then On is a record born from a renewed sense of being. It is uncompromising and urgent: the type of music Paul wanted and needed to write and play, in its purest and direct form. The project evolved without any limitations, allowing creativity to flourish. The focus was on a concise style of writing and recording, a throwback to how projects saw the light of day in years past.
Paul’s current setup encourages his creative process by means of improvisation and exploration of sounds live. Experiencing them with his audience, instead of away from the seclusion of the studio, is a key factor. This record feels alive, and it’s music Paul wants fans to hear together. This is an album that speaks to community and harmony over withdrawal and isolation.
From Then On is an emphatic statement of Paul’s enthusiasm for trance while being his most personal project. Trance remains the core of Paul’s beliefs, its musicality and expressiveness always allowing him to explore and evolve as an artist. Today, trance as a genre feels more vital and authentic than ever. The music’s primal energy and drive are reinvigorating staid dancefloors. Its earnestness and authenticity are re-capturing the hearts and minds of both underground tastemakers and main stage masses.
Stream the first single from the album, Touched By Heaven, on Soundcloud:
The album already has three singles released: “Touched by Heaven“, “Everyone Needs Love” (with Ronald van Gelderen featuring Gaelan & Eric Lumiere) and “Stronger Together” (with Pierre Pienaar). The album’s title track, “From Then On“, is a collaboration with VANDIT Records’ protegee Leroy Moreno, forthcoming on September 22.
Before the album launch, Paul will introduce his new live performance concept entitled AEON by Paul van Dyk. AEON is an ancient theological word that roughly translates to “life and vitality” – the over-arching themes behind both the new show concept and album. AEON by Paul van Dyk signals the next live chapter – not just physically but also creatively – for one of electronic music’s most enduring and visionary artists.
AEON by Paul van Dyk represents the continuation of Paul’s long history of experimenting with live performance. Paul is never content to press play, constantly looking to go beyond the moniker of a DJ. His stage set-up aims for a live performance, where improvisation and composition on the fly take centre stage. This philosophy will further evolve with AEON by Paul van Dyk where alongside his own new live-set-up, two keyboardists will join Paul on stage.
I am incredibly excited to introduce ‘AEON by Paul van Dyk’ to my fans. Music has a distinct ability to take people away from their problems and relieve anxiety and stress, and this is the feeling we are trying to enhance with this new show concept. This intensified experience of sights, sounds and sensations will be our next level of entertainment. Paired with music of my upcoming album From Then On, it’s going to be a celebration of trance, life and unity.
– Paul van Dyk
From Then On releases on Paul van Dyk’s label, VANDIT Records, on October 20, 2017.
AEON by Paul van Dyk will make its debut in New York City on September 23 at the Playstation Theater. Tickets are available for purchase here.
From Then On Tracklist:
- While You Were Gone (w/ Vincent Corver)
- Inhale (w/ M.I.K.E. Push & Fred Baker)
- Touched By Heaven
- I Am Alive
- Everyone Needs Love (w/ Ronald van Gelderen ft. Gaelan & Eric Lumiere)
- Breaking Dawn (w/ Alex M.O.R.P.H.)
- Vortex (w/ James Cottle)
- The Code (w/ Jordan Suckley)
- Stronger Together (w/ Pierre Pienaar)
- From Then On (w/ Leroy Moreno)
- Fairytales (w/ Steve Allen)
- Close Call (w/ Tristan D)
- Escape Reality Tonight (w/ Emanuele Braveri ft. Rebecca Louise Burch)
- Safe Haven#LISTENTOTHEFUTURE