On the eve of his Aug. 17-18 concerts in New York’s Central Park, Berlin-based DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk has reasons to be cheerful. The two-night stint marks the fifth anniversary of his Central Park gigs and coincides with the release of his fifth studio album, “In Between,” which arrives this week from Mute Records.
Eleven of the 17 tracks on the album feature vocals, including appearances by David Byrne (“Fall With Me”) and Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta (“White Lies”).
“I don’t see it as such a stretch to contact artists like David Byrne and Jessica Sutta to collaborate with me. For me, it’s always about creating music that is my own unique sound,” Van Dyk says.
“To the regular pop listener, the track with Jessica probably sounds too banging,” he continues. “It isn’t your typical pop track, but at the same time I would never go down the road of making it really wishy-washy in order to make it more radio-friendly. The track is how it should be. It’s exactly the way I wanted to do it. So, instead of reaching out to other people to bring a pop component into my music, I work with others who bring their own add-on to my sound.”