Paul Van Dyk Talks About His Recovery And Performing Again

Posted at June 9th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in

Everyone knows about Paul Van Dyk‘s tragic accident when he fell off the stage during a performance in February during the State Of Trance festival in Utrecht, and had to be rushed to the hospital as he sustained severe injuries. After months of recovery, he’s doing much better and gave a detailed interview talking about his health and his music.

His first performance since the fall will happen at EDC Las Vegas. “In mid-June, I’m returning to do what I love doing the most and am looking forward to seeing you all again!”

On talking about the fall, Paul said, “I don’t remember the fall itself any more. That’s what luckily enough the brain does — it protects you from those traumatic memories. I stepped on something that wasn’t solid. It was just like black fabric, and it wasn’t marked as being not solid. Then I fell doing something that’s part of any DJ’s performance: interacting with your audience. My other memories slowly started afterwards.

His mother and fiancée were a huge support during his recovery and they were with him throughout. “The first prognosis that was given to my mom and my fiancée the day after the accident was that we can be really happy if the organs that are necessary to be alive will keep functioning. Most likely I won’t know who I am, or what my surrounding is. I was slipping in and out of consciousness for three days. It was bad. There are three states of traumatic brain injury – mild, moderate, and severe – and I was in the severe part.

He isn’t hesitant or nervous to go back on stage, in fact it’s what is keeping him going: “The thought of playing my music again in front of my audience keeps me excited and drives me. I can’t wait for it to happen. I think it’s going to be a very intense experience. But the positive feel — to be back with the people that supported me throughout these heavy times and give them the best I can musically — I’m really looking forward to it.

Read the full interview on Billboard.


Shivani Goel

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