Following his horrific fall at A State Of Trance back in 2016, trance pioneer Paul van Dyk has spoken of his physical and psychological trauma during an interview at Amsterdam Dance Event last week.
The German producer detailed his 3 month recovery process, in which he sustained serious spinal damage and injuries to his brain.
The 46-year-old DJ has no recollection of the accident, in which he fell 10 meters through an unmarked hole on the stage that was only covered by cloth.
“I don’t remember it at all and I think the brain does that to protect itself,” he says. “I know there is video out there of me falling but I can’t look at it. It wouldn’t be good for me.”
Van Dyk addressed budding promoters and artists alike in the packed Amsterdam theatre, warning them to be diligent when it comes to measuring safety at their events.
“That’s one of the reasons why I am here,” he said. “I want everyone involved in some way in production and booking to shine a light on the safety of their events.”
Despite once being a pillar in the trance music festival, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever perform as part of A State Of Trance in the future.
“Up to this point, none of these guys involved picked up the phone to call me and ask me how I am,” he said.
“If you come to my house and slip and break an arm, I will call you and see how you are doing. But with these guys, no way, it goes to tell you about the characters of the people involved.”
A State of Trance is yet to respond to Van Dyke’s comments at ADE – Mixmag