DJ Paul Elstak: “I was so ashamed of my debt!”

Many DJs have posted a resume, such as Armin van Buuren, Mental Theo, Charly Lownoise, and DJ Jean. You are now 56 years old. Have you been thinking about writing a book for a long time?

“More than twenty years ago the book was already there The gabberstory The The story of DJ Paul and DJ Rob, but that was about the rise of hardcore. Then my career suddenly took a jump again, so the book wasn’t over. And I also wanted to share my personal story. So it’s not just about DJ and gabber life.


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But who is Paul Stack? Because in all those years I haven’t actually given that many interviews on myself, so there’s a lot to say that the general public doesn’t know. I’m now at a point where I’m thinking: I can tell people something, inspire them and teach them about the stakes in this industry. And for people who are thinking: I also want to be a DJ, tell them what they are looking for.

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Name some pitfalls?

“Go beyond yourself. Also in your private life. You have to find work-life balance.”

As an artist, your relationships really come under pressure. Especially if you are in a steady relationship. If you don’t have a steady relationship, of course it’s fun. Or your usual relationship could go nowhere, which is great, too. But once the kids arrive and the partner can’t come, your relationship takes a strain because you work on the weekends. You’re doing normal family things and fun things with your kids on the weekends, and it’s really hard. I hear that from several colleagues. For the rest, pitfalls … What should you pay attention to in contracts? To get an accountant, that’s all in the book. That you need to organize your affairs financially.

I can spoil myself, because I work so hard for it. And you can save your money for later, but who said you can enjoy it later?


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You say your relationship is under stress came to be. What did you notice who are they?

“Actually, you’re going to live two lives in your relationship. You’re no longer together. I think that’s fine in some marriages (laughs), but not with us. My wife, Kristel, and I enjoy doing things together. When I was little, I didn’t realize anything and was always spinning. I loved That. But now I just want to be there. Weddings, birthdays, my son Chase playing soccer, games. I also think that’s very important.”

Want to save dj from these Pitfalls, but it actually can No, because they have to Stop spinning. What is your advice?

“Make sure you have a good balance. I’m running less often now. In the winter I don’t perform on Fridays anymore, because if you play on Friday, you just rot on Saturday. If you do something with your family while you’re running around like zombies, it’s Not fun. I solved that by getting one weekend off every month. If you want to do some fun stuff, at least have the space. I used to go on running and just take vacations, and then you go twice a year and that’s the quality time with your family .But this is very little.

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Do you come off, how are you Is it now?

“Yes, of course. I’m at home more now and go to football with Chase on the weekends. Sure, it happens sometimes that it’s not possible, that I just have to work, but that’s a lot less now. And I also really enjoy doing those other things.” That was less. I used to focus more on the music.”

Life is more than just you Career path A career path?

“Yeah. I also managed to let go of the fact that I lose money if I don’t spin. Then I sat on a birthday and thought in my head: I could have made a lot of money tonight. But how much is enough then? It was because of Corona and that lockdown that I was able to Thinking about it.Because I didn’t have a job, and suddenly there was no more income from shooting.Then you find out that you can get much less, and the tax suddenly goes down.That’s nice again.Before that, I took everything and bought thousands of euros worth of clothes If you run less, buy less.”

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Is this in the world of DJ prof Style, which you too, for example The most expensive car?

(laughs) “Now I feel addressed. (Paul just bought an expensive Porsche, ed.) Guys who drive really expensive cars are the best real DJs. As if you were suggesting something, you must have such an expensive car? Or expensive clothes. Of course, it all shows that you are successful. If I have a lot of sales, I also think: I can take everything to the tax authorities, but I can also treat myself, because of course I work hard for it. And why not? You can cut back Money as the money flows but I’m someone who just wants to live it. I can save it all for later, but who said you can enjoy it later? I’ve seen that a lot around me with really hard working people. Then you’ll be finally retired and you’ll get sick or face Difficulty walking. Then you want to do all these trips and that’s not possible anymore.”

Curious about the rest of the article? Read it in the latest Panorama or watch it on Blendle.


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