For Fadi of Aly & Fila, it was Paul van Dyk’s “For An Angel” that flipped the switch.
“I was and am the biggest Paul van Dyk fan, I loved his originals, I loved his remixes, his tracks have the PVD sound, when you hear them, you know who it is instantly,” said Fadi Wassef Naguib, Aly & Fila when VIBE caught up with him at Sunset Music Festival in Tampa.
Fadi was such a Paul van Dyk fan; he traveled to Berlin, Germany from his home in Cairo, Egypt when he was 16 years old to experience a show in person. He was already a fan, but when he heard the trance legend drop, “For An Angel,” his appreciation soared. From that moment, he focused solely on listening, making and creating his own career in music. Today he’s a #trancefamily patriarch and one of the most influential producers in the business. More than 20,000 fans raged for two days at three stages in Tampa, Florida on this Memorial Weekend for reasons of their own, but for Aly & Fila’s Fadi, he was there “for an angel.” As we wrapped up our conversation, the evening’s headliner arrived, it was Paul van Dyk. Fadi left the green room to say hello to Paul – they’re great friends now.
This year the festival celebrated its third edition with dance music’s most massive headliners: Hardwell, Zedd, Benny Bennassi, Paul van Dyk, Aly & Fila, Orjan Nilsen, Andrew Rayel, Arnej, Borgore, David Solano, Krewella, Tommy Trash, DJ Snake, Adventure Club, W&W and Zomboy.
This year’s acts share more reflections and plans for the future with VIBE on the following pages. →