The duality isn't always lyrical, says van Dyk: It exists between the beats and the words too. "Take [album track] 'Everywhere': The lyrics are quiet and sensitive, rather than straight in your face, but you have this really tough techno sound that drives the whole thing. These are the things that interest me; developing those soundscapes, and to some extent, elements that might not fit together. Those are the textures that make a track really interesting."
"I don't really believe in those marketing-driven, organized by the manager collaborations that are good for the checkbook," he says. "I'm a freak when it comes down to music, especially electronic music. I'm really passionate about it, so the people I work with have to share that passion or it's not going to work. It's not about someone sending a vocal file; it's about developing a piece of music together. This is how I choose the people I work with; vocalists, cowriters, and producers ."