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Interviews 2009

We Call Him Cheesesto, But Not To His Face

Los Angeles 20-11-2009,

Dance music has infiltrated deeper into pop than ever. From Lady Gaga to the Black Eyed Peas, the sound of electronic grooves is unavoidable. And yet when the globe goes out and dances all night, it goes to see one performer more than any other: DJ Tiesto.

While heís still not a household name in the United States, the Dutch starís grip on DJ culture and its glow-stick masses is tighter than ever. If anything, pop and hip-hopís move toward all things electronic has only solidified Tiestoís vast market share. Itís as if people see their friends getting into Gaga and whisper into their ears, ďIf you like that, youíll love this.Ē

Of course, not everyone loves Tiesto. Heís been the focus of a backlash against the symphonic strings and spikey haired masses of trance music. Weíve been partial to calling him Cheesesto, if only because he attracts a bridge-and-tunnel crowd. Pitchfork recently called his latest album, Kaleidoscope (featuring Sigur Ros, Nelly Furtado and Dizee Rascal) ďa master class in half-assed dance-meets-pop ísongwriting.íĒ

You can shoot all the arrows you want at this guy, however, and he could still laugh all the way back to his luxury hotel room with an entourage of half-dressed women on his arms. Tiesto is a rock star. And next week heís DJing three Ė count Ďem Ė three shows at the Shrine Auditorium. And despite our telltale snarkyness he was kind enough to answer a few questions.

LA Weekly: Youíre playing three nights back-to-back in L.A. By the third night, are you tired of the routine? Do you try to play different sets each night?

Tiesto: I never get tired of performing, and by the third night I usually have more energy. I love what I do, and Iím happiest when Iím connecting with my fans. Each night I always try to change things up and make each performance something special that the crowd will never forget

You had reportedly been living in L.A. for a spell?

I love L.A., but I donít live there. I spent some time there when I was recording Kaleidoscope, mainly working with some of the artists I collaborated with. The city and people in L.A. have a great vibe and the weather is always beautiful.

How does L.A. measure up on the global DJ circuit?

I always have great performances in L.A and it is on my list of top places to play around the world. The crowds are always massive and bring a lot of energy to the shows

As a spinner who happens to be a pop artist, youíre joining a growing group of people (Will.i.am, Kanye West, Lady Gaga) who have been blurring the line between pop and dance. Is this a golden era for the popularity of dance music? How does it compare to the boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s.

It is very exciting to see more mainstream artists embrace and draw inspiration from electronic music, but I wouldnít call it the golden era just yet. I think dance music is going to continue to grow and get bigger. At the end of the í90ís and into 2000 electronic music was still an underground phenomenon, especially in America. The mainstream acceptance that is starting to happen now is a result of that early boom 10 years ago,

Youíve done some fairly accessible pop on Kaleidoscope, but when you DJ, people still expect trance. How do you satisfy them?

When I perform itís all about connecting with the crowd through the music and I incorporate something for everyone into my sets. I have also done special edits and mixes of the songs from Kaleidoscope making them fit into my live show.

Critics, including Pitchforkís, have been hard on you. What do you say to them?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I just keep doing my own thing.

A lot of dance floor trends (minimal, progressive, tribal, nu electro, nu rave) come and go, but trance still seems to draw the biggest crowds. What do you think is the key to its power?

Trance is a very emotional and uplifting form of dance music. It appeals to many people in this way having such a strong connection with emotions. It makes people happy and ready to party

How has trance changed in the last five years?

A lot has changed. Like myself, many of the producers today are incorporating different sounds and textures from other genres of dance music like techno and electro. Itís very important for me to always be pushing the boundaries exploring new territories musically. Very exciting times.

Have tech-trance sounds like those of Deadmau5 infiltrated your box? Are there any artists who are really ďitĒ for you in terms of your DJ sound?

I like the new Deadmau5 album and have been playing his song ďStrobeĒ recently in my sets. For me, itís about drawing from many different influences in my production and DJ sets and it would be difficult to name just a few. Artists like Crookers, Laidback Luke, MGMT, Santigold, Dada Life and Avichii are making amazing music right now.

Whatís next for Tiesto?

Right now I am concentrating all my energy on the world tour. The show I have created is the biggest and best one to date. I will be finishing the North American leg of the tour with the three shows in L.A and then Iím off to South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe for the next 10 months.

Bron: L.A weekly 20-11-2009

Dancers put to the TiŽsto
The worldís most popular DJ brings Ibiza to Calgary

Hollandís TiŽsto (Tijs Michiel Verwest) is the worldís most popular DJ. Every night, the jet-setting Dutch musician takes to the podium and mounts a turntable extravaganza that soon has the masses moving to his rhythms. Not many moments can come close to the experience of spinning to a throbbing crowd of 250,000 on the beaches of Brazil, but, luckily TiŽsto likes to take a little bit of Ibiza with him wherever he goes.
ďI think I can turn just about any song into a dance track,Ē the fleet-fingered DJ teases. ďPeople are constantly approaching me to redo their favourite cuts. But, some are just impossible to improve upon. Queen, Elvis, Michael Jackson; I wonít touch them!Ē

Few DJs have the touch to fill nightclubs on the strength of their name alone. TiŽsto can effortlessly sell out stadiums that hold 25,000 people, two nights in a row. Maybe more, if theyíd let him. Over the span of his 20-plus-year career, thousands of dance-floor initiates have lost their inhibitions and moved their bodies to his futuristic vibes, each one purchasing their magic ticket to the show in the hopes of becoming part of that communal euphoria. Itís a hope that TiŽsto attributes to the universal need to bust a move.

ďI always try to keep things positive,Ē he says. ďI donít have much to worry about these days. Every performance is a party. That goes for my new album, too ó even the melancholic tracks have something special and light about them that makes people want to dance.Ē
Even though heís perpetually in a state of motion, TiŽsto finds time to investigate new sources of musical inspiration and discover new artists during his brief periods of downtime. Much sought-after for his skills as a remixer and producer, TiŽsto has used his Midas touch to embellish the works of musicians the world over. Constantly on the lookout for fresh new sounds, TiŽsto was drawn to the cloned harmonies of Calgaryís darling siblings Tegan and Sara, inviting the pair to take part in the creation of his latest album, Kaleidoscope, a release packed with appearances by musicians including Sigur Rosís Jonsi, Nelly Furtado, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines of Metric and Sneaky Sound System.

ďTegan and Saraís song [ĎFeel It in My Bonesí] is my favourite track on the whole album,Ē TiŽsto says. ďThey have these powerful voices that, to me, just seem made for cool electronic music. I sent them an instrumental version of the song that I had worked out on the keyboard and they filled in the rest. Theyíre such talented hook writers. I did a remix of the song ĎBack in Your Headí for them a while back and I really wanted to work with them again.Ē

ďIíve produced a lot of remixes since 2000, and I like to listen to all kinds of music,Ē he continues. ďIím always listening to bands like Sigur Ros when Iím on the plane, or whatever, and I wanted to bring some of those different flavours to my work. I donít think Iíll ever be accepted by the indie rock crowd, but I do hope Iím opening doors by introducing my fans to some of these artists.

Bron: ffwdweekly.com 12-11-2009

DJ Mag Top 100 Djs 2009

Style: A bit of everything.
Best known for: Not sure, but I can tell you that I never drank 31 cans of Red Bull in 24 hours!
Gig of 2009: Victoria Park, London
Tune of 2009: Basement Jaxx 'Raindrops (Robbie Rivera Remix)' (XL)
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009: Avicci
The track that changed your life: Cygnus X ĎThe Orange Themeí Ė after I heard this track I wanted to play trance music.

What makes a good DJ great: A great DJ can adjust to the crowd, make them go crazy but still be able to do his own thing.
Most underrated DJ: Dada Life. They should be much bigger then they are at the moment.
Biggest challenge this year: Finishing the production on my album ĎKaleidoscopeí. With all the artistsí busy schedules, including mine, it was a challenge finalising all the songs.
Top tech toy: My new MacBook Pro 17

So, another massive year for TiŽsto then. New album, new label, huge gigs, Ibiza residency and more high profile remixes than ever.

"It's been a very good year!" says the man who could quite easily be bored by it all by now.

It's all pivoted around his new album, 'Kaleidoscope', a massive step forward for TiŽsto as a producer, bringing in indie, electro, pop, house, techno and much more into his big, euphoric sound for the most diverse longplayer we've had from the Dutchman yet.

"I wanted to make an album that brought together all the different musical influences which I am enjoying at the moment," he explains from across the US. "It still has the essence of what makes up the TiŽsto signature sound, but it takes it in a whole new direction. I've taken more of a structured song-writing approach this time, as well as experimented with new sounds and textures. It's important for me to continue to break new ground musically."

As impressive as the music on 'Kaleidoscope' is, almost as surprising is the artists that he's tempted to sing for him. As well as Calvin Harris, the album features indie kids like Bloc Party's Kele Okereke and pure pop stars like Nelly Furtado.

"When I started spending time with a lot of these musicians, most of them didn't necessarily think of my music as 'trance' as much as it was electronic dance music," TiŽsto says of his dalliance with the hipsters. "Pretty much all of them had been to my shows or other dance artists in the past, had a great time and sincerely enjoy many kinds of dance music."

One of the biggest changes this year has seen TiŽsto move from Black Hole to his own Musical Freedom.

"I think that Black Hole has done a great job for me in the past, but I have grown as an artist and needed to make a change," he explains. "Musical Freedom is my label. It's an outlet for my evolving sound but also to release and support new music and artists that are important to me."

But it hasn't just been a year locked in the studio, the album led to a Kaleidoscope world tour, which kicked off with not one, not two but three nights in New York. While none of the artists were able to go on tour with him, TiŽsto got some of them, like Tegan and Sara and CC Sheffield, involved with video performances that are worked into the sets. In fact, video has been a huge part of seeing TiŽsto play this year.

"I worked with an incredibly talented company from Montreal called Moment Factory to bring everything to life," he says. "It's based much more on the video content for this tour and we have been working around the visual concepts of 'Kaleidoscope.'"

Before the tour, TiŽsto called in on his British fans at Victoria Park - 20,000 of them in fact.

"Victoria Park was one of the biggest and best shows for me this year," TiŽsto reckons. "I love London. Dance music is a major part of the culture in the UK and it shows. Everyone that came out had an amazing energy and vibe."

Another key show has been his fundraising event at Privilege, in Ibiza, for Dance4Life, along with Robbie Rivera and Richard Grey, slotting into his summer residency. It's a charity that is very important for TiŽsto, combining serious information about HIV and AIDS with dance music and entertainment, which TiŽsto says "really motivates young people to get involved".

Elsewhere, TiŽsto, who has a track on DJ Hero, has been at the remix grindstone in a fairly major way. Having just finished a remix for Editors' 'Papillion' that he's particularly proud of, he's taken in The Killers, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Calvin Harris along the way. He also produced a track for Memphis rap duo Three 6 Mafia.

"It's great to see the US urban artists embrace dance music," he says. "The track I did with Three Six Mafia was a lot of fun to do, but I'm not sure it's part of any movement that way."

So, TiŽsto's most diverse year yet then, and, like he says, a very good one.

Bron: djmag.com 

Industry Insiders DJ TiŽsto, House Music Master - BlackBook

On September 24, the worldís foremost trance & electronic producer and DJ, TiŽsto (Tijs Michiel Verwest), kicked off a 175-date World Tour with three stellar nights at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The tour seeks to promote the October 20 release of his fourth studio album, Kaleidoscope. On the new album, TiŽsto collaborates with such acts as Sigur Růs, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, and Tegan & Sara. The first single released in July, ďI Will Be Here,Ē has already been a hit in Europe and recently penetrated the iTunes Top 10 Dance Chart. This comes after a long string of successes, including a Grammy award for his album Elements of Life, numerous endorsement deals, the start of his label Musical Freedom, and five European #1s. TiŽsto is one of the most sought-after producers, having remixed tracks by such epic headliners as Madonna, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Tarkan, Kanye West, The Killers, and Maroon 5. TiŽsto is not one to sit around, and the new album marks fresh developments in his musicianship and certainly solidifies his global popularity. We hunted TiŽsto down during his New York visit to get the lowdown on his fast-paced globetrotting, in and out of the hottest nightlife venues around the world.

How do you look to expand your fanbase in the US, where electronic/trance seems to be underappreciated?
I wouldnít say that electronic music is underappreciated. I feel that the scene is thriving. In the studio, Iím constantly pushing the boundaries, and itís something thatís played a major part in gaining new fans. I bring the same approach to performing live, and I always try to create an experience thatís unique and unforgettable.

Tell us about your upcoming studio projects.
My major project coming up is my artist album, Kaleidoscope. I collaborated with a lot of great artists such as Sigur Růs (one of my favorite artists of all time), Kele from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, and Calvin Harris. Iíve also recently done remixes for Editors, Bloc Party, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Iíve just done tracks with Dizzee Rascal, who is a sick rapper out of the UK, and Three Six Mafia with Sean Kingston and FloRida. Itís exciting to see the urban music scene turning to dance music for inspiration.

How has the dance music genre developed and changed over the years?
Dance music has come a long way from a very underground movement to something that has a much more mainstream appeal. Over the years, many new forms of electronic music have developed.

What are some of your musical inspirations and interests these days?
Musically, I have so many different inspirations lately its hard to choose. Iíve been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno, and house. Artists like Sigur Ros, Cut Copy, MGMT, Santigold, and Crookers have been making some amazing music recently. I have such little spare time between shows and studio work, it usually consists of listening to new music and preparing for upcoming performances.

What can we expect from this tour?
Along with the music, Iíve created some of the most amazing production to date, so itís going to be something special. This tour is based much more on the video content, and weíve been playing around with the visual concepts of Kaleidoscope, which is great for inspiration.

How do you balance a demanding tour schedule and a personal life?
My schedule keeps me moving around the world constantly, so itís very difficult to have a personal life. I do have very good friends who I keep up with, and my family is very important to me.

What are some of the most memorable sets or events in your performance history?
There have been so many amazing shows. The opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Athens was an unbelievable experience, and most recently would be the show at Victoria Park in London, where I played in front of 25,000 people at my own show.

Assuming youíll have some free time, what is your favorite thing to do while in New York?
Performing is my favorite thing to do in New York. The fans here are always amazing and bring a great energy and vibe to all the shows. I also love going for meals at places like Tomoe in SoHo for the sushi and Il Buco for Italian.

How do you plan to relax while on tour in New York?
Usually after a gig, I party a little bit, then go back to the hotel and go to sleep. During the day, I usually do a bit of shopping at Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. I also like checking out music while Iím here. Next week Iím going to Music Hall of Williamsburg to see some bands. I also try to stay fit whenever Iím on the road, so a bit of exercise everyday is important.

What are some of your favorite places to perform at around the world?
One of my favorite places in the world is Ibiza. The island has an amazing vibe and I spend a lot of time there in the summer with my residency at Privilege. I also love London. Electronic music is a major part of the culture there.

After almost 200 gigs, you must be ready for a little respite. Whereís your ideal place for vacation?
I like a lot of places, mainly with some beach and sun. If I had to pick one, Iíd have to say Thailand.

Bron: blackbookmag.com 01-10-2009

Behind the Scenes: Running the Tiesto Show...

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DJ Tiesto: Miami is dance capital of America

When it comes to dance music, Dutch trance DJ Tiesto is unquestionably on top of the world. He's routinely chosen as the No. 1 DJ by various industry polls and magazine surveys, and headlines the biggest international electronic-music festivals, including, of course, Ultra in Miami during Winter Music Conference. Oh, and he's the first DJ invited to spin at an Olympics event -- Tiesto composed and provided the music for the opening ceremony in Beijing last year.

Saturday night, on the strength of his surprisingly eclectic new album Kaleidoscope (he teams up with artists as diverse as Sigur Ros lead singer Jonsi, Tegan & Sara, Nelly Furtado and Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke), Tiesto rocks the crowd at LIV at the Fontainebleau.

Q: With Kaleidoscope, you expand your sound. What were you going for?

A: I tried to collaborate with artists who give me inspiration, to make my sound more diverse. So I was looking for artists I was a fan of myself, to make dance songs with the indie vibe influence on top of it.

Q: So did you write each song with each collaborator?

A: Yeah, I wrote an instrumental piece with the singer in mind and sent it over to them, and then we recorded in the studio to make it happen.

Q: You perform in Miami a few times a year. What do you think of the city?

A: Miami is the dance capital of America. That's where it all started for me, with the music conference there every year, and the clubs playing house music for years. Miami was the first city in the U.S. that was really open to European dance music. And it's special to be there, and the vibe is very good.

Q: Was performing at the Olympics your biggest career thrill?

A: Not really, I mean, I'm proud I was part of it, of course, but I think my biggest career thrill is the way I am at the moment, the general perspective of Tiesto. People love to come to my shows, they love my music, and they love my albums, and I'm really proud of that, the way my music can make a difference. That's the biggest compliment I've ever had.

Bron: miamiherald.com 17-10-2009

DJ Tiesto plays 'Kaleidoscope" live at Sway

If the full import of this information is lost on you, donít fret. Naples deserves high praise as a world-class cultural destination, but has some catching up to do in the world-class trance-dance department. It will get a crash course at 10 p.m. on Monday, when the hugely popular TiŽsto performs at Sway Lounge.

The event is part of clubís third anniversary celebration, and is one of 175 stops on TiŽstoís world tour promoting the Oct. 6 release of ďKaleidoscope,Ē his fourth studio album.

TiŽstoís tour may sound exhausting, but it has become a kind of professional signature. The Dutch DJ and producer has an almost preternatural ability to keep going, making his shows more spectacular, his sets longer, his music more interesting. He works with the biggest names, plays the biggest venues and earns industry acclaim, such as in 2008, when he took the award for Best Global DJ and Best Electronic Dance Album at the International Dance Music Awards.

Then there are his fans: TiŽsto knows how to entertain them, and in great numbers. In 2004, he was tapped to open the Summer Olympics, performing for an estimated 80,000-person audience in Athens ó and millions more around the world. In 2007, he played to a reported 250,000 people on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

We caught up with him prior to his visit for an e-mail Q&A

Daily News: ďKaleidoscopeĒ was released on Oct. 6. What about this album pleases you most, as an artist?

TiŽsto: I wanted to bring together all the different influences I have from dance music to indie rock with my own sound. ďKaleidoscopeĒ is my most ambitious album to date and I think it will have a positive effect on my fans when they listen to the album and especially when they see the live show.

DN: The ďKaleidoscopeĒ tour is said to have an incredible stage show. So, what can attendees of your Naples show expect?

TiŽsto: Along with the music, I have created some of the most amazing production to date, so itís going to be something special. Itís based much more on the video content for this tour and we have been playing around with the visual concepts of the ďKaleidoscopeĒ theme, which is great for inspiration. I have always had amazing shows in Florida. The scene here is thriving and the fans always bring an amazing energy and vibe to all the shows.

DN: Youíre also known to perform to huge crowds, often numbering in the tens of thousands. Which do you prefer: The energy of an enormous audience or the intimacy of a small club?

TiŽsto: Playing at the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To be a part of an event of that size and importance is very special to me and is something I will never forget.

DN: What are some of your current musical influences?

TiŽsto: One person I have always had the utmost respect for is (influential German DJ) Sven Vath. He has contributed so much to electronic music and where we are today. I have been able to work with so many amazing artists on ďKaleidoscopeĒ it would be really hard for me to single one out.

DN: These days, youíre collaborating with everyone from Academy Award-winning rap group Three Six Mafia and South Florida rappers FloRida and Sean Kingston to British alternative rockers Muse. Does any of this indicate a new direction in your music?

TiŽsto: As an artist, I am constantly evolving and I always want to push the limits in the studio and when I play out live. Musically, I have so many different inspirations lately. I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house and have drawn from these influences over the years.

DN: Are there any artists you hope to collaborate with in the near future?

TiŽsto: Artists like Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, MGMT, Santigold and Crookers have been making some amazing music recently.

Bron: naplesnews.com

TiŽsto: ďAls Marco Borsato 6 miljoen verliest, lacht heel NederlandĒ

Als Tijs Verwest alias TiŽsto op een dag stopt met draaien, gaat hij in Amerika wonen. Sterker nog: daar woont hij eigenlijk nu al, maar zijn huis in Miami ziet hij nauwelijks. De hele zomer was hij op tour, en in het najaar begint hij een officiŽle wereldtour. De trance-dj staat nog altijd aan de wereldtop, maar vindt het zelf tijd voor iets anders. Zijn nieuwe album Kaleidoscope staat vol met verrassende gastbijdragen, van onder meer Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, Jonsi Birgisson van Sigur Ros en de Canadese folkzusjes Tegan & Sara. Ook muzikaal is er nogal wat veranderd. De trance heeft deels plaats gemaakt voor electrohouse en breakbeat, en zelfs op zijn karakterstieke grootse climaxen lijkt TiŽsto zuiniger geworden. "Ik wilde iets doen waar ik zelf achter sta."

Je hebt een nieuw label en een andere sound. Was je er even helemaal klaar mee?
ďJa, ik was alles helemaal zat. In een jaar tijd is alles anders geworden, zowel privť als muzikaal. Alles ging goed: ik stond voor uitverkochte zalen en alles liep van een leien dakje. Dan sukkel je vanzelf in slaap.Ē

Hoe zit het met je eigen imperium Black Hole?
ďBlack Hole was een groot label geworden met een heleboel andere artiesten. Ik voelde me daar niet meer echt thuis. Ik wilde mijn eigen label, voor mezelf alleen. Daarom heet het ook Musical Freedom.Ē

Het toverwoord is indie. Je bent weg bij je major label en werkt met muzikanten uit Bloc Party, Sigur Ros en Metric. Moest je moeite doen om die mensen op je plaat te krijgen?
ďEen beetje. Iedereen kent TiŽsto natuurlijk als trance-dj, dus dan zit je al snel in dat hokje. Voor mij zijn deze namen geen verrassing. Van al die muzikanten ben ik fan. Die andere kant van mezelf wil ik graag laten zien. Er zit nog wel trance in mijn sets, maar niet veel.Ē 

Je gebruikt de stem van Jonsi Birgisson van Sigur Ros als een synthesizer.
ďPrecies zoals ze dat bij Sigur Ros zelf ook vaak doen. Wat hij zingt is niet belangrijk, ik gebruik de stem als instrument. Sigur Ros is een van mijn favoriete bands ter wereld. Jonsi is niet bij mij in de studio geweest, maar ik heb hem wel een aantal keer ontmoet bij hun shows. We waren allebei Iron Maiden fan toen we 16 waren. Hij houdt ook van dance. Het is een hele leuke spontane jongen.Ē

Bij journalisten staat hij bekend als de minst spraakzame persoon ter wereld. Als je Ďworst interview everí intikt bij Google, beland je bij Sigur Ros.
ďIk heb dat interview ook gezien. Ik snap nog steeds niet precies wat daar gebeurd is. Misschien is dat hun manier om mysterie uit te stralen. Als persoon is hij zeker niet zo.Ē

Heb je getwijfeld of er een trance climax aan het eind van die track moest komen?
ďDat is een goede vraag. Ik heb er lang over gedaan om te bedenken hoe ik van dat stuk nog naar de dance toe moest. Ik dacht: ik ben wel TiŽsto. Ik wil alle tracks die op het album staan kunnen draaien. Dit moet de openingstrack van de wereldtour worden. Mensen moeten het onthouden. Die climax is niet echt een blok aan mijn been, maar ik had in dit geval moeite er uit te komen.Ē

Het zijn allemaal Lowlands-acts, waar je mee werkt. Zelf heb je ťťn keer op Lowlands gedraaid. Vooraf riepen sommige mensen er schande van dat jij zou komen, maar uiteindelijk puilde de tent uit. Was dat een belangrijk optreden voor je?
ďVoor mij was het een memorabele gig, omdat ik een heel andere set draaide dan mensen van me verwachtten. In de indiewereld zijn mensen vaak opvallend bekrompen. Dat zijn de mensen die artistiek overal voor open zouden moeten staan, maar in de praktijk denken ze juist vaak erg beperkt.Ē

Wil je die mensen iets bewijzen?
ďNee, eerder mijn eigen achterban. Er is niets moeilijker dan aan de top blijven, zonder in herhaling te vallen. Ik wil mijn publiek graag kennis laten maken met bands als Sigur Ros.Ē

Trance is emotionele muziek. Heb jij net als Frans Bauer fans die je hun hele levensverhaal vertellen?
ďJa, en dat is dan meteen de enige overeenkomst die ik heb met Frans Bauer. Er zijn zeker mensen die me uitgebreide brieven schrijven. Vorige week kreeg ik nog een brief van een meisje uit Rusland, die van haar man af was, alleen met haar kind overbleef en het leven niet meer zag zitten. Mijn muziek had haar nieuwe energie gegeven.Ē

Je bent ook een aardige jongen, met wie je je gemakkelijk kunt identificeren. Dat is sowieso het imago van de Nederlandse trance. Maar aan de top kun je toch geen aardige jongen zijn?
ďJuist wel. De echte toppers zijn allemaal nice guys. De wannabees zijn de klootzakken.Ē

Paul van Dyk is toch geen aardige jongen?
ďMaar staat die aan de top? Dat is geen aardige jongen, dat ben ik met je eens. Hij heeft ook een aantal keren lelijke uitspraken over mij gedaan in de media. Ik denk dat Paul van Dyk altijd Ďnet nietí is geweest. Hij heeft veel frustratie in zich. Ik ken hem niet persoonlijk, terwijl ik wel twintig keer voor of na hem heb gedraaid. Meer dan hallo kan er niet vanaf. Maar ik heb eigenlijk met niemand problemen. David Guetta, Armin van Buuren en Roger Sanchez zijn allemaal goede vrienden van me.Ē

Je hebt voor de tweede keer een huwelijk afgeblazen. In een interview een paar jaar geleden zei je nog dat je meer tijd wilde nemen voor andere dingen in je leven. Je hoefde niet meer elke kans te pakken. Niet gelukt?
ďNee, dat lukt niet. Ik heb die ruimte inderdaad genomen, maar dan merk je dat je er langzaam maar zeker uit groeit. Dat wilde ik gewoon nog niet. Als je aan de top wilt blijven in de muziekwereld, moet je scherp blijven. Iedereen hoopt toch dat je op je bek gaat. Vooral in Nederland vinden mensen dat mooi. Als Marco Borsato in een klap zes miljoen verliest, lacht heel Nederland. Zo is het met mij ook. Als ik maar ťťn keer het Gelredome uitverkoop in plaats van drie keer, dan is dat een grote hype. Hij is niet meer zo groot, zeggen ze dan.Ē

Vind je het jammer dat het niet gelukt is meer ruimte te maken voor je privťleven?
ďNee, want dit Ūs mijn leven. Ik ben nu heel gelukkig en single en ik focus op mijn werk. Ik was creatief nog niet klaar met mijn carriŤre, dat heeft me een huwelijk gekost. Als ik de muziek ooit beu ben, zal ik vast nog wel iemand tegenkomen. Ik ben veertig, ik zie eruit als dertig, ik heb de energie van een twintigjarige en maak de domme fouten van iemand van tien.Ē

Wat voor domme fouten dan?
ďTja, je stopt geld in dingen waar je geen geld in moet stoppen. Ja, ik heb wel een aardig tikje gehad, met mijn aandelen. En ik heb een paar jaar geleden geld gestoken in Cineac, dat was ook niet echt een goede actie.Ē

Je hebt eerder een huwelijk afgeblazen. Ging dat ook gepaard met een creatieve periode?
ďJa. Het klinkt stom om te zeggen, maar de momenten dat je vrijgezel bent zijn de beste in je leven. Je hebt vrijheid. Vrouwen trekken je onbewust naar beneden. Vaak word je als man een bepaalde kant op gestuurd. Als vrijgezel heb je alle vrijheid en hoef je met niemand rekening te houden.Ē

Ben je een egoÔst?
ďNee, ik ben best sociaal, maar ik hou er wel van om controle te houden over mezelf.Ē

Heb je kritische mensen om je heen? Of fijne likkers?
ďIk heb nu meer kritische mensen om me heen dan vroeger. Ik kan niet echt een moment aanwijzen dat zoiets mis gaat, maar het sluipt er langzaam in. Mensen worden afhankelijk van je. Als je vrienden voor je werken, is je vriendschap niet meer zuiver. Mijn beste vriend was mijn manager. Onze vriendschap was verloren geraakt door de zakelijke conflicten die we kregen. Ik heb het gevoel dat die nu weer terug is.Ē

Je hebt op de Olympische Spelen opgetreden, tijdens oud en nieuw op Times Square, in stadions over de hele wereld. Voor je stopt komen daar toch nog wel de Piramiden en de Chinese Muur bij?
ďIk zal het op mijn to-do-lijst zetten!Ē

Bron: 3voor12.vpro.nl

Tiesto Talks to Trackitdown :: Exclusive Interview

The new album ĎKaleidoscopeí is TiŽstoís 4th artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the world's biggest DJ.

TiŽstoís career highlights to date are many, but recent achievements include a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ĎElements of Lifeí and headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. With over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet) and sell out headline shows around the world, and of course not forgetting playing at the Olympics opening ceremony. TiŽsto is on the crest of a wave, which is only set to continue. Trackitdown caught up with the global superstar for an extra special interview...

TID: Thanks for taking the time to speak to us, where in the world are you right now?
TIESTO: New York City

TID: The summer season is now over, how has this one been for you in comparison to previous years?
TIESTO: This summer has been great.  There have been so many unforgettable shows its hard to choose the best ones, but I would say the two biggest highlights have to be the show at Victoria Park in London and my weekly residency nights at Privilege in Ibiza.

TID: With the album release your schedule must be even busier then ever, what is each day consisting of?
TIESTO: I have just started my Kaleidoscope world tour, which will take me around the world for the next 12 months.  Each day consists of working on music, and preparing for the nights performance.  I also try to stay fit whenever Iím on the road, so a bit of exercise each day is important as well.

TID: Onto the album, how would you best describe it in just 5 words?
TIESTO: Something Iím very proud of.

TID: Has it been a an enjoyable process?
TIESTO: I started to work on the album about a year ago.  It's been inspiring collaborating with so many creative artists on the album, so it didnít feel like a long process at all.

TID: How do you feel about this album compared to previous, are you more excited about how its received?
TIESTO: I am very excited about this album and feel its my best one to date.

TID: Its fair to say the Tiesto sound has changed somewhat of late, has this been a natural progression?
TIESTO: As an artist, I am constantly evolving.  I can't imagine playing the same music over and over, so yes, it feels natural.

TID: We hear you spent allot of time at Ibiza Rocks this year, did your draw inspiration from what you saw and heard?
TIESTO: Yes.  I draw inspiration from everything around me.  The Ibiza Rocks parties were cool.  The summer lineup was packed with so many outstanding shows and  got a chance to spend time with MGMT, Soulwax, Calvin Harris, and Dizzee Rascal.

TID: Kaleidoscope sees you collaborating with Calvin Harris, Nelly Furtado and Sneaky Sound System amongst others, what made you choose these artists and how was it to work with them?
TIESTO: I picked people to work with whose music really inspired me.  When it came to doing something together, it usually started with me producing and coming up with the idea behind the song, then we would exchange ideas back and forth until it was done

TID: Tell us a bit about the tour which will tie in with the album, what dates are you looking forward to most?
TIESTO: Along with the music, I have created some of the best production to date, so its going to be something special.  It's based much more on the video content for this tour and we have been working around the visual concepts of Kaleidoscope along with some of the other artists I collaborated with like Tegan and Sara, CC Shefield and others.

TID: Sounds Great!! What do you do when your not touring or making music?
TIESTO: I have such little spare time between shows and studio work it usually consists of listening to new music and preparing for upcoming performances.

TID: What music do you have on in the car, or at home?
TIESTO:I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house.  Artists like Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, MGMT, Santigold, Cut Copy and Crookers have been making some excellent music recently.

So TiŽsto is one of the worldís most popular DJs but it is his ceaseless desire to innovate that has pushed TiŽsto to the top of his game, and propelled him to seek out some of the best musicians around. TiŽsto says, ďIíve worked with these handpicked artists because theyīre people I admire hugely, and because they make my music better. Itís more fulfilling for me to work like this, but a lot harder and more challenging.Ē

Talking with Tiesto

Tiesto has always boldly gone where deejayís have never gone before. Now the first deejay to win DJ Magazineís ďNo. 1 DJ in the WorldĒ for three consecutive years (2002-2004) - and first deejay to play the Olympics (Athens, 2004) - says, ďthe old Tiesto doesnít exist anymore.Ē 

Though heís already remixed diverse non-electronic artists including Madonna, The Killers and Kanye West, with his fourth artist album, "Kaleidoscope," Tiesto daringly discards the template that worked for his past top-sellers and presents an unprecedented collection of song collaborations with respected pop, rock and other artists including Nelly Furtado, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Jonsi (Sigur Ros), Calvin Harris, Emily Haines (Metric) and Tegan & Sara (plus a bonus track made with hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal). On Tap spoke with Tiesto about "Kaleidoscope" and the 35-city North American leg of his Kaleidoscope World Tour.

On Tap: Could you give us back stories on some of your collaborations? 

Tiesto: 
"Who Wants to be Alone," featuring Nelly Furtado
Timbaland and Nelly came to listen to my set [Winter Music Conference, Miami] and they were really impressed. Nelly wanted to work with me. Her husband is a big fan. I met them in Las Vegas and she said ďHe always makes me listen to your music.Ē Pretty funny. They loved the track.


"Itís Not the Things You Say," featuring Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)
Kele and I were talking about the track on a beautiful Sunday afternoon [in London], had some coffee, standard studio stuff. He started mumbling words and singing a bit, but it didnít sound that great, then within an hour, out of nowhere, the words came out of his mouth. He has a very powerful voice. Itís very special to see what he does to get that sound out of his body. 

OT: How does this tour compare to your previous tours? 

Tiesto: Musically itís going to be totally different, the songs and the way they get presented. The visuals and special effects are going to be unique and very special. Itís going to be unlike any tours youíve seen of mine. 

OT: Youíve had a long-time relationship with Glow promoter, Pete Moutso. How is he involved in your DC show? 

Tiesto: Peteís a great friend of mine. Heís super professional and he has the best club in town. Iíll be bringing the visuals and the sounds. Itís going to be a fun night. 

Bron: On Tap Magazine

365Mag recently caught up with DJ TiŽsto on Friday September 25th in New York just prior to day two of his three day performance at Hammerstein Ballroom for the kick off for the Kaleidoscope World Tour to promote his latest album.

The Kaleidoscope album is set for official release on October 6th, 2009 on Ultra Records, and it contains seventeen original TiŽsto tracks featuring a number of collaborations with artists of various styles and genres including Calvin Harris, Sara & Tegan, Cary Brothers, Nelly Furtado, and more.

He speaks of a new direction for his music and his reasoning behind it, as well as some of his goals for the future. Is the world ready for the new TiŽsto and his diverse selections. Let's find out...

How are you doing today?
Good, thanks.

How did your gig at Hammerstein go last night?
It was good, it was the opening of the World Tour.

Are you excited for tonight?
Yeah, tonight is going to be even better I think.

I hope so, I am going to be there.
Oh yeah? Nice.

Is this the career you envisioned for yourself when you were younger?
No, I dreamt about it, but I never expected to become so big all over the world.

What did you initially want to do?
I just wanted to work in the music business, no matter what. Like be a tour manager or work for a record company. I love music.

How do you feel about the current styles of Trance music that are being released?
I got a little bored of it to be honest. I think this summer has been a big change for me, in a way that I am not scared anymore to play anything else. I adjust from every style at the moment. I play a couple of House records, Techno, and some Trance records still, Pop mixes and Indie. I'm all over the place at the moment.

What style of music do you particularly favor at the moment?
I like a lot of House records, but it's more of an eclectic thing I think. A bit of everything.
I can play a Calvin Harris record, The Editors, a House record, a big Trance track from Marcel Woods.

Is that the same reason you are trying to do something different with the album now?
That's how it started, with the album I started to notice artists and they were so creative and so open minded to everything. I felt like I should look into other artist too, and I love Trance music but I just felt like it all sounds the same. It gets boring after a while.

I can agree with that.
When you take time out from being a DJ, which DJ's do you respect and tune into?
I get along with a lot of DJ's. I like the House DJ's a lot. The Swedish House Mafia is one of my favorites. I love those guys, and I bumped into them a couple of times. They are always friendly and down to Earth. David Guetta is good guy too, I like him a lot.

With the latest advancements in technology many DJ's have turned away from hardware and are using laptops. Have you ever tried this and do you anticipate you will ever convert to using this technology?
Well I do on a production level. I am very into Abelton at the moment. As a DJ I think in the future you can't avoid it but for now I still love my CD's. I feel almost like it's vinyl a little bit. I'm old skool when it comes to DJing. I like to mix, not with a laptop.

In the past, you played a solo gig at Mansion where you performed from opening to closing. Is there any chance the U.S. may see another of these marathon sets?
I'll do marathons in New York, I mean five hours every night is pretty big nowadays.

We want more TiŽsto!!
Haha, even more?

Yes, EVEN MORE!
Well, I have to give the opening DJ a chance as well. The Hammerstein Ballroom is pretty much solo. I mean, they open up at ten or nine and I go on at eleven.

Ok, I am glad to hear that.
I'm on from 11-4 and tomorrow from 10-3.

Of all of the places you could have began your Kaleidoscope tour, why did you select New York?
Well I wanted to start in America because the last time I started my tour in Europe. I switched it up. I love America. I love to play here; I love to be here. New York is a great city to open the show. Everybody is here, it's a very international city. Exposure wise it's amazing.

In what ways has your life changed since you became married?
I never got married.

Really, I thought you were married?
No.

So, TiŽsto is still single?
Yeah, I've gone back to being single. I was supposed to get married and everything got canceled.

Ok, I will leave that one alone then...
Cut! (jokingly signals cut hand gesture) haha

Have you ever considered releasing any 2009/2010 renditions of any of your classics?
Yeah, I am thinking about it. May be next year. Black Hole Recordings wants to release an album with all the big tunes from TiŽsto on there and I might sneak in a couple of remixes of some oldies.

Will Magikal Circus ever be released?
I hope so.

A lot of people are waiting on that one, it's a good track.
It's released on the DVD but it's never been released as a single. I think it's time to write to Black Hole Recordings and tell them to release it.

I think that's a good idea.

Are you currently working on any collaboration with other artists or vocalists?
Yeah, at the moment I feel like the whole production thing is so innovative at the moment. My new work style; I am continuously working on new projects. You are pretty much up to date so you know all about the Three 6 Mafia track, and Dizzee Rascal. I'm actually working on a Muse remix. I got some others...

You got some tricks up your sleeve?
Yeah, I've got plenty of stuff.

Can you mention any upcoming artists that you may have scheduled for the fifteen minutes of fame on your radio show Club Life?
No, we do it by week. Every week we decide. Everybody is welcome to send in fifteen minutes. We already have a bunch of big name producers on it but I'd like to have somebody from a bedroom in New York or Paris.

Where would someone send that in?
On TiŽsto.com you can find the info.

I'll send you one, how about that?
I'd like that. Do you have one with you now?

No, I don't have one with me at the moment.
Send it to Ben, he is my assistant. He selects the fifteen minutes of fame.

What are some of your goals for the rest of this year?
Surviving!

Thats a good one.
Well my goals are to promote the album and to get people excited about it. It's a very controversial album. I think it's a whole new TiŽsto out there, and everybody is shocked. A lot of people like it, a lot of people don't. It's nice to see how it develops, but I think at the end it's going to be all positive. People have to get used to it. I think it's a good thing.

Well, that pretty much wraps it up. Thank you.

Bron: 365mag.com

The DJ will perform at Nova University Oct. 17

Ever since breaking onto the scene in the late 1990s, Tiesto has risen the ranks and become the world's most-notable DJ. In his career, the Netherlands native has played the opening ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, launched Black Hole Recordings in 1997, consistently performed for sold-out stadiums all over the world and was even nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

He was born Tijs Michiel Verwest but his millions of minions spanning the globe, which sits directly in the palm of his hand, simply refer to him as Tiesto.

With the October release of his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope, upcoming tour, and his anticipated return to South Florida to play the Don Taft Center at Nova University, 5 p.m. Oct. 17, Tiesto took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.

MR - What should fans expect from you Oct. 17 when you take over Nova University?

Tiesto - Along with the music, I have created some of the most amazing production to date, so it's going to be something special. It's based much more on the video content for this tour and we have been playing around with the visual concepts of the Kaleidoscope theme, which is great for inspiration.

MR - How do the shows and the fans of South Florida compare to your other shows where almost 100,000 or more pack into stadiums in Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Colombia and even Euro dance festivals?

Tiesto - I have always had amazing shows in Florida. The scene here is thriving and the fans always bring an amazing energy and vibe to all the shows

MR - You played live on stage at the Olympic Games in 2004 and played a memorable set that lasted for 90 minutes. As far as achievements that will stand the test of time, what did that event mean to you?

Tiesto - Playing at the opening ceremonies was a once in a lifetime experience. To be a part of an event of that size and importance is very special to me and is something I will never forget.

MR - What should die-hard Tiesto fans expect with the October release of Kaleidoscope? This is your fourth studio album, so what type of identity do you want this album to have and what affect will it have on your fans?

Tiesto - I wanted to bring together all the different influences I have from dance music to indie rock with my own sound. Kaleidoscope is my most ambitious album to date and I think it will have a positive effect on my fans when they listen to the album and especially when they see the live show.

MR - Who do you look up to in the music industry? Is there one person that you have collaborated with in the past that inspired you? Is there someone you have yet to work with that you would like to?

Tiesto - One person I have always had the utmost respect for is Sven Vath. He has contributed so much to electronic music and where we are today. I have been able to work with so many amazing artists on Kaleidoscope it would be really hard for me to single one out.

MR - Initially you started out as a trance DJ, and then you slowly progressed to trance, house, progressive house and techno. How do you think your music has evolved since the late 1990s?

Tiesto - As an artist I am constantly evolving and I always want to push the limits in the studio and when I play out live. Musically I have so many different inspirations lately, I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house and have drawn from these influences over the years. Artists like Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, MGMT, Santigold and Crookers have been making some amazing music recently.

MR - Again, I want to thank you for taking a few minutes to give me an insight into your world. I am sure the fans here in South Florida also appreciate the honesty and are looking forward to your return later this month.

Bron: South Florida, USA Newspaper 08-10-2009

Industry Insiders: DJ TiŽsto, House Music Master

USA 01-10-2009

TiŽsto is one of the most sought-after producers, having remixed tracks by such epic headliners as Madonna, Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Tarkan, Kanye West, The Killers, and Maroon 5. TiŽsto is not one to sit around, and the new album marks fresh developments in his musicianship and certainly solidifies his global popularity. We hunted TiŽsto down during his New York visit to get the lowdown on his fast-paced globetrotting, in and out of the hottest nightlife venues around the world.

How do you look to expand your fanbase in the US, where electronic/trance seems to be underappreciated?
I wouldnít say that electronic music is underappreciated. I feel that the scene is thriving. In the studio, Iím constantly pushing the boundaries, and itís something thatís played a major part in gaining new fans. I bring the same approach to performing live, and I always try to create an experience thatís unique and unforgettable.

Tell us about your upcoming studio projects.
My major project coming up is my artist album, Kaleidoscope. I collaborated with a lot of great artists such as Sigur Růs (one of my favorite artists of all time), Kele from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, and Calvin Harris. Iíve also recently done remixes for Editors, Bloc Party, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Iíve just done tracks with Dizzee Rascal, who is a sick rapper out of the UK, and Three Six Mafia with Sean Kingston and FloRida. Itís exciting to see the urban music scene turning to dance music for inspiration.

How has the dance music genre developed and changed over the years?
Dance music has come a long way from a very underground movement to something that has a much more mainstream appeal. Over the years, many new forms of electronic music have developed.

What are some of your musical inspirations and interests these days?
Musically, I have so many different inspirations lately its hard to choose. Iíve been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno, and house. Artists like Sigur Ros, Cut Copy, MGMT, Santigold, and Crookers have been making some amazing music recently. I have such little spare time between shows and studio work, it usually consists of listening to new music and preparing for upcoming performances.

What can we expect from this tour?
Along with the music, Iíve created some of the most amazing production to date, so itís going to be something special. This tour is based much more on the video content, and weíve been playing around with the visual concepts of Kaleidoscope, which is great for inspiration.

How do you balance a demanding tour schedule and a personal life?
My schedule keeps me moving around the world constantly, so itís very difficult to have a personal life. I do have very good friends who I keep up with, and my family is very important to me.

What are some of the most memorable sets or events in your performance history?
There have been so many amazing shows. The opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Athens was an unbelievable experience, and most recently would be the show at Victoria Park in London, where I played in front of 25,000 people at my own show.

Assuming youíll have some free time, what is your favorite thing to do while in New York?
Performing is my favorite thing to do in New York. The fans here are always amazing and bring a great energy and vibe to all the shows. I also love going for meals at places like Tomoe in SoHo for the sushi and Il Buco for Italian.

How do you plan to relax while on tour in New York?
Usually after a gig, I party a little bit, then go back to the hotel and go to sleep. During the day, I usually do a bit of shopping at Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. I also like checking out music while Iím here. Next week Iím going to Music Hall of Williamsburg to see some bands. I also try to stay fit whenever Iím on the road, so a bit of exercise everyday is important.

What are some of your favorite places to perform at around the world?
One of my favorite places in the world is Ibiza. The island has an amazing vibe and I spend a lot of time there in the summer with my residency at Privilege. I also love London. Electronic music is a major part of the culture there.

After almost 200 gigs, you must be ready for a little respite. Whereís your ideal place for vacation?
I like a lot of places, mainly with some beach and sun. If I had to pick one, Iíd have to say Thailand.

Bron: Black book

For DJing, vinyl is a nightmare

Tiesto, along with acts like Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, and Paul Van Dyk, is one of the biggest DJs in the world. The Netherlands-based musician got his start in the trance underground, performing at all-night raves and holding down club residencies before breaking out in the early '00s. Now he tours the world in a Learjet, but heís maintained his reputation as one of the most adventurous DJs of his stature: His upcoming album, Kaleidoscope, features guest spots from Tegan And Sara, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, Emily Haines, and a number of other artists not normally associated with neon pacifiers, glow sticks, and large amounts of Ecstasy. In advance of performances on Friday and Saturday nights at Hammerstein Ballroom, Tiesto spoke to The A.V. Club about curious collaborations, reading a room, and the death of vinyl.

The A.V. Club: Kaleidoscope features collaborations with a pretty diverse array of musicians, many of whom are pretty far from the usual techno collaborators. How did you choose your guests?

Tiesto: I started off just trying to make a wish list for myself. [I wanted to] work with people I really admire myself. I wanted to work with other artists from other scenes so they could make my songs improve in a different wayópeople who have artistically different things to say.

AVC: What compelled the collaboration with Kele Okereke from Bloc Party?

T: Mostly the way he writes lyricsóitís very interesting. And also his voice is so special. Thereís no one in the world that has a voice like him. I made the music first and then I played it for him in London. He liked it, especially the piano bars in it, and then he started doing some freestyling. Out of the freestyle suddenly there was a track.

AVC: You performed at Bonnaroo last year with Tegan And Sara, who also contribute to a track on Kaleidoscope. What accounts for the narrowing gap between ďelectronicĒ music and music thatís more traditionally ďrock?Ē


T: I think the indie-rock world is very creative. Theyíre always looking for something new, and I think of all the instruments we have in the world, the ones that are the most creative and interesting are the electronic ones. There are so many sounds and plug-ins you can use. Even with drums, you have different kinds of drum sounds, while the classical ones are always kind of the same.

AVC: Have you found a new audience in rock-oriented music fans?

T: No, I didnít find a new audience. I just want to expose my own audience to the variety that is out there. Bringing Kele on my album is good for Kele, because heís going to be exposed to a whole new audience. In general, I donít think an indie audience will be happy with a techno album. Itís more for me to expose those artists to my audience. That was our main goal. Not to break into an indie audience. All the other DJs out there, they always work with the same singers. You see the same trance vocalists on every producerís record, and I was just bored with that. I wanted to do something really interesting and bring new people to my world.

AVC: How have your fans responded to that?

T: Really good. I mean, some tracks theyíll have to get used to, but I think what I did with this album is very innovative. Thereís no other producer whoís ever done it before. You have DJs who [collaborate] with all the R&B artists, super-famous people like Akon and Black Eyed Peas. I think Iím more in the other zone. I work with interesting characters, players who donít necessarily sell a lot of albums themselves.

AVC: What are your limitations when you travel? Do you limit the vinyl?


T: I have a lot of records with me, no vinyl though.

AVC: Is that a matter of convenience?


T: Itís not a matter of convenience, itís just that vinyl is so outdated nowadays. I can make a track in my hotel room today, and play it for the crowd tomorrow. That never happens with vinyl. I played a lot of acetates at the end of my vinyl periodóI used to make tracks and get them pressed in four or five daysóbut the quality was always so bad and they would skip all the time. The vinyl days for me are over. I still buy vinyl, but only albums, and just to play. For DJing, vinyl is a nightmare.

AVC: Youíre embarking on a fairly extensive tour. Do you prefer this kind of touring to club residencies?

T: Yeah. If you play the same club every week of every month, itís kind of boring. Itís great that you can play one night in Brazil and one night in Japan, one night in Europe, and see the world. Itís amazing what you see if you travel around the world.

AVC: Do you find that itís a little more difficult to read a room that way, when youíre constantly playing places you havenít played before?


T: I donít think so. I always like to make people happy, make them have a good time. Itís pretty obvious if the room is deadó if no one is cheering or singing or whatever, thereís obviously something wrong. I always try to look for euphoric feelings, things people are excited that theyíre hearing, and then I build from there. Itís hard to explain, actually. When Iím in the mood, I just feel it. Now they need something with vocals, now they need something hard, something soft.

AVC: It stands to reason that you might have some new fans at your shows. What would you say to a showgoer whoís never seen you perform?

T: Thatís a good question. You have to be open-minded, because itís so diverse nowadays. I used to be a deep trance DJ, and now Iíve transformed into something eclectic. So you can expect any kind of music, from house to electro to indie-rock to techno and trance. [I have] very wide musical tastes nowadays.

Bron: newyork.decider.com 25-09-2009

TiŽsto To Release ĎKaleidoscope' On Ultra Records Oct. 20th Feat Sigur Růs 

The new album ĎKaleidoscopeí is TiŽstoís 4th artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the world's biggest DJ. The first single, titled ĎI Will Be Hereí, released on July 28th on Ultra Records, following the debut on BBCís Radio 1. The video for this single will premier exclusively on MySpace on August 7th.

TiŽstoís career highlights to date are many, but recent exploits include a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ĎElements of Lifeí and headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. With over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out headline shows around the world, TiŽsto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue. He also sits at the helm of his new label Musical Freedom, a recent development since he parted ways with the Holland-based Black Hole record label.

In addition to being a huge live draw (this past Friday, TiŽsto staged his own outdoor headline show to a sell out crowd of 25,000 in Londonís Victoria Park) TiŽsto is also one of the worldís biggest names in remixing, with recent work completed for Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, and Calvin Harris. The forthcoming long player will cement the reputation of a truly global superstar in the prime of his career.

TiŽsto had this to say regarding the new album and forthcoming North American tour: ďI'm very excited to work with Ultra Records to release Kaleidoscope. The company understands my artistic vision for the project and brings a lot of forward thinking to what I believe is my best record to date. Most importantly, I can't wait to start playing this record out! It will be special to start off in New York City, then go all over North America for our first leg of the tour.Ē

The release of Kaleidoscope on October 20th will be supported by a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the Kaleidoscope live experience out on over 175 dates, across 5 continents. North America in SeptĖNov 2009 will range from arenas and coliseums to intimate nightclubs.

More on the new record, ĎKaleidoscopeí TiŽsto:

2009 is very much about business as usual for TiŽsto. After a run of four top-selling electronic artist albums, the electronic pioneer has made Kaleidoscope, an artist album in the truest sense: a stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock: Jůnsi Birgisson from Sigur Růs, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines from Metric, to name a few. Having made the DJ performance an artform, TiŽsto has now made the dance album an artform.

ďThe starting point was to work with different artists that I liked,í TiŽsto explains, Ďit was as simple as that. ĎSigur Růs make beautiful music. Bloc Party are fantastic and exciting and innovative. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They donít work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.Ē

Once the artists had seen YouTube clips of TiŽstoís crowd-wowing performances, like the one of him playing in front of 250.000 people on the beach in Brazil, and once theyíd heard the tracks heíd been writing, they all jumped at the chance.

First on board were Tegan and Sara, the Canadian indie duo and twin sisters. TiŽsto had remixed their single ďBack In Your HeadĒ, and in June 2008 they met in Vancouver. ďI realized what great songwriters they are Ė I gave them a track to write on and they did an amazing job.Ē In his home studio in his hometown of Breda in Holland, TiŽsto set to work finessing the collaboration. ďFeel It In My BonesĒ is the result, an epic, shimmering floorfiller.

Soon the songs were pouring in. Nelly Furtado and TiŽsto started off as mutual admirers, but after making her way to TiŽsto's performance at the 2008 Miami Winter Music Conference (sheíd come along with her producer Timbaland) Furtado instantly agreed to be involved, and a few weeks later she gave TiŽsto an idea for a song that would become, "Who Wants To Be Alone". Next to sign up was Emily Haines of Metric. She caught the thrilling TiŽsto DJ Experience in Ibiza last summer and again, didnít hesitate Ė ďKnock You OutĒ is a euphoric tune that will cause floorquakes in the Balearic isles and rock festivals alike.

Securing the involvement of Kele Okereke, singer with Bloc Party, was initially more of a challenge. ďKeleís voice is so powerful on a dance track Ė I did a remix for Bloc Party, of the bandīs new single ďOne More ChanceĒ, and it really worked. Kele was a hard man to pin down. I was supposed to sit in the studio with him in Miami during this yearís WMC, but he got sick and had to cancel last minute. But I had written this weird piano track, an offbeat thing, and he really liked it, so we hooked up in London one Sunday afternoon a few weeks later. I played him the song and he just started singing with his guitar, mumbling a little bit then suddenly words came out of his mouthÖ and suddenly we had a track! It was amazing to see how this guy made something cool and creative right on the spot.Ē

The albumís lead single, meanwhile, is ďI Will Be HereĒ, a hook-up with huge-selling Australian band Sneaky Sound System. Itís a big, bold party tune with a stirring house-diva vocal Ė and a song whose infectious immediacy reflects the instinctive manner in which TiŽsto wrote it: he crafted the entire production in less than week.

Creating Kaleidoscope, the song that gives this colorful, shapeshifting album its entirely appropriate title, was more drawn-out. TiŽsto had his heart, and his ears, set on securing the services of Sigur Růs singer Jůnsi Birgisson. TiŽsto flew to Chicago to track him down, then did the same in Brussels, before finally spending time in Amsterdam discussing what they might do together.

ďIt was a crazy idea,í he laughs. ĎIf you listen to Sigur Růs you canít imagine any relation to TiŽsto. Maybe the melancholy of it, but thatís about it. Their music is so different and I think that Jůnsi is one of the most creative artists in the world. But the funny thing was, I met him at a couple of times at shows, and thereís a lot more in common than I thought Ė Jůnsi told me he used to be a big Iron Maiden fan as well, like I was! Then I noticed that he makes a lot of dance music at home on his own. So heís not that far away from what I do, really.Ē

The result is a huge, progressive trance song, soulful and uplifting. ďAnd Kaleidoscope is a great title for the album too. Weíre mixing shapes and colors together to make something new.Ē

Say hello to a new TiŽsto. Yes, heís the worldís most popular DJ. But the ceaseless desire to innovate that has pushed TiŽsto to the top of his game, propelled him to seek out some of the best musicians around, wherever in the world they Ė or he Ė happened to be. ďIíve worked with these handpicked artists because theyīre people I admire hugely, and because they make my music better. Itís more fulfilling for me to work like this, but a lot harder and more challenging.Ē

In the end, admits TiŽsto, heís unsure how people will react to Kaleidoscope. ďIt is completely different to what I did before,í he says cheerfully, adding that this is one of the reasons heīs set up an appropriately named new label, Musical Freedom, to release the album. ĎIím introducing more and more flavors of what people know as TiŽsto. This is a record you can enjoy at home, not just on the dancefloor. But what is very important to me, is that every single track on the album will work when I play out too.Ē

Bron: altsounds.com 06-08-2009

TIESTO, THE BEST DJ OF THE WORLD, VISIT THE CITY TO SUPPORT THE COUNTS 'BARCELONA SUMMER WEEK'

It seemed an impossible task. Extraordinary security measures and "no pictures, no video, no interviews," and all last minute decision after having confirmed the meeting alone. Confined to the floor 43 of the luxurious hotel where the stars stay, the world's best DJ, TiŽsto, enjoyed excellent views of Barcelona outside our perplexity.

The undisputed star of the dance and electronic music producer and successfully validated by world's best Dj TheDjList, has made a fleeting visit to the city to support the Barcelona Summer Week (BarcelonaSummerWeek.com), a special initiative to promote leisure and the city from 3 to August 9 will host the spectacular performances by DJ over a hundred from the five continents, operating in major clubs, theaters and beaches of the Catalan capital.

From Ibiza, Dutchman Tijs Verwest, whose name, TiŽsto, triggers adrenaline lovers dance, house and electronic pop from around the world are focused on their suit-duplex hours before turning his performance in the Opium Room extraneous to his manager in New York had banished all the interviews with the means chosen by the organization of the Barcelona Summer Week at the last minute. We were willing to discontinue when voilŠ!, There was the call magic from across the pond. After a thorough view of the environment Informativos.Net was "Ok" all the interview more photos, but not recorded on video. Still a real privilege.

But we had already made the idea that in a few minutes to be the heir of the god Apollo talent-judging from the security, control and protection that surrounded him, and though the lifts are fast like the wind, forty floors are not to think about how uncomfortable the successor to the deity of music for a good interview.

There was, before the huge glass from which Barcelona is very small. Extremely friendly, very nice and elegant close. The conversation began with him in a spontaneous, quiet and stress-free. A pleasure to talk to him.

What impressed you most?. Will having Barcelona at your feet or have the entire public of Barcelona at your feet?
It is impressive to see the city from here, but it is always more impressive to see people gather around your work. Especially in a city like Barcelona. Very cultural and where the public responded very well.

It is not the first time you visit Barcelona. Sitķenos in the world. Are we a cult audience to value the electronic music?
The biggest difference between Barcelona and Madrid or the rest of the world is that I am used to the mega-clubs with audiences of five thousand, ten thousand, twenty thousand people. This is much more intimate. It is smaller Clubs thousand or two thousand five hundred people. As for the music scene, Barcelona transmits more 'fashion' that musical culture.

Do you fear clicking on smaller sites if you are used to large crowds?
No. I am not afraid. Every night is different. There have been nights I've played for four people. These small, I give a lot of inspiration. What actually occurs is puncture pressure for fifteen or twenty thousand people. At that time the notes you play..

Adrenaline? 
Pure adrenaline. 

A few days ago, as everyone knows, Michael Jackson has died. Tell me. How a person feels so involved with music as you killed a mass phenomenon like Jackson?
In the scene of dance, electronica, which is where we are we, now everybody is doing re-mixes. I have almost thirty re-mixes for Michael Jackson. We really do not expect, because certainly in recent years was a bit missing. With all due respect, was treated more like a burlesque character. Now everyone is very sad and very concerned by what has happened.

Attempt to know whether great artists like Michael Jackson in his music directly influenced or remain in the electronic pop phenomenon
Obviously Michael Jackson Pop that belongs more to the electronics, but no doubt there is an impressive record in'83, have an eight numbers, one hundred million copies sold ... I hope the day I die let this feeling that everybody knows your music and is inspired by you. It is the highest aspiration of any artist.

Tell me about your work in solidarity. Because his followers might not know that you spent a lot of resources to help those less advantaged.
Well, it's a collaboration that much wanted to do. Just this past Tuesday in Ibiza did a charity performance for Dance4Life. 

This is an educational program. I believe that through music we can print on the idea of helping people, because these kids who are between ten and twelve years, must learn to practice safe sex or to avoid AIDS, among other things. In the first world, here in Europe, we intend to raise funds to help these children in Africa. There the problem is very serious and needs to be leaning shoulder to try to fix it.

Thank you very much ... Sorry. A curiosity. How many years can hold you acting as a DJ?
(Laughs). As many as Mick Jagger is singing enduring hope.

Bron: informativos.net 10-07-2009

On The Download: DJ Tiesto

He is sporting a huge boyish smile, holding on to his headphones, almost looking as if this is the first time he's made a crowd go wild, trying to take it all in himself. This is the type of music that has garnered Tiesto DJ Magazine's "No. 1. DJ in the World" title for the three consecutive years, a 2008 Grammy nomination for his album Elements of Life, and countless European awards.

But despite all of his accolades, this global star was utterly grounded and down to earth when I met up with him in Los Angeles recently, just before he left to Europe for a busy summer. 

He will be playing for 8,000 people every Monday night at Privilege in Ibiza, while also playing various shows across Europe throughout the rest of the summer. And for those fans yearning for more new hits from Tiesto, don't worry, he is working on a new album waiting to drop later this year. 
And if you live in Los Angeles, you're in luck, because Tiesto is planning on moving to LA once he finishes touring in December. 

What is your most memorable set you have ever played? 

TIESTO: The one everybody always talks about was for the Olympic Games in 2004. I was playing as a DJ at the opening ceremony. That was very groundbreaking for everybody, to put a DJ right there and let him play for 2 hours while the parade of the athletes was going on. That was a really big thing. I was playing right under the Olympic flame. That was very memorable. At the moment I was super nervous 'cause, you know, 4.7 billion people are watching on the television. It is funny you think right now in Africa, somewhere in a small village, people are watching television and hear my music. That was really amazing.

Who are newer artists that you're fond of?

TIESTO: I like a lot of the new indie bands. I just did a remix for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They're amazing. I like MGMT. I like Kings of Leon as well, his voice is amazing, it's a special voice. 

How do the international crowds compare to the ones here? 

TIESTO: I think in America it's much easier to play a little bit of everything because nobody is used to anything. In Europe , there are rules. If you're a trance DJ you play trance, if you're a house DJ you play house. And here everybody sees you as an electronic DJ; you can just play all over the place.

Favorite city to play live in?

TIESTO: Las Vegas

Biggest musical inspiration?

TIESTO: A DJ from Germany, his name is DJ Sven Vath.

Favorite location to get away from it all?

TIESTO: Miami

Something that you want to try that you have never tried before?

TIESTO: Own my own helicopter and fly around.

Guilty pleasure? 

TIESTO: French fries

Bron: http://omg.yahoo.com 03-06-2009

A chat with Tiesto
Memorial Day weekend brings the big guns to ďLittle IbizaĒ

Las Vegas is often referred to as the entertainment capital of the world, Memorial Day is the first big party of the year and TiŽsto is the top-ranked DJ on the planet. Itís only natural, then, that the three are about to converge. 

Itís Memorial Day weekend and TiŽsto is coming to town: Get ready to embrace DJ royalty.

Memorial Day in Vegas is becoming somewhat of a tradition for TiŽsto: He performed at Rehabís Memorial Day party in 2008 and is back again this year to do two big shows with the Light Group. The Dutch DJ will do double-duty this long weekend, playing Jet on Sunday night and the Bank on Monday night. The Grammy-nominated DJ-producer is looking forward to spending some time in Sin City. ďI love Las Vegas,Ē he said. ďItís not just a gig, itís everything around it.Ē

An avid partier by any measure, the European sensation says his Vegas to-do list has more ďshowsĒ on it than ďsins.Ē He hopes to take in at least one Cirque du Soleil performance and wants to see ďLe RÍve,Ē too.

And then thereís the food. ďI like to go out or dinner (and) as you know, some of the best restaurants in the world are in Las Vegas,Ē TiŽsto said, naming Stack, Little Buddha and Nove Italiano as three of his favorite eateries in town.

Of course, TiŽsto wonít just be playing tourist this weekend. Heís here to spin, so we caught up with the king of the turntables to talk music, audiences and a little Las Vegas band called The Killers. 

You have a new album coming out in September. What will it sound like?

I donít know how to describe it yet. Itís a blend-mix of everything, like, all the influences Iíve had in the last couple of years. Itís indie, itís rock, itís dance, itís electro, itís house. All the influences are there. I [am currently trying] to produce songs instead of dance tracks, so theyíre still dance tracks, but theyíre song-written dance tracks. Thatís the big difference for this album.

Electro-dance is definitely moving mainstream; is that a good thing or a bad thing for the genre?

You can finally see that dance music is coming through. Ö I think itís amazing that itís finally happened; it should have happened years ago. It used to be very underground, and now itís more mainstreamóbut thatís not a bad thing Ö Even hip-hop artists and indie bands, they all use electronic sounds now. The Internet brought freedom to the people, and dance music is freedom. Ö Iím glad I can be a part of that and keep it going.


Tiesto You recently collaborated with The Killers to remix ďSpaceman.Ē What made you want to work with them?

[The Killers] have always been one of my favorite bands, since the first album. I think they have an amazing charisma around them, and the music and the lyrics are always very strong. [They are] a great band to be affiliated with.

How do your shows in Las Vegas differ from your shows in Europe?

The clubs I play in Vegas are, for me, really small compared to what I normally do. When I do the big shows [in Europe] I just play, like, outdoor, epic trance music Ö [In Vegas] I try to keep it more housey, more vocal.

Are Vegas audiences different from European ones?

The Vegas crowd is always a very beautiful crowd. Thereís lots of hot girls everywhere, and guys are all pimps with lots of money [laughs] Ö Itís a different crowd to play for, and, for me, I like that a lot because itís something different. People come to Vegas to party from all over the world, thatís what I like about it. Itís like a little Ibiza.

By Melissa Arseniuk 21-05-2009 lasvegasweekly.com

TiŽsto is king of the world

On Friday, March 13th Dutch DJ Tiesto gave his Dubai fans a taste of his skills at the Armani Exchange store in the Deira City Centre before playing to a sold out crowd at Dubai Festival City Ė sponsored by Armani Exchange. Below is an article, written by Rachel McArthur, for Emirates Business - Business 24-7, issued on Friday, March 13, 2009:

King of Spin Does Biz
It's hard to find a DJ whose career has been punctuated by so many landmark achievements, but Tiesto is the exception. Not only did he become the first DJ to play live at the Olympic Games, the Dutchman was also the first to sell out a solo stadium event for over 25,000 people two nights in a row, and the first to hit number one in the Netherlands with an instrumental track, Traffic. His remix of Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan's Silence became the first house track ever broadcast on daytime radio in North America and then went on to become an international dance anthem. He is now one of the world's most famous figures on the electronic dance music scene and was declared the world's number one DJ by DJ Magazine from 2002 to 2004. Most recently, he received a Grammy Award nomination and was voted Mix Mag's number one DJ of 2008. To top it all off, when he's not working on his music, Tiesto dedicates his time to charity (he's an ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation). The DJ also runs his own production business and has endorsements with companies such as Armani Exchange, Reebok and Microsoft. But despite his success, and immense popularity in the Middle East, Tiesto remains grounded, and when Emirates Business chatted to him ahead of his two appearances in Dubai tonight Ė an in-store performance at Armani Exchange in Deira City Centre from 6pm, followed by a gig at Dubai Festival City from 9pm Ė it is obvious his love of music was the catalyst for his success.

You're back in Dubai for your biggest gig in the city to date Ė 15,000 people at Dubai Festival City. Is it good to be back?

It's always great to be back. It's like a little holiday for me; I get pampered and I always stay in an amazing hotel. Plus the weather's nice and there is always a good crowd. I also have gigs in Doha and Beirut in the same week, which is exciting. People in Beirut really know how to party.

You've been called the most popular DJ in the world. What is your secret?

That's up to the fans to decide, but I guess it's because my music is energetic and happy, and people can really have fun. There's something for everyone Ė girls like the tunes with vocals, while guys prefer the harder, more trance tracks.

But you're not just a DJ. Besides the music and gigs, haven't you also got business ventures?

I've set up a company called Unlimited Productions with a friend of mine. Basically, we produce tours for other DJs. You can call it a vertical investment.

Media reports say that you're working on your new album. Can you tell us more? When will it be released?

I'm working on the tracks now, and I think it will be out by the end of 2009.

What is it going to be called?

I know what it's going to be called, but I'm not going to tell you. It's a secret.

Will you release a new single before the album comes out?

Yes, I think I'll release a single in the summer. I haven't decided what though, because I haven't finished all the tracks. I need to finish them to see which one I like best for the first single.

What else have you been up to?

My latest release is a remix of Spaceman by The Killers, and at the moment I am working on the new single by Calvin Harris. I am obviously doing a lot of gigs too.

So where would you say your money comes from? Brand endorsements, albums or touring?

Touring is a good source of income for any DJ, and when it comes to endorsements, I do things I believe in, like with Armani.

But in a time when anyone can buy individual songs over the internet, do album sales still bring in cash?

Yes. My last album, Elements of Life was my biggest-selling album of all time.

What do you think of those who download your music for free?

I don't mind at all. When I started DJing, I did it because I love music and wanted to share it with the world. If I produce a track and somebody downloads it, then I am honoured: That's one more person listening to my music. To be rich, is to be rich with what you have; not the number in the bank.

So you don't know how much you're worth?

Nope. My manager does my accounts.

With all the gigs, how many passports do you go through in a year?

Two, but one is extra thick: 64 pages.

What are your favourite destinations?

I like Argentina and Lebanon.

Where in the world haven't you performed but would love to go to?

I'd love to do a tour of India, because I've only been there briefly. I want to play in the country's real cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

What's your opinion on those who claim that the era of the DJ is fading?

I don't agree. If DJs are fading, then I think it will happen slowly over the next 100 years. I think it's easier for DJs to tour. We can do live or semi-live sets, we can mix tracks. Plus, I can do a gig every night and I don't have to play the same set, whereas bands are stuck with a certain set-list. Even bands who have had 10 albums will still be stuck with a set-list. I think those who claim that really do not know what a DJ does. They don't realise that DJs play their own tracks and can create something new.

How do you like being described?

I'm definitely electronic, but I like the terms rocktronic and maximal.

Which DJs do you rate?

Sven Vath, DJ SvD, Virtual Vault, Ricky Rivaro and Steve Aoki.

Do you listen to other genres?

Yes, there's a little bit of everything in my MP3 player. At the moment, I'm listening to Bloc Party, The Killers, Muse and Moby.

What kind of club nights do you like going to when you're not working?

I prefer going to parties where the music is different, because if it's the same style of music, I end up spending the night thinking about what I could do with the tracks. Technically I end up working. So going somewhere like a hip-hop club is better.

Do you get recognized a lot?

Yeah, I do. You'd think I wouldn't, but people come up and say hi.

How do you cope with the "celeb" aspect?

It's just part of the job. People want to dream and read about their favourite stars in magazines, so the paparazzi thing comes with making music. I've read some ridiculous things about me Ė once I apparently died in an accident, and another story claimed I drink 31 energy drinks per gig. It's just ridiculous and I ignore it.

When Tiesto met Armani
Last year, Tiesto teamed up with Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani's young fashion brand, Armani Exchange, for a partnership that included major tour sponsorship and enhanced in-store experiences. The DJ also released a special three-CD set only available at stores and online at armaniexchange.com

Additionally, the duo collaborated together on a limited edition Tiesto t-shirt, with 100 per cent of the profits from the sales going to the charity, Mercy Corps, which aims to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive communities. The DJ has raised over $300,000 (Dh1.1m) from sales so far.

Bron: styletraxx.com

Trance king TiŽsto and Tim Cheddar are going head-to-head

Look into your crystal ball Ė who do you see as the future of DJing?
The DJ scene is getting bigger and more competitive. Thereís a lot of talent and original DJs out there with lots of originality and creativity.

Whatís the latest on your work with Aids charity Dance4life?
I went to South Africa to visit their projects, and I played at the World Aids Day in 2008 for them. Currently, Iím organising a charity event with [Victoriaís Secret model] Doutzen Kroes, to be held on Queenís Night [the official birthday of Hollandís Queen Beatrix] in Amsterdam.

What was your proudest moment?
I have many, many proud moments. Iíve played at the Olympic Games for instance, and was knighted by the queen of Holland. One of the biggest was when I played on the beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of 200,000 people.

Who parties harder: Moby, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes or you? And can you prove it?
Busta Rhymes! When I toured with him, the production manager was walking around the stage ever day, asking everybody: ĎWhere is Busta?í

What are your favourite tracks right now, and why?
ĎDefinitioní by Virtual Vault, ĎInto Somethingí by Richard Durand and ĎIím Not Aloneí by Calvin Harris.

What can we expect from your set?
Lots of new music, new hits and a fresh, longer set!

What makes a world-class DJ?
Maintaining innovation, reading the crowd and giving it all youíve got.

What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
Grab any opportunity you can to spin somewhere or to produce a record.

Why do you keep coming back to play in Dubai?
I love the luxurious life there. On top of that, the weather is amazing, and I get pampered all the time with great massages and super-good foodÖ

Mike MacEacheran. TiŽsto plays Festival City, March 13

Give us the low-down on your night.
Because thereís a Ďgreení theme Iíll be recycling plenty of environmentally friendly floorfillers Ė the kind of songs that other DJs carelessly throw away. Theyíll include í90s club classics, í80s pop and í70s disco. Some tunes never go stale Ė they just need a little rest and then theyíre as good as new.

Got anything else up your sleeve?
After a couple of skate-less months due to a severe attack of stage fright, Iíll be rolling back out of the DJ box at midnight to host a mass singalong. I didnít realise people really cared about my skating skills, but itís the biggest request I receive and the thing that people remember the most. As for anything else, Iím sure thereíll be a few shenanigans on the night.

Youíll be going up against TiŽsto on the night Ė does that worry you?
Actually, Iíve played on the same night as him before, and it was one of the best Cheese nights ever. Musically, weíre poles apart, so I think the crowd will vote with their feet on the dancefloor and their hands in the air at both nights.

Youíre a gentleman of reddish tint; do you have Irish blood?
Are you calling me ginger? I prefer strawberry blonde. My real surname is Derry so I could be Irish Cheddar, I suppose. And I like The Pogues. But I donít go around saying, ĎTop of the morningí to people, so I canít be Irish, can I? Eejit!

What is the greatest cheesy Irish band of all time?

The Sultans Of Ping FC. Remember them? ĎDancing at the disco, bumper to bumper/Wait a minute, whereís me jumper?í Better still, the bandís name came from the Dire Straits song ĎSultans Of Swingí.

Whatís in your pockets right now?
Some loose change, a mini Rubikís Cube keyring and a hand (mine).

Tell us something youíve never told anyone else.
This isnít a real beard.

Who put the ram in the Rama Lama Ding Dong?
Iím not sure. Is it the same guy who put the chum in Chumbawamba?

What does success smell like?
A hot fondue with Danish Blue.

Tim Cheddar
Time Out Dubai 9 March 2009 




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