Tiësto performing in Winterworld at Palazzo in Germany, on February 25, 2005.
Background information
Birth name Tijs Michiel Verwest
Also known as DJ Tiësto, Allure, Da Joker, Drumfire, Handover Circuit, Paradise In Dubs, Passenger, Roze, Steve Forte Rio, Stray Dog, Tom Ace, Wild Bunch
Born (1969-01-17) January 17, 1969 (age 43)
Genres [4]
Occupations record producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels Noculan (1994)
Basic Beat (1994–1997)
Lightning (1995–1996)
XSV Music (1997)
Black Hole (1997–2009)
Ultra Records (2007–Present)
Musical Freedom (2009–Present)
Associated acts Gouryella, Kamaya Painters (more)
Website tiesto.com

Tijs Michiel Verwest, (Dutch pronunciation: [9]

In 1997, he founded the label DJ Magazine Top 100 Popularity Poll from 2002 to 2004.

Just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004 at the Summer Olympics, he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens, Greece, becoming the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics. Tracks he made especially for the Olympics were mixed together and released as the mix compilation Parade of the Athletes later that year. In April 2007 Tiësto launched both his radio show Tiësto’s Club Life on Radio 538 in the Netherlands and released his third studio album Elements of Life. The album reached number one on the Dutch album chart as well on “Billboard Top Electronic Albums” in the U.S. and received a nomination for a Grammy Award in 2008.[11] Tiësto released his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope in October 2009.

As at 2012, Tiësto attained the #2 poll position of the DJ Mag 100 Popularity Poll, and he refers to the styles he mainly plays as House, Electro House, and Progressive House.[14]


[edit] Life and musical career

[edit] Early life and career

Tijs Michiel Verwest was born in Netherlands on January 17, 1969.[15] It was at The Spock, a small club in Breda, where he was able to fine-tune his own style by playing in a separate room from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on weekends. In the beginning of his career, as a DJ he played mostly New Beat and House music.

In 1994, he began releasing material on Noculan Records’ sub-labels Chemo and Coolman. During these years, he produced hardcore/gabber tracks under aliases such as Da Joker and DJ Limited. He was later discovered by the general manager of Rotterdam-based Basic Beat Recordings.[16] In late 1994, he signed to Basic Beat where he met Arny Bink, Tiësto released records on the sub-label Trashcan, founded by Arny, and later created the Guardian Angel sub-label with Arny in which they introduced the popular Forbidden Paradise series. Meanwhile from 1995 to 1996 he released four extended plays on Bonzai Jumps and XTC, sub-labels of Lightning Records. In 1997, Tiësto joined his friend Yves Vandichel on his sub-label, DJ Yves, a division of the now defunct Human Resource label XSV Music. In the fall of 1997, both Arny and Tiësto decided to leave Basic Beat and create their own parent label, now known as Black Hole Recordings, Trashcan was discontinued and Guardian Angel continued releasing music until 2002. Through Black Hole, Tiësto released the Magik series and also created two major sub-labels in 1998; In Trance We Trust and SongBird.

From 1998 to 1999, Tiësto released music on Planetary Consciousness where he met [18]

Late in 2000, Tiësto decided to concentrate on his personal work and left Corsten by himself to write and produce Gouryella’s next single with [19]

[edit] In My Memory (2001–2004)

Tiësto’s popularity started to rise in the early 2000s[[21]

His fame continued to increase in the early 2000s, following his six-hour “Tiësto Solo” sets which he performed without other DJs or opening acts. This idea, of one DJ playing alone to a large crowd was new. Tiësto was the first DJ to hold a solo concert in a stadium; on May 10, 2003, he performed for 25,000 people in [24]

[edit] Just Be (2004–2007)

In 2004, he released his second artist album Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

The Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) asked Tiësto to perform at the Olympic Games, making him the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympic Games at the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Athens, where he played for 90 minutes.[26] Tiësto flew to Athens in January 2004 to have a meeting with the ATHOC. His Tiësto in Concert DVD caught their attention, after which he was asked to write more tracks based on his opening tune “Adagio for Strings” which could fit in with the Olympic spirit and combine the classical with the modern age. The first rehearsal was on Saturday August, 7, for an empty stadium; the second rehearsal was on Sunday August 8 with 35,000 volunteers. The last rehearsal included almost 60,000 people in the stadium which was on Tuesday August 10, and there were some technical problems.

During the course of his performance at the Olympics, the Dutch athletes started dancing in front of the DJ booth and had to be moved on by officials. The performance included new tracks produced especially for the Opening Ceremony and songs that were created to complement the spirit and theme of the ceremony. A condensed studio-recorded album of the songs played on the Olympic set was later released, including new songs specially composed for the occasion, entitled Parade of the Athletes in October 2004.[27] In the liner notes, he noted the IOC requested that the music not contain any lyrics as they could be inadvertently misinterpreted.

In late 2004, he began his touring across Latin America, with his release of In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama in which he gained influence from the sun and sand in summer 2002. The tour continued in 2005, and Tiësto performed live at Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia. Following the tours, In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America was released in 2005, featuring a second CD for the first time in the In Search of Sunrise series.[28]

In 2005, his Los Angeles remained with him and would later influence his In Search of Sunrise compilation.

Tiësto at Northern Ireland on March 5, 2005

A wax sculpture of Tiësto was placed behind a turntable at [33]

The compilation was launched in the Winter Music Conference at Mansion in South Beach Miami to support his release, Tiësto went on his In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour for more than three weeks.[34]

In September 2006, Tiësto was admitted to hospital after experiencing pain in his chest. He was diagnosed with pericarditis and subsequently had to cancel a number of shows.[35] With the diagnosis, he was invited to support Dance4Life to help teens who are not aware of the risks of HIV/AIDS.

On April 6, 2007 Tiësto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio show called Brazil.

[edit] Elements of Life (2007–2009)

Tiësto performing on his Elements of Life World Tour in Amsterdam on March 16, 2007

On April 16, 2007, Tiësto released his third studio album [38]

In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements of Life World Tour which had shows across the world. Tiësto’s performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10, 2007 was also sold out.[39] The Copenhagen: Elements of Life World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on February 29, 2008 in London at the IndigO2 club.[40]

Tiësto announced his residence at Privilege. He played in Ibiza every Monday, from July 7 until September 22. The gigs consisted of sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise series. In 2007, he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island.[41]

Tiësto at the O2 Arena in London on August 8, 2008

On April 28, Tiësto released [43] and the previously released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza.

Tiësto performing on Museumplein in Amsterdam

During his time at Privilege he previewed tracks from his upcoming artist album. InTheBooth, the official members-only [45]

[edit] Kaleidoscope (2009–present)

On October 6, 2009, Tiësto released his fourth studio album [49]

To release the album he has set up a new record label called Musical Freedom after parting ways with Black Hole Recordings. Tiësto felt that his music was evolving in a new direction and his focus as an artist was moving away from what Black Hole was set up to support.[51]

Tiësto contributed songs to both [54]

Tiësto has produced a trance-flavoured song on Memphis rap duo Three 6 Mafia‘s upcoming album Laws of Power called “Feel It,” which features Flo Rida and Sean Kingston.[55]

On March 16, 2010, Tiësto released his greatest hits album called Magikal Journey: The Hits Collection 1998–2008, a two disc album focusing on his most famous songs and remixes of his songs.

On April 7, 2010, Tiësto announced that he would start a new compilation series called A New Dawn with his own label Musical Freedom. In his interview Tiësto furthermore confirmed that he would no longer have any more involvement with Black Hole Recordings.[56]

On August 31, 2010, Kaleidoscope: Remixed was released, a remix album of his album Kaleidoscope.

On December 11, 2010, Tiësto was one of the headlining acts at ZoukOut 2010,[57] which was held in Singapore at Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island.

On April 4, 2011, his mix compilation [59]

On June 13, his studio album Kiss From The Past was released under his alias Allure. It was released on Tiësto’s own label Magik Muzik. The album featured artists such as Christian Burns, JES, and Emma Hewitt.[60]

On August 15, his single “Work Hard, Play Hard” was released. On September 5, his single “Maximal Crazy” was released on Beatport.

On March 5, 2012, Tiësto announced the second installment of his Club Life series, Club Life: Volume Two Miami. It was released on April 24, 2012.[61]

[edit] In The Booth Series

In The Booth is a YouTube series that started on January 18, 2012. It stars Tiësto and is a behind-the-scene series about some of the gigs and travels of Tiësto and his tour friends around the world. One new episode is released every Tuesday on his YouTube channel.[62]

[edit] Philanthropy

On January 6, 2005, Tiësto performed in an outdoor fundraiser in De Dam, [63]

In April 2006, Tiësto was named the official worldwide ambassador for the Leon Bolier, Joop, and MC Gunner presented a concert at The Sand, Amsterdam promoted by Dance4Life, the sales from the event will go to the foundation to support next year’s Schools4Life project.

[edit] Personal life

Until early 2006, Tiësto was in a relationship with Dutch model Monique Spronk. On January 10, 2008, Dutch newspaper [68]

[edit] Discography

Studio albums

[edit] Tours

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Digweed
DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ
2002 – 2004
Succeeded by
Paul van Dyk
Preceded by
Armin van Buuren
Mixmag Number 1 DJ
Succeeded by

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