Club, Trance, Dance
Tijs Michiel Verwest born in Holland back in 1969, Tiesto’s aim from the start was ‘to share his music with others’. By first gaining experience with his residency in Dutch club The Spock all while perfecting his producing skills in the studio at the start of 1995, he was always searching for the next best set to play. By 1997 it all came true when he and close friend Arny Bink founded the now legendary Black Hole Recordings. Spawning numerous hits such as the trance music classics ‘Suburban Train’, ‘Flight 643’ and ‘Lethal Industry’, DJ Tiesto’s debut album ‘In My Memory’ became one of Holland’s best selling dance albums in 2002 while also being voted DJ Magazine’s World No. 1 DJ beating of former holder John Digweed in the same year.
This was not yet his peak though. In 2003 Tiesto envisioned performing a set, but not in just a club venue – a stadium. For the first time in music history Tiesto became the first DJ to host a concert in a sell-out event in a 25,000 capacity stadium going on to what became the ‘Tiesto In Concert’ Tour around the world. In doing this, Tiesto broke the boundaries of the superstar DJ and set new records while at the same time being crowned world number one again by the readers of DJ Magazine.
Jump forward just one year. As well as the successful mix compilation series ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ (Vols 1-4) and Magik Musik (1-7) Tiesto became the first DJ ever to host the Olympic Opening Ceremony for the Athens 2004 Olympics, setting another record for biggest audience ever played to by a DJ – 3.8 billion. As well as performing his set, Tiesto also produced an album exclusively for the event – Parade of The Athletes, with all new material as well as his next studio effort ‘Just Be’ spawning the hit ‘Traffic’, the first non-vocal track to make the number one spot in the Dutch national charts for 23 years.
Having won pretty much every dance music award there is, Tiesto’s aim is, as he says just to keep on improving and produce more albums. With another mix compilation and solo effort due for 2006, even if he was to retire tomorrow, Tiesto would be looked upon as one of the greatest DJ’s to go behind a set of turntables.