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Tiësto at Luggage Hall in Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 16, 2007
Background information
Birth name Tijs Michiel Verwest
Also known as Allure (until 2011), Steve Forte Rio, Da Joker, DJ Limited, DJ Tiësto, Drumfire, Handover Circuit, Passenger, Roze, Stray Dog, Tom Ace, TST, Wild Bunch.[1]
Born (1969-01-17) 17 January 1969 (age 45)
Breda, Netherlands[2]
Genres Trance, progressive trance, progressive house, electro house
Occupations Musician, DJ, record producer
Years active 1994–present
Labels Noculan, Basic Beat, Lightning, XSV Music, Black Hole, Ultra, Musical Freedom
Associated acts A3, Alibi, Allure (since 2011), Andante, Boys Will Be Boys, Clear View, Control Freaks, Glycerine, Gouryella, Hammock Brothers, Hard Target, Jedidja, Kamaya Painters, Main Men, Major League, Paradise In Dubs, T-Scanner, TB X-Press, Two Deejays, Vimana, West & Storm.[3]
Website www.tiesto.com

Tijs Michiel Verwest (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈtɛi̯s miˈxiɫ vərˈʋɛst],[4] born 17 January 1969[5]), known by his stage name Tiësto (/tiˈɛst/ tee-ES-toh; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈcɛstoː]), is a Dutch musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music.[6][7] Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiësto. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the "DJ" label and is now known simply as "Tiësto",[8] an artist name which is a twist of his childhood nickname.[9] In 1997, he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. Tiësto met producer Dennis Waakop Reijers in 1998, and the two have worked together extensively since then. Reijers is credited as producer, writer, composer, or arranger on many of Tiësto's releases.[10] In 1999 and 2000 Tiësto collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. His 2000 remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan exposed him to more mainstream audiences. In 2001, he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career. He ranked at #1 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs Poll consecutively for three years 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.

Elements of Life (2007–2009)[edit]

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 Elements of Life, the album moved 73,000 units in its April release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[12] During the production of the album Tiësto in several cases sent a demo with the music to certain artists, and they replied back with the lyrics and vocals and other duration times. In the case of Christian Burns from BBMak, Tiësto met him through MySpace and got in contact with him and the production of the single "In the Dark".[13] The album consists of rock, trance and experimental music, which shows the style Tiësto has grown throughout the years since his previous albums which contained lyrics, In My Memory and Just Be. Producer Brian Transeau collaborated with Tiësto in three tracks, he composed "Bright Morningstar" and "Sweet Things", he also performed the vocals in the single "Break My Fall". Together, they produced more tracks which were not released in the album, Tiësto has mentioned they would work again during the coming summer.[13] In December 2007 it was announced that the album was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category "Best Electronic/Dance Album."[11] The album also received gold certifications in Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, and Romania.[14] A special release party was held at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on November 3, 2007 for In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

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

On April 28, Tiësto released Elements of Life: Remixed, a recompilation of the Elements of Life album with all songs being replaced by remixed versions.[19] In mid-2008, Tiësto announced his In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008, which was presented by Armani Exchange in May in support of his In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia compilation[20] and the previously released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza.

Tiësto performing on Queen's Day on April 30, 2009 at Museumplein in Amsterdam

During his time at Privilege he previewed tracks from his upcoming artist album. InTheBooth, the official members-only fansite of Tiësto launched July 17, 2009.[21] On July 31, he was the first DJ to perform for 25,000 people at an exclusive outdoor concert in Victoria Park, London.[22]

Kaleidoscope (2009–2010)[edit]

On October 6, 2009, Tiësto released his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope, which featured artists such as Priscilla Ahn, Calvin Harris, Tegan & Sara and Nelly Furtado. Unlike his earlier albums, which were all mostly trance, Kaleidoscope explores other electronic genres, and is considered Tiesto's most experimental album. The first single "I Will Be Here" featuring Sneaky Sound System being released in July 2009. It reached number three on the much acclaimed Driscoll 5, and lasted there for 24 weeks in the beginning of 2012.[23][24][25] In its first week, the album reached the Top 10 chart on iTunes.[26]

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.[27] His new tour, sharing the name of his new album, called Kaleidoscope World Tour commenced in late September.[28]

Tiësto contributed songs to both the DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2 video games and is a playable character in the second game.[29][30] He contributed two exclusive mixes to the second game, and used content from DJ Hero 2 to create the official video for his single 'Speed Rail' - the world's first music video to be created entirely using in-game footage.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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,[34] which was held in Singapore at Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island.

Club Life (2011–present)[edit]

On April 4, 2011, his mix compilation Club Life: Volume One Las Vegas was released.[35][36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

On April 1, 2013, Tiesto announced via his Facebook that Club Life Volume 3 is in the works. On April 29, Tiesto announced via Facebook and Twitter that Club Life Vol 3 is entitled Stockholm, similar to previous Club Life albums Las Vegas and Miami. The announcement also included a promotional picture resembling cover art for the new album. Club Life Vol 3 - Stockholm was released worldwide physically on June 25, 2013, and it hit #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.[39] Tiësto said that he "didn’t just want it to be a mix with tracks my fans could find on every other compilation or were just the hottest tracks of the moment. Rather, I wanted this to be heavy on my own productions, remixes and collaborations."[40]

Tiësto is currently partner of international online dance platform Club Judge. This website shows its users clubs, events and DJs, based on the users' personal preferences.

In The Booth series[edit]

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. The season 2 was announced for 2014.[41]


On January 6, 2005, Tiësto performed in an outdoor fundraiser in De Dam, Amsterdam. The event was free, and many famous Dutch artists like Dinand Woesthoff, BLØF, Acda & De Munnik, Di-rect, Berget Lewis, Xander de Buisonjé and Trijntje Oosterhuis were involved in it to provide financial aid to the people who suffered from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in Southern and Southeastern Asia. All profits made of all TV commercials and live broadcast were given to the organisations collecting the relief funds.[42][43]

In April 2006, Tiësto was named the official worldwide ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS, as the foundation's ambassador he has helped the organisation with fundraising along with recording the track "Dance4life" that he recorded with Maxi Jazz from Faithless. The foundation consists on a better way of living with safe sex in exchange of entertainment to the young crowd.[44] The song was a huge success, peaking for five weeks in number 3 and eleven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Dutch Singles Chart, it also reached number 5 in Belgium, number 6 in Finland and also charting in the UK and Germany. With the successful release of Elements of Life, Tiësto and fashion designer Giorgio Armani collaborated on a limited edition Tiësto T-shirt available at Armani Exchange stores. His single "Sweet Things" comes with the shirt including an exclusive "A|X Remix" by Tom Cloud which shows the great influence Tiësto has in fashion culture.[45] The charity raised over US$300,000.[20] On November 29, 2008 artists like Tiësto himself, Sied van Riel, 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.

In November 2012, Tiësto released a compilation album Dance (RED) Save Lives in collaboration with Product Red, with the aim of donating any proceeds from the album to the fight against AIDS.[46] Tiësto himself have committed to match up to US$100,000 in donations to the cause.

Personal life[edit]

Until early 2006, Tiësto was in a relationship with Dutch model Monique Spronk. On January 10, 2008, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Tiësto and his girlfriend Stacey Blokzijl were going to get married on October 10, 2008 in Cartagena, Colombia. He proposed to her in December 2007 while they were visiting Mauritius.[47] Tiësto cancelled his wedding for October 10, because he claimed to have a busy schedule and too little time for the preparations.[48] During Christmas 2008, Blokzijl broke off the engagement owing to the constant delays to their wedding.[49]


Studio albums

Live Performances[edit]

See also[edit]


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