Tiësto needs no introduction to any readers of DJ Mag and most likely not even to someone with just a passing interest in the Top 100 poll. But what if there was a dance fan somewhere on (or off) the planet who did not know who Tijs Michiel Verwest is better known as?
"As a lifelong fan of dance music I’d want people to know me as a tireless worker who played some really tremendous landmark live shows and helped to define modern dance music," is the way the man himself would want to be known. "To help grow the scene has always been so important to me over personal achievements," he humbly adds.
With a career that now spans almost 20 years, DJ Mag asks if Tiësto finds it hard to be excited by new music? "Not at all," he explains, "If you listened to my music when I first started through to the present you’ll realise how much it's changed. There are so many talented young producers that inspire me tremendously." To highlight this, he cites 'Kveikur' by Sigur Ros’ and Ellie Goulding’s 'Halcyon Days' as favourite recent non-dance music and goes on to tell us how important it is to have an overview which is not defined by a single genre. "
I like to think I’ve played a part in the overall growth of dance music without labelling genres," he says. "I guess Tiësto is a good thing to say because I like people to look at this name and think of all types of dance music. Through my career I’ve always mixed things up.
My current sets have house, trap, hardstyle and much more. The reason is because I love all of the music and want to play it for my fans."With recent shows such as the 26,000 capacity Home Depot Center in Los Angeles being billed as 'the largest single DJ event in US history', it seems that coming up with new ideas isn't a problem.
"I travel the world and pay attention to what’s going [on] around me. I’m always looking to do exciting things and if I have some crazy idea I’ll often want to do it!" he exclaims. But is he driven by a need to always go for something bigger than before? "I don’t think it’s about 'bigger', I think moving forward is driven by ideas and concepts. Taking risks and doing things just because you think it’s a good idea and that it feels right for you. If that means playing a massive arena, fine, but moving forward is much more than that," he answers.
Having recently moved to live in New York and with plans for a brand new artist album release in 2014 things show no sign of slowing down, but who does he think will follow in his footsteps? "There will never be a next Tiësto," he says, "every DJ that makes it to the top has his own uniqueness."