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Poll 2020: Tiësto

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Tiësto is still riding high off married life, having tied the knot in 2019, and this year has learnt “that there’s actually also a life outside the DJ touring life!” That said, the enduring Dutch titan has continued to evolve and adapt his sound, worked on various remixes as well as start a new project VER:WEST, “which has allowed me to explore the deeper melodic side of my musical interests.”
 
He adds that although many great things have happened in his career so far, “the greatest is yet to come.” He hints at new music which “will be perfect to drop when the clubs and festivals are back”, though says it's hard not to be road-testing material as he goes. 
He has also just signed with Atlantic Records and released ‘The Business’, the first single from his debut album, currently planned for release next year. As a parting shot, he says: “I'm sending my love to everyone, stay strong and stay positive!” 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Being able to focus on new music, some fun live stream events, and most importantly more time with family.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“Don’t take anything for granted.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“Dance music is all about PLUR!”
 
 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
 
“I try to support as many upcoming new producers as possible and guide them in the right direction if needed.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time? 
 
"The Age of Love 'The Age Of Love'."
 
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 16:13

Style: 
“My style is continuously changing and evolving, expanding across genres.”
Best known for: 
“Bringing the party!”
Tune of the year: 
“[Saint Jhn] ’Roses’ remix by Imanbek because it’s so awesome that you can make a worldwide hit out of your bedroom from any country in the world!”

Poll 2018: Tiësto

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From: Breda, Netherlands
DJ style: “Eclectic dance music.”
Best known for: “Switching it up.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Loud Luxury ‘Body’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Louis Bell.”

“I just had the biggest hit of my career with Post Malone,” says Tiësto of their electrifying ‘Jackie Chan’, which is no mean feat given the amount of music the EDM overlord has released in his long and storied career. The secret to it, and much of his music, is its ability to uplift and energise crowds around the world, no matter the language they speak.

As much as the ‘Jackie Chan’ track was a successful collaboration, Tiësto admits they don’t always work. “I must have at least 100 tracks that never saw the daylight,” he explains. “It happens, it’s nothing personal, but I will only release something when I am 100% happy with it at the moment I want to release it.”

Once again this summer he has toured endlessly, while tending to spend the winter months making music and “trying to come up with records that sound different than everything else out there”. He has another big one on the horizon already in ‘Grapevine’, and says that despite having produced for more than 20 years now, there is “nothing better than making dancefl oor and festival bangers!”

By now, Tiësto has played just about every major club and festival in the world, including Creamfi elds every single year since inception. “It’s always a great crowd and they love everything I play,” he says. “It never gets old and I feel I can really get away with playing anything there, which is the best position to be in while DJing!”

As someone who is at home playing stages to thousands upon thousands of people, Tiësto still fondly remembers the sets he played before he was a global superstar. As such, this year he has played the likes of Bootshaus in Germany, “an amazing small intimate club” and also Opium in Barcelona. Having previously turned his back on trance music in favour of a spell making deep house, Tiësto has rather gone back to his roots recently, at the same time as noticing a few more general trends.

“You can feel the scene is changing again or, I must say, as always,” he tells DJ Mag. “Groovier records are back and deep house made huge progress. Guys like Chris Lake and Fisher made a real impact, but I see myself as a really spontaneous DJ, so I take the best of what’s out there and mix it up with my own stuff. Keep it all together and uplifting. I think the concept of ‘break, big drop, break, big drop’ is getting old, and I am trying to slowly make progress to take things in a new direction.”

Another big change for the Dutchman is the album format. He strongly believes long-players are dead and that they don’t get the attention they deserve anymore. “People don’t take the time anymore to listen to a whole album,” he reckons. “So you put in months of work and people will only listen to it once or twice. But I will make a new album next year, just because I still like to listen to albums and I have a good idea for a new one now.” Despite being 50 in January, Tiësto continues to fire on all cylinders. He speaks quickly and passionately about his continued love of DJing, the joy of discovering new sounds and playing to his adoring fans all over the world.

Words: KRISTAN CARYL

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 11:25