Dj Tiesto interview with Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Tiësto is a man of “firsts”. He was the first DJ to sell out dates at the Brixton Academy (two nights in a row), Alexandra Palace, the O2 Arena, and last summer he was the first DJ to headline and sell-out a truly wondrous show at Victoria Park, London to 25,000 fans. He is the only DJ ever to sell out a three-month residency at Privilege in Ibiza last summer, where he played to over 100,000 people and now Tiësto is back in Scotland.

Indeed, add to the list, writing and performing music for the 2004 Olympics for an audience over 4 Billion. Remixing everyone from Britney Spears to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, selling out a 150 date world tour, collecting awards and nominations from the Grammy’s and MTV Music Awards, getting a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. To anyone else, any one of these milestones might sound staggering, but to the one-man electronic artist, producer and DJ phenomenon known as Tiësto, it’s just another regular day in the life.

You appear in Edinburgh, Scotland on the March 6 and your next stop is London on the 11th. Will you be spending any time seeing the sights?

I would like to. Not sure of my schedule yet. Sometimes it is difficult, but I always try to take time and enjoy the local culture.

British audiences have a reputation for being pretty wild, how do they compare with the crowds from Holland and elsewhere?

I would not say they are really extremely different, each country has its own unique qualities. I love performing in the UK.  Everyone is always up for it and brings all their energy to the dance floor.

You’ve been making music for a while now, what are the best and worst gigs you’ve ever played?

The best gig I have ever played would be the Opening Ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  That was an unforgettable experience.  It would be difficult for me to pick a worst gig. I truly love producing and performing, and I’m happiest when I’m connecting with my fans.

Many would say that you’ve been the key to bringing trance into the mainstream and raising its profile across the world. Where do you take the music from here?

For me, it’s all about pushing boundaries.  On Kaleidoscope, I have brought together all the different musical influences which I am enjoying at the moment. With my production I’ve taken more of a structured song writing approach, as well as experimented with new sounds and textures.  I’m going to keep producing music and let it evolve naturally.

You’ve collaborated with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Tegan and Sara and Kele from Bloc Party, how do you end up working with these guys? Do you approach them or is it the other way round?

I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with all the amazing guests on Kaleidoscope. It all happened very organically.  I first hung out with Nelly Furtado in Miami last year. We freestyled in the studio together and realized we had chemistry. I met Kele from Bloc Party when I was in  London and it turned out he and the guys were big fans, which was such an honor. Tegan & Sara played with me live at Bonnaroo and I remixed one of their tracks.  We took it from there.

Who would you most like to work with in the future?

My list of artists is always growing.  I would love to do a song with Santigold or MGMT.

What do you think about Basshunter appearing in the British version of Celebrity Big Brother? Is there ever a chance you’d ever try something like this?

No, that’s not for me.

What’s better and why; the first few years you had as DJ or your career now?

My career now. I have been able to see the world and meet so many great people. It’s been a great experience.

Finally, what are your plans after the world tour? Can we expect a follow up to Kaleidoscope any time soon?

I am concentrating all my energy on the Kaleidoscope World Tour.  I have also launched my brand new fan site called InTheBooth which I am very excited about.  With my busy schedule, I am constantly moving around the world.  The site allows me to interact with fans, share my music and stories from the road.  I am really happy with how it has turned out so far.

The Edinburgh leg of the tour will not only boast an appearance by Tiësto, but also incorporate an outside dance marquee, outside & inside bars, Gio-Goi Music Bus, Funfair plus merchandise stalls. Running from 6pm to 4am, this will be Tiësto’s biggest show to date in Scotland as the event will take place in the huge Highland Hall at The Royal Highland Centre (same site and event layout as EH1 Music Festival, August 2009).

Check out the newpaper next week for your chance to win a pair tickets to Tiësto’s Kaleidoscope World Tour on March 6 at the Highland Hall in Edinburgh.

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Source: Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

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