DJ Tiesto: Miami is dance capital of America
When it comes to dance music, Dutch trance DJ Tiesto is unquestionably on top of the world. He’s routinely chosen as the No. 1 DJ by various industry polls and magazine surveys, and headlines the biggest international electronic-music festivals, including, of course, Ultra in Miami during Winter Music Conference. Oh, and he’s the first DJ invited to spin at an Olympics event — Tiesto composed and provided the music for the opening ceremony in Beijing last year.
Saturday night, on the strength of his surprisingly eclectic new album Kaleidoscope (he teams up with artists as diverse as Sigur Ros lead singer Jonsi, Tegan & Sara, Nelly Furtado and Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke), Tiesto rocks the crowd at LIV at the Fontainebleau.
Q: With Kaleidoscope, you expand your sound. What were you going for?
A: I tried to collaborate with artists who give me inspiration, to make my sound more diverse. So I was looking for artists I was a fan of myself, to make dance songs with the indie vibe influence on top of it.
Q: So did you write each song with each collaborator?
A: Yeah, I wrote an instrumental piece with the singer in mind and sent it over to them, and then we recorded in the studio to make it happen.
Q: You perform in Miami a few times a year. What do you think of the city?
A: Miami is the dance capital of America. That’s where it all started for me, with the music conference there every year, and the clubs playing house music for years. Miami was the first city in the U.S. that was really open to European dance music. And it’s special to be there, and the vibe is very good.
Q: Was performing at the Olympics your biggest career thrill?
A: Not really, I mean, I’m proud I was part of it, of course, but I think my biggest career thrill is the way I am at the moment, the general perspective of Tiesto. People love to come to my shows, they love my music, and they love my albums, and I’m really proud of that, the way my music can make a difference. That’s the biggest compliment I’ve ever had.