South Florida, 09-10-2009,
Ever since breaking onto the scene in the late 1990s, Tiesto has risen the ranks and become the world’s most-notable DJ. In his career, the Netherlands native has played the opening ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, launched Black Hole Recordings in 1997, consistently performed for sold-out stadiums all over the world and was even nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
He was born Tijs Michiel Verwest but his millions of minions spanning the globe, which sits directly in the palm of his hand, simply refer to him as Tiesto.
With the October release of his fourth studio album Kaleidoscope, upcoming tour, and his anticipated return to South Florida to play the Don Taft Center at Nova University, 5 p.m. Oct. 17, Tiesto took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.
MR – What should fans expect from you Oct. 17 when you take over Nova University?
Tiesto – Along with the music, I have created some of the most amazing production to date, so it’s going to be something special. It’s based much more on the video content for this tour and we have been playing around with the visual concepts of the Kaleidoscope theme, which is great for inspiration.
MR – How do the shows and the fans of South Florida compare to your other shows where almost 100,000 or more pack into stadiums in Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Colombia and even Euro dance festivals?
Tiesto – I have always had amazing shows in Florida. The scene here is thriving and the fans always bring an amazing energy and vibe to all the shows
MR – You played live on stage at the Olympic Games in 2004 and played a memorable set that lasted for 90 minutes. As far as achievements that will stand the test of time, what did that event mean to you?
Tiesto – Playing at the opening ceremonies was a once in a lifetime experience. To be a part of an event of that size and importance is very special to me and is something I will never forget.
MR – What should die-hard Tiesto fans expect with the October release of Kaleidoscope? This is your fourth studio album, so what type of identity do you want this album to have and what affect will it have on your fans?
Tiesto – I wanted to bring together all the different influences I have from dance music to indie rock with my own sound. Kaleidoscope is my most ambitious album to date and I think it will have a positive effect on my fans when they listen to the album and especially when they see the live show.
MR – Who do you look up to in the music industry? Is there one person that you have collaborated with in the past that inspired you? Is there someone you have yet to work with that you would like to?
Tiesto – One person I have always had the utmost respect for is Sven Vath. He has contributed so much to electronic music and where we are today. I have been able to work with so many amazing artists on Kaleidoscope it would be really hard for me to single one out.
MR – Initially you started out as a trance DJ, and then you slowly progressed to trance, house, progressive house and techno. How do you think your music has evolved since the late 1990s?
Tiesto – As an artist I am constantly evolving and I always want to push the limits in the studio and when I play out live. Musically I have so many different inspirations lately, I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house and have drawn from these influences over the years. Artists like Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, MGMT, Santigold and Crookers have been making some amazing music recently.
MR – Again, I want to thank you for taking a few minutes to give me an insight into your world. I am sure the fans here in South Florida also appreciate the honesty and are looking forward to your return later this month.
Tiesto tickets for the 5 p.m. Oct. 17 concert at Nova University, 3301 College Ave. in Davie, can be purchased ator WantTickets.