28 Mart 2008 Cuma

An alchemic welcome to the world’s best

I can’t think of a better opening for this article than to just say that the world’s best disc jockey is coming to Manila for one night only. Tiesto, thrice consecutive topnotcher of DJ Mag’s prestigious survey, continues his world tour to promote his 2007 album, Elements of Life.

Netherlands-born Tijs Verwest has used many aliases in the last 28 years that he has been DJ-ing. Today, the man whose list of achievements is off the charts is simply known as Tiesto. He is the first disc jockey to ever play live on stage in front of an audience at an Olympic games.

“The opportunity to perform my music for billions of people around the globe will be the greatest highlight of my life, I am honored to be part of the biggest sports event in the world,” he refers to his Olympic experience.

Tiesto’s music is for the most part trance and progressive trance. Just like most accomplished DJs, he also dabbles in producing and remixing. His production, Just Be, appeared in the CD, Nip/Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack. He contributed the song “Gold Rush” to Playstation’s Wipeout Pure. Kane’s “Rain Down on Me (Tiesto Remix)” is featured in the video game, Fifa Football 2004.

His musical influence goes as far as Reebok creating two shoe models in his honor, ‘Tiesto’ and ‘Run the DJ Tiesto.’ Even Armani has jumped the Tiesto bandwagon just last December with a limited edition Tiesto/A|X T-shirt. Tiesto is also the official worldwide ambassador of the Dance4Life Foundation that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness.

Having played for crowds up to a whopping 250,000, he has covered the globe from coast to coast. He has taken over leading dance destinations from Ipanema Beach to Las Vegas, from Johannesburg to Amsterdam.

The reason for his second Manila visit is his fourth studio album, the Grammy-nominated Elements of Life. The 13-track CD, or some 80 minutes worth of heart-pumping trance, contains the remix version of “He’s a Pirate,” the theme song of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Tiesto has been touring his album since March 20 of last year. Earth, water, air and fire formed the crux of the visual treatment for the tour, captured in the Elements of Life World Tour DVD. The level of production was one that is never before seen in the dance music scene. This included state-of-the-art special effects, moving water systems synched with the music and high-def video screens. After his Feb. 28 stop, he took a one-month break before embarking on the Asian leg of the tour, which will begin on April 3 in Hong Kong.

The glitzy Alchemy Euroclub brings Tiesto back to play for the city’s denizens on April 19 at the venue’s Main Event Center. General admission is at P1,500 per head. Tickets are available at Alchemy and selected Odyssey outlets.

VIP seats for parties of 10 are available at P25,000 and P30,000. The package comes with a bottle, one VIP parking slot and complimentary passes to the exclusive afterparty. For reservations, call the hotline at 633-0516 or Che Calica, director for banquet and events, at 0917-886-1049.