On Wednesday, the 7th of June, Tiësto opened his new club-restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. All the known Dutch media were there to witness the moment when Tiësto officially kicked-off by playing his specially composed new 'Cineac Anthem' called 'Happy People'.
The name of the new place is Cineac and represents the ultimate combination of Chinese high cuisine, dance music and live-entertainment. The name still refers to its previous status of a cinema theatre.
The monumental building of Cineac is based on a perfect location across the famous Tuschinski theatre, close to the Rembrandtplein and offers a superb new place to go in the centre of Amsterdam.
The dominant spot at the Cineac obviously is for the DJ booth. From every corner, whether it is the dance floor or the VIP deck upstairs, the guests will see it. Various modern and revolutionary styles of music will find their way to the audience, while at the same time a lot of internationally known top DJs will show their skills on the decks, supported by the unique acoustics of the building itself and one of the best sound systems in the world.
Cineac's unique status of club-restaurant not only offers the opportunity to have a high class Chinese diner or a skilfully prepared cocktail, but turns the night out into an unforgettable experience thanks to superb music and professional DJs.
30 Haziran 2008 Pazartesi
On Wednesday, the 7th of June, Tiësto opened his new club-restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. All the known Dutch media were there to witness the moment when Tiësto officially kicked-off by playing his specially composed new 'Cineac Anthem' called 'Happy People'.
Tiësto's performance at the Ethias Arena, last Saturday the 19th of May, rocked the city of Hasselt, Belgium. More than 18,000 fans including the complete Belgian media and press witnessed the biggest Elements of Life show set-up so far, full of spectacular special effects, during this Belgian part of the Elements of Life tour.
With the tour, that not only takes Tiësto through Europe but all over the world as well, 35 crew members and three trailers with state of the art equipment deliver a tremendous event. During the Hasselt show, two midi-driven water shows were deployed for the first time, running in full sync with the live set of the DJ in combination with a 60 by 15 meter HD screen, which resulted in an impressive light show.
Tiësto's sparkling live set had a few highly entertaining exchanges with live performances from artists like Jes, Julie Thompson, BT and of course Christian Burns, who entertained the audience with the hit 'In The Dark'.
One of the highlights of the evening was the unique collaboration with The Blue Man Group, the world famous blue headed trio, that recently recorded a brand new track with Tiësto called 'No More Heroes'.
For those of you who were there and for the ones that are curious about what to expect, we have added a short video impression in the media centre.
The Elements of Life show in Hasselt, perfectly finished with an eye for the tiniest detail, has shown what Tiësto's fans can count on: a grand event of such a scale and quality, that it hasn't found its equal in the industry yet.
Yaz sezonunun başlamasıyla yazlık mekânlar da birer birer açılmaya başladı. Bunlardan birsi de işletmesini İrfan Andaç'ın üstlendiği Vouge Disco olacak. Vouge eğlence dünyasına yazlık mekânıyla iyi bir giriş yapmaya hazırlanıyor.
Mekânın ilk etaptaki Bora, Joker, Barış ve Broyow DJ'lerle yola çıkıyor.
DJ Tiesto Vouge'a geliyor
Vouge Disco'nun işletmecisi İrfan Andaç yaptığı konuşmada; "Bu yıl Vouge Club'ın yazlık işletmesini yapacağım. Geçen yılki kışlık mekânda konser ağırlıklı organizasyonlarla Türkiye'nin bir çok değerli sanatçılarını ağırladık.
Bu yaz clubımız çoğunlukla Kıbrıs ile Avrupa'nın en iyi DJ'lerine ev sahipliği yapacak. Bu çalışma içerisinde 7 Haziran'da yazlık Club olan Vouge'da açılışımız olacak.
Açılış gecesi mekânda Kıbrıs'ın en iyi DJ2leri arasında yer alan Bora, Barış, Joker ve Broyow sahne alacak. Perkisyonda Salahi de sahnede olacak.
13 Haziran'da Avrupa'nın tanınmış DJ'lerinden David Vandete ve kemancısı sahne alacak. Mekânımız 30 Temmuzda yaptığı müziklerle dünyayı sallayan ve büyük bir hayran kitlesi olan Dj Tiesto'yu ağırlayacak.
Bunların yanında Türkiye'nin ünlü sanatçıları Haluk Levent, Demet Akalın ve Şebnem Ferah yaz gecelerimizi canlandırmasını düşündüğümüz sanatçılar arasında yer alıyor." açıklamasında bulundu.
DJ Bora; "Vouge'a damgamızı vuracağız"
Toplantıda söz alan DJ Bora ilk olarak ses kirliliğine değindi. Bora konuşmasında "Geçtiğimiz yıl ses kirliği nedeni ile birçok mekân mağdur kaldı. Bu yıl setlerim yaz ayı boyunca Vouge Club'da yankılanacak. Ülkemizde olan ses kirliği Vouge Club'da yok.
DJ Barış ise konuşmasında: "Uzun bir aradan sonra yeniden Girne gecelerinde sahne alacağım. Öncelikle İrfan Andaç'a bizimle çalışmak istediği için teşekkürlerimi sunarım." dedi.
DJ Joker ise; "Sayın İrfan Andaç ve DJ Bora ile çalışmaktan çok mutluyum. Ben ve diğer arkadaşlarım gibi bu yıl farklı müziklerle eğlence sevenlerin karşısında olacağım." şeklinde konuştu.
İstanbul'da sahneye çıkacak olan DJ Tiesto, konserleri öncesinde ünlü DJ sorularımızı yanıtladı.
17 Temmuz'da Bodrum'da, 18 Temmuz'da da İstanbul'da sahneye çıkacak olan dünyaca ünlü DJ Tiesto, konserleri öncesinde ünlü DJ sorularımızı yanıtladı.
İstanbul ve Bodrum'da vereceği konserlerine büyük önem veren DJ Tiesto, İstanbul'da Tarkan ile çok özel bir çalışmaya imza atacağını da açıkladı. Ünlü DJ, Türkiye’ye gelince yapılacaklar listesine Türk masajını da eklediğini söylemekten çekinmiyor.
- Şimdiye kadar bir çok kez Türkiye’yi ziyaret ettiniz, Türkçe öğrenmeye başladınız mı?
Henüz Türkçe öğrenemedim ama bir iki kelime biliyorum. Şimdiye kadar dünyanın bir çok ülkesinde konserler verdiğim için her gittiğim yerden ancak bir iki kelime öğrenebiliyorum. O kelimeleri de unutuyorum hatta bazen ana
dilimi bile unutuyorum. Gerçi Türkçe konuşmak da çok iyi olurdu.
- Türkiye’ye geldiğinizde en çok ne yapmayı seviyorsunuz?
Türkiye ziyaretlerimde genelde konser takvimime göre hareket ediyorum. Eğer yoğun bir program varsa konsere kadar uyuyup dinleniyorum. Eğer boş vaktim varsa, alışverişe gidip gerçek bir Türk masajı yaptırıyorum. Bu arada lezzetli Türk yemeklerinden yemeyi de ihmal etmiyorum.
- Türkiye’yi üç kelime ile ifade etseniz?
Güzel, coşku dolu ve eşsiz.
- Her hangi bir çalışmanızda Türk müziğinden etkilendiniz mi?
Konserlerim için çok fazla ülkeyi gezdiğimden farklı kültürleri görme şansım oluyor. Bu farklı kültürlere sahip insanlar bana kendi ülkelerinin müziklerini dinletiyorlar ki bu gerçekten etkileyici. Kendi müziğime her zaman dünya çapında öğeler eklemeye çalışıyorum. Bunun en güzel örneği şu sıralar Tarkan’ın “Pare Pare” adlı şarkısına bir remix çalışması yapıyorum. Yakında piyasada olacak özel bir çalışma.
- Dünyaca ünlü bir DJ olarak bu durumdan sıkıldığınız oluyor mu?
Asla. Hiç bir zaman içinde bulunduğum duruma alışmadığım için sıkılmıyorum. Ben rüyalarımı yaşıyorum bu yüzden pek şikayetçi olduğumu göremezsiniz.
- Kendinizi en güvende hissettiğiniz yer neresi?
Sanırım herkes gibi ben de en çok evde güvenli ve rahat hissediyorum. Benim için Hollanda’da ailemin ve arkadaşlarımın yanında olmak gibisi yok.
- Sporla aranız nasıl? Tuttuğunuz bir takım var mı?
Farklı spor türlerini seviyorum. Bir de sürekli yollarda olduğum için spor yapacak çok fazla vaktim olmuyor. Fitness yapıyor ve ara sıra kaldığım otellerde tenis oynuyorum. Özel olarak tuttuğum bir takım yok ama her zaman iyi olanın kazanmasını isterim. Bu arada Euro 2008’i izlemeyen yoktur herhalde. Hollanda için üzücü de olsa Türkiye bir hayli süpriz yaptı bu sene. Devam etmesini çok isterdik ama yine de Türk milli Takımının geldiği nokta büyük bir başarı.
/_np/8664/5228664.jpg- Hayatınızda yaptığınız en iyi şey neydi?
- Son olarak eklemek istediğiniz bir şey var mı?
Türkiye’deki şovuma herkesi bekliyorum. Oradaki kalabalığı çok seviyorum. Yeni şovumu kaçırmasınlar. Benimle ilgili her türlü bilgiye www.tiestoistanbul.com ve www.tiesto.com ulaşabilirler.
25 Haziran 2008 Çarşamba
As of today, the follow-up to Tiësto's successful Reebok shoeline is available: the brand new 'Run The DJ Tiësto'.
Tiësto himself was closely involved in the design, the choice of color and materials, which resulted in a luxurious and very comfortable new pair of sneakers.
The shoes, released as unisex, can be purchased in two colors: white/metallic gold and black/metallic silver.
This time with the famous bird logo on top of the tongue of the shoe, the new Reebok shoeline undeniably carries Tiësto's signature and can be purchased in our online shop!
On Thursday the 19th of July Tiësto will kick-off his North American tour at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, with two gigs in succession. To show his appreciation to the Big Apple and its citizens, Tiësto will also appear at an in-store signing session.
The two New York gigs will present the Elements of Life shows with stunning laser effects, fireworks, and a an enormous HD screen. During the event there will also be exclusive performances from the Blue Man Group.
On Wednesday, July 18th, Tiësto will do a special in-store DJ set and album signing at Virgin Records in Union Square at 8 PM. He will be on site to sign copies of his critically acclaimed and chart-topping third artist album, 'Elements of Life'.
The in-store, the day before the two gigs, will also play host to a ticket giveaway contest for fans. The first two people over the age of 18 to arrive at the in-store on July 18th will be given a complimentary admission ticket for either the July 19th or 20th dates at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Dear fans, I am very sorry for what happened at the Marina Club in Bahrain last Wednesday. Allow me to explain to you what really took place.
The promoter disappeared after 1 a.m. with the DJ fee and the money everybody had paid for their tickets.
I still wanted to play at the party, so I was waiting for somebody to pick me up from the hotel and bring me to the venue. At 2 a.m., still nobody had arrived and we heard that police was already on the way to the venue. At that moment, I had no other choice than to stay in my hotel room.
The promoter tried to escape Bahrain, but luckily he got caught near the Saudi Arabian border. He is in jail at this moment.
Again, I am very sorry for what happened and I will definitely try to find a way to make it up with all my fans who bought tickets for the show.
I just finished my little holiday in Ibiza between the gigs. I love this island! I've been coming here for years and it's never boring. I was a bit disappointed that they closed Amnesia and a few other clubs but everybody was very positive that they will be open soon again.
I am really happy with the way things are going now on the 'Elements Of Life' World Tour. In the beginning of this year I felt a lot of pressure because it's not easy to roll out a tour like this worldwide. My whole team was under pressure and the first couple of shows we had to get used to each other because it was new for everybody. And a last minute cancellation of shows doesn't help either! But now, after a couple of months on the road I can say I am really proud of everyone who works with me on this tour:
Jes is doing a great performance every time again and again. This girl has so much energy, she is amazing! I am working on a new song with her at this moment. Julie Thompson is a great performer as well. I love her voice and she sings two songs on the show now. We finished a new song called 'Somewhere Inside' and it's going down well. I will probably put it on my next mix compilation. Christian Burns is also doing an excellent job!! When you close your eyes while he sings, you hardly hear the difference between the track on my album and his live performance.
On Tuesday night, June 12th, the students of the Dalton College in The Hague experienced the surprise of a lifetime. The students were in the middle of a big school party, when out of the blue one of their superiors announced that the one and only Tiësto, the ambassador of Dance4Life himself, had arrived.
17 Haziran 2008 Salı
Apologies: I was unable to blog about Saturday at Bonnaroo because of Saturday at Bonnaroo. It's Sunday afternoon now, and with the festival still buzzing and thumping all around us (am currently at our tent in the Sonic Village, with a band called Harrybu McCage doing their thing on the stage next door) I'm just now getting around to processing everything from the past thirty-something hours.
Bonnaroo had My Morning Jacket's 1 AM set listed as Friday, but it happened well after midnight so I'm counting it as the first show I saw Saturday. In the pitch-black night, with two huge floating orb-balloons suspended in air on either side of the Which Stage, the band came on in between rain showers, which picked up right along with the set. We're all convinced Jim James has personal control of the weather, which was a more moving effect than the flowy red scarf he kept swinging around when not tied to his guitar. The rain, at least, kept their cover of Sly & the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" from being a too-obvious celebration of the upcoming steamy festival season.
A few songs in, I followed Multimedia Intern Ashley-- who's been doing all our camerawork this weekend, and is so patient with us even though sometimes we forget to point our mics at the people we're interviewing-- over to This Tent to see the guy someone had told us was the greatest DJ in the world, DJ Tiesto. Whether or not that's an accurate superlative, I don't know-- the whole time I kinda felt like I was at Ru San's, a local sushi place in Atlanta where pulsing dance tracks are a permanent accompaniment to the lunch buffet. The highlights were Cary Brothers, Jose Gonzalez and Tegan & Sara each taking the stage at different points to perform live the DJ Tiesto remixes of their songs, which is a completely baffling idea to me that I imagine must involve the artists practicing singing remixed versions of themselves which was probably weird to do, but if the maybe-possibly-greatest DJ in the world beckons, I guess you oblige.
By the time we got back to My Morning Jacket, Jim James had turned into Jim James Brown. He was writhing around on the stage, lurching and howling, with a cape on and everything. Then there was a cape and a straw hat. Then just a straw hat. Then more rain. Then we played the Lame Card and high-tailed it through the mud to the hotel.
A few hours later, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings were the first act I saw on Saturday proper. The Kings must have been sweltering in their dapper wool suits, but they put on a great show with Sharon Jones as the sassy, soul-shuffling anchor. "I wore this dress so I could shake it!" she proclaimed after the first song, and shake she did. I grabbed a kebab and returned to the Which Stage for Gogol Bordello, the band of gypsy punks led by Eugene Hutz, whose wild flowing hair and handlebar mustache gave the look of a deranged Yanni, stripped down to cut-off marching band pants by the third song.
Later caught the Avett Brothers at the Other Tent. Didn't see them actually, thanks to awkward scaffolding-and-green-velvet-drape configuration, but they sounded great and I'm really liking the addition of yet another maniacal string-instrument player, Joe Kwon on cello. Skipped Ben Folds-- I'll love him forever but his live show hasn't changed in years-- but sang along to the bleed-over of his set as I booked it over to the Solar Stage for the Everybodyfields.
I feel like I've mentioned so many times in Paste blogs that it's becoming awkwardly conspicuous, but honestly, this is one of my favorite bands right now, maybe ever, so I get to talk about their first-ever Bonnaroo set. And also their second-ever, a few hours later. The first was besot from the left by Zappa Plays Zappa, the right by Mr. Folds, and above by a randomly circling helicopter, the sound on the stage wasn't great but the band sallied forth to a growing crowd, closing with Neil Young's "Helpless" which almost made me cry because I am a big baby. The second one was tucked into the quiet-by-comparison Troo Music Lounge, which was comparatively packed, seemingly with a lot of fans given the yelled-out song requests and hometown shouts of "Johnson City!" A few new songs were sprinkled in among others from the nearly year-old Nothing Is Okay and their earlier albums, and though they skipped "T.V.A.," my favorite, Jill and Sam made up for it by joining Ashley and myself on a strange little romp through the Bonnaroo grounds that will be available for your multimedia consuming selves sometime soon.
Beginning with Sigur Ros at That Tent, the rest of the evening is a hazy blur-- not due to any chemical alteration on my part, just sheer fatigue. After listening to Pearl Jam's set on the other side of the boneyard, we battled the mud for a few songs with Iceland's finest, then headed over to the What Stage for Kanye West as Ghostland Observatory rocked away at This Tent. And kept rocking. And kept rocking. As we staked out a spot on the lawn, waited, waited, and kept waiting. The original start time of 2:45 AM passed, then the new start time of 3 AM, then 3:15, then 3:30. When he was fifteen minutes late, folks started leaving in droves, and by the time we gave up nearly an hour after he was scheduled to go on, the crowd was livid-- a chorus of "Fuck you..!" "Kanye!" "Fuck you..!" "Kanye!" was rolling up from the back. Pretty much the only folks who were okay with the delay was the crowd in front of us with the balloons and the tank of nitrous oxide. No telling if the tank lasted them til 4:30 AM, when we hear Mr. West finally took the stage. We hear, too, that it wasn't a bad set-- just that, as the set edged towards 6 AM, the light show was a little hard to see thanks to, uh, you know, the sunrise. Can't confirm that, though, as we passed out at the hotel a mile away as the first basslines thumped across the interstate.
Today's the first bakingly hot day of the festival so I've just sought out one band: Tennessee Schmaltz. Billed as a bluegrass klezmer band, I ducked into the Troo Music Lounge to check them out but was a little disappointed. Guess it had to happen sometime.
PS, Happy Father's Day to my dad, who may or may not be reading this, but who should be fully ashamed of me for missing Levon Helm's set yesterday because, according to everyone who was there, it was absolutely phenomenal.
Electro Techno Disco Pop, one of the biggest techno events the Bay Area has to offer, has come and gone once again. My friends and I arrived a solid hour and half early, and were astounded by the amount of available parking. Though this is to be expected, as the Cow Palace can hold fifteen thousand raving fans.
Within the Cow Palace fans raved before a massive front stage area for the trance DJs, beneath a huge projector screen which played visuals above. There were four other dance stages set up with House, Breaks, Drum and Bass, and Hardcore themes.
As the palace started to fill up, it really came to life. Up in the front, I began to feel trapped within the crowd of ravers. The lights and the audience’s dancing glow sticks filled the dark room with energy. The air became thick with smoke from those who smuggled in cigarettes and marijuana.
The DJ lineup for the event was ridiculous—DJ Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Deep Voices and twenty others. DJ Tiesto has to be the single most influential DJ of our time. Having traveled all over Europe, he has played almost everywhere you can think of, including the Turin Olympics.
It was incredible to see a live DJ who was so passionate about the music, constantly remixing it live for the fans.
I was pleasantly surprised with Marcus Schultz’s performance. I had never heard any of his music and I was very impressed. One friend I went with thought the visuals on the big screen weren’t very good. Though I honestly don’t think that’s a fair way to judge a DJ. It should be all about the music.
After a while, I decided to check out the shops. I was crazy thirsty and got a large soda, but it cost me $4.75—pretty much the most expensive drink I’ve ever bought in my life—because prices were inflated for the event.
Halfway through DJ Tiesto’s set of music, the power blew out. At first, people thought it was just a pause in the music and that it would build up again in a moment, but when it didn’t, the fans got angry. Technicians came out with flashlights trying to fix it, but unfortunately the power was out for good. So, the rave was over an hour early, but overall the fans were happy with the performance.
Haunting ramblings from the Canadian singer.
Compilations can really highlight some of the different approaches artists take when trying to capitalise on an extensive catalogue.
Sarah McLachlan's Rarities, B-sides and Other Stuff Volume 2 is exactly that, a collection of live tracks and rare material including covers and (as with Volume 1) songs she has done for films.
The songs range from a reworking of the prayer of St Francis to a duet with Emmylou Harris on Angel.
Her reworking of Joni Mitchell's River is beautiful, but now pales in comparison to what Herbie Hancock did with Corinne Bailey Rae on River: The Joni Letters .
The DJ Tiësto remix of Silence is completely unnecessary. McLachlan did the guest tracks on the song for Delerium and Michael Woods' remix is a chillout standard. DJ Tiësto has simply turned Delerium's version into a doef-doef nightmare.
Other than that little faux pas, which isn't really her fault, the songs are an excellent showcase for her haunting lyricism.
Fans will grab this offering with both hands and non-fans will be converted.
By many accounts, the dance music known as trance has been dead since the mid-1990s.
But somebody apparently forgot to tell Tiesto and the tens of thousands of fans who fill stadiums and clubs to hear him spin.
“It’s just the writers of a lot of magazines are trying to be cool,” Tiesto said of the trance deniers. “Actually, I’ve never been bigger than I am now in the U.S. I think it’s growing.”
Call him cocky, but he’s no fabricator. Tiesto recently finished three sold-out nights at Los Angeles hot spot Vanguard. He also is playing a weekly residency this summer at the world’s biggest nightclub, the 10,000-capacity Privilege on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Now the 39-year-old phenom from the Netherlands (real name: Tijs Verwest) comes to Boston to bring his international dance flair to the Estate Wednesday and Thursday.
Speaking from his room at Hollywood’s celebrity-filled Chateau Marmont, Tiesto credits the Internet for fans’ fervor for his hypnotic, emotionally charged party music.
“It’s more accessible now than it was five or six years ago,” he said. “I’m playing here at Vanguard in L.A. three nights in a row. Four years ago, I couldn’t do one night. Thanks to the Internet, people are more connected to the music. They are finally able to listen to it and find out where DJs play.”
Not that he needed much more exposure. He’s been named the world’s top DJ by various magazines, nominated for a Grammy for his 2007 disc “Elements of Life,” and was the first DJ to play at an Olympics opening ceremony (in Athens in 2004). He even has a Reebok sneaker named after him.
There’s more: he scored a song on the “Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest” soundtrack, was honored by the Dutch royal family and awarded a Golden Harp, Holland’s highest musical honor. And how’s this for party-animal cred: Tiesto set a Guinness World Record by drinking 31 cans of Red Bull in 24 hours, a testament to the disc jockey’s crazed energy, which he frequently taps into during marathon sets that can last up to 14 hours.
“It’s just a great feeling when you go out onstage and there’s two- or three-thousand people,” he said. “They’re happy to see you, and they start jumping and screaming.”
In Europe, Tiesto regularly fills stadiums and arenas. He also regularly plays at large festivals worldwide, making his Boston club dates a gift to fans.
“I did stadiums for the past two years,” Tiesto said. “I figured a lot of fans would like to see me back in the clubs, especially old-school, die-hard fans. They’d like something more intimate. Make it more a very simple DJ set, instead of all the craziness around it.”
Playing smaller venues also reminds the Dutchman of his roots.
“I’m just very happy where I am at the moment,” he said. “I don’t realize I’m staying at the Chateau Marmont or selling out shows. I never think about how big I am. I just want to keep going and be happy and do my best to keep everything together.”
Tiesto, at the Estate, Wednesday (tickets: $55) and Thursday (sold out). Go to theestateboston.com.
10 Haziran 2008 Salı
To say that Tiësto is an overachiever would be an understatement. The internationally renowned electronic dance music icon only has to surpass his own achievements.
The Tiësto music experience is like taking a ride on a rollercoaster of melodies, beats and vocals that will send your senses on the sort of trip that heightens them beyond your control.
Grammy-nominated electronic music pioneer and DJ/producer, Tiësto kicks off his 2008 Summer "In Search of Sunrise Tour" this month with a stop Sunday at Studio 69, 524 San Francisco Ave., in El Paso.
Following his record-breaking "Elements Of Life" world tour last year, this tour will bring Tiësto to his club roots, allowing his fans to see him up close and personal in a more intimate setting,
He said going back to the clubs was an easy decision to make.
"I have been doing lots of stadiums for the last couple of years, and this year I wanted to go small to feel that intimate vibe again. Also playing clubs is easier then touring around the world with 35 people," Tiësto said.
In support of the tour and upcoming release of his compilation CD, "In Search of Sunrise 7 Ð Asia" due to drop June 10, Tiësto is teaming with Armani Exchange for a strategic partnership, which includes major tour sponsorship, collaborative exclusive apparel, in-store appearances, exclusive online content and a limited edition three-CD set to be sold exclusively at Armani Exchange stores and online at www.armaniexchange.com.
"It's a great double CD set with two distinct sides. CD one is in the same kind of style of "In Search of Sunrise 6.' It is a high-quality, vocal-driven, warm and melodic album. CD two is totally different much more quality trancy stuff. CD two is going back to my roots, real trancy and a little faster. I stayed in Thailand for a week in a beautiful resort sorting out the records and mixing it while the sun came up. This was the first time I worked like this and it was very inspiring," said Tiësto about his upcoming release.
The Dutch superstar is much more than a DJ, much more than a producer, he's a bonafide rock star — playing for the largest audiences and living the life.
"It's a great way of living. I consider myself as the luckiest man in the world," said Tiësto of his fame and stardom.
Tiësto was the first DJ to sell out a solo stadium event for more than 25,000 people and he did it for two nights in a row.
He garnered a No. 1 hit with his single, "Traffic," which was the first instrumental track to reach the top position in his homeland, Holland, in 23 years.
His remix of "Delerium" featuring Sarah McLachlan's,"Silence," was the first electronic dance music track ever broadcast on daytime radio across North America, an unheard of accomplishment since there is no market in mainstream radio for this music genre.
Tiësto played live in front of billions of people during the Parade of the Athletes at the official opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Despite his larger-than-life successes, Tiësto remains grounded by one thing: music.
His philosophy is simple; he just likes to share music with the world. His career has been moving at the speed of light for the last decade, moving from clubs to stadiums and into the limelight of the mainstream music industry.
Tiesto is getting intimate. After rockin’ it in front of a record-breaking crowd (for a solo DJ) of over 15,000 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena last August as part of the mega-production “Elements of Life” tour, the Grammy-nominated Dutch DJ is toning it down a bit. Tiesto's going back to basics for his three-night residency at Hollywood club Vanguard, which is part of a 35-date club tour to promote his new mix CD, “In Search of Sunrise 7.”
Though the show will be pared-down by Tiesto’s blockbuster standards, with promoters Giant and Insomniac augmenting the venue’s already solid sound and lighting systems, Tiesto’s uplifting trance-Europe aesthetic will likely keep spirits higher than an old-school raver's hands long after the last 12-inch has been spun.
How does “In Search of Sunrise 7” differ from its predecessors?
It's not that much different. The main difference is on the second CD. The first CD is a little bit harder than No. 6, but the second CD is very trancey, like an old-school trance CD—very melodic, uplifting sounds, so it's actually a bit of back to the roots.
And this one has a little Asian influence?
I noticed that in Asia the trance sound is still really popular. When I play there, they react the most to the trance records off the second disc.
You’re coming to America to support the release of the album. This is going to be a very different tour from your previous full-production extravaganza. Why is that?
The Sports Arena is really nice to do, and it's great for film. If I want to do it again, I want to come up with something even more spectacular, even more over-the-top.
How do you top that last mega-tour?
That's what I'm working on at the moment. In the meanwhile, to get some inspiration and to play for fun, I'm going to play smaller club gigs. That's the reason why I chose to play the smaller venues like Vanguard, and that's why I'm going to play no hits at all, just very nice experimental Tiesto tracks. Not the big hits, but more a real DJ-mix, club-vibe show.
So this is going to be the equivalent of a David Bowie show post-“Sound + Vision”—a no-hits tour for the true faithful.
You could say that.
Do you miss playing in more intimate environments?
I do. There's no pressure, you just do your thing.
So how does Tiesto get intimate?
It will always be intimate. It doesn't matter if I play hard or soft. Intimate will be close to the crowd, very music-driven. I think L.A. will be a little bit more trancey, and other places will be more housey, like New York. It all depends on where I am and how the crowd reacts on the first couple of records; that's always how I decide where I go.
So how do you judge a crowd?
It's more of a feeling. You feel the room. I don't know how I feel it, but I just feel it. When the room is ready, and they wanna have a good time, I just know.
That was like a ten years in the blogosphere. But in my world, it was just a really long time ago. I'd like to say that I was on vacation, sunning myself in Hawaii or some other tropical locale, but no, that's not the case...
Instead, there was a semi-happy ending to a family emergency, an official radio interview, a launch party at Studio Boum and My Savvy Space, the very fashionable but worth it "Product Runway" fashion show, the "Hard A" luge (of which I did not experience) at the Yelp party, Pole Dancing and debauchery at the Girl Power Hour Red Party (please refer to page 57 in the June issue of DList Magazine), some kick-ass music by Lisa Shaw & Miguel Migs and a full band of disco househeads at Chop Suey, the viewing of Sex and the City twice in less then 15 hours, DJ Tiesto and the Crave Sample Sale all in the same weekend, A Veuve Cliquot Rose launch party at the W where I met the illustrious JJ McKay, Nick Verrios looking suave and so-not-Seattle (but better) at Twist while promoting the unsavory and almost gag-worthy Basil Hayden liquor (for a good cause), a Summer Kick-off Social in the sky that actually included glimpses of that strange and illustrious shining orb-thing that resembles the sun, a special edition of SAM:remix at the OSP, a smaller than last year but much more cosy and exciting Chinese Information Service Center gala, the acceptance and start of a full time job and a very lengthy and exhausting "adjustment period," the beginning of life as I know it with my best friend "Blackberry" - otherwise known as "the manufactured extension of my right hand," and finally....the end of a silly feud at the Times.
Boring, I know. So I won't go into detail, apologize or justify. Just know that I wasn't ignoring you in vain or on purpose....I just needed a break.
Break be had. Event listing and info sharing behold.
If you love clubbing and great music then perhaps it is time that you gave DJing a try. Many of the basic mixing skills can be picked up in a few months and although it takes years to fully master the medium it is something that everyone with a passion for music should try. The most important thing after all if picking tunes that really gets people going. You can then work on how to build a set and work hard on the techniques involved in making the transition between tracks seamless.
Nowadays the range of DJ equipment that is accessible to beginners has never been better. Technology has caught up with the music industry and there are now new and exciting ways on which to share music. DJs can now keep their music in MP3 format and even mix the songs using artificial mixing equipment that emulates the traditional record player setup. It also means that many aspiring DJs can make a name for themselves on the internet by sharing their efforts to friends via the internet. This can result in some DJs forming a massive fan base before they have even played live.
It has as a result never been more popular and with thousands of DJs becoming household names there are a few DJs that are achieving superstardom. Here are my favourites that would fall in this category.
Armin Van Buuren
The Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren has become one of the leading Trance DJs in the world and he regularly gains enormous crowds for his club performances. Like most DJs he started very young and was fanatical about music. He used to spend all of his pocket money on music and would create tapes for his friends and family to listen to which included his favourite tracks of the moment.
His uncle introduced him to a computer program and he was then able to cut, mix and create his own music tunes from songs that he had collated. Alongside following his passion for music he took a degree in law but was able to follow his passion as he gained an enormous fan base and began to earn some money. He now has a weekly slot in one of the most prestigious of clubs in the club island of Ibiza. Here he has residence in Amnesia.
Probably the most notorious of all the DJs in the world Tiesto has turned his passion for music into a multi-million dollar machine. The first DJ to ever sell out a stadium of 25000 people two nights in a row he has achieved a whole host of landmarks for DJs. He has set the benchmark for DJs at unprecedented heights by DJing for enormous events such as the Athens Olympics opening ceremony. He has even managed to break into the US commercial market where his delirium song was the first ever dance tune to hit the American daytime radio stations.
He has continued to change and modify the sounds that he plays and unlike some DJs is continuously trying new things. Perhaps this is why he has achieved such longevity in the industry. He has even been nominated for a Grammy and is highly regarded throughout the world. He regularly appears on the top ten list of DJs for the mixmag magazine.
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World famous dance music star Tiesto is to play at Planetlove's first ever weekend event on the banks of Lough Neagh this September.
To mark the massive dance event's 10th birthday, the organisers of Planetlove decided to extend the party to festival status with a star-studded line-up and camping.
Thousands of dance music fans are expected to descend upon Shane's Castle in Co Antrim for the two-day event on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6.
Dutch DJ Tiesto — a world leader in trance and electronic music — will bring his In Search of Sunrise Tour to Shane's Castle on September 5. The last time he appeareód in Northern Ireland in March 2007 for a King's Hall show, tickets sold out within a fortnight of going on sale. His concert shows have seen him transformed from famous DJ to international superstar.
The line-up for September 6 will be unveiled on Plantlove's official website on June 6 at www.planetlovemusic.com . Radio One will once again broadcast the event.
Planetlove began life 10 years ago when husband and wife team Eddie Wray and Judith Farrell-Rowan decided to throw a huge outdoor party for dance fans. Since then, it has become one of the biggest events in the Irish dance music calender.
Eddie said: "This is the most exciting festival that we have worked on over the last 10 years. It's the first weekend event that we've run, with a star-studded line up, camping and with birthday and production surprises."
A limited number of Early Bird weekend tickets are due to go on sale today from www.planetlove.music.com/shop and usual outlets, priced £85 (plus booking fee, includes Friday and Saturday admission, free camping and car parking.)
World-renowned DJ Tiesto showed off his talents as he spun a marathon set for yet another capacity crowd at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sunday. Actor-turned Celebrity Apprentice star, Stephen Baldwin made an unexpected appearance and enjoyed the party from the privacy of his cabana. Also spotted on property was Jamal Anderson , former Atlanta Falcons running back, who enjoyed the scene at Body English's Sunday School party. ITEM! The legendary Sex Pistols, special guest Louis XIV, play at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Joint, their only U.S. stop during their 2008 summer tour. Formed in London in 1975, Sex Pistols are one of the most definitive rock bands of all time and are widely credited with initiating the punk movement. Sex Pistols had emerged as a response to what was perceived to be the increasingly stale music scene of the mid-1970s. Sex Pistols were controversial but captivating, and although their shows repeatedly faced difficulties from Government authorities, their fans remain loyal. Some of the tracks they are recognized for include, “God Save the Queen” (1977), “C’mon Everybody” (1979) and “Pretty Vacant” (1977), all of which are included on their classic studio album Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. Opening for Sex Pistols is American post-punk revival band from San Diego, Louis XIV, best known for music that features rough, primal rock and evocative lyrics. Tickets start at $49.50 and are on sale now.
Partyers packed Jet and The Bank, intoxicated not only by high-priced drinks and the frenzied nightclub atmosphere but also by loud, pounding music created by DJ Tiesto.
Tiesto, an international superstar from the Netherlands, flew into Las Vegas to perform for the Memorial Day weekend.
He’s one of the new breed of entertainers who have become a dominant force in Las Vegas in the past decade. They may not get the headlines of Cirque du Soliel, Cher or Barry Manilow, but week in and week out, DJs pack dozens of nightclubs with thousands of young revelers who add millions of dollars to the local economy.
Tiesto, named the world’s No. 1 DJ three years in a row by DJ Magazine, was brought in by Light Management Group, which runs six Vegas clubs.
Industry leaders such as Light and Pure Management tap into young people’s interest in dance music that rocks their souls and makes their party memorable.
“The DJ creates the energy and the vibe of the crowd,” says Light spokesman Alex Acuna. “These DJs create an energy the crowds remember.”
As a result many DJs, especially headliners such as Tiesto, gain fame and fortune their predecessors never dreamed possible.
DJ-ing has come a long way since the ’50s, when high schools hired popular radio announcers to come to the gymnasium on a Friday night and spin vinyl records by Little Anthony, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino while teens danced the bop, the stroll and the swing (East Coast and West Coast).
DJs graduated from sock hops to discotheques in the ’70s and kicked it up a notch. Bigger, louder speakers made the lighted floors tremble and energized the young crowds that spent the night dancing beneath the glimmering silver ball. Rock gave way to the disco beat of the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Barry White.
And DJs became celebrities — although their fame rarely extended beyond the limits of the city where they played.
But today’s top club DJs sign million-dollar contracts, endorse products, produce records and travel around the world to get the party started from Dubai to Dallas.
“Touring club DJs, that’s probably been happening since 2000,” says David Berrie, who spins under the professional name DJ Berrie.
Talking by telephone from Mexico, he sounds a little tired, maybe because he has just flown from a gig in London to perform at a hot spot in Acapulco.
“I’ve been in six different countries in two weeks,” Berrie says. “It’s amazing, experiencing all these cultures.”
From Acapulco, he’s coming to Vegas, where he’s one of the regular DJs at the Tao nightclub in the Venetian. If you don’t find him at Tao, he may be at the Marquee in New York City or playing a party in Chicago or Washington, D.C.
Corporate affairs. Private parties. Nightclubs. DJs today jet around the world and stay at the finest hotels in the most luxurious resorts.
“Basically, the DJ game is totally different now,” says Berrie, 22. “We’re traveling all over.”
He studied piano, violin and drums but was fascinated by DJs. When he was a teen he spent hours practicing his disc-spinning techniques in his basement. At 16 he began doing parties for friends and dances at high schools, working for free until he became a hot item in the New York area.
He enrolled as a business major at Boston University but was working in three nightclubs. He dropped out of school to see how far he could go as a DJ.
Today, work looks for him. He has a management team to handle all the calls.
“If you have the reputation, the venues are calling you,” Berrie says. “A DJ might make $600 a night in New York. But I know DJs who get booked for $20,000 for a job that lasts three hours. And the international scene is even more ridiculous. To play in a huge stadium you might get 60 grand. Million-dollar contracts are being handed out routinely.”
The big bucks are worth it to the venues.
“It’s an investment for the club,” he says. “A well-known DJ can play a club in St. Louis and on opening night bring in so many people because of the name on the flier, it legitimizes the club.”
Not everyone can make the big bucks, or even the little ones.
“So many things go into making a good DJ,” Berrie says. “Music selection. Technical skills. Looks. All those things and more factor into why any particular DJ is popular. And everyone has their own preference in DJs.”
Mostly, it boils down to style.
“Every DJ has their own niche,” Berrie says. “There are millions of DJs out there. All have different ways of spinning. It’s tough, standing there and making the party jump. My style is fast-paced, hip-hop infused with house music.”
Berrie says he reads the crowd and adapts his style.
“Your ability to read the crowd is what it comes down to,” he says.
Charlie Anzalone was reading crowds before Berrie was born.
In the early ’70s, he was “Captain Disco,” a club DJ in his native Buffalo, N.Y.
“Wednesday night was oldies, the hottest night in town,” Anzalone says. “Everybody went there. Beer for a buck, DJs playing ’50s and ’60s music. It had one turntable, no mixer, just put a record on the turntable.”
In the days before “Saturday Night Fever,” club DJs were experimenting and laying the foundation for what followed.
“Everyone had to find their own niche, learn how to motivate the crowd,” Anzalone says, echoing what Berrie says of today’s DJs. “That was when DJs learned how to blend the music so people wouldn’t stop dancing between songs.
“That was when DJs started coming into prominence, taking people to places they hadn’t been yet. That’s when they started making money for the clubs.”
Those clubs weren’t charging a cover but were making money selling booze. The DJs’ goal was to get the crowd dancing and working up a thirst.
DJs played just in the city where they lived, but they became local celebrities.
“We walked into a club and everybody knew who we were,” Anzalone says. “We created a vibe for the nightclubs, just like DJs today. The only difference is now some of the DJs are making astronomical money — and the nightclubs that retain these DJs are taking in astronomical dollars.
“Back in the ’70s you could make $50, $60 a night, but a new car was only $3,500, so we were doing all right. We could make $300, $400 a week cash, plus drinks, and you got to meet a lot of chicks. What else would a 25-year-old guy want to do for a living?”
If he were just starting out DJ-ing now, he says, he would be driving a Bentley instead of a Hyundai.
Anzalone, 55, lives in Las Vegas and works as a ground-service agent at McCarran International Airport. He still takes an occasional DJ gig in New York, hangs out at Vegas nightclubs and knows many of the local DJs. He used to join Eddie McDonald, the resident DJ for Light at the Bellagio and Jet at the Mirage, on Monday nights at the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay.
“They get a kick out of me,” Anzalone says. “I’m like the Godfather.”
Today’s top DJs spin in a different world. They have managers and booking agents. They remix songs and produce their own tracks and hit dance CDs. They are tech-savvy.
“They have a computer program now that they load into their laptop computer and it is interfaced with the mixing board,” Anzalone says. “They carry all of their records on the program in the laptop. It’s a lot easier to bring a laptop than hundreds of records.
“But if they had to do it live, without the computer, it wouldn’t sound so incredible.”
When he has a gig, he prefers vinyl on a turntable.
When Anzalone moved to Vegas in 1996, there wasn’t much of a club scene. Drink, a club at Harmon and Koval avenues, was the hot spot. It was the only place in town that catered to the younger crowds.
“The hotels’ marketing people and entertainment people were like 50, 60 years old. They didn’t understand the young people,” Anzalone says. But they understood that young adults were leaving the casinos for the club. So they hired young people to start nightclubs in the casinos.
The nightclub scene exploded and DJs provided the dynamite.
“Las Vegas became a destination for the young and hip, 21 to 35, with disposable income,” Anzalone says. “And DJs have become the stars of the Strip.”