There are people who produce electronic music, and there's Tiesto. Arguably the biggest name in Europe's long running electronica scene (alongside artists like Paul Van Dyk, Benny Benassi, and Bob Sinclar), Tiesto is one of the genre's most prolific exponents, with twenty years of experience, six albums, four DVD's, and countless tourdates to his name. He even served as the opening act for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, making himself the first DJ to have ever done so.Born Tijs Verwest in Breda, the Netherlands, Tjis began seriously pursuing music as a career after high school in the mid 1980's, working as a disc jockey at local clubs and events. Though he went through a number of stage names in his early years (among them Da Joker, Allure, and Drumfire) he is best known today for his work as DJ Tiesto or, more recently, just Tiesto. After establishing himself in the underground Eurotrance scene of the 1980's he began to make his own recordings, eventually forming Black Hole Recordings in 1997 with fellow trance enthusiast Amy Bink. Tiesto released a number of influential albums on Black Hole Recordings (including the seven-part Magik series), eventually making his mainstream full-length debut in 2001 with the release of his first solo CD In My Memory, released on the Koch-backed Black Hole label. In My Memory produced a number of hits, among them trance classic "Flight 643" and "Lethal Industry". His fame continued to grow in the wake of the release of In My Memory as Tiesto toured aggressively in support of the album alongside such artists as Moby and Busta Rhymes, acquiring a solid international fanbase by the release of his second album Just Be ("Love Comes Again", "Just Be") in 2004. After embarking on a number of wildly popular worldwide solo tours thought 2004, 2005, and 2006 Tiesto returned to the studio to begin working on his third major release Elements of Life, which hit store shelves in early 2007. His most successful album to date, Elements of Life moved over 70,000 units domestically in only one month and received a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2007. The album spawned a number of successful singles, among them "Break My Fall", "Elements of Life", and "Dance4life", a track produced for a AIDS awareness campaign in the Netherlands. Tiesto recently wrapped up a Summer 2008 tour and is currently working on his next and yet unnamed album, to be released in 2009. He has also announced plans to perform at a number of major music festivals worldwide throughout 2009, including Ultrafest in Miami alongside Bloc Party and Carl Cox.
Dutch trance DJ & producer. Born on January 17, 1969 in Breda, The Netherlands. Ranked as #1 in the DJ Mag list of "Top 100 DJs" from 2002-2004.Tijs Verwest began as a DJ at various school parties and later as a resident DJ at several clubs in the Netherlands. He started producing hardcore and gabber music in the mid 1990s.In 1994 he met Arny Bink and together they founded Black Hole Recordings in 1997, where he released the famous "Magik" and "In Search Of Sunrise" compilations. In 1998 he met producer Dennis Waakop Reijers, who has become Tiësto's production partner since then.Tiësto's first solo album "In My Memory" was released in 2001 and gave him several major hits that launched his career. His second studio album "Just Be" was released in 2004 and the same year he performed at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The DJ-performance was released as the compilation "Parade of the Athletes".In 2006 he was chosen as the official ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation (HIV/AIDS awareness organization) in May, and released the song "Dance4Life" with Maxi Jazz.Tiësto released his third studio album "Elements Of Life" in April, 2007. It featured collaborations with Jes Brieden, Julie Thompson, Christian Burns (of BBMak fame), and BT. The album peaked as no. 1 on the dutch album chart as well on "Billboard Top Electronic Albums" in U.S. 2007 was also the year when Tiësto launched his radio show "Club Life" on Radio 538 in The Netherlands.In late 2009 Tiësto released his forth studio album "Kaleidoscope" on his newly founded label Musical Freedom in association with [PIAS] Entertainment Group. The album draws influences from electro/house music, and has collaborations with numerous of popular artists such as Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.
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Tijs Michiel Verwest,; born 17 January 1969), known as Tiësto ( tee-ES-toh ; ), is a Dutch musician, DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiësto. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the "DJ" label and is now known simply as "Tiësto", an artist name which is a twist of his childhood nickname.
In 1997, he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. Tiësto met producer Dennis Waakop Reijers in 1998, and the two have worked together extensively since then. Reijers is credited as producer, writer, composer, or arranger on many of Tiësto's releases. In 1999 and 2000 Tiësto collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. His 2000 remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan exposed him to more mainstream audiences. In 2001, he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career. He ranked in the #1 poll position 3 consecutive times in the DJ Magazine Top 100 Popularity Poll from 2002 to 2004.