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Born as Tijs Verwest in Breda, Netherlands, Tiësto is one of the greatest trance DJs on the scene. He started out DJing professionally at school parties, and then moved on to become a resident DJ from 1985 to 1993 at several clubs in The Netherlands. It was at a club called 'The Spock' where things really took off for Tiësto; he stopped producing hardcore/gabber tracks and started to produce his own sound from 10pm until 4am on weekends. In the mid 1990s, Tiësto started to produce trance and the rest, as they say, is history.
He has had many aliases over the years but is most known by the alias DJ Tiësto, although with his recent works he has been known only as Tiësto, dropping the "DJ" label. His other aliases include: Allure, Da Joker, DJ Limited, Drumfire, Hammock Brothers, Paradise In Dubs, Passenger, Roze, Stray Dog, Tom Ace, and Wild Bunch.
Other claims to fame
Tiësto has been named an Officer of the "Order of Orange-Nassau" by the Dutch Royalty, as well as being voted 40th greatest citizen of all time by the Dutch. Tiësto was crowned #1 DJ for three years in a row (2002, 2003, 2004) by DJ mag readers - a first for any DJ. Currently, Tiësto ranks as the third best DJ in the world, after Paul van Dyk (in 1st place) and Armin van Buuren (in 2nd place). It should be noted however, that Tiësto has been able to draw the largest crowds ever by an electronica DJ including 50,000 for an indoor event in Amsterdam and 200,000 for an outdoor event in Rio De Janeiro. In the April 2007 Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, Tiësto will take the main stage while Paul van Dyk performs in the smaller Mojave dance tent.
One of the most famous releases of Tiësto's was a remix of Delerium's song "Silence", which was widely popular and still is to date; it was the song that lifted his career in Europe, and bagged him a contract with Nettwerk. Other famous songs by him include his remix of Adagio For Strings, "Flight 643", "Traffic" and "Just Be". "Flight 643" was voted as the second most influential dance track of all time by ID&T fans, while "Traffic" was the first instrumental track to reach #1 in the Netherlands in 23 years when it got there in 2004. In 2006, he created (together with Maxi Jazz from Faithless) the track "Dance4Life". The track is now being used as the anthem for the organisation "Dance4Life".
He is well known for his concerts, and his regular slot at the club Amnesia, in Ibiza, which he got in 2002. Tiësto also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Athens. He is also well known for his eight hour "Tiësto Solo" sets which he has called "Tiësto in Concert" and has released on two separate DVDs.
In 1997, Tiësto set up a record label with his friend Arny Bink on which his Magik series has been released. The label is called "Black Hole Recordings". There is a sub-label called Magik Muzik as well, on which Tiësto continues to sign trance DJs such as Cor Fijneman, Ton TB and Mark
Tiësto has released 6 artist albums to date:
In My Memory
In My Memory - Remixes
Parade of the Athletes
Just Be: Remixed
Elements of Life
Although Tiësto has 22 remix albums, these are those for which he is most famous:
Forbidden Paradise 3 - The Quest For Atlantis
Forbidden Paradise 4 - High As A Kite
Forbidden Paradise 5 - Arctic Expedition
Forbidden Paradise 6 - Valley Of Fire
Forbidden Paradise 7 - Deep Forest
Magik One - First Flight
Magik Two - Story Of The Fall
Magik Three - Far From Earth
Magik Four - A New Adventure
Magik Five - Heaven Beyond
Magik Six - Live In Amsterdam
Magik Seven - Live In Los Angeles
In Search Of Sunrise
In Search of Sunrise 2
In Search of Sunrise 3 - Panama
In Search of Sunrise 4 - Latin America
In Search of Sunrise 5 - Los Angeles
In Search of Sunrise 6 - Ibiza
Live at Innercity, Amsterdam-Rai
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