DJ Tiesto

Tiesto in 2007.

Background information

Birth name Tijs Verwest

Also known as DJ Tiesto, Allure, Da Joker, Drumfire, Handover Circuit,
Paradise In Dubs, Passenger, Roze, Steve Forte Rio, Stray Dog, Tom Ace,
Wild Bunch

Born January 17, 1969 (1969-01-17) (age 39)

Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands

Genre(s) Electronica, trance, dance, progressive trance

Occupation(s) Disc jockey, record producer

Years active 1985–present

Label(s) Black Hole Recordings/Koch Entertainment, Magik Muzik, SongBird

Associated acts Current: Jedidja, Clear View, Taxigirl

Former: Gouryella, Kamaya Painters (more)

Website www.tiesto.com

Contents

Inroduction

Life and musical career

1985–2000: Early years

2000–2002: Rise to fame

2003–2004: Solo In Concert

2004: Olympics opening ceremony

2005: Worldwide popularity

2006: In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour

2007: Elements of Life era

2008: In Search of Sunrise Summer Tour

Personal life

Philanthropy and other activities

Discography

Tours

Filmography

References

Inroduction

Tiesto (pronounced /ti?sto/; born Tijs Verwest (pronounced /t??s
v????st/) on January 17, 1969) is a Grammy-nominated Dutch trance DJ and
record producer. He has become one of the world’s most famous people in
the trance and electronic dance music scenes. Although he has used many
aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiesto. On his
latest productions, however, he has dropped the «DJ» label and is now
known simply as «Tiesto», an alias which is a twist on his childhood
nickname.

In 1997 he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where
he released the famous Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. In 1999
he collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. The act released
songs that are regarded in the club circuit as all time classic trance
songs. In 2001 he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave
him several major hits that launched his career as well as his remix of
Delerium’s «Silence» featuring Sarah McLachlan which exposed him to more
mainstream audiences. As his popularity rose in the early 2000s he
became the first DJ to perform to a large crowd without any other DJs or
opening acts. He was crowned the «World’s No.1 DJ» 3 consecutive times
by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004.

Just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004, at the
Summer Olympics he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens,
Greece becoming the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics Games.
The live performance was released as the mix-CD Parade of the Athletes
later that year. He was chosen as the official ambassador for the
Dance4Life foundation in May 2006, and released the song «Dance4Life»
with Maxi Jazz to help spread the awareness of HIV/AIDS. In April 2007
he released his fourth studio album entitled Elements Of Life. The album
reached no. 1 on the Dutch album chart as well on «Billboard Top
Electronic Albums» in the U.S. and received a nomination for a Grammy
Award in 2008. Also in 2007 Tiesto launched his radio show «Club Life»
on Radio 538 in The Netherlands.

Life and musical career

1985–2000: Early years

Tijs Verwest had an interest for music since the age of twelve. When he
was twenty he decided to dedicate more time to it and began DJing
professionally at school parties and then moved on to become a resident
DJ between 1985 and 1994 at several clubs in the Netherlands after his
manager and friend Wilfred encouraged him. During these years, he
produced hardcore/gabber tracks under aliases such as Da Joker and DJ
Limited. However, it was at The Spock, a small club in Breda, where he
was able to fine-tune his own style by playing in a separate room from
10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on weekends. In the beginning of his career as DJ
he mostly played new beat and acid house, and many Madonna songs because
her music shows that she likes to dance. Before the release of her album
there were already dancemixes like «Vogue» which was one of the songs of
Spock. He was discovered by the general manager of Rotterdam-based Basic
Beat Recordings. Tiesto released his first of five mix CDs as a part of
the label’s Forbidden Paradise series.

Tiesto (left) and Ferry Corsten together in 1999 as Gouryella

In the mid-1990s, he started to produce trance, which led to his
breakthrough in 1995 when he started building mixed compilations,
something nobody else did at that time. Tiesto describes his Magik
series as part of his breakthrough, but since the labels only want their
own songs in the deejay mixes, in 1997 he and Arny Bink co-founded Black
Hole Recordings to support his work releasing a series of singles under
various aliases. Black Hole Recordings and its sub-label Magik Muzik
continue to sign Tiesto’s vision of trance – producing musicians and DJs
such as Cor Fijneman, Ton TB, Mark Norman and Joe Cheang. During this
period, DJ Tiesto had been releasing the Magik series, which has had
seven instalments starting in 1997 and ending in 2001, after this Tiesto
began releasing the In Search of Sunrise series, that is a compilation
of Tiesto’s mixes with tracks from other DJs. In 1999, Tiesto joined
forces with fellow Dutch deejay Ferry Corsten to create the trance based
duo of Gouryella. To highlight the importance in the expansion of the
trance environment at the time, there were 20 different CD releases of
the 4 Gouryella tracks from 9 different labels. Since November 1999 he
performed monthly as a resident in Gatecrasher at Leeds, one of the most
popular clubs in England. In 1999 he also played in a 12-hour set, being
his longest lasting concert in Amsterdam.

2000–2002: Rise to fame

Late in 2000, Tiesto decided to concentrate on his personal work and
left Corsten by himself to write and produce Gouryella’s next single
with John Ewbank, the record company was demanding more tracks and
neither Tiesto or Ferry could work together at the time. Tiesto
introduced Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen and Ferry Corsten to the
mainstream with his first compilations and the In Trance We Trust
series. Summerbreeze became Tiesto’s debut DJ mix album in the United
States with the help of a contract signed to Nettwerk. Summerbreeze
featured his remix of Delerium’s «Silence», it spent four weeks in the
United Kingdom’s Top Ten chart, it reached number three in the Billboard
dance chart. In Search of Sunrise 2 was released in 2000. There has been
a legendary anecdote amongst dance music fans that Tiesto broke a world
record by drinking «31 cans of Red Bull in 24 hours» in 2001, and he
admitted he would never try and break it again. Tiesto decided to create
a sub-label, known as Magik Muzik. The label began releasing Tiesto’s
own releases, but it has also released tracks for The Filterheadz,
Oliver Lieb, Mark Norman, Mojado, Phynn and Jes Brieden. The label
became a trademark which stands for high quality electronic dance music
which was due to the release of Tiesto’s classic dance anthem «Flight
643» in 2001.

Tiesto’s fame started to rise in the early 2000s after his set at the
first ID&T Innercity party (Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI), and the
release of In My Memory, his first solo album released in 2001 which
contained 10 singles and 5 major hits; The singles from the album were:
«Lethal Industry» which was actually produced in 1999 and had only 3
copies released at that time, the track was officially released in 2001
which was remixed by Richard Durand in 2006 along with «Flight 643»
which was another leading single that was later adapted with vocals by
Suzanne Palmer and released as «643 (Love’s on Fire)». Other tracks were
«Obsession» in which Tiesto worked along Junkie XL also known as Tom
Holkenborg, the instrumental tracks «Dallas 4PM» and «Suburban Train»
with «Urban Train» as it’s B-Side which contained some vocals. The last
singles to be released were «In My Memory» which is the title track for
the album as it only received high ratings in the United States and the
opening track «Magik Journey» which opened Tiesto in Concert (2003). On
February 2, 2002 Tiesto played nine consecutive hours during the second
edition of the Dutch Dimension festival. On February 27 he was awarded a
Zilveren (‘Silver’) Harp music award. The same year he also received a
Lucky Strike Dance Award in the category Best DJ Trance/Progressive. In
August he became part of Moby’s Area2 Tour. For eighteen days he
travelled through the United States with artists such as Moby himself,
but also David Bowie and Busta Rhymes. After Junkie XL’s chart topping
success with the Elvis Presley remix «A Little Less Conversation»,
Tiesto releases a remix of the Elvis track «Burning Love», he was then
nominated for a Dance Award by the UK’s Muzik Magazine in the category
Best Radio 1 Essential Mix. In January 2003 Tiesto received the annual
Dutch Popprijs (‘Pop Award’) during the Noorderslag festival. After
touring with Moby, Tiesto remixed two songs from him, «We Are All Made
of Stars» and «Extreme Ways» in the same year, having «We Are All Made
of Stars» reach #13 in the Hot Dance Club Play. In 2002 he released his
first In Search of Sunrise mix to feature a place on its name, In Search
of Sunrise 3: Panama. On March 28, 2003; Tiesto, Dieselboy, Bad Boy
Bill, and Noel Sanger joined the PlayStation2 Dual Play tour. Tiesto and
Noel’s appearance began on April 13 and ended on June 6.

2003–2004: Solo In Concert

Tiesto in Concert, 2003-2004Arnhem, Gelredome

His fame continued to skyrocket in the early 2000s following his
six-hour «Tiesto Solo» sets which he performed without other DJs or
opening acts. This idea, of one DJ playing alone to a large crowd, was
brought to its pinnacle when Tiesto was the first DJ to hold a solo
concert in a stadium; on May 10, 2003, he performed for over 25,000
people in Arnhem’s Gelredome. This concert was later called Tiesto in
Concert, the event was an enormous success. He repeated the same type of
concert the following year during two consecutive nights in late
October. In addition to holding these two concerts for 35,000 of his
fans, he held another concert for a crowd of 20,000 in Hasselt, Belgium
the following week. DVDs of both his May 10, 2003 and October 30, 2004
concerts have been released, having the other DVD titled Tiesto in
Concert 2. The DVD’s show the journey from the first idea to the main
event, it features live performances by Andain, Dinand Woesthoff, and
Jan Johnston. The event includes live music and dancers performing at
different times throughout the set. The theme of the event is a
mystical, musical journey around the world based on the theme of Magik.
It consists of 200+ minutes of performances with a second disc with
special features, It includes a behind-the-scenes looking at The Making
Of the event, the music video for his song «Traffic» and TV Commercials
for the event. The second DVD has performances from Aqualung and violin
player DJ Mason, Micha Klein and the Bulgarian Children of Orpheus
choir. During this period he was crowned as «No. 1. DJ in the World» by
DJ Magazine (UK) in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2004 he released his second
artist album Just Be, which featured his first single «Traffic» which is
the first non-vocal track to reach number one spot in the Dutch national
charts for 23 years. Tiesto and Kirsty Hawkshaw’s production and single
«Just Be» appeared in the Nip / Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack, and «Love
Comes Again» was used in a Coca-Cola commercial in Holland. The track
«Sweet Misery» was originally written for Evanescence but it did not
meet the deadline for the release of their album. Tiesto’s remix of the
Kane song «Rain Down on Me» is featured in the game FIFA Football 2004.
In support to his Just Be album, he played at Breda, Eindhoven, Utrecht,
and Amsterdam; these stops were later named Just Be: Train Tour, this
tour was not planned for people to know about it. On May 20, Ascension
Day, when he got on the train in his hometown of The Hague to go to
Breda, he was honoured by the mayor and the citizens, he was then named
an officer in the name of the royal family Orange-Nassau.

2004: Olympics opening ceremony

The Olympic Flame at the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

The Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) asked
Tiesto to perform at the Olympic Games, making him the first DJ to play
live on stage at an Olympic Games at the 2004 Summer Olympics opening
ceremony in Athens for 90 minutes.

Tiesto flew to Athens in January 2004 to have a meeting with the ATHOC.
His Tiesto in Concert DVD caught their attention, after which he was
asked to write more tracks based on his opening tune «Adagio for
Strings» which could fit in with the Olympic spirit and combine the
classical with the modern age; They also request him to play his own
produced music. The first rehearsal was on Saturday 7, August for an
empty stadium; the second rehearsal was on Sunday 8 with 35,000
volunteers, a lot of the people recognised some tracks like «Traffic»
and «Adagio for Strings». The last rehearsal included almost 60,000
people in the stadium which was on Tuesday 10, there were some technical
problems, the mixer broke down, the monitors dropped out a couple of
times and the music in the stadium was not continuously on the right
volume.

During the parade on Friday 13, all participating nations introduced
their athletes which were over 10,500 in total and 80,000 in the public,
only 75,000 knew about dance music. During the course of his performance
the Dutch athletes started dancing in front of the DJ booth and had to
be moved on by officials. The performance included new tracks produced
especially for the Opening Ceremony and songs that were created to
complement the spirit and theme of the ceremony. A condensed
studio-recorded album of the songs played on the Olympic set was later
released, including new songs especially composed for the occasion,
entitled Parade of the Athletes in October 2004. In the liner notes, he
noted the IOC requested to him that the music not contain any lyrics as
they could be inadvertently misinterpreted. After some success an
unmixed version was also released exclusively on iTunes, it featured
full length tracks.

2005: Worldwide popularity

In late 2004 he began his touring across Latin America, with his release
of In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama in which he gained influence from the
sun and sand in summer in 2002, the tour continued in 2005 and Tiesto
performed live at Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay
and Colombia. Following the tours, In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America
was released in 2005, featuring a second CD for the first time in the In
Search of Sunrise series. This was the first DJ mix compilation in
almost a year since Nyana and World Leader.

Tiesto performing in Winterworld at Palazzo in Bingen, Germany in May
2005.

In 2005 his Perfect Remixes Vol. 3 compilation was released through
Warlock Records, containing ten tracks which were created during the
beginning of his career, between those is Junkie XL, Mauro Picotto and
The Roc Project. On August 20, 2005 Verwest took Tiesto in Concert to
the United States when he played to 16,000 of fans in Los Angeles,
California in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena with Cirque du
Soleil dancers. For the second year in a row he performed live at a New
Year’s Eve/New Year’s concert in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Arena
to a sell-out crowd. Despite his four-city American tour being postponed
due to the hurricane damage in New Orleans and Miami, playing such
cities in the United States further expanded and cemented his popularity
among more mainstream audiences. Even this was surpassed later in the
2007 summer where some 250,000 people danced on Ipanema Beach, Brazil,
the second largest concert in the history of mankind. BPM magazine has
an annual poll in the United States which is unveiled in the WMC, in
2005 Tiesto took the No. 1 spot. The influence of Los Angeles in the
United States stayed with him as he lived there which would later
influence on his then future In Search of Sunrise compilation.

On April 16, 2005, Disneyland Resort Paris who had recently inaugurated
the Space Mountain: Mission 2, had invited Tiesto to celebrate the
launch of the ride by offering a live concert in Disneyland Park. Tiesto
performed a special remix of the Space Mountain: Mission 2 soundtrack,
as well as many of his own tracks. Tiesto’s Space Mountain: Mission 2
concert also featured French deejay Bob Sinclar, the park would re-open
for Tiesto’s fans so they could stay for the 3 hour concert. A sculpture
of Tiesto was placed behind a turntable where Madame Tussauds visitors
can mix Tiesto’s music together with the man himself and he also won and
Edison music award in the category Best Dance. The Dutch national
football competition is the most viewed programme on Dutch television,
Tiesto is the first potential artist to become an inspiration to the
programmes directors which created a tune based on his performance in
the Olympic Games. The tune «Match of the day» was played in all
football stadiums before each match when the teams entered the field.

In the fall of 2005 he went on a very successful tour across Central and
Eastern Europe where he played once in each country to crowds of 10,000
to 15,000 fans. Stops were made in Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia,
Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, and Poland.
Tiesto also performed at the UNITY festival in South Africa where he
played a show at the Gallagher Estate Arena in Midrand, a suburb of
Johannesburg, to over 18,000 fans. The United States tour that was part
of Tiesto in Concert was dwarfed by his appearance at Sensation White in
2006 where he performed to over 45,000 people in the world’s biggest
dance event in Amsterdam, Holland. The events presale began at 10:00
a.m. on March 10, it was sold out within 2 hours.

2006: In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour

Tiesto in March, 2006

In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles was released in 2006 which was
certified Gold in Canada for sales over 50,000 copies. It also charted,
peaking #34 in Canada and #59 in Austria. The compilation was launched
in the Winter Music Conference at Mansion in South Beach Miami to
support his release, Tiesto went to an Asian tour for more than 3 weeks
in Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan,
and Indonesia. On March 19, 2006, the Formula 1 circus took place in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the international Grand Prix Tiesto
played with the official Renault F1 team pit party. Tiesto prepared a 5
hour set the Saturday night before the beginning of the race on Sunday
in which JES sang «As the Rush Comes». On June 10, 2006 Tiesto gave a
free open concert of the Volvo Ocean Race in Rotterdam which lasted 75
minutes. Walt Disney Pictures released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man’s Chest and the soundtrack included the song He’s a Pirate which
Tiesto was asked to remix and produced a trance anthem as well as an
orchestral remix with the original orchestral break. The Pirates Remixed
EP contains the Tiesto remix and a radio edit. The film opened in
theatres nationwide on July 7, and the remix was released on July 4. The
song later became the first single in Tiesto album Elements of Life
which was included as a bonus track, the song charted #7 in the Hot
Dance Club Play chart of Billboard and #5 in the Netherlands Dutch Top
40. The song marks the beginning of Elements of Life, his future album
at this time.

2007: Elements of Life era

On April 6, 2007 Tiesto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio
show called Tiesto’s Club Life on Dutch radio station Radio 538. XM
Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show
on Channel 81 BPM as part of their Global Domination lineup on Saturday
nights. The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between
22:00 CET and midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 p.m.
ET and 10:00 p.m. ET. The first hour is also available as a podcast on
the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio podcasts.

On April 16, 2007, Tiesto released his fourth studio album Elements of
Life, the album moved 72,000 units in its April release, according to
Nielsen SoundScan. During the production of the album Tiesto in several
cases sent a demo with the music to certain artists, and they replied
back with the lyrics and vocals and other duration times. In the case of
Christian Burns from BBMak, Tiesto met him through MySpace and got in
contact with him and the production of the single «In the Dark». The
album consists of rock, trance and experimental music, which shows the
style Tiesto has grown throughout the years since his previous albums
which contained lyrics, In My Memory and Just Be. Producer Brian
Transeau collaborated with Tiesto in three tracks, he composed «Bright
Morningstar» and «Sweet Things», he also performed the vocals in the
single «Break My Fall». Together, they produce more tracks which were
not released in the album, Tiesto has mentioned they would work again
during the coming summer. In December 2007 it was announced that the
album was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category «Best
Electronic/Dance Album.» The album also received gold certifications in
Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, and Romania. Streamline Studios, an
independent game developer and digital content provider for AAA
videogames and Black Hole Recordings have formed, a joint venture which
will provide sound solutions for digital entertainment including the
entire catalog of Black Hole’s artists. The first work that Streamline
Sound has contributed is on the massively multiplayer online
role-playing PC game Sword of the New World: Granado Espada with 17 12″
tracks, Forza Motorsport 2 which includes Tom Clouds’ track «Told You
So» and HoopWorld. A special release party was held at the Heineken
Music Hall in Amsterdam on November 3, 2007 for In Search of Sunrise 6:
Ibiza. The compilation was awarded in the 2008 WMC Awards in Miami, it
won for «Best Full Length DJ Mix CD».

His last three full-length releases broke the 70,000-unit mark, and 2003
2CD compilation Nyana recently hit 87,000, according to Nielsen
SoundScan. In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements of Life
World Tour which had shows across the world, South and Latin America
brought some of the biggest crowds on his January and February South
American leg of the tour. On January 7, he played to an amazing 200,000
people in the streets of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. On February
16, 2008 he played in India at the Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad. Though
this show had a low turn out of only 5000, it was his first show in
India. Tiesto’s performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on
November 10, 2007 was also sold out. On July 2007 Tiesto performed at a
truely magnificent event, beautifully placed in the middle of the
ancient desert city of Petra, Jordan. The Copenhagen: Elements of Life
World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on February 29,
2008 from 8 p.m. — 3 a.m. in London at the IndigO2 club.

2008: In Search of Sunrise Summer Tour

Tiesto announced he will be the resident at Privilege which is
officially recognised by Guinness World Records as being the largest
club in the world. He will play in Ibiza every Monday, starting on July
7 until September 22. The gigs consist of four hour sets in the style of
his In Search of Sunrise series. In 2007 he had released In Search of
Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island. The residencies will
also feature the performance of guest deejays, all selected by Tiesto,
such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat-Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and
Sander van Doorn. There will be exclusive appearances by Fonzerelli and
Airbase. In the backroom of Privilege, Riley & Durrant will present
Electrik Playground, supported by Galaxy FM.

The O2 arena (London)

In April 28, Tiesto released Elements of Life: Remixed, a recompilation
of the Elements of Life album with all songs except «He’s A Pirate»
being replaced by remixed versions, and «He’s A Pirate» being replaced
by «No More Heroes», a joint production with mute performer trio Blue
Man Group. The song is a remake of the song «Heroes» in his previous
album Parade of the Athletes. In mid-2008, Tiesto announced his In
Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008, the tour will be presented by
Armani Exchange on May 23 and ending on July 4 at the Bonnaroo Music and
Arts Festival on Friday 13, June and ETD Pop Festival in San Francisco.
This tour is in support of his upcoming In Search of Sunrise
compilation, which is part of a sponsorship partnership, with exclusive
apparel and a limited edition 3 CD set. An exclusive best of CD from the
DJ’s own imprint Black Hole Recordings, called 10 Years of Black Hole
Recordings will be released later in the year. Armani will also sell an
exclusive Tiesto branded tour T-shirt, and the artist will perform at
three A|X in-stores during the tour. The tour is based on his previously
released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza and In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia
compilations. On August 8, 2008 Tiesto became the first DJ to perform at
the famous O2 Arena in London as part of his In Search of Sunrise 7
summer tour, the event was sold out with a capacity of 20,000 people,
the event hosted him for 5 hours with 200 square metres (239 sq yd) of
LED wall, a 200,000 watt sound system, and 300,000 more watts of
lightning. Earlier that day, Tiesto had performed in-store at Armani
Exchange on Regent Street in central London.

In November Tiesto took Maroon 5’s «Not Falling Apart» as they requested
to have him remix a song from their album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
which will be included on Call And Response: The Remix Album which
features a variety of their favourite artists. The remix of «Not Falling
Apart» is the only version of the song included in the remix album which
was released on December 8. On November 29, artists like Tiesto himself,
Sied van Riel, Leon Bolier, Joop, and MC Gunner presented a concert at
The Sand, Amsterdam promoted by Dance4Life, the sales from the event
will go to the foundation to support next year’s Schools4Life project.
Tiesto announced that on this New Year’s Eve he will be playing at
Roseland Ballroom in New York City to end his In Search of Sunrise
Summer Tour and to begin 2009.

In November 2008, it was announced that he had returned to the studio to
start recording music for his next studio album. The targeted release
date is the end of summer 2009.

Personal life

On January 10, 2008, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Tiesto
and his former girlfriend Stacey Blokzijl were going to get married on
October 10, 2008 in Cartagena, Colombia. He proposed to her in December
2007 while they were visiting Mauritania. Tiesto cancelled his wedding
for October 10, because he claims to have a busy schedule and too little
time for the preparations. Around Christmas 2008 Stacey Blokzijl broke
up with Tiesto because of the constant delay of their wedding. Until
early 2006 Verwest had a relationship with the beauty contest winner
Monique Spronk.

Philanthropy and other activities

On January 6, 2005 Tiesto performed in an outdoor fundraiser in De Dam,
Amsterdam, the event was free and many famous Dutch artists like Dinand
Woesthoff, Blof, Acda & De Munnik, Di-rect, Berget Lewis, Xander de
Buisonje and Trijntje Oosterhuis were involved in it to provide
financial aid to the people who suffered from the tsunami in Asia. All
profits made of all TV commercials and live broadcast were given to the
organisations collecting the relief funds.

During 2005 he also made a small cameo appearance in the award-winning
film It’s All Gone Pete Tong as himself. He also contributed the song
«Goldrush» to the PlayStation Portable futuristic racing game Wipeout
Pure. In September 2006 Tiesto was admitted to hospital after
experiencing pain in his chest. He was diagnosed with pericarditis and
subsequently he had to cancel a number of shows. With the diagnosis, he
was invited to support Dance4Life to help teens who are not aware of the
risks of HIV/AIDS. In April 2006 Tiesto was named the official worldwide
ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation promoting awareness of
HIV/AIDS, as the foundation’s ambassador he has helped the organisation
with fundraising along with recording the track «Dance4life» that he
recorded with Maxi Jazz from Faithless. The foundation consists on a
better way of living with safe sex in exchange of entertainment to the
young crowd. The song charted #1 twice in the Bulgarian Singles Chart
and #3 in the Dutch Top 40. The song was a huge success, peaking for
five weeks in #3 and eleven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the Dutch
Singles Chart, it also reached #5 in Belgium, #6 in Finland and also
charting in the UK and Germany. With the successful release of Elements
of Life, Tiesto and fashion designer Giorgio Armani collaborated
together on a limited edition Tiesto T-shirt available at Armani
Exchange stores. His single «Sweet Things» comes with the shirt
including an exclusive «A|X Remix» by Tom Cloud which shows the great
influence Tiesto has in fashion culture. The charity raised over
US$300,000.

Tiesto opened a new club-restaurant acquisition with Chinese cuisine,
dance music and live entertainment on June 7, 2007 called Cineac. Tiesto
inaugurated with his new Cineac Anthem called «Happy People». Guests are
welcome to see various modern styles of music mixed by some known top
DJs. It was later renamed «The Mansion». Tiesto and Reebok introduced
the new ‘Tiesto shoe’ in November 2007. The shoebox comes with a special
limited-edition Tiesto & Reebok CD, containing the Elements of Life
album and the bonus disc. Only 1000 pair units were available for sale
in Netherlands. Previously Tiesto & Reebok had released «Run the DJ
Tiesto», which consisted of another shoe release with Tiesto as one of
the designers. He now owns a line of Reebok RBK shoes and was recently
tapped by Microsoft to launch its new Vista operating system for the
Dutch market, placing him on par with Robbie Williams, who performed a
similar duty in the United Kingdom. The partnership includes a Vista
application built especially for Tiesto, which had more than a thousand
downloads from his website a day during its first week of availability.
It has a Tiesto toolbar for sorting, a plug-in application which allows
fans to be informed with the DJ in real-time and get live alerts on
gigs, appearances and new music. Tiesto introduced the application at
the Jan. 29 Vista launch event in Amsterdam.

Due to the past 2008 Olympic Games in August, New York’s Ultra Records
announced on Friday it is a partner in Coca-Cola’s upcoming WE8 bottle
campaign, a promotion that celebrates Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the
Olympic Games in Beijing as well as art and music. Eight musicians and
eight artists were chosen, including Tiesto, to create tracks inspired
by some specially designed Coke bottles. Tiesto produced a song inspired
on «Global Harmony» and on Xiao Xue’s design of the Coke bottle which is
titled Global Harmony; This is not his first time to be involved with
the Olympic Games or Coca-Cola, previously Tiesto participated in the
2004 Summer Olympics and also produced a song for Coca-Cola titled
«Searching» which was used on a television commercial. «Corona and
Lime», a song by Shwayze includes Tiesto’s name in the lyrics, «Bump
techno by DJ Tiesto».

On December 5, 2008, the annual Ultra Music Festival that’s held in
Miami in March released an «exclusive initial line-up» for Ultra 2009
which stated that Tiesto will be performing along with Carl Cox,
deadmau5, Bloc Party and others.

Discography

Studio albums

2001: In My Memory

2004: Just Be

2007: Elements of Life

2009: TBA Other albums

2004: Parade of the Athletes

2006: Just Be: Remixed

2008: Elements of Life: Remixed Videos/DVDs

2003: Another Day at the Office

2003: Tiesto in Concert

2004: Tiesto in Concert 2

2008: Copenhagen: Elements of Life World Tour

Tours

2002: Area2 Tour

2004: Just Be: Train Tour

2005: Tiesto in Concert: North America Tour 2005

2005: Central Eastern European Tour 2005

2006: In Search of Sunrise: Asia Tour 2006

2007-2008: Elements of Life World Tour

2008: In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008

Filmography

Raves: The Experience (2000)

Dance TV (2000)

Hey DJ (2003)

Tussen de sterren (episode: «1.3», 2003)

Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (2004)

It’s All Gone Pete Tong (cameo, 2004)

Liquid Vinyl (2005)

Lydverket (episode: «trance special», 2005)

De Wereld draait door (episode: «2.56», 2006)

De Nieuwste show (episode: «2.30», 2008)

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«Tiesto». eMusic.com.
http://www.emusic.com/artist/Tiesto-MP3-Download/11596992.html. 

«DJAdvantage — The Ultimate Pro DJ Resource». djadvantage.com.
http://www.djadvantage.com/celebritydjs.php. 

«DJ Tiesto: Techno Genuis with the Many Aliases». technomusicclub.com.
http://technomusicclub.com/DJ+Ti%C3%ABsto:+Techno+Genuis+with+the+Many+A
liases.2096.htm. 

«Tiesto — Magik 7: Live in Los Angeles». trancecritic.com.
http://www.trancecritic.com/modules.php?name=MReviews&op=show&rid=53. 

«DJ Tiesto». progressivetrance.net.
http://www.progressivetrance.net/dj-tiesto.html. 

«Grammy Awards Nominations». The Recording Academy.
http://topmusicartists.wordpress.com/2007/12/07/grammy-awards-nomination
s/. 

«All About Tiesto». Tripod.
http://trance_site.tripod.com/trance_Djs/id3.html. 

«Tiesto «. Bebo.
http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=2103545074. 

«Tiesto Interview». Home of chat.
http://www.clubmusicforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34079. 

«Tiesto – Music at Last.fm». Last.fm.
http://www.lastfm.jp/music/Ti%C3%ABsto?setlang=jp. 

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