Getting up, close and personal with Tiësto
February 13, 2018
Recently, Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto was interviewed by In The Mix. The honest and upfront conversation gives fans an intimate look at one of the world’s biggest DJs. You cannot think of dance music without thinking of Tiësto. In 2011, he was named the Greatest DJ of All Time by MixMag, outrunning Richie Hawtin in second place and Sven Väth in third.
The award-winning producer says that music has changed drastically in the past 20 years because it is easier to make, with the advancement of SD cards – DJs no longer need vinyl records or to work with analogue systems. He also believes that there is no single country where dance music is flourishing, but it is a worldwide movement.
Though Tiësto has toured the world, he actually prefers playing at clubs now. He is really enjoying his residency at the Hakkasan Nightclub in the MGM Grand Las Vegas because he gets to “stay in the same place and [people] all come and see [him].” He also says this allows him to spend more time in his studio.
When it comes to modern dance music, Tiësto says it is time for DJs to return to basics. Some DJs on the scene have moved into pop but dance is predominantly about making “great, banger tracks.” Like his take with Gucci Mane in ‘Boom.’ He also confessed that he does not party as much as he used to.
He has said before that Sven Väth was his inspiration but now a few more artists have been added to that list, like Martin Garrix, Jauz, Madeon and a few trap DJs. He says that the younger DJs bring a different energy to the scene and he likes their fresh attitude.
Image credit: Tiësto’s Fcabeook