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17-01-1969 - current


DJ, draaitafels, Gouden Harp, producer, techno, trance


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Allure, Andante, Clear View, Da Joker, Gouryella, Hammock Brothers, Paradise In Dubs, Stray Dog, Tom Ace, West & Storm

DJ Tiësto

Trance and techno DJ, who has a major international hit under the name of Gouryella. Tiësto has his own record store (Magik), a record company (Black Hole Recordings) and in November 2002 he is chosen Most Popular DJ by the UK's DJ Magazine.
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draaitafels, producer

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Biography DJ Tiësto

Trance and techno DJ, who has a major international hit under the name of Gouryella. Tiësto has his own record store (Magik), a record company (Black Hole Recordings) and in November 2002 he is chosen Most Popular DJ by the UK's DJ Magazine.

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Kamaya Painters   producer

1984 - 1992

Already at a very young age Tijs Verwest plays records at parties and in discos. From the age of nineteen he starts working as a DJ in his hometown Breda. Later on he starts working in a record store. He sends his tapes to various DJ's and clubs, but without much success. In the meantime he has become a resident DJ of discotheque Spock in Breda for three nights a week.


Tijs gets into trance music.


Tiësto's first CD Forbidden Paradise is released. The following years DJ Tiësto's star is rising in the world of dance. His recordings are released under various a.k.a.'s: West & Storm, Paradise In Dub, Passenger, Allure, Hammock Brothers, Gouryella, Clear View, Stray Dog En Andante.


The mix CD Magik is released. Tiësto shoots to fame in Norway where he presents his new CD at a sold-out party.


Club Time in Amsterdam offers Tiësto the possibility of a regular DJ set one night per week. This only lasts for a month because the club cannot afford him anymore. Later this year Tiësto plays in Israel.


In February DJ Tiësto is one of the big names at the Inner City party in Amsterdam. The set he plays that evening is released on CD and Tiësto appears on Dutch television. His music is also popular in the UK. Each month he plays a set at Gatecrasher club in Sheffield. Together with Ferry Corsten (system F) he records a record under the name Gouryella, which becomes a huge hit in the UK. With DJ Montana he sets up the underground techno project Space Age. In the meantime, he also releases the third album in the Magik series.

Ferry Corsten


Tiësto performs at the Racism Beat It festival and at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. Gouryella's second single, Walhalla (with Ferry Corsten), is released.

Ferry Corsten


Tiësto works with Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL, or JXL) on a new album, Revolution, which initially is only released in the UK, but later also in the Netherlands through the Black Hole label. Tiësto remixes a single for the Canadian band Delerium and is nominated for a Muzik Award in the category Best Producer. The single Suburban Train can be found on the album In My Memory, which is released later this year.

Tom Holkenborg


On Saturday February 2, the wedding day of the Dutch crown prince, Tiësto plays nine consecutive hours during the second edition of the Dutch Dimension festival. On February 27 he is awarded a Zilveren ('Silver') Harp music award. He also receives a Lucky Strike Dance Award in the category Best DJ Trance/Progressive. In August he is part of Moby's Area 2 tour. For eighteen days he travels through the US with artists such as Moby himself, but also David Bowie and Busta Rhymes. He is also interviewed by CNN. Following Junkie XL's (JXL's) chart topping success with the Elvis remix A Little Less Conversation, Tiësto releases a remix of the Elvis track Burning Love. Tiësto is nominated for a Dance Award by the UK's Muzik Magazine in the category Best Radio 1 Essential Mix. In November he becomes number one (as first non-UK DJ) of the Top 100 most popular DJ's by the UK's DJ Magazine.

Junkie XL


In January Tiësto receives the annual Dutch Popprijs ('Pop Award') during the Noorderslag festival. Much to the dissatisfaction van the audience, however, he is not able to pick up the award (€10.000) himself. He addresses the crowd from a large screen saying that the fact that this is the first time the award goes to a DJ has proven that dance music is finally taken seriously. In April DJ Tiësto receives a TMF Music Award in the category Best Dance National and Best DJ National. In May Tiësto plays a set at the Gelredome stadium in Arnhem. Special guests that night are Skunk Anansie singer Skin and Dinand Woesthoff from Dutch rock act Kane. On July 12 Tiësto takes part in the Berlin Love Parade for the first time in his career. On September 20 the DVD Tiësto In Concert is officially released.



DJ Tiësto is nominated by the US Dance Music Academy for a USA Dancestar Award in the category Best International DJ. Unfortunately for Tijs the award goes to German Paul van Dyk. Singer Esmaye wins the talent show 'Tiësto in search of talent'. Tiësto is awarded Best Dance Act and Best DJ National at the annual TMF music awards. He also goes to China for three days to play in the town of Chengdu. On 20 May Tiësto presents his new album Just Be in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam where he also performs a set, which features the music from his new album. The set is also broadcast and can be listened to on mobile phone. On this same day he also becomes a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In May Tiësto plays the Pinkpop festival. Starting June 1, he goes on a tour of 20 US and Canadian cities to promote his new album. Tiësto performs at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olypic Games in Athens, Greece. The DJ accompanies the athletes during the parade in the Olympic stadium. During the Belgian TMF Awards on October 2 Tiësto picks up the award for Best DJ International. He also receives the Sound or Silence Award 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Dutch music during the European Music Cultures conference. Tiësto is nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award in the category Best Dutch Act. Just like in the previous year, once more DJ Tiësto wins the public vote at the Dutch DJ Award. For the third consecutive year Tiësto is awarded Best DJ in the world by the UK's DJ Magazine.


Along with Dinand Woesthoff, Bløf, Acda & De Munnik, Di-rect, Berget Lewis, Xander de Buisonjé and Trijntje Oosterhuis, Tiësto plays on the benefit for the Tsunami victims in Asia on January 6 on the Dam Square in Amsterdam. DJ Tiësto wins an Edison music award in the category Best Dance. Tiësto also gets a wax statue at Madame Tussaud's in Amsterdam. On March 19 the DJ receives a 3FM music award in the category Best Male Artist. In April he receives a TMF music award in the category Best Dance National and the 538 Single Award. In the same month pubcaster BNN honours him with the Bart Award for people who manage to do the impossible. On April 16 Tiësto plays a three-hour set in Disneyland, Paris. The DJ mixes the music of the new Disneyland feature Space Mountain: Mission 2. Tiësto's mix album In Search Of Sunrise 4 contains his own track UR, remixed by Junkie XL. In the first weeks of May Tiësto tours the Dutch clubs. In October he goes to Los Angeles, Washington, Miami and New Orleans. The four-hour shows feature large video screens, over 30 singers, dancers, drummers and showgirls, and a light and laser show designed by TribeDesign, which also works for stars like Madonna. Tiësto writes the theme song for the Dutch equivalent of Match of the Day, as broadcast by new commercial station Talpa. The tune is also played pre-match in the football stadiums. At the Belgian TMF Awards in October Tiësto wins the Best DJ award. At the Release Dance Awards (previously known as the Dutch DJ Awards) staged at the Amsterdam Dance Event, Tiësto is again voted Best DJ by the Dutch audience.


At the 3FM Awards Tiësto wins the Best Dance Artist ward. Tiësto becomes ambassador of AIDS and HIV awareness and fundraising campaigners Dance4Life, an organisation that coordinates simultaneous dance parties at various locations the globe (Holland, South Africa a.o.). With Faithless 's Maxi Jazz he cuts Dance4Life's theme song due for a summer release. In September Tiësto is diagnosed with pericardium. Subsequently he has to cancel shows. On October 13 once more he wins a TMF Award for Best Dance DJ. He becomes co-owner of former cinema Cineac in Amsterdam. Renamed The Mansion, it's a restaurant, bar, live-entertainment and party hall now for a wide audience. It is launched in June 2007.


On March 16 DJ Tiësto starts his World tour Elements at the luggage hall at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport attended by 2400 fans. He wins three prizes at the International Dance Music Awards at the Winter Music Conference in Miami (March): Best Ortofon Global DJ, Best Progressive House/Trance Track (for Dance 4 Live) and Best Full Length DJ Mix CD (In Search Of Sunrise Vol. 5). As of April 6 the DJ is hosting Club Nouveau on Radio 538. At the end of April Tiësto plays at the Coachella Festival in LA. On April 15 for the second year in a row the DJ wins a 3FM Award in the category Best Dance. On June 2 he is performing live at Arnhem's Gelredome arena. Early July he is at Denmark's Roskilde festival.


On 5 March DJ Tiësto receives a Gouden Harp Award during the Buma Harpen Gala in Bussum, the Netherlands. The award honours musicians who have made a special contribution to Dutch popular music. On 11 April the DVD Copenhagen – Elements Of Life World Tour is also released on Blu-ray. Tiësto is the first musician to release a Blu-ray. Due to a confluence of events Tiësto and Ferry Corsten play a set together for the very first time. This occurs on 24 May at the ETD POP Festival in San Francisco. This historic DJ collaboration is welcomed with great enthusiasm by the crowd and gets a follow-up during Dance Valley during Corsten's own Flashover Recordings Stage.

Ferry Corsten


At the Winter Music Conference in his hometown Miami in March, DJ Tiësto wins four awards during the 24th edition of the International Dance Music Awards, in the categories Best Artist (solo), Best DJ worldwide, Best Podcast (for his show Tiësto's Club Life on Radio538) and Best Full Length DJ Mix. On 29 August the DJ plays a set on the main stage of UK dance festival Creamfields in Daresbury, Cheshire. The album Kaleidoscope (October) combines dance, pop and rock. Kaleidoscope features guest contributions by Jónsi Birgisson from the Iceland band Sigur Rós, Kele Okereke from the British band Britse Bloc Party, Canadian singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado, Emily Haines from Canadian band Metric and DJ/producer Calvin Harris.

Discography DJ Tiësto

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Video DJ Tiësto

Tiësto - Just Be
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Dj Tiesto - Trance sensation
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Tiësto vs Diplo - C'Mon
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Tiësto feat. Nelly Furtado - Who Wants To Be Alone
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Tiësto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes - C'mon (Catch 'Em By Surprise) (HD Version)
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Tiësto & Hardwell - Zero 76 (Official Music Video)

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DJ Tiesto vs Dash Berlin - Do You Feel Janeiro (A FarCry Mashup)
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Tiësto & Hardwell - Zero 76 (Official Music Video)

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