Tiësto, whose name is pronounced as [tiɛsto], was born as Tijs Michiel Verwest [tɛɪs mixiɫ vərʋɛst] on January 17, 1969, in the Netherlands. He is a distinguished Dutch DJ and an acclaimed record producer specializing in electronic dance music. Throughout his illustrious career, Tiësto has adopted various aliases, but he is most famously known as DJ Tiësto. However, in his latest endeavors, he has simplified his stage name to "Tiësto," which carries an Italian twist of his childhood nickname.
A Musical Empire: Black Hole Recordings
Tiësto's journey into the world of electronic music took a significant turn in 1997 when he co-founded the record label Black Hole Recordings in partnership with Arny Bink. This endeavor led to the creation of iconic CD series, including "Magik" and "In Search of Sunrise," which left an indelible mark on the electronic music landscape.
Gouryella and Solo Success
Collaboration has been a cornerstone of Tiësto's career. In 1999 and 2000, he joined forces with fellow artist Ferry Corsten to establish the trance duo known as Gouryella. Their contributions to the trance genre solidified their place in the history of electronic music.
Tiësto's solo career took flight in 2001 with the release of his debut album, "In My Memory." This milestone provided him with several major hits, launching his career into the stratosphere. Additionally, his remix of Delerium's "Silence," featuring Sarah McLachlan, introduced his music to mainstream audiences.
The Reign of "World's No.1 DJ"
As the early 2000s rolled in, Tiësto's popularity soared. Notably, he became the first DJ to perform before a massive audience without any other DJs or opening acts. This remarkable feat was coupled with an impressive achievement, as he was consecutively crowned the "World's No.1 DJ" by DJ Magazine from 2002 to 2004.
A Dance Music Pioneer at the Olympics
Tiësto's influence extended to unexpected and unforgettable arenas. In 2004, immediately following the release of his second studio album, "Just Be," he performed live at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In doing so, he became the first DJ to grace the stage at an Olympic Games, cementing his status as a global music icon.
Music specially created for the Olympics was masterfully blended and released as the mix compilation titled "Parade of the Athletes" later that year. Notably, Tiësto's contributions to the world of music earned him the title of Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, bestowed upon him by Queen Beatrix in 2004.
A Philanthropist and an Ambassador
Beyond his musical prowess, Tiësto embraced his role as an advocate for important causes. In May 2006, he was chosen as the official ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation. Collaborating with Maxi Jazz, he released the inspiring track "Dance4Life" to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, using the power of music for social good.
Chart-Topping Albums and Grammy Accolades
In April 2007, Tiësto's journey took another exciting turn. He launched his radio show, "Tiësto's Club Life," on Radio 538 in the Netherlands. Additionally, he released his third studio album, "Elements of Life." This album achieved incredible success, reaching the number one spot on the Dutch album chart and "Billboard Top Electronic Albums" in the U.S. It was also honored with a Grammy Award nomination in 2008.
Looking to the Future
As of 2009, Tiësto was gearing up to release his fourth studio album, "Kaleidoscope," ushering in yet another chapter in his illustrious musical career.
Early Days and Musical Beginnings
Tijs Michiel Verwest's profound connection to music was evident from a young age. At the tender age of twelve, he began to nurture his passion for music. By the time he turned fourteen, he had already decided to dedicate more of his time to it. His professional journey as a DJ commenced with school parties and later evolved into residency gigs at various clubs across the Netherlands between 1985 and 1994. It was under the guidance of his manager and friend Wilfred that he embarked on this musical path. Notably, his formative years were marked by a significant experience at The Spock, a small Breda club. Here, Tiësto honed his distinctive style by playing extended sets from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on weekends. During this time, his repertoire featured New Beat, acid house, and a plethora of Madonna songs, known for their infectious dance beats.
As he began his career as a DJ, Madonna's music, often associated with dance-friendly rhythms, was a prominent feature in his sets. Even before her albums were officially released, there were dance remixes of her tracks, such as "Vogue," which became staples at The Spock.
Emerging as a Producer
In 1994, Tiësto entered the realm of music production when he started releasing material on Noculan Records' sub-labels Chemo and Coolman. During this period, he explored hardcore and gabber music under aliases like Da Joker and DJ Limited.
Meeting Arny Bink and Founding Black Hole Recordings
Late in 1994, Tiësto inked a deal with Basic Beat Recordings, a Rotterdam-based record label. It was here that he crossed paths with Arny Bink, who would become a pivotal figure in his journey. Their collaboration led to the release of records on the Trashcan sub-label, which Arny had founded. The dynamic duo later created the Guardian Angel sub-label, introducing the immensely popular Forbidden Paradise series. Simultaneously, from 1995 to 1996, Tiësto released four extended plays on Bonzai Jumps and XTC, both sub-labels under Lightning Records.
The Birth of New Labels and Music Ventures
In 1997, Tiësto embarked on a partnership with his friend Yves Vandichel, working on his sub-label, DJ Yves. This sub-label was a division of the now-defunct Human Resource label XSV Music. During this period, Tiësto and Arny made a fateful decision. In the fall of 1997, they chose to part ways with Basic Beat Recordings and create their parent label. This marked the genesis of Black Hole Recordings. Notably, the Trashcan sub-label was discontinued, while the Guardian Angel sub-label continued releasing music until 2002. Through Black Hole Recordings, Tiësto's "Magik" series found a home. In 1998, Tiësto launched two significant sub-labels: In Trance We Trust and SongBird. The former became an emblematic platform for trance music, while the latter catered to a wide range of electronic music styles. One of Tiësto's enduring contributions was the "In Search of Sunrise" series, which found its place under SongBird. In 1999, Tiësto teamed up with fellow Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten to birth
the trance-based duo known as Gouryella. This collaboration was pivotal in expanding the realm of trance music. The impact of their work during this era was substantial, with no less than 20 different CD releases of the four Gouryella tracks across nine different labels.
In addition to Gouryella, Tiësto embarked on yet another notable partnership. From 1998 to 2000, he collaborated with Benno de Goeij under the name Kamaya Painters, further adding to the diversity of his musical ventures.
A significant milestone arrived in November 1999 when Tiësto became a resident DJ at Gatecrasher in Sheffield, one of the most popular and iconic clubs in England. This monthly residency served as a testament to his enduring influence and growing global appeal.
In 1999, he also accomplished a remarkable feat by performing a marathon 12-hour set, marking his longest concert to date, which took place in Amsterdam.
Tiësto's early years in the music industry were a testament to his remarkable versatility and unceasing passion for pushing the boundaries of electronic music. His journey through various sub-genres and collaborations laid the foundation for his future success as one of the world's most celebrated electronic music artists. His story continues to evolve, with each chapter bringing new innovations and achievements in the world of electronic dance music.
2000–2002: Emergence and "In My Memory"
In the late 2000s, Tiësto shifted his focus to his solo endeavors and left Ferry Corsten to continue with Gouryella's next single, collaborating with John Ewbank. The record company demanded more tracks, and the partnership between Tiësto and Ferry became challenging. During this period, Tiësto played a significant role in introducing Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen, and Ferry Corsten to mainstream audiences through his early compilations and the In Trance We Trust series.
One of Tiësto's breakthrough moments came with the release of "Summerbreeze," his debut DJ mix album in the United States. The album featured his remix of Delerium's "Silence," which spent four weeks in the United Kingdom's Top Ten chart and reached number three on the Billboard dance chart.
In 2000, "In Search of Sunrise 2" was released, and Tiësto decided to create a sub-label, Magik Muzik. This label not only featured Tiësto's own releases but also tracks from other prominent artists like the Filterheadz, Oliver Lieb, Mark Norman, Mojado, Phynn, and Jes Brieden. It quickly gained a reputation for delivering high-quality electronic dance music, largely due to Tiësto's classic dance anthem, "Flight 643," released in 2001.
Tiësto's fame continued to soar in the early 2000s. His performance at the first ID&T Innercity party, "Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI," was a major turning point. In 2001, he released his first solo album, "In My Memory," which included ten singles and five major hits. Notable tracks from the album were "Lethal Industry," "Flight 643," and "643 (Love's on Fire)," which featured vocals by Suzanne Palmer. Other tracks included "Obsession," a collaboration with Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), and instrumental tracks like "Dallas 4PM" and "Suburban Train," with "Urban Train" as its B-Side.
The album's title track, "In My Memory," and the opening track, "Magik Journey," rounded off the collection. Tiësto played a remarkable nine-hour set during the second edition of the Dutch Dimension festival on February 2, 2002. In recognition of his contributions, he received the Zilveren (Silver) Harp music award on February 27. Later that year, he also received the Lucky Strike Dance Award in the category of Best DJ Trance/Progressive. In August, he joined Moby's Area2 Tour, traveling through the United States alongside artists such as David Bowie and Busta Rhymes.
Following Junkie XL's successful remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation," Tiësto released his remix of Elvis's "Burning Love." This achievement led to his nomination for a Dance Award in the Best Radio 1 Essential Mix category by the UK's Muzik Magazine. In January 2003, Tiësto was honored with the Dutch Popprijs (Pop Award) during the Noorderslag festival.
After touring with Moby, Tiësto remixed two of Moby's tracks, "We Are All Made of Stars" and "Extreme Ways," which reached the Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2002, he released his first "In Search of Sunrise" mix to include a location in its name, "In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama." On March 28, 2003, Tiësto, Dieselboy, Bad Boy Bill, and Noel Sanger embarked on the PlayStation2 Dual Play tour. Tiësto and Noel's leg of the tour began on April 13 and concluded on June 6.
2003–2004: "Just Be" and the Olympics
In the early 2000s, Tiësto's fame continued to surge as he embarked on a series of groundbreaking six-hour "Tiësto Solo" sets, performing without the company of other DJs or opening acts. This innovative concept, featuring a single DJ commanding a large audience, reached its zenith when Tiësto became the first DJ to hold a solo concert in a stadium. On May 10, 2003, he enthralled over 25,000 people in Arnhem's Gelredome, an event later known as "Tiësto in Concert." The concert was a resounding success, and he repeated this feat during two consecutive nights in late October the following year. Additionally, he hosted another concert for 20,000 attendees in Hasselt, Belgium, the week after. DVDs capturing both the May 10, 2003, and October 30, 2004, concerts were released, with the latter named "Tiësto in Concert 2." These DVDs documented the journey from the initial concept to the grand event, featuring live performances by artists like Andain, Dinand Woesthoff, and Jan Johnston. The event incorporated live music and dance performances, following the theme of a mystical musical journey around the world, inspired by the theme of "Magik." It featured over 200 minutes of performances, with a second disc of special features including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the event, the music video for his track "Traffic," and TV commercials promoting the event. The second DVD showcased performances by Aqualung, violinist DJ Mason, Micha Klein, and the Bulgarian Children of Orpheus choir.
During this period, Tiësto achieved the remarkable feat of being crowned "No. 1 DJ in the World" by DJ Magazine (UK) in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2004, he released his second artist album titled "Just Be," which featured his first single, "Traffic." This track made history as the first non-vocal song to top the Dutch national charts in 23 years. Additionally, Tiësto and Kirsty Hawkshaw's production and single, "Just Be," appeared on the "Nip/Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack," while "Love Comes Again" was featured in a Coca-Cola commercial in Holland. Another track, "Sweet Misery," was originally intended for Evanescence but missed the deadline for their album release. Tiësto's remix of the Kane song "Rain Down on Me" was included in the game FIFA Football 2004.
To promote his "Just Be" album, Tiësto embarked on the "Just Be: Train Tour," performing in Breda, Eindhoven, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. On May 20, 2004, he was honored as Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
One of the most notable highlights of this period was his groundbreaking performance at the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Athens. He was invited by the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) to be the first DJ to perform live on stage at an Olympic Games. Tiësto was asked to write additional tracks inspired by his opening tune, "Adagio for Strings," that would blend classical and modern elements and fit the Olympic spirit. The event became a sensation, with an initial rehearsal on August 7 and a second rehearsal on August 8, during which over 35,000 volunteers witnessed his performance. The final rehearsal, on August 10, saw nearly 60,000 people in attendance. During the athletes' parade on August 13, Tiësto's music entertained over 80,000 people, although only 75,000 were familiar with dance music. Some of the Dutch athletes were so moved by his performance that they danced in front of the DJ booth and had to be gently guided away by officials. The Olympic set featured new tracks created especially for the Opening Ceremony, as well as songs designed to complement the ceremony's theme and spirit. An album, "Parade of the Athletes," was released in October 2004, showcasing these songs. Notably, the International Olympic Committee requested that the music be purely instrumental to prevent any unintended misinterpretations. An unmixed version of the album was later released exclusively on iTunes, featuring full-length tracks.
2005–2006: Global Popularity and Extensive Touring
In late 2004, Tiësto embarked on a tour across Latin America, building on the success of his "In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama" release in 2002. The tour continued into 2005, with Tiësto performing live in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Colombia. Following these 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 Tiësto's first DJ mix compilation in nearly a year since "Nyana" and "World Leader."
In 2005, Tiësto's "Perfect Remixes Vol. 3" compilation was released through Warlock Records, featuring ten tracks produced during the early stages of his career, including remixes of tracks by Junkie XL, Mauro Picotto, and The Roc Project. On August 20, 2005, Tiësto brought "Tiësto in Concert" to the United States, performing for 16,000 fans in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, with Cirque du Soleil dancers. He also performed at a New Year's Eve/New Year's concert in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year, to a sold-out audience. Despite the postponement of a four-city American tour due to hurricane damage in New Orleans and Miami, these U.S. shows helped solidify his popularity among mainstream audiences. However, his reach extended even further in the summer of 2007 when he performed for approximately 250,000 people on Ipanema Beach in Brazil, marking the second-largest concert in human history.
In 2005, Tiësto topped BPM magazine's annual poll in the United States, unveiled during the Winter Music Conference, and he continued to be influenced by his time in Los Angeles, where he lived, which would later impact his "In Search of Sunrise" compilation.
On April 16, 2005, Disneyland Resort Paris invited Tiësto to celebrate the launch of the Space Mountain: Mission 2 ride by offering a live concert in Disneyland Park. Tiësto performed a special remix of the Space Mountain: Mission 2 soundtrack and played many of his own tracks. His Space Mountain: Mission 2 concert also featured French DJ Bob Sinclar. To accommodate Tiësto's fans, the park reopened for a three-hour concert and included a sculpture of the artist behind a turntable that allowed visitors to mix Tiësto's music. He was also the recipient of an Edison music award in the category of Best Dance. Additionally, his influence spread to Dutch national football programming, with the tune "Match of the Day" based on his performance at the Olympic Games being played in all football stadiums before matches.
In the fall of 2005, Tiësto embarked on a successful tour across Central and Eastern Europe, performing in each country to crowds of 10,000 to 15,000 fans. He made stops in Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, and Poland. Tiësto also appeared at the UNITY festival in South Africa, performing at the Gallagher Estate Arena in Midrand, a suburb of Johannesburg, to over 18,000 fans. His U.S. tour as part of "Tiësto in Concert" was surpassed by his appearance at Sensation White in 2006, where he performed for over 45,000 people, making it the world's largest dance event in Amsterdam, Holland. Tickets for the event went on presale on March 10 and sold out within two hours. In 2005, Tiësto made a cameo appearance in the award-winning film "It's All Gone Pete Tong" as himself and contributed the song "Goldrush" to the PlayStation Portable futuristic racing game "Wipeout Pure."
"In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles" was released in 2006, certified Gold in Canada with sales of over 50,000 copies. It also charted, peaking at #34 in Canada and #59 in Austria. The album was launched during the Winter Music Conference at Mansion in South Beach, Miami. To support the release, Tiësto embarked on his "In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour," performing for more than three weeks across Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. On March 19, 2006, during the international Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tiësto played with the official Renault F1 team pit party. He prepared a five-hour set on the Saturday night before the race, during which JES sang "As the Rush Comes." On June 10, 2006, Tiësto held a free open concert for the Volvo Ocean Race in Rotterdam, lasting 75 minutes.
Walt Disney Pictures released "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," and the soundtrack featured the song "He's a Pirate," which Tiësto was asked to remix. He produced a trance anthem and an orchestral remix, both incorporating the original orchestral break. The "Pirates Remixed EP" included the Tiësto remix and a radio edit. The film premiered nationwide on July 7, and the remix was released on July 4. The track later became the first single on Tiësto's album "Elements of Life," marking the beginning of this project.
In September 2006, Tiësto was admitted to the hospital after experiencing chest pain. He was diagnosed with pericarditis and had to cancel a number of shows. As part of his support for Dance4Life, he aimed to raise awareness about the risks of HIV/AIDS among teens.
2007: "Club Life," "Elements of Life," and Global Tour
In April 2007, Tiësto embarked on a new venture by introducing a weekly two-hour radio show titled "Tiësto’s Club Life" on the Dutch radio station Radio 538. This captivating radio show was later broadcast on 1worldspace and its sister station XM Satellite Radio in the United States, featured on Channel 81 BPM as part of their Global Domination lineup during Saturday nights. The show found its home on Radio 538, airing on Friday nights from 22:00 CET to midnight, while on BPM, it delighted listeners on Saturday nights from 8:00 p.m. ET to 10:00 p.m. ET. The first hour of the show was also made available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio podcasts.
On April 16, 2007, Tiësto released his third studio album, "Elements of Life." The album made a significant impact, selling 72,000 units in its April release, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan. During the album's production, Tiësto adopted an innovative approach by sending demos of the music to various artists, who would then respond with their own lyrics, vocals, and duration times for the tracks. For example, he met Christian Burns from BBMak through MySpace, leading to the creation of the single "In the Dark." "Elements of Life" encompassed a diverse range of musical styles, including rock, trance, and experimental music, reflecting Tiësto's evolving style since his previous albums that featured lyrics, "In My Memory" and "Just Be." Notably, producer Brian Transeau collaborated with Tiësto on three tracks, contributing to "Bright Morningstar" and "Sweet Things," while also lending his vocals to the single "Break My Fall." Their collaboration extended beyond the album, with plans to work together again in the upcoming summer. The album's acclaim was further solidified when it received a Grammy Award nomination in the "Best Electronic/Dance Album" category in December 2007. It also achieved gold certifications in Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Romania.
During this period, Streamline Studios, an independent game developer and digital content provider for AAA video games, partnered with Black Hole Recordings, forming a joint venture to provide sound solutions for digital entertainment. Their collaboration included soundtracks for games like Sword of the New World: Granado Espada, Forza Motorsport 2 (featuring Tom Cloud's track "Told You So"), and HoopWorld. To celebrate the release of "In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza," a special launch party was held at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on November 3, 2007. The compilation went on to win the "Best Full Length DJ Mix CD" at the 2008 WMC Awards in Miami.
Tiësto's impressive track record continued with his three previous full-length releases each surpassing the 70,000-unit sales mark. His 2003 2CD compilation, "Nyana," achieved over 87,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. To promote "Elements of Life," he embarked on the "Elements of Life World Tour," which featured shows across the globe. The South and Latin American legs of the tour in January and February drew some of the largest crowds. On January 7, he delivered a remarkable performance for a crowd of 200,000 people on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. On February 16, 2008, he made his South Asian debut, performing in India at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad. It marked a tremendous success for his first show in South Asia. The concert at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November 10, 2007, was another sold-out event. The Copenhagen stop became the backdrop for the "Copenhagen: Elements of Life World Tour" DVD, which was officially launched at a celebration on February 29, 2008, at the IndigO2 club in London.
Tiësto expanded his entrepreneurial endeavors by launching a new club-restaurant concept on June 7, 2007. Named "Cineac," the establishment featured a fusion of Chinese cuisine, dance music, and live entertainment. Tiësto even created the Cineac Anthem, "Happy People," for the venue's inauguration. The club offered guests the opportunity to experience various modern music styles mixed by renowned top DJs. Later, the establishment was renamed "The Mansion."
In November 2007, Tiësto partnered with Reebok to introduce the new 'Tiësto shoe.' This exclusive footwear came in a special limited-edition Tiësto & Reebok shoebox, which included a bonus CD featuring Tiësto's "Elements of Life" album and a bonus disc. Only 1,000 pairs were available for sale in the Netherlands. This collaboration with Reebok was not the first; Tiësto and Reebok had previously launched "Run the DJ Tiësto," another shoe release with Tiësto as one of the designers. Tiësto expanded his footprint in the tech industry when he was selected by Microsoft to launch its new Vista operating system for the Dutch market. This placed him on par with Robbie Williams, who performed a similar role in the United Kingdom. The partnership included a Vista application specially developed for Tiësto, which garnered more than a thousand downloads from his website each day during its initial week of availability. The application featured a Tiësto toolbar for easy organization and a plug-in application that allowed fans to stay informed in real-time, receiving live alerts on Tiësto's gigs, appearances, and new music releases. The application was unveiled at the Vista launch event in Amsterdam on January 29.
2008: Summer Tour, Armani Collaboration, and Privilege Residency
In 2008, Tiësto made a significant announcement about his residency at Privilege, a club officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest. He took the stage in Ibiza every Monday from July 7 to September 22, treating the audience to four-hour sets reminiscent of his beloved "In Search of Sunrise" series. This connection with the white isle inspired his 2007 release, "In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza." During these residencies, Tiësto curated a lineup of guest DJs, personally selecting artists like Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari, Sander van Doorn, and special appearances by Fonzerelli and Airbase.
Tiësto also made waves in the music world by releasing "Elements of Life: Remixed" on April 28. This album featured a recompilation of the "Elements of Life" album, with remixed versions of all songs except "He's A Pirate," which was replaced by "No More Heroes." The latter was a collaborative production with the eclectic performance trio, Blue Man Group. This track was a reinterpretation of the song "Heroes" from Tiësto's previous album, "Parade of the Athletes."
In mid-2008, Tiësto embarked on his "In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008," presented by Armani Exchange. This tour kicked off on May 23 and concluded at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 13. The tour, which was in support of his forthcoming "In Search of Sunrise" compilation, was part of an exclusive sponsorship partnership. As part of this collaboration, a special limited edition 3-CD set and exclusive apparel were created. Additionally, a best-of CD from Tiësto's own label, Black Hole Recordings, was announced and titled "10 Years of Black Hole Recordings."
Tiësto had another remarkable achievement in August 2008 when he became the first DJ to perform at London's iconic O2 Arena. As part of his "In Search of Sunrise 7" summer tour, the event was a resounding success with a capacity crowd of 20,000 attendees. The event featured a mesmerizing 200 square meters of LED wall, a powerful 200,000-watt sound system, and an additional 300,000 watts of lighting. Earlier on the same day, Tiësto delighted fans with an in-store performance at the Armani Exchange location on Regent Street in central London.
As the 2008 Olympic Games unfolded in August, Ultra Records from New York revealed its partnership with Coca-Cola for the WE8 bottle campaign. This promotion celebrated Coca-Cola's sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics, with a focus on art and music. Tiësto was one of the eight musicians chosen to create tracks inspired by specially designed Coke bottles. For his part, he produced a song inspired by the bottle design created by Xiao Xue, titled "Global Harmony." This collaboration marked his second involvement with the Olympics and Coca-Cola, as he had previously participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics and created a song for Coca-Cola's television commercial titled "Searching." The song "Corona and Lime" by Shwayze even featured Tiësto's name in the lyrics, referencing "bump techno by DJ Tiësto."
In November, Tiësto was approached to remix Maroon 5's "Not Falling Apart" from their album "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." This remix was part of "Call and Response: The Remix Album," featuring a variety of the band's favorite artists. The exclusive Tiësto remix of "Not Falling Apart" became the only version of the song included in the remix album, which was officially released on December 8. On November 29, Tiësto, Sied van Riel, Leon Bolier, Joop, and MC Gunner organized a benefit concert at The Sand in Amsterdam, supported by Dance4Life. The proceeds from the event went to the foundation to support the Schools4Life project in the following year.
To ring in the new year, Tiësto performed on New Year's Eve at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and the next day at the Bell Centre in Montreal, marking the conclusion of his "In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008" and the beginning of 2009.
2009: Return to Privilege, "Kaleidoscope," and Tour
In June 2009, Tiësto prepared to make a triumphant return to Privilege for the second consecutive year, crafting a unique production for his Monday night residency. Privilege had previously earned its place as the world's largest club, officially recognized by the Guinness World Records. Simultaneously, Tiësto was set to make history as the first DJ to perform for a massive crowd of 25,000 people at an exclusive outdoor concert in Victoria Park, London. With these exciting developments on the horizon, he announced that his new album, "Kaleidoscope," was set to be released on October 6, 2009. The album's first single, "I Will Be Here," featuring Sneaky Sound System, was already gaining momentum as it hit the airwaves in July 2009.
To release "Kaleidoscope," Tiësto introduced a new record label called "Musical Freedom." This move marked a significant transition away from his previous label, Black Hole Recordings, as Tiësto's music continued to evolve in a new direction. He felt that his artistic focus was shifting away from the style that Black Hole Recordings was originally established to support.
As part of his upcoming "Kaleidoscope World Tour," set to commence in late September, Tiësto announced his intention to engage his audiences in a whole new way. His decision to part ways with Black Hole Recordings was just one step in this exciting evolution. In this new chapter, he would continue to explore fresh musical horizons and connect with his fans on an even deeper level.
Tiësto's influence extended beyond the world of electronic dance music as he contributed a techno-flavored track to the upcoming album "Laws of Power" by the Memphis rap duo Three 6 Mafia. The track, titled "Feel It," featured collaborations with Flo Rida and Sean Kingston, showcasing his versatility and creative exploration.
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