Tiesto Interview

DJ TIËSTO IN MALTA FOR THE CISK EXPORT WORLD CLASS EVENT

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Music comes in all styles and Cisk Export refreshes them all. From pop to jazz, dance to rock, Cisk Export is present at most local music events and is associated with top artists.

In fact, DJ Tiesto, winner of the Best Club DJ 2002 at the Dancestar Awards, performed at The Cisk Export World Class Event in September 2002 at Buskett Roadhouse.

The Cisk Export World Class Event, besides featuring the number one guest DJ Tiesto, also included a line-up of the best Maltese DJs namely Ruby, Trevor C, J Joy, K Man, Conrad SK, Matt Fenech, N Heaven, Kevin White, Matthew B, Franco, Miss Roberta, Blade, Jewel T, and Supermario who rocked the crowds with their dance music till the early morning hours.

DJ Tiesto arrived in Malta from his Area 2 tour with David Bowie, Busta Rhymes and Moby, Carl Cox and John Digweed, touring 12 cities near Washington D.C. in U.S.A.

Tiesto achieved his first success with his own “Magik” series. He released his first solo album, “In My Memory” last year, and made a big hit with his new single “Flight 643”. Recently, he received the Dancestar Award for “Best Club DJ”. Other famous nominees in this category included Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, John Digweed, Fergie, Sasha and Fatboy Slim. Ccurrently performing at the best international clubs and parties, Tiesto is one of the few who has the ability to take the crowd on a true magic journey.

Below is an interview of the Dutch Trance Maestro prior to his debut in Malta at the Buskett Roadhouse by Francesc Pau from Dansezee Magazine.

DANSEZEE: WHERE DID IT ALL START OFF FOR YOU?
TIESTO: I started off about 16 years ago back in my native Holland. I was 19 at the time. It all took off for me when I started producing my own records. When I remixed Delerium’s “Silence”, well, that was my big break.

D: IT’S SAFE TO ASSUME THAT YOU’RE A MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYER IN THE TRANCE SCENE. A PASSION FOR WHAT YOU DO MUST BE PRETTY INSTRUMENTAL IN REACHING THIS HEIGHT…
T: I always felt the need to share the music I like with other people. That gives me so much joy, so yes, there is a big passion there.

D: A FRIEND OF MINE SAW YOU AT THE 1999 INNER CITY FESTIVAL. HE THOUGHT HE DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN AFTER HEARING YOUR SET…WAS THAT GIG A MEMORABLE ONE FOR YOU?
T: Yes, it was my first big breakthrough as a DJ. I was so overwhelmed with the response I got that I burst out crying after the set! (aaaah… – Ed.). Before that I was growing steadily through the underground scene, so to see people reacting like that to my set…it surpassed all my expectations. I’ll never forget that night.

D: ARE THERE ANY DJs THAT YOU MAKE AN EFFORT NOT TO MISS THEM PLAYING WHEN POSSIBLE?
T: Well, not anymore, as I’ve seen them all. Dave Clarke, Danny Tenaglia, Oakenfold…I like a lot of DJs. Besides, my schedule gets in the way nowadays (Gerry did inform me earlier that last month alone Tiesto flew around 47 times – my jaw dropped!)

D: YOU SEEM TO HAVE STRUCK A CHORD WITH BOTH THE UNDERGROUND AND THE COMMERCIAL SCENE. DO YOU PURPOSELY RELEASE DIFFERENT TRACKS AND DO DIFFERENT SETS TO KEEP BOTH PARTIES HAPPY?
T: Yes, I make sure everybody enjoys what I mix as a DJ. Keeping clubbers happy is pretty high on my list of priorities, as well as keeping myself happy. To do that I work very hard and I am very meticulous in my approach to DJing and producing.

D: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A TRACK?
T: A sense of emotion that touches me, as well as a lot of energy. I like a lot of Techno tracks and other styles of music. As long as it meets my criteria, I play it.

D: IN YOUR ARTIST ALBUM, YOU SHOW A DIVERSE AND REFRESHING RANGE OF INFLUENCES. WHAT WOULD YOUR MAJOR INFUENCES BE?
T: I pick up a lot of influences from DJing around the world. Whether it’s Trance, Techno or Chillout, I just gather all that and put it in my productions as well as my sets.

D: DO YOU HAVE A MUSICAL PHILOSOPHY?
T: Yes. It’s hard to translate my philosophy exactly in English, but what I can tell you is that I live for music – it’s another way to communicate with people.

D: WHERE DO YOU ENJOY PLAYING THE MOST?
T: I like to play in Israel a lot…you seem very surprised.

D: I AM. ISN’T ISRAEL THE ADOPTED HOME OF PSYCHEDELIC/GOA TRANCE? YOUR SETS ARE SO DIVERSE FROM THAT SCENE…
T: It’s the reason why I became so popular in Israel. The Goa Trance scene has become too extreme for a lot of the people there. When I play in Israel, people seem to see it as an uplifting alternative. I personally don’t like extremes – I stay in the middle, and it has worked very well for me.

D: WHAT DO YOU PREFER: PRODUCTION OR DJING?
T: Both are very important to me. I like to produce tracks and immediately play them out to a crowd. There’s definitely more pressure when I DJ because of the expectancy of the crowd…it can be like fireworks out there. Producing’s less of a pressure – I can take more time on it.

D: ANY MORE PROJECTS COMING UP WITH FERRY CORSTEN? YOU TWO TOGETHER ARE DYNAMITE…
T: We did a lot of stuff together under different projects. But our careers as artists and DJs took off big time, so that keeps us apart. It’s pretty difficult to give you an answer to this question at the moment. Maybe someday…

D: HOW LONG WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL SET AND WHY?
T: It depends. Could be 2,3, or 6 hours. I’ve just flown in from a 7-hour set at Godskitchen in Britain. I just prepare myself according to the number of hours I’m given, and I do it.

D: WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF BEING A DJ?
T: The best part is…well, there’s a lot of good parts. I mean, it always feels like you constantly winning a lottery. You get to travel around the world, get treated very well and meet a lot of people, as well as getting a huge sense of satisfaction out of making a lot of people go crazy by playing music!

D: …AND THE WORST?
T: The worst is the flying. Flying a lot kills me…

D: ON A FINAL NOTE, WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR TIESTO?
T: Quite a lot. I’m working with a couple of very big artists…I cannot mention them yet, but if you ask me in a few weeks time, I might tell you. I’ll also be working on a new artist album to be released early next year.