Tiësto doesn’t really do moderation, and that’s exactly the way we like it. Who else could pull off the famously bejeweled headphones and infamously skintight shirts? Avicii? David Guetta? Afrojack? No way.
Fashion sense aside, it’s been another fabulously successful year for the ‘World’s Biggest DJ’ (as his podcast likes to proclaim). We’ll remember 2011 as the year in which dance music officially (re)arrived in the United States — a cultural development for which Tiësto deserves much credit. If Vegas really is the new Ibiza, we can thank Tiësto’s lucrative residency at the Joint (as well as Kaskade’s run at Marquee), which emphatically demonstrated that EDM DJs are worth the investment. Of course, in typical fashion, the man wasn’t satisfied with bringing Club Life to Sin City. He wanted to make dance music a national phenomenon. The College Invasion tour, capped by a record-breaking performance at the Home Depot Center, brought EDM to an entirely new generation of fans.
The Dutchman’s relentless November schedule included an intimate stop at Playhouse Hollywood, where he was joined by Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso. Luckily, we were there to catch the action. Here are the five tracks you need to know.
1. Example vs Quintino & Sandro Silva – Epic The Way You Kissed Me (Hardwell Mashup)
We love this one because of how clean but effective the break is. It’s felt, not heard.
2. Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party – Antidote
Why is Knife Party so good? Because they know how to do electro tastefully. Wolfgang Gartner aside, the sub-genre has become a little too harsh and overproduced for our liking. Here’s hoping intelligent electro makes a comeback in 2012. Listen to the track here.
3. Tommy Trash – The End vs. Save the World (Acapella)
Tommy Trash is one to watch in 2012. The Australian has gone from strength to strength this year, and we’re expecting big things from him soon. Tommy is a big reason that we’re excited about electro’s future. On the night, Tiësto paired the original mix with the vocals from “Save the World.”
4. Crookers – Dr. Gonzo Anthem
Crookers! Where have you guys been? We missed you!
5. AC/DC – Thunderstruck (Crookers Remix)
We love Crookers because they’re never afraid to experiment with new styles and sounds. The Italian duo remain one of the most creative teams in world, and we can’t wait for them to come back to the States.