In the modern era, musicians tour more than at any other point in history. This phenomenon stems from continuous developments in transportation technology, as well as the shift from album royalties to booking fees as the primary form of monetization for artists. For electronic musicians, the need to tour is especially high. As the dance music market continues to explode into the mainstream and innumerable new releases come out each year, it’s essential for DJs and producers to make their names known by way of live performance.
The combination of these factors has led two of electronic music’s most prolific acts to become the most traveled musicians in history: Tiësto and Paul van Dyk. According to a TravelBird survey, which tracked all international and local tours from the beginning of each recording artist’s career to the present day (and the miles accrued with each tour), Tiësto has traveled the highest cumulative distance. The Dutch artist’s miles traveled are enough to journey to the moon and back to earth 6.54 times.
Paul van Dyk, even after having been out of commission for a prolonged period last year, has clocked in enough miles to make the same astronomical venture 6.04 times.
Bob Dylan and Metallica rank as the third and fourth most-traveled artists on the list, with the equivalents to 5.82 and 5.48 round-trip lunar travels, respectively. The Rolling Stones hold the seventh-place spot.
Tiësto and Paul van Dyk both began their careers in the early 1990s, helping to pioneer trance music and propel it into the mainstream during its heyday in the late ’90s and early aughts. Tiësto has since moved on to big room, becoming an international superstar during EDM’s resurgence post-2010, while van Dyk remains as one of the most beloved figures in trance. Despite their different trajectories, they continue to tour enough to strive for another lunar journey.
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H/T: DJ Mag