Riding on a series of successful collaborations, from “Lose Themselves” with Major Lazer to “Massive Mutation” with Jordan Ferrer, Moska previews his first solo track, “Cartagena,” named after the city in his home country of Colombia. 2013 has seen tremendous growth from the young producer, including performances at Summerland, Hakkasan, the MGM Grand and even the big league festival Tommorowland. Moska continues to blow up the dance music scene as he finishes up the year on tour with Laidback Luke, hitting cities across the United States and Canada. Tiesto’s Latin mentee has high hopes for an even bigger 2014, and “Cartagena” proves to be a perfect blend of synths and snares that leaves us excited for what’s to come. The full song will be released on December 10th through Beatport via Cr2 Records.
Release: December 10
It may be shocking, after glancing over Martin Garrix‘s incredibly impressive resume, to find out that he’s racked up those accolades in such a brief tenure. In the last month alone, the Dutch talent has had the number one single in the UK and inked a deal with Scooter Braun. In between receiving awards and making worldwide headlining appearances, though, Garrix has returned to the studio with fellow newcomer Jay Hardway to recreate the magic that did them so well on “Error 404.” The pair’s newest collaboration, “Wizard,” has been the center of attention for big room fans in anticipation of its release. Returning to the “Animals“-inspired style, a minimalist bassline kicks in, making for a record Tiësto‘s used to show off his take on The Finger Piano Player. With much of the music world’s attention, the two world-class DJs have taken all expectations and exceeded them. While Martin continues to thrive in the spotlight and reach untold milestones for someone of his age, Jay Hardway gains even more certainly deserved recognition from the dance music community with a surely chart-topping release on Spinnin’.
With well over 15 million Facebook fans, campaigns with internationally renowned brands like Guess and Acer and iconic standing as one of electronic music’s superstars, Tiësto has become more than just a producer and has fully embraced his role as a pop culture legend with a voice in the new and next. The Dutch DJ never stays idle for long and recently announced his latest collaboration with dance platform Club Judge. Tijs act as strategic advisor to the website that aims to nourish an online community to connect friends and like-minded individuals interested in sharing experiences and opinions on clubs, events, music and DJs. Described as a global platform made “for clubbers, by clubbers,” Club Judge offers users the chance to interact with international ‘judges’ like Tiesto and nab coveted guest list spots for events by following their favorite DJs.
The dance music platform is aimed to land in over 1,000 cities and available in 25 languages. Club Judge is currently available in Belgium and Ibiza and will continue to improve and develop throughout their 2014 roll-out release.
España’s youngest DJ/producer, Danny Avila, wows the dance community once again with his newest big room hit, “Poseidon.” The 18-year-old Tiësto protégé brings fans a high energy, dance floor anthem that features bouncing percussion, sharp crescendos, stabbing synths and an intense bass line of the harder house variety. Beginning 2013 as one of dance music’s up and coming artists to watch out for, Avila dominated the year with festival showcases from Ultra‘s main stage to EDC and Coachella, as well as global performances from the UK to South Africa and plenty of countries in-between. “Poseidon,” released through Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom, cements Avila as a proven force to be reckoned with and we can only wait to see what Madrid’s young producer has up his sleeve for 2014.
Three years ago, nearly to date, Kanye West released his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It was 2010; festival popularity was bubbling in electronic music and Tiësto was at the helm of it all. So Kanye enlisted Tijs to remix one of his Dark Fantasy records, “Lost In The World,” and it had soon been premiered at Ultra Music Festival 2011. At that time, Tiësto said “I spoke to Kanye a couple of weeks ago, and he told me it’s going to be his new single. The remix is going to come out a lot later than expected.”
Over one year later, he played the remix on his Club Life show for it’s first ever radio play. By now, Kanye was onto new material, and it was apparent that the remix would not be his next single as promised, but Tiësto’s take on “Lost In The World” lives on through a timeless radio rip.
Premiered yesterday as an exclusive from Pete Tong, Tiësto’s latest undertaking, “Red Lights,” comes alongside his move to Universal Music Group’s Republic Records and his announcement of an artist album for 2014. For some, the record may feel foreign in the sense that it opens with soft guitar strings overlaid with male vocals — an approach unlike many past Tiësto productions. On the other hand, listeners should find familiarity in the track’s sanguine nature and stacking, progressive synths, strongly reminiscent of Avicii‘s style. While more of a listening record than one to be played at a club or festival, he finds a stable middle ground in “Red Lights,” coalescing emotive singing with the alacrity of electronic music. Although some artists are criticized for “carelessly” slapping vocals on top of a beat, the lyrics’ high-end structure and integrity prove otherwise here.
Release: December 17th (US) February 23rd (UK)
With the launch of his new moniker, TST, Tiësto re-integrates himself into the dance music community with his latest effort, “Out Of Control.” A collaboration with fellow Dutchman Alvaro, the high-powered record blurs the line between Dutch and electro house, marrying the genres effortlessly. The track is structured around a rush of stabbing chords that swell to a full-bodied and dramatic peak before being swept out with a flood of synths. Once again gaining momentum after a brief lull in originals, the two execute “Out Of Control” in commanding form.
If you’re wondering why Tiësto has created a new alter-ego, his tweet from several days prior should provide the answer:
Calvin Harris and Tiësto find themselves ranked by Forbes… again. Both forces currently occupy the top spots of this year’s highest paid DJs list while Calvin, who owned number one, had also been named one of the top-earning celebrities under 30. Now the fat-pocketed EDM stars land on a list surrounded by the biggest names in music.
Forbes “World’s Highest Paid Musicians 2013″ has Madonna at the helm with yearly earnings of $125 million (due to a ruling that makes Michael Jackson and his $160 million ineligible), Lady Gaga fills the two spot with $80 million, and Bon Jovi ranks a close third at $79 million. Legends such as Elton John and Coldplay along with pop and rock stars make up the majority of the list while other genres have only a few figures ranked.
Country has four representatives including the likes of Toby Keith and Taylor Swift, hip-hop holds place with three ranked moguls in Diddy, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre… and then there’s dance music. With two iconic DJs, dance’s presence is fortified by Calvin Harris at 14 with $46 million and Tiësto at 26 with $32 million.
To put dance music’s place on Forbes world’s highest paid musicians of 2013 list into better perspective: the genre is only one member short of matching an international triumvirate such as hip-hop’s, Calvin Harris ranked higher than Jay Z in a year that had the rapper-gone-businessman emerge as a full-on tycoon, and Tiësto tied Pink to extend the list after a year of arena-shaking and album-dropping.
Photo Credit: Rukes
Tiësto is moving at a speedy pace as 2014 approaches. Coming off a year that had his Stockholm compilation charting across the globe, he’s already moving forward with a new album. Broadening the horizons of his brand, Tijs has launched clublifebytiesto.com, a new site dedicated to Club Life interaction between fans and his world of music, travel, culture, art, and fashion. The site takes on the rapidly trending Pinterest model with seemingly unlimited scrolling and content made to be more easily shared — loaded as a myriad of photos and very few words. Club Life by Tiësto has also incorporated merchandise for purchase.
In Tiësto‘s latest episode of his behind-the-scenes series, ‘In the Booth,’ viewers follow the Dutch electronic superstar into a meeting at Universal Music Group’s Republic Records. In the short minute and a half clip, Tiësto gracefully announces his latest signing with UMG’s Republic Records and progress on his upcoming 2014 album. Despite his already iconic standing as a pioneer of electronic music, it seems like the producer doesn’t have plans to bow out of the game anytime soon. “It would be really cool to have an album that’s Top 10 all over the world,” Tiësto explains. “With a partner like Universal, that’s a lot easier … They help me work on tracks, they can help me to get bigger feature singers to make this super epic album.” We see a quick listening session between the two parties and hear a preview of “Footprints,” a festival-hit he debuted at Tomorrowworld – but fans will have to wait just a bit longer for the official release as the clip reveals that two unknown singles will likely be released before “Footprints” debuts before the launch of his next LP.