The latest news outlet to profile Dutch mega DJ Tiesto is CNN, who posted a four minute video with the man for its “Talk Asia” program yesterday. CNN calls out his Delerium remix as the tipping point in his career, and highlights his recent collaborations with more well-known names like Gotye and Kanye West. Tiesto calls his music “happy,” and credits Belgium as the original birthplace of what has evolved to “EDM.”
He says that he first realized the viability of DJing as a career around 15 years ago, and says that “I’m a real DJ — I can read a crowd really well.” He went on to add that “most of the other DJs are more like producers — they get famous because they make hits, but I’m more from the other way around.” The festival footage incorporated into the video isn’t particularly epic, but it’s nice to see Tijs in a different setting from a main stage or club. Check out the ventire video on CNN.
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything! (more…)
://www.dancingastronaut.com/2012/02/gym-class-heroes-ft-neon-hitch-ass-back-home-ken-loi-remix-preview/” target=”_blank”>Ass Back Home,” and his Play Me EP. He’s back with another quality offering, “Angels,” which premiered on Tiesto’s Club Life 269. Loi maintains the coquettish vocals of the original but breathes new life into the track with a melodic build and swirling synths. We’re keeping this San Fransiscan producer on our radar because we expect big things from him — and so does Tiesto.
A few weeks ago, a list of the world’s richest DJs started making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. We were skeptical to say the least, given the lack of supporting information or any kind of reputable source. Now, however, Forbes has weighed in with their very own list of the World’s Highest Paid DJs, and we finally feel comfortable sharing this information with you.
Unsurprisingly, the one and only Tiesto, tops the list, and Forbes says that he has earnings of $22 million, “buoyed by an average nightly gross of $250,000.” Considering the insane number of partnerships and non-DJ ventures he has, this one was obvious. Skrillex takes number #2 with $15 million in earnings, followed by Swedish House Mafia at $14 million and David Guetta with $13.5 million. Surprisingly enough, the last member of the top five is Steve Aoki, who reportedly earned around $12 million (but also played over 200 shows in the last year).
Boom. Hot on the heels of a cryptic teaser showcasing footage of Los Angeles, we have official confirmation that Tiesto will be playing the Staples Center on October 20th, 2012. With a capacity of just over 18,000, Tiesto will not be breaking his own record that he set at the Home Depot Center last year, but it’s definitely a high profile venue that will inevitably sell out for the high profile DJ and producer. You may recall that Kaskade recently sold out the space for his Freaks of Nature Tour, which was also streamed online for the world. We’re not yet sure if Tiesto will take the same route, but if you’re reading this Tijs, just know, we’d really appreciate it if you do.
Tiesto is taking a page from Swedish House Mafia’s (former) playbook, releasing a cryptic teaser for what looks like a massive show in Los Angeles this October. The YouTube video is simply titled “Coming October 2012,” and combines footage from Tiesto’s live shows with sweeping shots of the City of Angels, all atop the chilling intro sequence for “Chasing Summers.”
It’s worth noting that there are no announced LA dates for Tiesto’s upcoming Club Life Invasion Tour 2012, but that he will already be playing three shows in California October 17, 18, and 19th. Will Tiesto try to break his own record and top his enormous Home Depot Center show that went down last October? Hopefully we’ll be finding out soon.
Angger Dimas has done it again. The “wow” factor is in full effect on this latest remix to Tiesto and Steve Aoki’s under-appreciated collaboration, “Tornado.” Dimas borrows from the original song’s lead but slows it down just enough to prepare us for the epic drop. The cross between electro house and Dutch bleep madness is giving us a hard time dubbing it to a specific genre — but in typical fashion, Dimas never works within the confines of a single sound. Details are on the release are as limited as the length of this teaser clip. One thing’s for sure: we can’t wait to hear this track in its entirety.
Between his iPhone app, headphone line, firstclothing line, self-branded radio show, and a previous partnership with Armani Exchange, there aren’t many avenues of marketing that Tiesto hasn’t explored. Well, not to be one-upped by his younger Swedish counterpart, Avicii, Tijs has just announced a new partnership with Guess, proving that Tim Bergling isn’t the only DJ who can pick up a corporate sponsor.
In August, a “new multi-functional” limited edition Tiesto watch will be released, with a full apparel collection to follow in October for both women and men. Among the selections mentioned are “skinny-fit jeans” and “graphic print T-shirts reminiscent of the digital light shows and video projections during a Tiesto performance.” Even though Tiesto’s teamed up with another huge corporate name, the CLVB LVFE clothing brand will still continue to grow and be a separate brand.
It was a crazy Tuesday in the world of music news, but we here at Dancing Astronaut don’t like to leave our readers hanging. That’s why we’re sharing the Best of the Rest — the stuff we didn’t get a chance to post earlier in the day, but think you should know about anyway. We’ve got a few new previews, some free material to download, and a few good articles from around the web. Follow along while we complete your daily dance music education with the Best of the Rest, for Tuesday July 10th, 2012.
We don’t know much about Canadian producer Benji but his debut single, “Steel Eyes,” has us curious. Progressive house is currently one of the most stagnant sub genres of dance music so we weren’t expecting much from the tune — however, Benji’s effort is enchanting. The track employs a variety of catchy elements like an acoustic guitar and indie vocals while maintaining the synths we’ve come to expect from productions of the progressive house persuasion. We hope his future projects continue to mesh unexpected elements with the more typical sounds.