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Tiesto’s Timeline

Tiesto

1969

Born

Born

Tijs Michiel Verwest (Tiësto) was born in Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands on January 17, 1969

1985

Musical Beginning

Musical Beginning

He had an interest for music since the age of twelve. When he was fourteen he decided to dedicate more time to it and began DJing professionally at school parties and then moved on to become a resident DJ between 1985 and 1994 at several clubs in the Netherlands after his manager and friend Wilfred encouraged him.  However, it was at The Spock, a small club in Breda, where he was able to fine-tune his own style by playing in a separate room from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on weekends. In the beginning of his career as a DJ..Read More

1997

First Recording Label

First Recording Label

In 1997 he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the famous Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series.

1999

Making of “Gouryella”

Making of “Gouryella”

In 1999 and 2000 he collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella.

2001

The First Solo Album “In My Memory”

The First Solo Album “In My Memory”

In 2001 he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career as well as his remix of Delerium’s “Silence” featuring Sarah McLachlan which exposed him to more mainstream audiences.

2004

A Myth Is Rising

A Myth Is Rising

As his popularity rose in the early 2000s he became the first DJ to perform to a large crowd without any other DJs or opening acts. He was crowned the “World’s No.1 DJ” 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004.

2004

The First DJ To Play Live On stage At An Olympics Games

The First DJ To Play Live On stage At An Olympics Games

Just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004, at the Summer Olympics he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens, Greece becoming the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics Games. Tracks he made especially for the Olympics were mixed together and released as the mix compilation Parade of the Athletes later that year. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2004 by Queen Beatrix.

2005

2005–2006: Worldwide popularity and touring

2005–2006: Worldwide popularity and touring

In late 2004 he began his touring across Latin America, with his release of In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama in which he gained influence from the sun and sand in summer in 2002, the tour continued in 2005 and Tiësto performed live at Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Colombia. Following the tours, In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America was released in 2005, featuring a second CD for the first time in the In Search of Sunrise series. This was the first DJ mix compilation in almost a year since Nyana and World Leader...Read More

2007

2007: Club Life, Elements of Life and world tour

2007: Club Life, Elements of Life and world tour

On April 6, 2007 Tiësto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio show called Tiësto’s Club Life on Dutch radio station Radio 538. Both 1worldspace and sister XM Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show on Channel 81 BPM as part of their Global Domination lineup on Saturday nights. The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between 22:00 CET and midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET. The first hour is also available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio..Read More

2008

2008: Summer Tour, Armani deal and Privilege residency

2008: Summer Tour, Armani deal and Privilege residency

Tiësto announced his residence at Privilege which was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as being the largest club in the world. He played in Ibiza every Monday, from July 7 until September 22. The gigs consisted of four hour sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise series. In 2007 he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island. The residencies also featured the performance of guest deejays, all selected by Tiësto, such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and Sander van Doorn as well..Read More

2009

2009: Privilege return, Kaleidoscope and tour

2009: Privilege return, Kaleidoscope and tour

A sole production will be prepared for Tiësto from June 8 to September 27 for his return at club Privilege for the second year in a row on Monday nights, after a successful year as a resident in 2008. He will also be the first DJ to perform for 25,000 people at an exclusive outdoor concert in Victoria Park, London. More announcements were made about the production of the album since he will work on the tracks during his time in Privilege. On April the partnership among Tiësto and Armani grew as Armani released a watch collection known as A|X:..Read More

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