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Tiësto Interview

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Even though Tiësto is arguably the biggest DJ in the world, he was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of my questions via email. Although, the interview was over email, I got the jist that Tiësto is a pretty cool dude. His newest record Kaleidoscope caught my attention when I saw that he collaborated with Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós. He brings his Kaleidoscope World Tour to the Electric Factory tomorrow night. Why not spend your Wednesday night at a dance party with Tiësto?


Photo Courtesy of Ultra Records

You have an all-star cast of guests on Kaleidoscope(Jónsi of Sigur Rós, Tegan & Sara, Nelly Furtado, more). How did you decide on the artists you wanted on the record?

I picked people to work with whose music really inspired me.  That was the only criteria.

What was the writing process like for this record? Especially with the songs that have guest appearances on them. Did you write the track then give it to the specific artists? Were some tracks harder than others?

The creative process was amazing. When it came to working with them, it usually started with me producing and coming up with the idea behind the song, then we would exchange ideas back and forth until it was done

What city has been your favorite so far on this tour? Are you looking forward to any specific cities?

The opening nights in New York City were unforgettable and a perfect way to start things off.  The scene is exploding in North America and the fans have brought a lot of energy and a great vibe to each of the shows so far.

Who’s the last artist you listened to?

A young band from the UK called Ou Est Le Swimming Pool.  I am excited to see where these guys go

What’s the last record you bought?

Florence And The Machine‘s new album Lungs.

Who/what inspires you?

Musically I have had many different inspirations lately. I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house.  Artists like Sigur Rós, Bloc Party, MGMT, Phoenix, Cut Copy and Boys Noize have been making some excellent music recently.

What’s your favorite thing about playing live?

Performing live is very important.  For me, my favorite part is creating an experience that is unique and that people will never forget.  From the production to the music that I play, pushing the boundaries is something that I always strive to do.


Written by Colin Kerrigan

October 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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