Trance giant Tiesto set for Edinburgh date
Whatever you might think of Tiësto you cannot deny he’s perhaps the world’s most successful DJ. He was the first DJ to play a solo stadium show (rocking 25,000 people at Arnhem’s Gelredome in 2003); he was the first DJ to play at an Olympic Games opening ceremony (Athens, 2004); he headlines numerous festivals across the globe and topped DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs in 2002, 2003 and 2004 (and has come in second or third every subsequent year).
‘Being picked as the number one DJ in the world is a great honour, but I try not to think too much about labels,’ explains Tiësto (real name Tijs Michiel Verwest). ‘I truly love producing and performing, and I’m happiest when I’m connecting with my fans. If I didn’t love what I’m doing, none of my success could have happened. I really just concentrate on playing great sets and producing the best new music I possibly can.’
And this 12,000 capacity show should be something special, as the Dutch master will be promoting his latest album Kaleidoscope, which features collaborations with the likes of Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Nelly Furtado and Calvin Harris. Tiësto aims to makes sure every set is an event. ‘I like to push the boundaries to deliver a special live show. I strive to make every performance an experience. When you are blessed to have such a large gathering at a show, you better have something that people walk away from feeling like it was one of the best times of their life.’
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 6 Mar