He is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone, and “The Godfather of EDM” as proclaimed by Billboard. After making history in 2004 as the first DJ to open the Olympic Games, he remains a sought-after headliner everywhere from Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, to Tomorrowland. From his high-profile residency at Hakkasan to his crossover success, Tiësto created the blueprint that defines what it means to be a success in today’s dance music world.
Despite his sonic evolution, he says he has never lost his connection with the crowd. “I grew up being a real DJ, so I have the ability to feel the audience reacting to what I’m playing. I can grab them and take them on a journey. That’s why I’ve been around for so long.”
Tiësto has ushered dance music into one new era after another. He began as an originator of the genre known as “trance,” but bringing an entire genre into the global spotlight wasn’t enough. His music evolved from Progressive House to more club-centric hits, and now to an exciting new blend of radio-ready dance music.