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by jason cheah
Get ready to rock: Tiësto is bringing his Club Life mega-party to the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor this Saturday.
Dutch deejay Tiësto is raring to lift Sepang to the heavens this weekend.
NO matter where he stands these days, legendary Dutch deejay Tiësto will always have a special place in the hearts of Malaysian electronic dance music fans, even when he does cross over his music from his signature trance to a house music.
Voted “The Greatest DJ Of All Time” by Mixmag in 2011 and with a Grammy nomination on his belt, Tiësto has taken the electronic dance music genre to new heights.
With over 14 million likes on Facebook, 1.5 million followers on Twitter, close to 400 million views (and 800,000 subscribers) on YouTube and his globally syndicated Club Life Radio podcast, Tiësto is truly a universal phenomenon.
It’s been two years since he last played to an adoring local audience of 25,000, and the 44-year-old Dutchman, also known as Tijs Verwest, has been looking forward to coming to play in Malaysia again.
“No doubt it’s going to be an amazing show. I can’t wait to see my fans and throw the biggest party of the year,” he assured in an interview via e-mail.
This round of visits comes at the end of a typically heavy schedule this summer with appearances all over North America before heading to Asia.
Just looking at his website sees him playing five days solid, starting in China and ending in Malaysia, before taking a short break and then flying back to Amsterdam in time to play at the Ziggo Arena during the Amsterdam Dance Event conference and festival later this month.
Once again, Future Sound Asia will host the Malaysian leg as Tiësto returns to Sepang International Circuit this Saturday for this tour, billed as his Club Life Tour. Club Life has become something of a brand name of sorts for Tiësto in the past few years, with his recent series of mix albums and his radio podcast show.
“I’m always travelling the world and being that every city is so unique, I launched the compilation series off my podcast of the same name.
“The mixes – Las Vegas, Miami and now Stockholm – have a distinct flavour of the city they’re based on,” he explained.
The heavy summer schedule is pretty much an annual routine for Tiësto and in nearly two decades in the business, the love of the music and performing has kept him pretty busy and continuing to deejay and produce more music.
“It’s never hard to keep busy because I’m always working on new projects musically, touring and even collaborating with Guess on a new fashion line,” he said.
And while he produces his own music, he also keeps tabs (usually via his label Musical Freedom) on future talent and has just started a remix competition in partnership with leading digital dance music retail website Beatport.
“I figured this could be a great way to discover a fan who also has some serious production chops,” he explained.
While he’s always on the lookout for new talent, there’s his own music to keep writing. It has been a few years since the release of his studio album Kaledeiscope (2009) and his Allure project Kiss From The Past (2011).
“Yes, I’m working on my new artiste album that is due for release in 2014,” he said.
One for the fans indeed, and certainly, while receiving awards and accolades of being top deejay in various media and polls is something he appreciates, he definitely puts his fans first.
“It’s humbling to be acknowledged in such a way, but to me having fans that take great joy out of my music and dancing with me at my shows is far more fulfilling,” he noted.
Future Sound Asia presents Tiësto: Club Life at the Sepang International Circuit this Saturday.Rising global dance scene mavens Danny Avila (Spain), DJ Tigerlily (Australia) and Malaysians Goldfish & Blink, Nick Haydez and B.A.T.E. (Malaysia) are the other acts. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets at RM148 are available at selected Rock Corner outlets and www.boxtix.asia.
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