Q&A: Tiësto, a Dutchman in Miami

March 15, 2013 | by —LIANA LOZADA | Homepage


Tiësto and Bono working on a special project for (RED)

Tiësto is no stranger to Miami. He has a home here, has nodded to our city in his “Club Life: Volume Two Miami” mix compilation, and continues to sell out appearances at mega-clubs throughout the year. And his annual shows at Ultra Music Festival prompt thousands from across the globe to tune in via live stream for a first listen of his newest music. This magnetic draw is perhaps why Mixmag crowned him “The Greatest DJ of All Time.” To boot, he’s scored branding gigs with Guess and AKG headphones, and has collaborated with the likes of Bono, Coldplay, and Kanye West. We caught up with Tiësto (aka Tijs Michiel Verwest) en route to a gig in Cancun, Mexico. He’s a man of few words, but it’s clear that he’s especially connected to Miami.

How does a performance by Tiësto at Ultra compare to one at an arena or club venue?
TIËSTO: Every show is different, whether it is a club show, a festival, or an arena show. I put a lot of preparation into Ultra and use it as an opportunity to debut new music and try new things out.

Where do you see electronic dance music going in next couple of years?
T: I hope the genre continues to grow and influence other genres of music more than it has already. I also look forward to working with up-and-coming talent.

Any new collaborations in the works?
T: I am very fortunate to have worked with a lot of my musical heroes. I recently worked with Bono of U2 and (RED) to create an exclusive compilation to raise money for AIDS research. That was very exciting.

What is it about Miami that you love; that made you buy a home here?
T: Miami is a great party city with the nightclubs, the pool parties, Ultra, and the fact that it is an international party destination. There is always a great energy in Miami.

Do you a have a favorite Miami go-to spot for a late night meal—or an early breakfast?
T: Yes, Hakkasan is great. I haven't been there for breakfast, but maybe they would open up for me one day.

Travel is a huge part of your life. What are your essentials while on the road?
T: I always need my music and laptop. Clothes are nice, too.

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