Dubbed “The Godfather of EDM,” Tiësto is undeniably one of the biggest names in the industry, and Billboard Radio China was delighted to catch up with Tiësto again backstage at Creamfields Hong Kong.
Being named "the Greatest DJ of All Time" by Mixmag and voted by DJ Magazine readers as the "best DJ of the last 20 years," Tiësto remains humble about how he rose to where he is today... “I have no idea to be honest. It’s just like every day I wake up and do what I love. I am very blessed that I play music every day to make people happy, and travel around the world to meet so many nice people.”
Starting his career at a young age, Tiësto has seen EDM migrate from underground clubs to mainstream stadium genre, but he thinks it is more important to stick to true nature of the music. “EDM is not only about hard banging drops. People have forgotten about that. EDM stands for electronic dance music, so if suddenly it is not, I don't get it.” He also insists on making music in his style. “I am not changing with the trend. I am changing myself all the time; because I am Tiësto, I always have to play something different from anybody else. I see myself as a commercial underground DJ.”
Tiësto recently released Club Life Vol. 5 with each volume named after a location. One of them is China inspired by his time in China’s nightclubs. “I played in China in lot of clubs back in 2005 or 2006, and then I took a break from China. When I recently went back, I noticed that people really were liking the uplifting electronic music. I've made tracks about Miami, Las Vegas, and Stockholm, and I never did one about China, so I wanted to make a brand new album just for China.”
With more and more rising stars in the industry, EDM is definitely becoming bigger than ever, but Tiësto thinks it will go back to underground in the future.
Tiësto has not only been very active as a DJ/producer but also as a philanthropist. “I grew up very poor. I literally didn't have anything, so I love to help other people because I know how hard it is.” He will be playing in his hometown next week, and all the money made will go back to the community. “For me, it Is something I really have to do.”
With the first month of 2018 coming to an end, Tiësto says he wants to take a break for a couple of months and work on his new music and collaborations. We can’t wait to see what comes next!