|TIňSTO - BIOGRAPHY|
When he was 21 years old, he started playing in 'The Spock', where only housemusic was played every thursday-, friday- and saturdaynight, and at the age of 22 he also mixed for 'Channel X', an illegal radio station that broadcasted house music 24 hours a day and that was very popular especially in Holland and Belgium. TiŽsto also played in a famous afterclub in Amsterdam that year, called the 'Voodoo Club'.
Before his 24th birthday, he had only played club music, but the years following to it, Tijs Verwest also played and produced hardcore-music which was very popular in Club X, Belgium. In his free time he went to famous Belgium clubs to listen what the sound was over there. It was in these clubs that he first discovered the great magik of trance music. He started to experiment with these new sounds in 'The Spock', and soon he was discovered by Arny Bink, the labelmanager of Basic Beat Recordings, Rotterdam. Together they compiled the cd "Forbidden Paradise 3 - The Quest For Atlantis". This was the first Basic Beat compilation to hit the 8.000 sales point, and it's still selling as you read.
In that same period TiŽsto started to assemble his own studio and began to make his own tunes and records. What started out as a small project has now awarded him with several massive club hits, which are played all over the world.
Now he's 34 years old and he has sold hundred thousands of copies of his mixed albums all over the world. He has also played in almost every big club in Holland, big parties like Lunapark, Digital Overdose, Megarave, Innercity, Sensation and Dance Valley, and also abroad, in the U.K. (The End, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Passion), Hungary (FlÝrt), Belgium (La Rocca, Illusion), Luxemburg, Germany, Malasia, US, Canada, Australia and even Japan.
In 1997 Tijs Verwest started his own record label, Black Hole Recordings, which will provide the sound TiŽsto plays nowadays. The first mix compilation Magik has hit the streets November 1997, and is expected to set new standards. Also a Magik EP was released early 1998. Nowadays 2003, Black Hole Recordings is one of the most upcoming progressive labels, with artists such as DJ TiŽsto himself, DJ Dazzle, DJ Montana, DJ Cor Fijneman, Fred Numf, DJ Debra and Jaimy & Kenny D. The compilations of the Magik, In Search Of Sunrise, Freedom, In Trance We Trust, ArtistProfileSeries and WildLife-series are famous around the globe. With more then ten sublabels, Black Hole expands more and more. New cd and vinyl releases are scheduled for the future...
In 2001, DJ TiŽsto released his first solo-album called 'In My Memory' with only his own productions. Later that year DJ TiŽsto climbed from place 24 to place 6 in the World DJ Top 100 of U.K.'s 'DJ Magazine'. Months later, he got the famous Dutch 'Silver Harp Award'. With this award, TiŽsto becomes the most famous Dutch DJ ever.
At 02-02-2002 TiŽsto played a 9-hours set in Amsterdam called 'Dutch Dimension TiŽstoSolo'. In 2002 he has been nominated for the DanceStar USA Award, but didn't succeed. In April 2002 he won the Dutch TMF Award for "Best DJ". One month later he won the famous Dutch Lucky Strike Dance Award 2002, for best trance/progressive DJ. In July he won the Dancestar UK award in London. On September the 17th TiŽsto won the Ibiza DJ Award category progressive/trance. During the summer of 2002, TiŽsto also did a concert-tour together with Moby.
The year 2002 Was already a good year for TiŽsto, but things went even better on the last day of Oktober. That night DJ TiŽsto was made the number one DJ of the world, according to the DJ Top 100 of the UK-based DJ Magazine. He's the first Dutch DJ to win this worldwide famous award. DJ TiŽsto himself was very happy with this: 'My biggest dream came true!'. 2002 ended with another big dream: playing at New Years Eve on Times Square in New York!
For 2003, TiŽsto
has declared that he has totally free in January and
February. He will concentrate on producing music and have
a little holiday in Greece and South-Africa. The 11th of
January, TiŽsto won the famous Dutch award
"Popprice 2002". This award is for artists from
Holland who became famous over the whole world. In March
2003 he won two awards: the 'Radio 538 Artist Of The Year
2002'-award on the 6th, and the famous 'DanceStar USA
Award' for Best International DJ on the 19th of March.
In 2004 again
TiŽsto was awarded with two TMF-awards for best DJ and
best dance-act. At the end of the year there are plans
for a second edition of the TiŽsto In Concert concept.
He also plays around the world with the Thirst-tour for
In 2005 the
first gig in Holland for TiŽsto was a benefit-concert in
Amsterdam on January 6th. On this evening a lot of Dutch
pop-artists playaed at this free event, to collect money
as much as possible for the victims of the
Tsunami-disaster in Asia.
The year 2006 started with an extensive Asia-tour, followed by an USA-tour in May. In April the new mix-album 'In Search Of Sunrise 5' came out. After two years without Love Parade, in 2006 the festival is back; TiŽsto also played in Berlin on July 15th. In 2006 his big single was the anthem for the Dance4Life organisation, a single made together with Maxi Jazz (Faithless).
In 2007, he released his new album 'Elements of Life', which is followed by a massive worldwide 'Elements of Life'-tour. The hits this year are 'In The Dark' (Feat. Christian Burns) and the remix of the "Pirates of the Carribean" track "He's A Pirate". It was also the year of the new 'In Search Of Sunrise 6' mix-album. He produced some tracks for it under different aliases (Allure, Clear View, Jedidja and Taxigirl). Also he remixed some well-known artists like Justin Timberlake.
Early 2008, Tijs Verwest announced that he will getting married at the end of this year with his new flame. As the artist TiŽsto he will release his awaited Elements of Life World Tour DVD. New pop-meets-dance remixes are made for Seal and even Britney Spears.
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