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        D.J. Ti‰sto; born Tijs Verwest January 17, 1969 in Breda, North
Brabant, Netherlands) is one of the world's most famous trance D.J.s and
producers in the electronic dance music scene. Although he has used many
aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as D.J. Ti‰sto. On his
latest productions, however, he has dropped the "D.J." label and he is now
known simply as "Ti‰sto", an alias which is an Italian twist on his childhood
nickname.

        His accomplishments include being voted "World's No.1 D.J." 3
consecutive times by D.J. Magazine from 2002 through 2004,[5] the first D.J.
to play live on stage in front of a public audience at an Olympic Games at
the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens, and a nomination for a
Grammy Award in 2008, for his album Elements of Life.

        Ti‰sto's motto is: "I feel the energy from the crowd and I try to
give it back, to create a unity."

Contents

1 History
1.1 Early years (1985-2000)
1.2 Rise to fame (2000-2004)
1.3 Concerts and side work (2005-2006)
1.4 Elements of Life era (2007-present)
2 Discography
2.1 Studio albums
3 Awards and nominations

History

Early years (1985-2000)

        Tijs Verwest had an interest for music since the age of twelve. When
he was twenty he decided to dedicate more time to it and began DJing
professionally at school parties and then moved on to become a resident D.J.
between 1985 and 1994 at several clubs in the Netherlands after his manager
and friend Wilfred encouraged him. During these years, he produced hardcore
gabber tracks under aliases such as Da Joker and D.J. Limited. However, it
was at The Spock, a small club in Breda, where he was able to fine-tune his
own style by playing in a separate room from 10 pm until 4 am on weekends. In
the beginning of his carrier as D.J. he mostly played new beat and acid house,
and many Madonna songs because her music shows that she likes to dance.
Before the release of her album there where already dancemixes like Vogue
which was one of the songs of Spock. He was discovered by the GM of
Rotterdam-based Basic Beat Recordings, Ti‰sto released his first of five mix
CDs as a part of the label's Forbidden Paradise series.

        In the mid-1990s, he started to produce trance, which led to his
breakthough in 1995 when he started building mixed compilations, something
nobody else did at that time. Ti‰sto describes his Magik (series) as part of
his breakthrough, but since the labels only want their own songs in the
deejay mixes, in 1997 he and Arny Bink co-founded Black Hole Recordings to
support his work releasing a series of singles under various aliases. Black
Hole Recordings and its sub-label Magik Muzik continue to sign Ti‰sto's vision
of trance producing musicians and D.J.'s such as Cor Fijneman, Ton TB, and
Mark Norman and also Joe Cheang. During this periodr, D.J. Ti‰sto had been
releasing the Magik series, which has had seven installments starting in 1997
and ending in 2001, after this Ti‰sto began releasing the In Search of
Sunrise series, that is a compilation of Ti‰sto's mixes with tracks from other
D.J.'s. In 1999, Ti‰sto joined forces with fellow Dutch deejay Ferry Corsten
to create the trance based duo of Gouryella. To highlight the importance in
the expansion of the trance environment at the time, there were 20 different
CD releases of the 4 Gouryella tracks from 9 different labels. Since November
1999 he monthly performed as a resident in Gatecrasher at Leeds, one of the
most popular clubs of England.

Rise to fame (2000-2004)

        Arnhem, GelredomeLate in 2000, Ti‰sto decided to concentrate on his
personal work and left Corsten by himself to write and produce Gouryella's
next single with John Ewbank, the record company was demanding more tracks
and neither Ti‰sto or Ferry could work together at the time. Ti‰sto introduced
Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen and Ferry Corsten to the mainstream with his
first compilations and the In Trance We Trust (series). Summerbreeze became
Ti‰sto's debute D.J. mix album in the United States with the help of a
contract signed to Nettwerk. Summerbreeze featured his remix of Delerium's
Silence, it spent four weeks in the United Kingdom's Top Ten chart, it reached
number three in the Billboard dance chart and is still an epic track. In early
2001, Ti‰sto broke a world record by drinking "31 cans of Red Bull in 24
hours", he admitted he would never try and break it again.

        Ti‰sto's fame started to rise in the early 2000's after his set at the
first ID&T Innercity party (Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI), and the release
of In My Memory, his first solo album released in 2001 which contained 10
singles. His fame continued to skyrocket in the early 2000's following his
six-hour "Ti‰sto Solo" sets which he performed without other D.J.'s or
opening acts. This idea, of one D.J. playing alone to a large crowd, was
brought to its pinnacle when Ti‰sto was the first D.J. to hold a solo concert
in a stadium; on May 10, 2003, he performed for over 25,000 people in Arnhem's
Gelredome. This concert was later called "Ti‰sto in Concert", the event was
an enormous success. He repeated the same type of concert the following year
during two consecutive nights in late October. In addition to holding these
two concerts for 35,000 of his fans, he held another concert for a crowd of
20,000 in Hasselt, Belgium the following week. DVDs of both his May 10, 2003
and October 30, 2004 concerts have been released, having the other DVD titled
"Ti‰sto In Concert 2". The DVD's show the journey from the first idea to the
main event, it features live performances by Andain, Dinand Woesthoff, and
Jan Johnston. The event includes live music and dancers performing at
different times throughout the set. The theme of the event is a mystical,
musical journey around the world based on the theme of Magik. It consists of
200+ minutes of performances with a second disc with special features, It
includes a behind-the-scenes looking at The Making Off the event, the music
video for his song "Traffic" and TV Commercials for the event. The second DVD
has performance from Matt Hales from Aqualung and violin player D. Mason,
Micha Klein and the Bulgarian Children of Orpheus choir. During this period
he was crowned as "No. 1.D.J in the World" byD.J Magazine (UK) in 2002, 2003,
and 2004.[25] In 2004 he released his second artist album Just Be, which
featured his first single Traffic which is the first non-vocal track to reach
number one spot in the Dutch national charts for 23 years. Ti‰sto and Kirsty
Hawkshaw's production and single "Just Be" appeared in the Nip / Tuck:
Original TV Soundtrack. Ti‰sto's remix of the Kane song "Rain Down on Me" is
featured in the game FIFA Football 2004.

Olympics Opening Ceremony

        The Olympic Flame at the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony The
Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) asked Ti‰sto to
perform at the Olympic Games, making him the first D.J. to play live on stage
at an Olympic Games at the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens
for 90 minutes.

        Ti‰sto flew to Athens in January 2004 to have a meeting with the
ATHOC. The reason why they asked him to perform was because of his Ti‰sto in
Concert DVD which caught their attention, he was asked to write more tracks
based on his opening tune Adagio for Strings which could fit in with the
Olympic spirit and combine the classical with the modern age; They also
request him to play his own produced music. The first rehearsal was on
Saturday 7, August for an empty stadium, the second rehearsal was on Sunday 8
with 35,000 volunteers, alot of the people recognized some tracks like
Traffic and Adagio for Strings. The last rehearsal included almost 60,000
people in the stadium which was on Tuesday 10, there were some technical
problems, the mixer broke down, the monitors dropped out a couple of times
and the music in the stadium was not continuously on the right volume.

        "The opportunity to perform my music for billions of people around
the globe will be the greatest highlight of my life, I am honoured to be part
of the biggest sports event in the world."

        During the parade on Friday 13, all participating nations introduced
their athletes which were over 10,500 in total. During the course of his
performance the Dutch athletes started dancing in front of the D.J booth and
had to be moved on by officials. The performance included new tracks produced
especially for the Opening Ceremony and songs that were created to compliment
the spirit and theme of the Ceremony. A condensed studio-recorded album of
the songs played on the Olympic set was later released, including new songs
especially composed for the occasion, entitled Parade of the Athletes in
October 2004. In the liner notes, he noted the IOC requested to him that the
music not contain any lyrics as they could be inadvertently misinterpreted.

Concerts and side work (2005-2006)

        Ti‰sto 2006 LogoIn January 6 Ti‰sto performed in an outdoor fundraiser
in De Dam, Amsterdam, the event was free and many famous Dutch artists were
involved in it to provide financial aid to the people who suffered from the
tsunami in Asia. All profits made of all TV commercials and live broadcast
were given to the organisations collecting the relief funds. On April 16,
2005, Disneyland Resort Paris who had recently ignaurated the Space Mountain:
Mission 2, had invited Ti‰sto to celebrate the launch of the ride by offering
a live concert in Disneyland Park. Ti‰sto performed a special remix of the
Space Mountain: Mission 2 soundtrack, as well as many of his own tracks.
Ti‰sto's Space Mountain: Mission 2 Concert also featured French deejay Bob
Sinclar, the park would re-open for Ti‰sto's fans so they could stay for the
3 hour concert. A sculpture of Ti‰sto was placed behind a turntable where
Madame Tussauds visitors can mix Ti‰sto's music together with the man himself.
The Dutch national soccer competition is the most viewed program on Dutch
television, Ti‰sto is the first potential artist to become an inspiration to
the programs directors which created a tune based on his performance in the
Olympic Games. The tune was played in all soccer stadiums before each match
when the teams entered the field.

        On August 20, 2005 Verwest took "Ti‰sto in Concert" to the United
States when he played to thousands of fans in Los Angeles, California in the
Los Angeles Sports Arena. For the second year in a row he performed live at a
New Year's Eve/New Year's concert in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Arena
to a sell-out crowd. Despite his four-city American tour being postponed due
to the hurricane damage in New Orleans and Miami, playing such cities in the
United States further expanded and cemented his popularity among more
mainstream audiences. In the fall of 2005 he went on a very successful tour
across Central and Eastern Europe where he played once in each country to
crowds of 10,000 to 15,000 fans. Stops were made in Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia,
Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, and Poland.
Ti‰sto also performed at the UNITY festival in South Africa where he played a
show at the Gallagher Estate Arena in Midrand, a suburb of Johannesburg, to
over 18,000 fans. However, the United States tour that was part of "Ti‰sto in
Concert" was dwarfed by his appearance at Sensation White in 2006 where he
performed to over 45,000 people in the world's biggest dance event in
Amsterdam, Holland. Even this was surpassed later in the same summer where
some 250,000 people danced on Ipanema Beach, Brazil, the second largest
concert in the history of mankind.

        During 2005 he also made a small cameo appearance in the award-winning
film It's All Gone Pete Tong as himself. He also contributed the song Goldrush
to the PlayStation Portable futuristic racing game Wipeout Pure. BPM
(magazine) has an annual poll in the United States which is unveiled in the
WMC, in 2005 Ti‰sto took the No. 1 spot. On March 19, 2006, the Formula 1
circus took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the international grand
prix Ti‰sto played with the official Renault F1 team pit party. Ti‰sto
prepared a 5 hour set the Saturday night before the beginning of the race on
Sunday. On June 10, 2006 Ti‰sto gave a free open concert of the Volvo Ocean
Race in Rotterdam which lasted 75 minutes.

        In April 2006 Ti‰sto was named the official worldwide ambassador for
the Dance4Life foundation promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS. D.J. Ti‰sto, as
the foundation's ambassador has helped the organization with fundraising
along with recording the track "Dance4life", which marks the beginning of
"Elements of Life", his future album at this time. The foundation consists on
a better way of living with safe sex in exchange of entertainment to the young
crowd.

Elements of Life era (2007-present)

        On April 6, 2007 Ti‰sto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio
show called "Ti‰sto's Club Life" on Dutch radio station Radio 538. XM
Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show on
Channel 81 BPM as part of their "Global Domination" lineup on Saturday nights.
The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between 22:00 CET and
midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 PM EST and 10:00 PM EST.
The first hour is also available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on
iTunes audio podcasts.

        On April 16th, 2007, Ti‰sto released his fourth studio album Elements
of Life, the album moved 72,000 units in its April release, according to
Nielsen SoundScan.[40] In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements
of Life World Tour. In December 2007 it was announced that the album was
nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category "Best Electronic/Dance Album."
In 2007, on his Elements of Life World Tour, which has shows across the world,
South and Latin America brought some of the biggest crowds on his January and
February South American leg of the tour. On January 7th, he played to an
amazing 200,000 people in the streets of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. On
February 16 2007 he played in India at the Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad.
Though this show had a low turn out of only 5000, it was his first show in
Asia. Ti‰sto's performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on
November 10, 2007 was also sold out. On Valentine's day 2008, he performed in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On January 10th 2008, Dutch newspaper De
Telegraaf announced that Ti‰sto and his 19-year-old girlfriend Stacey
Blokzijl are going to get married on October 10 2008. He proposed to her in
December 2007 while they were visiting Mauritius. Until early 2006 Verwest
had a relationship with the beauty contest winner Monique Spronk. The Elements
of Life World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on February 29th
2008 from 8PM - 3AM in London at the IndigO2 club.

        With the successful release of Elements of Life Ti‰sto and fashion
designer Giorgio Armani collaborated together on a limited edition Ti‰sto
T-shirt available at Armani Exchange stores. His single "Sweet Things" comes
with the shirt including an exclusive "A|X Remix" by Tom Cloud which shows
the great influence Ti‰sto has in fashion culture. The charity raised over
$300,000. Ti‰sto opened a new club-restaurant acquisition with Chinese
cuisine, dance music and live entertainment on June 7, 2007 called Cineac.
Ti‰sto inaugurated with his new Cineac Anthem called "Happy People". Guests
are welcome to see various modern styles of music mixed by some known top
D.J.'s.

        Streamline Studios, an independent game developer and digital content
provider for AAA videogames and Black Hole Recordings have formed Streamline
Sound, a joint venture which will provide sound solutions for digital
entertainment including the entire catalog of Black Hole's artists. The first
work that Streamline Sound has contributed is on the massively multiplayer
online role-playing PC game Sword of the New World: Granado Espada with 17
12" tracks, Forza Motorsport 2 which includes Tom Clouds' track Told You So
and Hoopworld.

        Ti‰sto and Reebok introduced the new 'Ti‰sto shoe' in November 2007.
The shoebox comes with a special limited-edition Ti‰sto & Reebok CD,
containing the Elements of Life album and the bonus disc. Only 1000 pair
units were available for sale in Netherlands. Previously Ti‰sto & Reebok had
released "Run the D.J. Ti‰sto", which consisted of another shoe release with
Ti‰sto as one of the designers. He now owns a line of Reebok RBK shoes and was
recently tapped by Microsoft to launch its new Vista operating system for the
Dutch market, placing him on par with Robbie Williams, who performed a similar
duty in the United Kingdom. The partnership includes a Vista application built
especially for Ti‰sto, which had more than a thousand downloads from his
website a day during its first week of availability. It has a Ti‰sto toolbar
for sorting, a plug-in application which allows fans to be informed with the
D.J. in real-time and get live alerts on gigs, appearances and new music.
Ti‰sto introduced the application at the Jan. 29 Vista launch event in
Amsterdam. His last three full-length releases broke the 70,000-unit mark,
and 2003 2CD compilation "Nyana" recently hit 87,000, according to Nielsen
SoundScan.

        In Spring 2008, Ti‰sto plans to release Elements of Life: Remixed, a
recompilation of the Elements of Life album with all songs except "He's A
Pirate" being replaced by remixed versions, and "He's A Pirate being replaced
by "No More Heroes", a joint production with mute performer trio Blue Man
Group.

        "It's the place to be when it comes to the most crazy and energetic
parties", he says. "At the same time Ibiza has a lot of beautiful and still
secret spots to be discovered, so my love and dedication for the island, its
atmosphere and the party people will most definitely be felt by everyone who's
going to enjoy my residencies at Privilege. Knowing that I will play the
latest and best new tunes available, all shows backed by the highly
professional production of the club and the fact that I will be able to
deliver this to the people in the biggest club in the world, well, you can't
afford to not come to Privilege on Monday nights this summer!."

        In 2008, Ti‰sto announced his In Search of Sunrise: North American
Summer Tour 2008, the tour will be presented by Armani Exchange on May 23rd
and ending on July 4 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday 13,
June and ETD Pop Festival in San Fransisco. This tour is in support of his
upcoming In Search of Sunrise (series) compilation, which is part of a
sponsorship partnership, with exclusive apparel and a limited edition 3 CD
set. An exclusive best of CD from the D.J.'s own imprint Black Hole
Recordings, called "10 Years of Black Hole Recordings" will be released later
in the year. Armani will also sell an exclusive Ti‰sto branded tour T-shirt,
and the artist will perform at three A|X in-stores during the tour. The tour
is based on his previoulsy released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza and his
upcoming In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia compilation.

        Ti‰sto anounced he will be the resident at Priviledge, Ibiza every
Monday, starting on the 7th of July until the 22nd of September. The gigs
consist of four hour sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise (series).
In 2007 he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by
the island. The residencies will also feature the performance of guest
deejays, all selected by Ti‰sto, such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat-Zo,
Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and Sander van Doorn. There will be exclusive
appearances by Fonzerelli, and Airbase. In the backroom of Privilege, Riley &
Durant will present Electric Playground, supported by Galaxy FM.

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