Published Feb 01, 2000Tijs Verwest, better known as DJ Tiesto, hails from Breda, Holland. His new album on Nettwerk is called In My Memory; he will be touring Western Canada in December.
I've always been fixated on music that feeds on emotion regardless of genre. This is very important to me since emotion is what inspires me to create my own music. I also love electronic gadgets from the mobile phones to new music software that I can try out in my studio. Since I love to eat, Asian and Italian food are my favourites.
Mind-altering work of art:
Currently, since I finished my new album and have been in the studio for quite some time completing it, studio software that is being developed is a medium that I feel is mind-altering. I love to try new things so it's great to see ideas like this in the development stages, just like making music.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
I've had many memorable gigs but a really special one was when I came to the Docks in Toronto last year. There were 6000 people and we had a great party when I played a four hour set.
What has been your career high and low?
High is where I am now as a deejay. Low, nothing I guess, at least I can't remember anything bad.
What should everyone shut up about?
Drug abuse at parties/shows.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for?
The widows and orphans of the Sept. 11 attacks.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I forget everything when I am deejaying. I forget everything when I am deejaying.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
When I think of Canada I think?
What is your vital daily ritual?
Listen to new music.
How do you spoil yourself?
I love to go out for a big dinner with my friends and after that, go to a party and have some drinks.
What was your most memorable day job?
I worked in a record shop for four years and I had a great time.
If I wasn't playing music I would be?
Working for a record company doing A.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my health.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Play records I like for a great crowd.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
No, not for me.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
I have never met a celebrity.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Faith Hill. I would serve her strawberries, chocolate, and lots of cream.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
She loves what I am doing and is really proud of me.