Tiësto Talks "CLUB LIFE – Volume 2", Ultra Music Festival, App, Soccer, and His First Club Experience
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:05:38
"I love Twitter because it always puts me in a good mood," declares Tiësto with a laugh.
Certainly, the adoration of his
992k followers is a reason to rejoice, but Tiësto rightfully stands at the top of EDM in the digital realm and real world. His forthcoming new album, CLUB LIFE – Volume 2 Miami, available April 24 via his label Musical Freedom, stands out as shimmering proof of his talent and vision. It sees Tiësto elevate his CLUB LIFE series and the genre to the next level with infectious and irresistible originals and fresh takes on rock gems from The Naked & Famous, Coldplay, and Gotye. The album is the ultimate electro mix for 2012, and it's going to make you move.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Tiësto talks CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami, his headline set at the Ultra Music Festival, his app, and so much more.
What ties all of the songs together on CLUB LIFE – Volume Two Miami for you?
It's a very natural process. I thought of myself in one of the nicest clubs in the world, LIV in Miami. I had that club in mind for the mix. I chose tracks that would go down really well in that setting and put them all together to capture that story. LIV is an amazing club. It's in the Fontainebleau Hotel, which got totally renovated a couple of years ago. They have a whole dome where Frank Sinatra used to perform in the '50s. Al Capone used to have a suite there. It's a very historical hotel. It's totally redone, and the club is amazing.
How important is it for a mix to have an ebb and flow?
If you can create these peaks and valleys in there, I think it makes the mix more special. You can keep surprising people that way. It keeps them on their toes [Laughs].
There are a few rock songs from The Naked & Famous, Coldplay, and Gotye on CLUB LIFE. Does rock music lend itself to what you do?
Yes, it definitely does more than ever. I started doing the whole indie house thing for myself in 2009 when I released Kaleidoscope. Since then, I feel more comfortable to work with indie rock artists on dance music. We're very open-minded to each other, and it works really well.
What did you dig about The Naked & Famous track "Young Blood"?
Well, I'm a big fan of the whole album. It's really good. I wanted to remix the single because the lyrics are great, and her voice is almost like an instrument.
When you remix a track, do you feel like it becomes your own?
That's definitely part of it. If you listen to the Gotye, Coldplay, or The Naked & Famous remixes, all three of them have the Tiësto sauce on top of them now. Without my approach, I could never even play those tracks in my set. It's a remix, but it's almost like a collaboration. I change everything around in the song so much that I see it as a collaboration.
What's the story behind the track, "Miami"?
Well, Miami is one of my favorite cities in the world. I've spent a lot of time there. I know the club scene very well. We have Winter Music Conference down there every year. The club scene there is amazing. CLUB LIFE is about finding cities with a great club scene. The first was Las Vegas which obviously has an incredible club scene. My second stop is Miami. The third will be somewhere else in the world.
Where did "Maximal Crazy" come from?
We were sitting in the studio, playing with these crazy sounds. I thought, "When I play this track, the EDM crowd is either going to hate it or they're going to go maximal crazy!" That's how the title came up. Most of the time, they go maximal crazy [Laughs].
Were you and Wolfgang Gartner in the studio together for "We Own The Night"?
We actually weren't, but the story is pretty cool. I always wanted to work with Wolfgang on a track so we kept sending it back and forth. I had lunch in L.A. and I went outside. Some random girl came up to me and said, "Hey, I'd love to write a lyric on one of your tracks." It turned out she was Luciana. I'm always open to that kind of stuff so I gave her my email, and I sent her this track. She came up with the vocal, "We Own The Night", and it all worked out. She has a great voice.
What do you have in store Ultra Music Festival [March 23]?
Lots of new music! I playing the festival on Friday the 23rd. I'm doing my own party Thursday night at LIV. On Friday, we also have the Musical Freedom Party with all of the Musical Freedom DJs. I'm also going to have my soccer match. I'm going to play soccer against Sweden. It's all of the Dutch DJs against the Swedish ones on Wednesday [Laughs]. That's our new thing. We DJs want to show we're not just lazy alcoholics; we can also play sports [Laughs].
Do you have a show planned around the CLUB LIFE album?
It's going to be in the clubs. It's the opposite of doing big festivals. It's about going back to the most glamorous clubs in the world and playing.
What was the first club you ever went to?
Well, I was on Holiday in Mayorga Spain with my friends. I was about 16-years-old, and it was a huge club called BCM for about five or six-thousand people. The music was crazy, and it had crazy dancers. That night had such an impact on me. There were seven DJs playing there. It was a special eye-opener. Before, I went to other clubs in Holland, but they weren't glamorous. They were more like bars or pubs with some music. This was the first proper club with a huge sound system, dancers, special acts, and music. It's definitely something I remembered.
How would you describe the Tiësto mobile app?
It has everything you'd want to know about Tiësto. You can stream my music on there. There's information about gigs and a lot of stuff going on.
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