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"I think artist albums are the future of DJing," says DJ Tiësto. "I mean, a mix album is great, but it's always copyable, which makes it not as creative. When you're creating your own music, you feel more like an artist."

We got the chance to catch up with Tiësto in Miami on the same day as our PEACE, LOVE & BEATS film premiere which we of course invited him! It was just before he started his US tour and now as he winds his way into Europe, the impression he made in nearly every US State is clear: not only does the world love Tiesto, but America does too!

Watch our Tiesto video interview here

Much of our conversation revolved around his brand new artist album, entitled Just Be. Check out our review below! Recorded in his home studio in Amsterdam, this is Tiësto's second full artist album, and it's his most ambitious to date.  There's down-tempo chill out with vocals from U.K.'s Aqualung ("UR"), another soaring vocal workout with longtime collaborator Kirsty Hawkshaw ("Walking on Clouds"), a haunting and unlikely match with Nashville songwriters Jo Lloyd and Dan Muckala ("Sweet Misery") and even a reinterpretation of Barber's "Adagio for Strings" that's been a highlight of Tiësto's live set.  The album's first single "Love Comes Again" featuring vocals by BT has stormed onto Billboard's Top 200 singles chart at #44, while debuting at #4 on the Dance chart and has been featured in a Coke commercial in his native Holland.

With only five years on the international club scene under his belt, Tiësto has earned every possible accolade as a DJ.  He's headlined the biggest solo show by any DJ in history (25,000 people in Holland, May 2003), won the #1 spot on DJ Magazine's prestigious "Top 100 DJs" readers poll both for 2002 and 2003 and is now one of the most influential talents who fills clubs, not to mention stadiums, across the globe. He is also an established remixer whose credits include works for Sarah McLaughlin, Dave Matthews, Moby, Delerium, Kosheen and Faithless.  Other releases to his name are a string of highly successful compilations for Nettwerk America with Nyana (2003) and Summerbreeze (2000), the Magik, In Search of Sunrise and Forbidden Paradise compilation series for his own Black Hole label (1997 - 2002) and most recently the DVD’s Another Day In the Office (2002) and In Concert (2003) which capture his life on the road and the pure essence of his fanbase with the 25,000+ attended show at the Gelredome in Amsterdam in the latter.   Tiësto has also toured extensively in America over the last three years and has participated in high-profile events such as Moby’s Area 2 tour and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and just wrapped up his summer tour of the US for 2004.

 

RAVES.COM CD REVIEW

Tiësto "Just Be" (Nettwerk America)

The highly anticipated second original artist album from the number one DJ in the world arrived in the U.S. market on June 1st 2004. Tiësto (a.k.a. Tjis Verwest) once again embraces the emotionally expansive Trance music world. "Just Be" is uplifting with hints of darkness, choice vocals, quality mixing, and moments of cinematic sound. The ultimate highlights are moments of well-developed song structure with the mystical dream-like vocals of Kirsty Hawkshaw (album title track "Just Be" and "Walking On Clouds" [co-produced by Josh Gabriel of Motorcycle and Gabriel & Dresden fame]) and Joanne Lloyd ("Sweet Misery" also co-written by Lloyd).

The first U.S. release off "Just Be" is "Love Comes Again" - produced solely by Tiësto and featuring the vocals of BT. It's been written many times that male vocals and Trance do not blend well. However, as a fan of BT, I enjoyed the familiar vocal quality noticeable in BT's voice. The signature anthem "Traffic" is also included along with "Nyana" which first appeared in the mix CD of the same name. For those of you who enjoyed watching the DVD "Tiësto in Concert" released a few months back, you will recognize "Adagio for Strings" which is Tiësto's reinterpretation of the famous Classical composition by Barber. "Just Be" would have benefited from a more cohesive layout of the track order. To go from track three, a driving song such as "Traffic", to the slower pace of "Sweet Misery" was a fairly hard transition for me to absorb no matter how many listens. The tempo then drastically picks up again with track five, "Nyana", and yet again drops way down for "UR".

It was difficult to tell what audience "Just Be" is geared towards. With no mixing between tracks, fairly long introductions and fade outs, and elongated song times (some of which were as long as ten minutes) - was it geared towards DJs who would utilize each track separately? Or was it geared towards fans wanting to have an album to dance to and maintain a vibe? But with target audience and cohesiveness issues aside, Tiësto has the ability to capture a wide range of emotions in the Trance realm. With well-chosen rhythms, chords, and melodies, etc. there are songs on "Just Be" that I know I will listen to for a long time due to their ability to effect me positively in ways very few songs can do. And most likely, other Tiesto fans will feel the same way. www.tiesto.com

 

 

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