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!
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"
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
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