There's no better way to celebrate America's freedom than by dancing freely to some of the world's best electronic beats, and Thursday night brings the cream of the DJ crop to the super-club LIV (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Dutch superstar Tiesto, who performed at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and is a perennial winner of DJ Magazine's Top DJ poll, steps behind the decks to spin progressive house, trance and even a little dubstep. He talked to Miami.com about the show.
What can we expect from the show?
LIV is a great place to try out new music that I've been working on, so I will definitely drop a few new tracks to see how the crowd reacts. The parties there are some of the best in the world, so I'm sure they won't disappoint.
Many big cities in America are having huge musical weeks for July 4 - why did you choose Miami?
I've made no secret of my love for Miami. It is a really special place for me. It has been a center for dance music in the U.S. for many years, and I've loved going back there for club shows, and of course to play at Ultra Music Festival. LIV really embodies the spirit of "Club Life" - it is glamorous, intimate and a lot of fun. It wasn't a hard decision for me to name my latest "Club Life" album "Volume Two Miami" after the city.
How often do you perform here?
I perform there pretty regularly, perhaps five or six times per year, sometimes more. The city is incredible! Stunning architecture, awesome restaurants and shops, not to mention great people and clubs.
You're a mainstay at Winter Music Conference - do you think it's still as important as in the past?
I think it is more and more important every year. They've done a lot to stay relevant and exciting. The scale increases every year, and it is such a focal point of dance music globally that it can't help being relevant.
What do you think of the state of the electronic music scene today? How strong is it?
It's a very exciting time for dance music at the moment. Not only are there more and more people getting into the music, but we're also seeing great new talent emerging not just here in the U.S. but all around the world. I can't remember dance music having such a platform at media as it has right now, at the same time as having so much good music coming through.
How has your sound or musical style evolved over the years?
The most notable change in my sound has been moving away from trance into many other genres. Being open minded to new sounds has been really important for me and I'm loving not restricting myself to one genre both when I DJ and when producing music. If you listen to my sets, you will find a lot of variety in there these days. You'll always find some people want the old Tiësto sound, but the reaction to my sound evolving has been incredible. It is great to see my fans enjoying my music as much as I do.
You were recently named the richest DJ in the world, and have also been crowned the world's No. 1 DJ several times by DJ Magazine. Which is more important to you?
I don't really pay a huge amount of attention to these kinds of polls, but it does without a doubt mean a huge amount to me when my fans show their support for me by voting for me.
When you first started out, what was your goal as a musician?
As it is now, I really just loved being involved with music and entertaining people. I get a lot of satisfaction and energy from giving my audience a great time. I realized that from a early point in my career.
Did you ever dream you'd be as successful as you've become?
Honestly, I never did! I have never expected anything, and have only focused on the music and giving my fans a great experience.
What do you think was your biggest break that propelled you to stardom?
I'm not sure there was one particular moment. There were songs that really blew up, like my remix of Delirium's "Silence" as well my single "Adagio for Strings," which both had a really big impact on my career, but also performances like at the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Greece which was broadcast to billions around the world.
How did you end up performing there?
It was pretty straightforward, I was approached by a member of the Greek Olympic planning group about it and was really honored, of course.
How was that experience?
Both exhilarating and a little terrifying! I remember looking up and seeing the stadium crowd and being in awe, then I realized that the people there were only a small percentage of the people around the world watching. It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget.