Tiësto is the stage name of Dutch DJ, remixer, and music producer Tijs Michiel Verwest. Tiësto holds immense significance in the electronic music scene due to his pioneering efforts and is described by many as one of the greatest figures in the history of electronic music, sometimes hailed as the greatest DJ of all time. Despite using various aliases in the past, he is most widely recognized for his work as Tiësto. In his more recent productions, however, he has shed the “DJ” label and is now simply known as “Tiësto,” a moniker derived from his childhood nickname.
As his popularity soared in the early 2000s, he became the first DJ to perform for a large audience without any other DJs or opening acts. He is also noted as the first DJ to play live on stage at the Olympic Games during the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In addition to receiving numerous awards for his work, he was crowned “Best DJ in the World” three times in a row by DJ Magazine in 2002/2003/2004.
He has also made charitable contributions. In April 2006, Tiësto was appointed the global ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation, combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, for which he recorded the track “Dance4life.” In December 2007, Tiësto and Giorgio Armani collaborated on a limited edition Tiësto sweater available in Armani Exchange stores. His single “Sweet Things” includes the sweater, with proceeds from the sale benefiting Mercy Corps, a humanitarian NGO.
He received a Grammy Award nomination in 2008 for his album “Elements of Life.”
In 2008 and 2009, Tiësto was featured every Monday from July 7 to September 22 as the new resident DJ at Privilege in Ibiza.
In 2008 and 2009, Tiësto was voted the Best DJ in the world at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) during the Winter Music Conference in Miami.