It is an unlikely mix, but progressive producer DJ Tiesto working with indie pop outfit Tegan and Sara is a match made in heaven. The tunes, which are set to appear for Tiesto’s new album Kaleidoscope, have appeared at just the right time. Pop acts that have eagerly transitioned into the house/ electro genre (take the Black Eyed Peas) have found success and won praise from critics. The October 20 release of “Feel It in My Bones” is sure to hear tons of critical responses, as the latest outfit from the Netherlands native and newly recording act (as an artist and not just a disc jockey), fans of Tiesto are sure to find himself some DJ Tiesto tickets online today.
A collaboration enthusiast, Tiesto has never limited himself to one genre, which equally explains the Kaleidoscope collaborations that go beyond Tegan and Sara to Jonsi of Sigur Ros, Kele of Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris and Emily Haines. “The starting point was to work with different artists that I liked,” he says to Stereogum. “It was as simple as that. Sigur Ros make beautiful music. Bloc Party are fantastic and exciting and innovative. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They don’t work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.”
Though Tegan and Sara were the first experimental collaboration, it was only a matter of time and critical applause that Tiesto turned around and did it again. The effort, which combines both the brains and familiarities of both groups, left a promising mark on T&S. “Tegan and I would happily disband if Tiesto let us tour the world with him,” she says. “I’d take dance lessons and would be open to discussions about wearing ‘outfits’ on stage. We’re proud of the collaboration!”
A favorite DJ in the house world to both love and hate, Tiesto was born Tijs Verwest in 1966 and first took to his hometown dance club Sprock before releasing his mixed CDs with Basic Beat Recordings’ Forbidden Paradise series. Off to a great start, earning cult status for his hour – plus sets and dedicated fans, Tiesto recording matters into his own hands with a self designed production group Black Hole Records and the solo effort Space Age and Magik, the latter a revered series beginning in 2001. The compilations were only the beginning for Tiesto’s ingenuity, as the first efforts began with work via Ferry Corsten, Johan Gielen, Armin Van Buuren and more before he created Trance We Trust, yet another successful series of licks.
It seemed that in only a moment’s notice the entire world was abuzz with Tiesto’s singles and production work, as he released the US debut Summerbreeze via Nettwerk in 2000 with the popular remix “Silence” from Delerium. He continued to release more albums into the next decade, churning remixed production hits full of electronica waves of up-tempo, futuristic beats that allowed his own work to excel above others.