Dutch-born electronic artist [artist id="1840250"]Tiësto[/artist] — a top-five fixture on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs since the chart began and one of the highest-grossing live-performance earners in the electronic music genre — has moved on from just making trance music. With the release of his album Kaleidoscope last year, Tiësto (a.k.a. Tijs Verwest) underscored his intention to evolve. The album featured collaborations with Nelly Furtado, indie darlings Tegan and Sara, Jónsi from Sigur Rós and Kele Okereke from Bloc Party. Also, in November of last year Tiësto joined forces with Three 6 Mafia along with Sean Kingston and Flo Rida for a single by the Memphis rappers called "Feel It," with a video that has attracted 10 million views online.
"It was an amazing experience to work with those guys," Tiësto told MTV News recently. "I just made in the studio a little beat, a little melody. I never really developed it. And they went to the studios and they were all sitting right next to each other — Three 6 Mafia, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida — and the whole collaboration comes together. It's phenomenal how something so underground can become so big."
Tiësto said he enjoys working with artists whose work he admires and that his core audience has grown from just trance-music fans.
"It's not just a trance crowd anymore that come to my show," Tiësto said. "It's really a very diverse crowd who loves electronic music. And someone like Calvin Harris — they're into Diplo, they're into Santigold, they're into everything like Kaskade or deadmau5 and they'll all come to my shows, because I think Tiësto is for everyone."
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Tiësto confirmed he has completed work with Major Lazer producer and frequent M.I.A. collaborator Diplo on a song called "Come On," though details such as a release date are still being hashed out. But we found out that Tiësto does have an ultimate collaboration he would like to see happen in the future.
"I have my eye on one really big artist that I would love to work with, and that's Jay Z," he said. "Such a legend. He's such a phenomenal artist ... I mean, I would love to be in the studio with this guy for a day or two. You guys should make it happen for me — let's do it, let's go!"
Interestingly, we recently caught up with producer and frequent Jay-Z collaborator Just Blaze, fresh off a house-music set at the Fool's Gold Showcase at Miami's Winter Music Conference and he co-signed the possible match, terming it a partnership for made for success.
"It could be cool because both of them are at the top of their field," Blaze told MTV News. "It's not some regular producer trying to make a dance record, and it's not like some dance producer who knows somebody who raps and putting him on a track. That could be pretty crazy. The clubs will have a smash. I might have to make that happen — Jay, call Tiësto!"
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