A Katy Perry co-sign and an upcoming remix release with Kanye West? Partnerships of this magnitude would normally be considered rare for a trance music producer, but today, Dutch globetrotter Tiësto is so much more than that.
"I love the [E.T.] Tiësto remix!" Katy Perry exclaimed when MTV News caught up with her recently in Ireland. "I didn't know he was playing it already. I wish I could see the reaction — the look on people's faces!"
Tiësto's most recent mix, Club Life: Volume 1 - Las Vegas, is out now. The album, seemingly named in homage to his monthly residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is a collection of his current favorite tracks and hits, including "Zero 76" and "C'mon."
He planted a flag with his last studio album, 2009's Kaleidoscope, and with it displayed an intent to collaborate and present a departure in sound — one that left some trance music purists wondering if the veteran had lost his swagger. But on the contrary, the disc was affirmed by industry peers and by a wider audience. When we caught up with the dance music star, born Tijs Verwest, just before his set at Miami Music Week's Ultra Music Festival, he was certainly proud of taking the gamble.
"When I dropped the Kaleidoscope album, a lot of people were like, 'This is so crazy!' " he said. "They didn't know what to do with it. It's so great to see that one and a half years later, everyone loves it, and that's an amazing achievement for myself. I'm really proud of that."
Luckily for fans, his collaborative charge has since gone rampant. Last year, Tiësto and Diplo released their Beatport.com chart hit "C'mon," which rapper Busta Rhymes ended up jumping on. And in the near future, the superstar DJ shows no signs slowing down.
"My next album is going to be even more developed in that style. But in the meantime, I've spent a lot of time making underground DJ tracks again, because I forgot about that a little bit," he explained. "So tracks like 'Zero 76' (with friend and countryman Hardwell) and 'C'mon,' and the track with Mark Knight is on Beatport at the moment. I haven't been in Beatport in years. Tiësto is more 'straight to iTunes,' so I like it that I'm back in the Beatport charts again."
"Beautiful World," with producer Knight and vocalist Dino, currently stands at #1 on Beatport.
Just as fans have responded favorably to Tiësto's "let's work together" spirit, so have his industry peers. In fact, many in dance music call him a friend. "Tiësto is one of my favorite dudes to hang out with," Diplo said recently. "That guy is so genuine."
Laidback Luke recently told MTV News, "I really like that he's reaching out to us guys now and trying to blend trance with electro. He's really coming closer to us, and it's wonderful to have his support."
"To us, he's a legend," San Fransisco-based house music producer Max Vangeli said. "But he treats us on an equal level, which is kind of the reason he has been around for so many years and constantly been on top. He's not afraid to come up to younger guys and be like, 'I want to hear about what you guys are doing right now.'"
Tiësto revealed to MTV News that fans probably will have to wait another year for his next studio album.
"I hope to drop it next year at Winter Music Conference," he said. "I already have like seven songs, but want to adjust a little bit here and there, like a Diplo song maybe. It's going to be an organic thing."
What's your favorite track on Club Life: Volume 1 - Las Vegas? Tell us below!