by Sam Milhollin
Eagle Editorial Board
Tijs Verwest, more commonly known as DJ Tiesto, is a well-known producer of electric, drum-n-bass and trance music. Born in 1969, Tiesto was interested in music from a young age. He started DJing at school parties at age 14 and he only got better from there.
Living in the Netherlands, Tiesto became a professional DJ in the year 1985. During the year 1986 to 1999 he progressed from acid house and new beat through various electric music phases including hardcore, gabba and trance.
Tiesto started to become known around 2000, with the release of his album, “In My Memory,” which earned the Silver Harp Music Award and the Lucky Strike Dance Award. In addition, Tiesto was the first DJ to hold a solo concert in 2003 at Arnhem’s GelreDome.
His second album, titled “Just Be,” was released in 2004 with various outcomes. One outcome is that Tiesto was appointed an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands.
n addition, he was the first DJ to be asked to play at the 2004 Olympic Games. His third album called “Elements of Life” was released in 2007, which shows Tiesto’s style of trance and experimental music. This album was nominated for a Grammy and received multiple gold certifications from Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands and Romania.
Tiesto’s latest album, “Kaleidoscope,” explores other venues of music instead of trance.
Deadmau5 was born in Ontario in 1981. His real name being Joel Zimmerman, he was also influenced by music at a very young age.
Deadmau5 started DJing in the early 90’s, but didn’t release anything until 2005. In 2005, he released a compilation appropriately titled “Project 56,” consisting of fifty-six trance and electric demos.
His second work released was titled “Get Scraped,” which used IDM, ambient and trip hop genres. Deadmau5’s first big-selling work was released in 2008, in which he collaborated with Kaskade to make “Move for Me.”
Just like our own DJ Gaudi, Darude, known for his smash hit “Sandstorm,” started DJing in high school.
He got his name by repeatedly playing the song “Rude Boy” at a party he was DJing at and therefore earning the name Rude Boy.
Rude Boy eventually morphed into Da Rude, which then morphed even more into Darude.
His first major release was the electro song “Sandstorm,” which sold over 2 million units worldwide.
After his wide-spread success with Sandstorm, he released his first album titled “Before the Storm,” which was another success and sold 800,000 copies, also earning three Grammy awards.