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Q&A with Tiësto before he plays Ocean Club in Quincy Aug. 30

Posted by Emily Wright  August 30, 2013 11:25 AM

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Guy Aroch for Tiësto

For EDM fans, there isn't much introduction needed for the man who was dubbed the No. 1 DJ in the world for three consecutive years (2002-2004) by DJ Mag. For those who don't know about Tiësto, his real name is Tijs Verwest, he hails from Breda in The Netherlands, and he makes some of the most recognizable house, dance, and trance tracks in the world.

If you're up for what we hear will be an epic summer-ending performance, Tiësto's coming to Quincy tonight for a show at the Ocean Club in Marina Bay.

We caught up with the uber-busy DJ via e-mail this week about his current tour, what he thinks of the electronic dance music movement, and what he has coming up that his fans can look forward to.

One of the craziest things I've ever seen a celebrity do for a fan was be the officiant at their wedding. Whose idea was it for you to marry a couple in Vegas? What was it like?

A: I’ve been playing in Vegas so much this summer and I’m really interested in the history of the city. It has a great tradition of entertainment and some really interesting cheeky things like the tradition of people getting married by “Elvis.” I figured that it could be cool to make a contest where I was stepping in as “Elvis” and officiate a wedding. It worked out well and was great fun.

As one of your Twitter followers, I know that your fans have done some over the top things for you, like get tattoos of your logo. What's the craziest thing you've ever seen a fan do to show their support?

A: It’s not as crazy as you might think. One thing I can say is that my fans are really creative!

Do you perform the same songs during every stop of a tour? How do you choose?

A: I never plan the same set but there are certain songs that my fans do expect to hear. I like to play a set that encompasses my past, present, and future. I feed off the fans and let them lead the way.

You've been all over the world touring, but what's the best part about performing in Boston?

A: Boston is a very unique part of the country because it’s very much the hub of the entire New England area. The fans are incredibly intense and I love it. It’s wicked cool.

What can fans expect from your show on Friday night -- especially fans who have never been to one of your shows before?

A: We're approaching the end of summer and I want to provide all the fans one final release to get all their energy out. I’ll be bringing it and can’t wait to see my Boston fans go nuts!

How has your production style changed since your career began? Do you still use the same technique to make music?

A: The whole industry has changed. The way most people make music has changed from analog to digital methods and DJs changed from vinyl to CDs to digital. So everything has progressed in a relatively short amount of time

Speaking of evolution, how has the culture surrounding EDM and dance music changed since its inception the 90s?

A: It changed a lot. In the 90’s there was also a dance music explosion but that was still a bit more in the underground. There were of course big tracks back then but a lot of the scene was based on people going to the club and having a great time listening to Djs playing the tracks they might have never heard before. The Internet was still young and there were no blogs plus there wasn’t such a huge connection with pop music and the younger demographic like there is now. These days, dance music is huge and a part of every day life in the USA.

Why do you think there's been such a surge in EDM music over the past few years? Where do you see it going in another 5 or 10 years?

A: There are a number of factors. With so many dance producers working with pop artists dance music became part of pop culture. We see and hear it everywhere. Also, dance music is perfect for people who love to go out and party. Dancing is such a great way to get all the stress out from a tough week. So everything combined has created something very special. As for the future – bigger and better!

"Club Life Vol. 3" just came out, and you're on the road. What else can fans expect from you in the next few months?

A: I’m working on my new artist album and that will be a major priority for me!

Are you going to the show tonight? What's your favorite Tiesto track? Let us know in the comments.

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