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Famous Dutch Person: Tiësto Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Culture

If you are a fan of the DJing scene, then you no doubt will have heard of DJ Tiësto.  Even if you aren’t into DJing, you may have heard of him. He sounds a bit like this:

DJ Tiësto is a DJ and record producer with a passion for electronic dance music.  But did you know that he is Dutch?

Tiësto was born Tijs Michiel Verwst on January 17th 1969 in Breda, North Brabant.  He has had numerous names associated with him but the most famous one is DJ Tiësto.  About five years ago he decided to drop the “DJ” portion of the name and is now known as Tiësto, which is an Italian twist of his old childhood nickname.

Tiësto became interested in music from around the age of twelve and by the age of fourteen he was already DJing at school parties.  His success has continued to grow and in the early 2000’s he became the first DJ to perform to a large audience without any other DJs or opening acts.  From 2002-2004 he was crowned the “World’s Number 1 DJ,” three consecutive times by DJ Magazine.  Tiësto was also recently voted “The Greatest DJ of All Time” in the dance music publication, Mixmag.

Here’s another video for you:



Studio albums:

  • 2001 In My Memory (As DJ Tiësto)
  • 2004 Just Be (As DJ Tiësto)
  • 2007 Elements of Life (As Tiësto)
  • 2009 Kaleidoscope (As Tiësto)
  • 2011 Kiss From The Past (As Allure)


  • 2002: Area2 Tour
  • 2004: Just Be: Train Tour
  • 2005: Tiësto In Concert: North America Tour 2005
  • 2005: Central Eastern European Tour 2005
  • 2006: In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour
  • 2007–2008: Elements of Life World Tour
  • 2008: In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008
  • 2009–2010: Kaleidoscope World Tour
  • 2011: College Invasion Tour
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