The new album â€˜Kaleidoscopeâ€™ is TiÃ«stoâ€™s 4th artist recording and is expected to reflect the growing stature of a man who many consider to be the world’s biggest DJ. The first single, titled â€˜I Will Be Hereâ€™, was released on July 28th on Ultra Records, following the debut on BBCâ€™s Radio 1. The video for this single was premiered exclusively on MySpace on August 7th, and recently reached in the Top 10 on the Itunes Dance Chart.
TiÃ«stoâ€™s career highlights to date are many, but recent exploits include a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, â€˜Elements of Lifeâ€™ and headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. With over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out headline shows around the world, TiÃ«sto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue. He also sits at the helm of his new label Musical Freedom, a recent development since he parted ways with the Holland-based Black Hole record label.
In addition to being a huge live draw (TiÃ«sto recently staged his own outdoor headline show to a sold out crowd of 25,000 in Londonâ€™s Victoria Park) TiÃ«sto is also one of the worldâ€™s biggest names in remixing, with recent work completed for Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, and Calvin Harris. The forthcoming long player will cement the reputation of a truly global superstar in the prime of his career.
TiÃ«sto had this to say regarding the new album and forthcoming North American tour: â€œI’m very excited to work with Ultra Records to release Kaleidoscope. The company understands my artistic vision for the project and brings a lot of forward thinking to what I believe is my best record to date. Most importantly, I can’t wait to start playing this record out! It will be special to start off in New York City, then go all over North America for our first leg of the tour.â€
The release of Kaleidoscope on October 20th will be supported by a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the Kaleidoscope live experience out on over 175 dates, across 5 continents. North America in Septâ€“Nov 2009 will range from arenas and coliseums to intimate nightclubs.
More on the new record, â€˜Kaleidoscopeâ€™ TiÃ«sto:
2009 is very much about business as usual for TiÃ«sto. After a run of four top-selling electronic artist albums, the electronic pioneer has made Kaleidoscope, an artist album in the truest sense: a stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock: JÃ³nsi Birgisson from Sigur RÃ³s, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Emily Haines from Metric, to name a few. Having made the DJ performance an artform, TiÃ«sto has now made the dance album an artform.
â€œThe starting point was to work with different artists that I liked,â€™ TiÃ«sto explains, â€˜it was as simple as that. â€˜Sigur RÃ³s make beautiful music. Bloc Party are fantastic and exciting and innovative. But the hardest thing initially was to get those kind of people to collaborate. They donâ€™t work with dance artists as a rule, and especially not a dance DJ, but when we started producing these tracks, I was surprised at how well the styles work together.â€
Once the artists had seen YouTube clips of TiÃ«stoâ€™s crowd-wowing performances, like the one of him playing in front of 250.000 people on the beach in Brazil, and once theyâ€™d heard the tracks heâ€™d been writing, they all jumped at the chance.
First on board were Tegan and Sara, the Canadian indie duo and twin sisters. TiÃ«sto had remixed their single â€œBack In Your Headâ€, and in June 2008 they met in Vancouver. â€œI realized what great songwriters they are â€“ I gave them a track to write on and they did an amazing job.â€ In his home studio in his hometown of Breda in Holland, TiÃ«sto set to work finessing the collaboration. â€œFeel It In My Bonesâ€ is the result, an epic, shimmering floorfiller.
Soon the songs were pouring in. Nelly Furtado and TiÃ«sto started off as mutual admirers, but after making her way to TiÃ«sto’s performance at the 2008 Miami Winter Music Conference (sheâ€™d come along with her producer Timbaland) Furtado instantly agreed to be involved, and a few weeks later she gave TiÃ«sto an idea for a song that would become, “Who Wants To Be Alone”. Next to sign up was Emily Haines of Metric. She caught the thrilling TiÃ«sto DJ Experience in Ibiza last summer and again, didnâ€™t hesitate â€“ â€œKnock You Outâ€ is a euphoric tune that will cause floorquakes in the Balearic isles and rock festivals alike.
Securing the involvement of Kele Okereke, singer with Bloc Party, was initially more of a challenge. â€œKeleâ€™s voice is so powerful on a dance track â€“ I did a remix for Bloc Party, of the bandÂ´s new single â€œOne More Chanceâ€, and it really worked. Kele was a hard man to pin down. I was supposed to sit in the studio with him in Miami during this yearâ€™s WMC, but he got sick and had to cancel last minute. But I had written this weird piano track, an offbeat thing, and he really liked it, so we hooked up in London one Sunday afternoon a few weeks later. I played him the song and he just started singing with his guitar, mumbling a little bit then suddenly words came out of his mouthâ€¦ and suddenly we had a track! It was amazing to see how this guy made something cool and creative right on the spot.â€
The albumâ€™s lead single, meanwhile, is â€œI Will Be Hereâ€, a hook-up with huge-selling Australian band Sneaky Sound System. Itâ€™s a big, bold party tune with a stirring house-diva vocal â€“ and a song whose infectious immediacy reflects the instinctive manner in which TiÃ«sto wrote it: he crafted the entire production in less than week.
Creating Kaleidoscope, the song that gives this colorful, shapeshifting album its entirely appropriate title, was more drawn-out. TiÃ«sto had his heart, and his ears, set on securing the services of Sigur RÃ³s singer JÃ³nsi Birgisson. TiÃ«sto flew to Chicago to track him down, then did the same in Brussels, before finally spending time in Amsterdam discussing what they might do together.
â€œIt was a crazy idea,â€™ he laughs. â€˜If you listen to Sigur RÃ³s you canâ€™t imagine any relation to TiÃ«sto. Maybe the melancholy of it, but thatâ€™s about it. Their music is so different and I think that JÃ³nsi is one of the most creative artists in the world. But the funny thing was, I met him at a couple of times at shows, and thereâ€™s a lot more in common than I thought â€“ JÃ³nsi told me he used to be a big Iron Maiden fan as well, like I was! Then I noticed that he makes a lot of dance music at home on his own. So heâ€™s not that far away from what I do, really.â€
The result is a huge, progressive trance song, soulful and uplifting. â€œAnd Kaleidoscope is a great title for the album too. Weâ€™re mixing shapes and colors together to make something new.â€
Say hello to a new TiÃ«sto. Yes, heâ€™s the worldâ€™s most popular DJ. But the ceaseless desire to innovate that has pushed TiÃ«sto to the top of his game, propelled him to seek out some of the best musicians around, wherever in the world they â€“ or he â€“ happened to be. â€œIâ€™ve worked with these handpicked artists because theyÂ´re people I admire hugely, and because they make my music better. Itâ€™s more fulfilling for me to work like this, but a lot harder and more challenging.â€
In the end, admits TiÃ«sto, heâ€™s unsure how people will react to Kaleidoscope. â€œIt is completely different to what I did before,â€™ he says cheerfully, adding that this is one of the reasons heÂ´s set up an appropriately named new label, Musical Freedom, to release the album. â€˜Iâ€™m introducing more and more flavors of what people know as TiÃ«sto. This is a record you can enjoy at home, not just on the dancefloor. But what is very important to me, is that every single track on the album will work when I play out too.â€
Heâ€™s not the worldâ€™s greatest DJ for nothingâ€¦
North American Tour
Thu 9/24 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri 9/25 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Sat 9/26 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Thu 10/1 Boston, MA – Tsongas Arena*
Fri 10/2 Montreal, Canada – Bell Center
Sat 10/3 Toronto, Canada – Arrow Hall
Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA – North Atlanta Trade Center
Sun 10/11 Washington, DC – Fur
Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH – Aura
Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH – Boma
Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory*
Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC – The Forum
Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL – UCF Arena *
Sat 10/17 Miami, FL – Liv*
Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
Fri 10/23 Houston, TX – Reliant Arena*
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX – the Palladium
Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX – Cowboys
Mon 10/26 OK City, OK – City Walk
Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN – Limelight
Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO – Home
Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater*
Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN – Myth
Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL – The Congress
Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada – Shaw Conference Center
Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada – Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)
Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada – PNE