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Trance pioneer DJ Tisto touches down in Bricktown on his world tour


Charles Martin October 22nd, 2009

Dutch DJ and international trance master DJ Tiësto released "Kaleidoscope," his fourth studio album, early this month " a diverse electronic collaboration with well-known musicians like Tegan &a...

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Dutch DJ and international trance master DJ Tiësto released "Kaleidoscope," his fourth studio album, early this month " a diverse electronic collaboration with well-known musicians like Tegan & Sara, Nelly Furtado, Sigur Rós and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke.

Tiësto brings his world tour to CityWalk on Monday, and we couldn't resist getting into the mix. Here's the no-spin record of what the DJ had to say.

OKG: Will you be bringing one of your six-hour sets to Oklahoma City?
Tiësto: I never set out to do a six-hour set. Sometimes it just happens. I'm really excited about bringing my new show and album to Oklahoma. It's going to be a great show. 

OKG: How does the energy of a crowd of 300 differ from a crowd of 15,000?
Tiësto: Performing for large crowds is a great feeling, but playing in a smaller is a more intimate environment. For me, it has everything to do with who is in the crowd, not necessarily the size.

OKG: What is trance music today as opposed to what it was when you first started?
Tiësto: Trance music has changed, quite a bit for the better. It has drawn a lot from other styles of electronic music like techno and electro, as well as sounds from outside of dance music. On my new album, "Kalediescope," I wanted to make something that brought together all the different musical influences which I am enjoying at the moment. I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house, and have drawn from these.

OKG: Is the American dance audience in sync with what's happening in Europe?
Tiësto: Yes. I don't see much of a difference between the fans in Europe and America.

OKG: Do crowds differ dramatically from town to town and from region to region?
Tiësto: No. All the crowds so far have been great. The scene in America is thriving and everyone is bringing an amazing energy and vibe to the shows.

OKG: How does the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens compare with other career highlights?
Tiësto: Performing at the Olympics was one of the biggest highlights of my career. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To be a part of an event of that size and importance is very special to me and is something I will never forget.

OKG: Where do you see your career headed?
Tiësto: I want to continue to produce the best music possible and break new ground musically. Performing live is very important to me. I always want to create an experience that is unique and people will never forget. From the production to the music that I play, pushing the boundaries is something that I always strive to do.

DJ Tiësto performs 9 p.m. Monday at CityWalk, 108 E. Main.  "Charles Martin

 
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