The flying Dutchman

It’s going to be one big party next weekend with one of the world’s biggest DJs in India

Published: 25th March 2013 09:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2013 09:35 AM   |  A+A-


Like Zeus, Poseidon and Hades in greek mythology, David Guetta, Avicii and Tiesto are the undisputed gods of the EDM world. All of them have visited India in the past, and next weekend, Tiesto will be back after a three-year wait. Sunburn Arena is bringing down the Dutch DJ and producer for a massive three city tour that will span Mumbai, Bengaluru and new Delhi. With hits like Zero 76, Love Comes Again and remixes like Coldplay’s Paradise, Tiesto is known mostly for house, electro music and progressive house, all tempered with trance. Ahead of his mega show, he tells us about his work, play and why it is important to remain true to your own identity.

Your influences and inspirations.

My music is inspired by so many musical and non-musical things. I travel a lot and what I see in my everyday life has had a huge influence on who I am.

How did DJ-ing happen?

I’ve always been a music fan. Back in Holland, I grew up on rock music and then started DJ-ing.

How much does your hit single’s title - Work Hard, Play Hard - translate into your own life?

It is a part of my life! My work is play and I work really hard on my music.

Do you think the current wave of enthusiasm for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and  club music has a shelf life?

EDM is at its high at the moment. It’s amazing to see the recognition it has received as a genre. It’s truly a global form of music and the passion of all the dance music fans will keep it going bigger and bigger.

Qualities you think any good DJ should have.

It’s great to be influenced by your favourite DJs, but I think it’s important to find your own  identity.

Your favourite collaboration so far.

I recently worked with Bono of U2 (Tiesto remixed U2’s Pride and In the Name of Love for a charity event). I was very impressed with him, he is a legend.

What can we look forward to this season?

I’m working on new music, great tours, etc. I am working on a new instalment in my ClubLife mix series and my new album. My tour of American universities has just finished and I’ really looking forward to returning to India.

On March 29 in Bengaluru. 5 pm. Venue to be decided. Tickets (Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,950) available on

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