The title of “world’s biggest DJ” is not only highly-coveted, but also fairly hard to qualify.
That said, Dutch trance music giant Tiësto enjoys rarified air in the game, as evidenced by his more than 10-year career, which opened a new chapter Saturday with the launch of newest album, Kaleidoscope, at the Yonge and Dundas adjacent HMV just hours before he rocked Arrow Hall.
All smiles for the countless cell phones and cameras among an extremely excited audience that included some who waited overnight for entry to the free event, the 40-year-old Tiësto explained why he chose Toronto for the launch, saying he’s always had a special place in his heart for the city, the first he ever played in North America.
And when asked what direction he hopes to see his music take in the coming years, he responded by adding he simply hopes it gets “bigger and bigger,” prompting a “I’m not sure that’s possible,” counter from the afternoon’s MC.
And while Tiësto’s name may be bigger than ever before, receiving rock star-like welcomes at every turn, his music is also branching out and at least in some respects getting more and more mainstream.
The new album is laced with notable international guest appearances (Sneaky Sound System, Sigur Ros) and also features plenty of Canadian content, including spots by Tegan and Sara, Nelly Furtado and Metric’s Emily Haines.
Kaleidoscope (Ultra) is Tiësto’s fourth studio album and is available everywhere Oct. 6.