Tiësto Explains the Universe (of EDM)

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SPIN recently spoke with Tiesto about EDM. Check out the interview below and make sure to read the full interview on SPIN.com.

“It’s unbelievable,” says a grinning Tiësto of the EDM explosion that’s made him one of the highest paid DJs in history: Last year he earned a reported $35 million. “What can I say?”

Surrounded by votive candles and flanked by a voluptuous bartender with Jägermeister shots at the ready, Tiësto can only smile knowing he’s on the receiving end of the boom. Backstage at Chicago’s Solider Field, the DJ sits ready to perform in front of the nearly 60,000 attendees of the Spring Awakening Music Festival, preparing to pocket another hefty paycheck.

It sounds crazy to earn this much money for a few hours of melding tracks together and pumping his fist, but as with any creative pursuit – and especially one that relies so heavily on performance – charisma and a little luck are required to ascend the contemporary DJ ladder. At 45 and a two-decade veteran of the scene, one who helped pave the way for big-ticket artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix, Tiësto has both in spades.

But does he have anything left to prove? Apparently yes. On the heels of releasing his major-label debut, A Town Called Paradise, a party-starting collection that features his first radio single in “Red Lights,” the man born Tijs Verwest sits down with SPIN and reveals how he’s artistically turned a corner, how he views himself in relation to other mega-DJs, and why retirement isn’t far off.

Read the full interview – Via Spin

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