Late in 2000, Tiësto decided to concentrate on his personal work and left Corsten by himself to write and produce Gouryella’s next single with John Ewbank, the record company was demanding more tracks and neither Tiësto or Ferry could work together at the time. Tiësto introduced Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen and Ferry Corsten to the mainstream with his first compilations and the In Trance We Trust series. Summerbreeze became Tiësto’s debut DJ mix album in the United States with the help of a contract signed to Nettwerk. Summerbreeze featured his remix of Delerium’s "Silence”, it spent four weeks in the United Kingdom’s Top Ten chart, it reached number three in the Billboard dance chart. In Search of Sunrise 2 was released in 2000. Tiësto decided to create a sub-label, known as Magik Muzik. The label began releasing Tiësto’s own releases, but it has also released tracks for the Filterheadz, Oliver Lieb, Mark Norman, Mojado, Phynn and Jes Brieden. The label became a trademark which stands for high quality electronic dance music which was due to the release of Tiësto’s classic dance anthem "Flight 643″ in 2001.
Tiësto announced his residence at Privilege which was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as being the largest club in the world. He played in Ibiza every Monday, from July 7 until September 22. The gigs consisted of four hour sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise series. In 2007 he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island. The residencies also featured the performance of guest deejays, all selected by Tiësto, such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and Sander van Doorn as well as exclusive appearances by Fonzerelli and Airbase.
"I wanted to make an album that brought together all the different musical influences which I am enjoying at the moment," he explains from across the US. "It still has the essence of what makes up the Tiësto signature sound, but it takes it in a whole new direction. I've taken more of a structured song-writing approach this time, as well as experimented with new sounds and textures. It's important for me to continue to break new ground musically."
"When I started spending time with a lot of these musicians, most of them didn't necessarily think of my music as 'trance' as much as it was electronic dance music," Tiësto says of his dalliance with the hipsters. "Pretty much all of them had been to my shows or other dance artists in the past, had a great time and sincerely enjoy many kinds of dance music."
During these years, he produced hardcore/gabber tracks under aliases such as Da Joker and DJ Limited. He was later discovered by the general manager of Rotterdam-based Basic Beat Recordings. In late-1994 he signed to Basic Beat were he met Arny Bink, Tiësto released records on the sub-label Trashcan, founded by Arny, and later created the Guardian Angel sub-label with Arny in which they introduced the popular Forbidden Paradise series.
Holland took notice of Tiesto's talent, with Nettwerk finally signing him to a stateside deal. Summerbreeze marked Tiesto's U.S. debut, a mix album that showcased his remix of Delerium's "Silence" (featuring Sarah McLachlan), an epic 11-and-a-half-minute tour de force of throbbing beats and sweeping synthesizers with McLachlan's vocals at the forefront.
A native of Breda, Netherlands, Tiesto was born Tijs Verwest on January 17, 1969, and first started DJ'ing at a hometown club called the Sprock.
Tiësto (pronounced /tiɛsto/; born as Tijs Michiel Verwest (pronounced /tɛɪs vɛɹʋɛst/) on January 17, 1969 in Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands) is a Grammy-nominated Dutch trance DJ and record producer. He has become one of the world's most famous people in the trance and electronic dance music scenes. Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiësto. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the "DJ" label and is now known simply as "Tiësto", an alias which is a twist on his childhood nickname.
In 1997 he founded the label Black Hole Recordings with Arny Bink, where he released the famous Magik and In Search of Sunrise CD series. In 1999 he collaborated with Ferry Corsten to create Gouryella. The act released songs that are regarded in the club circuit as all-time classic trance songs. In 2001 he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career as well as his remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan which exposed him to more mainstream audiences. As his popularity rose in the early 2000s he became the first DJ to perform to a large crowd without any other DJs or opening acts. He was crowned the "World’s No.1 DJ" 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004.
On April 6, 2007 Tiësto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio show called Tiësto’s Club Life on Dutch radio station Radio 538. Both 1worldspace and sister XM Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show on Channel 81 BPM as part of their Global Domination lineup on Saturday nights. The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between 22:00 CET and midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET. The first hour is also available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio podcasts.