How To DJ Like Tiesto

By now you may have heard of DJ Tiesto. This Dutch-born DJ rose to popularity in the early 2000s, and in 2012 was declared the highest-earning DJ in the world by Forbes Magazine with a yearly income of $22 million.

Before making it big, however, Tiesto a.k.a. Tijs Michiel Verwest had been DJing in his hometown of Breda for many years before making his big break overseas. In the early days of his career, Tiesto gained notoriety for playing six-hour long sets on weekends at a small club in his hometown.

In the mid 1990s, Tiesto was discovered by a Dutch record executive and signed to the Rotterdam-based label Basic Beat Recordings. Through Basic Beat he began to gain popularity throughout the Netherlands, releasing a series of mixtapes and touring relentlessly. In 1999, Tiesto became a resident DJ at the Gatecrasher, one of the largest clubs in England. He also kept releasing his own music, and soon obtained a record deal with the U.S. label Nettwerk. Following this came collaborations with big-name artists like Moby, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, and Sarah McLaghlan. From there, Tiesto’s career had nowhere to go but up, and now, thanks to his continued work ethic (which led him to put on over 100 shows last year) he now earns upwards of $250,000 a night.

Did Tiesto get to where he is today simply by sitting around and waiting for a record deal? No way! He went out and worked hard every day and look where it got him.

If you want to kickstart your DJ career, start today by working hard to improve your skills, just like Tiesto did before he made it big. Check out this introductory lesson on Using Effects and learn some of the tricks that pros like Tiesto use every day. Let today be the first day in your DJ career. Get out there and start learning!