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Here is a nice interview with DJ Tiesto, put together by Dutch TV station KRO. It focuses mainly on Tijs’ life throughout his career, starting from his teens all the way up to his current position. What I enjoyed the most are the truthful answers that Tijs provides when asked about his pilgrimage through the DJ world. He isn’t afraid to admit that he has changed, especially following his commercial success. While it may sound pretty douchey when he states he can now do whatever he pleases and can buy anything he wants, it’s hard to blame a guy for revelling himself when he started off with nothing. I also found it interesting (although a little neurotic) how he says Tijs is insecure as a person, but Tiesto is not. The bottom line is money does change people, and everyone has their own ways of adjusting to the fame and popularity. Tiesto used to care about others’ opinions about him, and now he does not. There are lots of cool comments from Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Fedde le Grande, and the legendary Ben Liebrand, as they all provide additional input from the DJ perspective. Whether you like him or not, Tiesto has definitely paid his dues, and he has earned the right to play whatever music he wants.

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Let’s bring it back to the turn of the century with the first edition of the In Search of Sunrise series, put together by DJ Tiesto. The ISOS series has grown to massive proportions, spawning 9 total releases and covering over 12 years of trance music. Because these are studio mixes (as opposed to the recorded live mixes of the Magik and Forbidden Paradise series), Tiesto is able to expertly blend all of these tunes together into a complete trance voyage. This one came out between the releases of Magik IV and V, still a couple of years before Tiesto’s debut artist album in 2001. All of his experience with his previous mix CDs is clearly exhibited in this release, as the tracks flow smoothly into each other and the placements are right where they need to be. I like almost every song in this mix, and there are several talented producers whose work can be found in here. BT is featured in tracks 2 and 5, Ferry Corsten in tracks 2 and 10, and Lange in tracks 12 and 13. Matt Darey is also featured using his alias Mash Up Matt, and Nick Muir (a Bedrock mastermind) has a sick production under his alias Cabala. In fact, Dark Blue is one of my favorites on this album, along with I Trance You, Sun Is Shining, and of course Walhalla. This edition of ISOS isn’t the best one, but it is an important milestone in Tiesto’s career and it’s definitely worth a listen.

DJ Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise (1999)
01 York – The Reachers Of Civilisation
02 Libra Presents Taylor – Anomaly (Calling Your Name) (Ferry Corsten Remix)
03 Billie Ray Martin – Honey (Chicane Club Mix)
04 Marc Vision – Time Gate (Original Mix)
05 BT – Mercury & Solace (BT 12” Mastermix)
06 Cabala – Dark Blue
07 Gypsy – I Trance You (Pappa & Gilbey Mix)
08 Yahel & DJ Miss T – Going Up
09 Technique – Sun Is Shining (Mash Up Matt Remix)
10 Gouryella – Walhalla
11 Kamaya Painters – Far From Over
12 Lange – I Believe (DJ Tandu Remix)
13 The Morrighan – Remember (To The Millenium) (Lange Remix)
14 DJ Tiesto – Sparkles (Magikal Remake)

Some more old school Tiesto:
Tiesto – Nyana

Tiesto – Magik 1: First Flight
Tiesto – Magik 3: Far From Earth

Recent Videos

Here are some random youtube videos to keep you busy. Thank you friends who shared these with me. I especially like the last one, which is especially for the fellas.

The EDC Experience (movie trailer 2)

2020 Vision Underground

Sander van Doorn – Innerspace (Sensation)

Barnes & Heatcliff – Attention!

Fedde le Grande TV – Episode 7 – The Takeover Tour

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Markus Schulz – Video Blog July 2011

Dada Life – Sausage Fattener

Dash Berlin – EDC 2011 Official Aftermovie

Sander van Doorn – Video Top 5 July

Sander van Doorn – Love is Darkness

Sander van Doorn – Studio Sessions 5

Swedish House Mafia – Take One (Pt 1)

Swedish House Mafia – Take One (Pt 2)

Tiesto – Club Life College Invasion Tour

Sander van Doorn – Ninety

Sied van Riel – Rielism

I have been a big fan of Sied van Riel’s productions for a while now, but I haven’t paid much attention to his mixes because I didn’t find them to be anything special. However, this new release on Black Hole Recordings deserves to be credited. The first disc starts off slow and chill, but it doesn’t take long for the energy to develop. My favorite tracks in the first disc include Zach Roth’s Silver of Blue, Danny Chen’s Oceanside, and Save the Robot’s Red City. Other notable songs include Lange’s new track, which really does kick you in the ass with its spectacular bassline, and KhoMha’s remix of Real Life is also top notch. Disc 2 is a little bit faster and contains more vocal accompaniment with the help of Nicole McKenna, Frieda Harnesk, Tania Zygar, and Emma Lock. It’s nice to Tiesto back in the game with his Allure alias, and two of those songs are featured in this album. Sied’s techy style can be heard throughout both mixes, and you can also find his new productions in here as well. I like his collaboration with Claudia Cazacu, and Telephone Junkies is one of his best this year. I’m also a big fan of his first vocal track Stealing Time, which is done pretty tastefully and closes out this release perfectly. Keep these mixes coming, Riel talk!

With Rielism I want to get across what kind of sounds and range I’m standing for now”, says Van Riel. “In what I guess is a short space of time, there has been a tangible change in what I’m about musically. This isn’t ‘In Riel Time 2’ (Sied’s last compilation) under a different name, its something new and quite contrasting. It’s intended to be more multiuse – something where I think people can drop a disc on straight outta work, as well as on their way to the club. – Sied van Riel


01 Re-Zone & Zmey – One Love, One Life, One Fate (Dean Newton Remix)
02 Zack Roth – Silver Of Blue
03 Vinson – Circular Progression
04 Chris Domingo & Derek James – Call Waiting
05 Danny Chen – Oceanside
06 BT featuring JES – The Light In Things (tyDi Remix)
07 Julius Beat & Eddy Karmona – Real Life (KhoMha Remix)
08 Simmons & Blanc – Sweet Sour
09 Allure featuring Henrik B. – Mariestad
10 Save The Robot – Red City
11 Sied van Riel & Claudia Cazacu – Lights Off
12 Setrise & Matthew Nagle – Nailed It
13 Lange presents LNG – Harmony Will Kick You In The Ass (Lange Mix)
14 Akira Kayosa & Michael Dow present Alderney – Unbreakable


01 Espen Lorentzen featuring Simon Latham – The Light Inside (Dub Mix)
02 Sied van Riel – Telephone Junkies
03 Ruby & Tony – Randers
04 Spark7 & Thomas DeColita – ID 22
05 Simmons & Blanc featuring Chloe Langley – State Of Emergency
06 Allure – I Am
07 Ronski Speed pres. Sun Decade featuring Emma Lock – U Got Me (Club Mix)
08 Daniel Kandi & Philip Alpha – Don’t Fix It
09 Arty featuring Tania Zygar – The Wall
10 Juventa – Dionysia (Skytech Remix)
11 Richard Durand – Airwell
12 Jorge Nava & Tucandeo featuring Frieda Harnesk – Somewhere I Belong (Eric Shaw’s Big Room Dub)
13 Webster vs. Baker – Chainsaw (Fred Baker Mix)
14 MEM – Illumination
15 Sied van Riel featuring Nicole McKenna – Stealing Time

The Dutch funky technician is back with another dose of circus house music. This third edition in the series has been reduced to a one-CD, but that doesn’t mean the quality has dropped as well. The mix opens up with a nice intro song by another funkified Dutch DJ/producer Baggi Begovic. At first glance at the tracklist I noticed there are four artists who have more than one song in here, the first being newcomer Ellez Marinni. He has two pretty interesting productions, although I like Marcelle more than Overpass. Wippenberg’s two latest hits also make it into this mix and they sound great mixed into each other. UR is pretty wild, but it would sound much better without the vocals. There are also two tracks by Polish producer Chris De Seed, out of which I prefer the Marcel Woods edit of Heartbreaker. Marco V, who is a Musical Madness veteran, adds another song into this series with one of his latest, Provider. There’s plenty of groovy basslines in this one, especially those found in Another Dimension and Questionary. I like all of Marcel’s new productions in this compilation, including his work with Tiesto; however, I do enjoy the original mix of Champagne Dreams more than the W&W remix and wish it was included in here. My favorites are Save the Robot’s Big Ben and Lay and Browne’s The Light, so make sure you check out minutes 40-47 into the mix. You can tell Marcel is 100% dedicated to this new sound of his, and it clearly shows up in his productions as well as in these mixes.

Marcel Woods – Musical Madness 3

01 Baggi Begovic – Sumo (Original Mix)
02 Ellez Marinni – Overpass (Radio edit)
03 Ellez Marinni – Marcelle (Radio Edit)
04 Bass Robbers feat Matt Blue – Another Dimension (Asino di Medico Remix)
05 Tigran Oganezov – Sexciter (Radio Edit)
06 Fedde le Grand & Patric La Funk – Autosave (Original Mix)
07 Wippenberg – Phoenix (Original Mix)
08 Wippenberg – U R (Original Mix)
09 Marcel Woods – Questionary (Original Mix)
10 Marco V – Provider (Original Mix)
11 Save The Robot – Big Ben (Original Mix)
12 Lay & Browne – The Light
13 Artento Divini feat.Cornelis van Dijk – My Sanctuary (Shy Brothers Remix)
14 Chris De Seed – Things (Radio Edit)
15 Chris De Seed vs Ivan Dulava – Heartbreaker (Marcel Woods Edit)
16 Tiesto & Marcel Woods – Don’t Ditch (Original Mix)
17 Marcel Woods – Champagne Dreams (W&W Remix)
18 Ali Wilson & Matt Smallwood – Morph (Orginal Mix)
19Marcel Woods – Musical Madness 3 Continuous Mix

Musical Madness 2

Two weeks ago Black Hole Recordings re-released Nyana, an all-out mix compilation put together by DJ Tiesto in 2003. When I first heard this album many years ago, I wasn’t too keen on this release, but then again my trance knowledge was fairly limited at that time. Now that I have revisited this album, I can appreciate what Tiesto was aiming to do with this album. The first disc is titled Outdoor, and it is contains a heavier techno influence above anything else. Tracks like Love Angel and Urban Shakedown give the first disc its edgy atmosphere. The first disc also features Tiesto’s own production Nyana, which is one of my favorite tracks of his. The second disc is a must listen for fans of vocal trance. Beautiful Things, As the Rush Comes, and Never are songs that should be in the vocal trance hall of fame. The rest of the second disc is dreamlike, with chill tunes like Nothing and Requiem for a Dream holding down the progressive theme. I’ll admit that I initially enjoyed the second disc more, but now I take pleasure in both of them for their unique styles. Overall this release is pretty good, but it doesn’t have the magnetism that the Magik series exudes. Nor does it put you on the auditory journey that the first few ISOS albums do. Nyana does have its hidden gems, but it might take you a few listens to find them. Either way, this is a nice re-release which includes all of the original tracks in their unedited, unmixed forms, along with the complete mix for each disc.

CD1 – Outdoor
01 Reinhard Voigt – Supertiel
02 Tom Mangan – Chutney (Size 9 Reinterpretation)
03 The Ambush – Acapulco
04 Tiesto Vs. Junkie XL – Obsession (Frank Biazzi Remix)
05 Planisphere – Totem
06 Darren Tate Vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In
07 Midway – Inca
08 Tiesto – Nyana
09 DJ Cor Fijneman – Venus (Ft. Jan Johnston) (Meant To Be Your Lover) (Tiesto Remix)
10 Conjure One – Tears From The Moon (Ft. Sinead O’Connor) (Tiesto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)
11 DJ Ton T.B – Electronic Malfunction
12 The Gift – Love Angel (M.I.K.E. Remix)
13 Solar Factor – Urban Shakedown
14 GTR – Mistral

CD 2 – Indoor
01 Catcher – Destiny Sunrise
02 Filterheadz Pres. Orange 3 – In Your Eyes (Blue Mix)
03 Andain – Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix)
04 Solarstone Vs. Sirocco – Destination
05 Young Parisians – U Write The Rules (Solarstone Remix)
06 Holden & Thompson – Nothing (93 Returning Mix)
07 Mr. Sam Vs. Fred Baker Pres. As One – Forever Waiting
08 Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Sweeping Strings Mix)
09 The Roc Project – Never (Ft. Tina Arena) (DJ Tiesto Remix Vs. Filterheadz Luv Tina Remix)
10 Smart System – Morgentau (Spring Mix)
11 Leama – Requiem For A Dream (Leama’s Dream Mix)
12 P.O.S – Remember (Summer Sun)
13 Solid Globe – North Pole

For this week’s throwback I have uploaded a live set mixed by Ferry Corsten from back in 2000.I’m not sure what Incasa is, but my guess is that it’s a club in Leiden, Netherlands. This set is filled with lots of goodies from some very well known names, as well as some from lesser known producers. Armin found his way into the mix via his Gaia track as well as his work alongside Tiesto in the Alibi song. Of course there are a handful of Ferry songs as well, including three tracks from his System F album released that year. 2000 was the year that Superstring and Tiesto’s remix of Silence came out, and both of these songs were heard pretty much everywhere, including this mix. This was also the year that saw debut tracks from artists Silverblue, Golddenscan, and Ron van Gelderen, and all of them are featured in the set. I really enjoy the Signum track, as Ron Hagen and Pascal M. have always put out quality work. Ferry closes out the set beautifully with Tenshi, which was another anthem from the beginning of the decade. For me, it’s always nice to hear these classic tracks because they left such big footprints in trance history, and of course it helps when they are nicely mixed together by one of the greats. Take a listen for yourself…

Ferry Corsten Live @ Incasa, Leiden (September 15, 2000)
01 Mauro Picotto – Proximus (Medley with Amedius)
02 Silvio Ecomo – Standing (Remix)
03 Norlander – The Prayer (Fatwa Mix)
04 System F – Needlejuice
05 Silverblue – Do You Know (Silverblue Remix)
06 Gaia – 4 Elements
07 ID
08 Trisco – Musak (Wonderland Avenue Remix)
09 Timo Maas – Ubik (The Dance)
10 Norlander – The Prayer (Fatwa Mix)
11 System F – Needlejuice
12 Silverblue – Do You Know (Silverblue Remix)
13 Gaia – 4 Elements
14 Goldenscan – Sunrise
15 Qua Vadis – Sonic Boom
16 Kristine Blond – Love Shy (Electrique Boutique Vocal Mix)
17 Delerium – Silence (Tiesto Remix)
18 Alibi – Eternity
19 Agnelli & Nelson – Hudson Street (Dark Now Mix)
20 Absolom – Stars (Headz On Trance Remix)
21 System F – Solstice
22 Cygnus X – Superstring (Rank 1 Remix)
23 The Act – Something About You (DJ Garry Remix)
24 Van Gelderen – Konga
25 Signum – Solar Level
26 Gouryella – Tenshi

Thanks to Orangeman for the upload!
Download the set here

With what seems to be a World Cup reference (or marketing ploy), the ISOS series has landed in South Africa, this time with Richard Durand directing the pursuit. I guess Tiesto finally found his sunrise in Asia back in 2008, because he has passed control of the series on to Richard Durand. This album contains mostly unreleased tracks, and there are quite a few good ones too. Released on SongBird (a sub-label of Black Hole), this CD is loaded with fresh vocals and has a nice summery feel to it. I’m not really a fan of Durand’s recent releases (2 of them can be found on this album), but many of the other songs are impressive. Artists such as Beltek, Zoo Brazil, and Moonbeam all return from ISOS 7 to add a new piece of work to this album. The vocal tracks are solid, and you can really hear the Black Hole sound throughout the mixes.

As for the new Mr. ISOS, Richard Durand does a good job of stepping into Tiesto’s shadow. The ISOS series, which for a long time was synonymous with Tiesto, doesn’t miss a beat with this latest volume. Now, whether you think that is a good or bad thing is up to you. Regardless of the hate often pointed towards Tiesto, I always thought he did a good job presenting new tracks through the last 7 Sunrise albums. Some claim that the Sunrise series is boring, and I can’t completely disagree with this. It does take several listens to really enjoy the depth of the tracks, and even though the series is pretty commercialized, you can’t deny the level of talent that is signed to Tiesto’s label. The two discs flow well, which is a nice note compared to some of the bad stories I’ve heard about Durand. His style ranges across the whole spectrum, from chill, light paced tracks to hard, bold tunes, and he displays all of it in these two CDs. Whether you love or hate Tiesto and Durand, you should still check out this album just for the new tunes.

Disc 1
01 First State – My Sanctuary
02 George Acosta featuring Fisher – Beautiful
03 Venaccio & Daigon – The Violet Hour
04 Kostya Veter featuring Madelin Zero – Envy
05 Ad Brown and Matt Lange featuring Kerry Leva – As The Rain Falls
06 Craving – Never Alone
07 Zoo Brazil featuring Rasmus Kellerman – There Is Hope
08 Ben Preston – Pillars Of The Earth
09 San vs. Wendel Kos – Kiss Of Life (Ibiza Sunrise Mix)
10 Jorg Zimmer – Sydney
11 Avis Vox – Introspection Attempts (Moonbeam Remix)
12 Tom Cloud – The Darkest Star
13 Richard Durand – For No Reason

Disc 2
01 Michael Badal, Zya & Teddy C – Deltree
02 Ad Brown featuring Renee Six – Something For The Pain
03 Jason van Wyk – September Rain
04 San featuring Therese – Kissed By The Sun (S1dechain Remix)
05 Daniel Wanrooy – Ocean Terrace
06 BT – The Emergency
07 Alex O’Rion – Jellyfish
08 Richard Durand & JES – N.Y.C.
09 Hodel & Sunstate – Distant Motion (Aurosonic Remix)
10 Beltek – Par
11 Bartlett Bros. vs. Mazza – Satellite Of Love (Fabio XB Rework Dub)
12 Who.is – We.are
13 DJ Observer & Daniel Heatcliff featuring Hannah Ray – With Me (Original Vocal Mix)

Kaskade – Dynasty

Here is the 6th solo album produced by Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, released by Ultra Records at the beginning of this month. Now, normally Kaskade productions aren’t my cup of tea, but I thought I’d share with you some tracks from his new album, Dynasty. After listening through most of his work for the past 5 or 6 years, I have pigeonholed Kaskade into the genre of ‘girly dance music’, and this label has stuck with him throughout his career. This album is nothing new, as all 12 tracks contain female vocals. The music is a chill, down-tempo style of house which is nice for loungin’ to. Just to set things straight, my stereotype of girly music doesn’t necessarily hold a negative connotation, it’s just a style that I believe girls would enjoy listening to more. A lot of his songs are vocal heavy, and while I did enjoy his collaborations with Deadmau5, I do find most of the tracks on his solo albums to be kinda cheesy.

Many of the songs on this album were written by John Hancock, who along with Kaskade, Becky Williams, and Finn Bjarnson, form the group Late Night Alumni. There is even a Late Night Alumni song that some of you may have heard of, titled Empty Streets, which can be found on this album (it was featured on Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise 5). I do see a lot of commercial value due to the heavy usage of vocals; by adding words to his music, Kaskade exposes his work to a larger audience, some of whom probably aren’t too familiar with dance music. One thing that I have noticed about Kaskade’s work is that even though he insists on producing tracks with vocals in it, the music is constantly getting better. The level of production on his last two albums have significantly improved from his previous releases. Although I greatly respect what he does on the tables, this album probably won’t get many more listens from me (unless a remix album comes out). However, if you like his style and what he has done previously, then you will probably love this new release.

Kaskade – Start Again feat. Becky Jean Williams
I really like Becky’s voice and it thoroughly shines in this one. This is probably my favorite new track off this album.

Kaskade – Don’t Stop Dancing (with EDX feat. Haley)
Here’s a chill song that I can hear being played at a lounge. Haley Gibby, who also works with Ryan and Finn in Summer of Space, was also featured on the hit I Remember with Ryan and Deadmau5.

Kaskade – Dynasty feat. Haley
This is the title song from the album, again featuring Haley Gibby. She also has a great voice, as Kaskade surely knows how to choose his vocalists.

Kaskade – Only You (with Tiesto feat. Haley)
Kaskade receives some production help on this one from Tiesto, who also co-wrote the song.

Kaskade – Empty Streets feat. Becky Jean Williams
This song original came out in 2005, released under Late Night Alumni’s first album, titled Empty Streets. LNA recently came out with a new album, which was published in November of last year. If you like this particular type of music, I highly suggest you check it out. It’s titled: Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, etc.

A few days ago I stumbled upon a CD that had Above & Beyond and Armani Exchange on the same cover. I had no idea why Armani Exchange started to make compilations, so I did a little bit of research. On their website, it states that A|X music is designed to bring you the ‘sound of style that reflects the mood of the season’. Although it may initially seem like a big sell-out move by these DJs, I see it as a pretty sweet marketing deal by AX as they chose very recognizable DJs to work with. Notable ones include Robbie Rivera, Tiesto, Armin, Mr. Sam, Markus Schulz, and now Above & Beyond. The tracklists on most of these compilations actually look decent, which prompted me to download a copy of this latest CD. The flow is very chill and summery, with a good combination of newer tracks mixed with older ones. There’s nothing surprising or extraordinary about this mix, but it is put together well and stands as a solid chill-out mix. I did get the album with all the individual tracks so I joined them together, but it seems like they weren’t joined perfectly, so you have my apologies for the small hiccups between songs. A funny thing I found: there are mixes put together by some of their models, so if you are interested in hearing what Irina Shayk or Clint Mauro are listening to, I suggest you take a peek at the A|X website.

A|X Music Series vol. 15 – Utopia mixed by Above & Beyond
Disc: 1
01 Jaytech Feat. Melody Gough – Gray Horizon
02 Paul Keeley – Cloud 9 (Above & Beyond Edit)
03 Dave Horne – In Our Dreams
04 Jamie Matrix – Gold Rush
05 Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer – By All Means
06 Dinka – Aircraft
07 Oliver Smith – Sunday
08 Jaytech – Milano (Ad Brown Remix)
09 Hydroform – Shine (Andrew Bennett & Rico Soarez Mix)
10 16 Bit Lolitas – Cold Energy
11 Sergey Tkachev – Alien & Butterfly
12 Velvetine – Safe [Wherever you Are] (Rank 1 Remix)
13 Mat Zo – Rush 2009
14 Above & Beyond – Far From In Love (Oliver Smith Late Night Remix)

Disc: 2
01 Nitrous Oxide Feat. Aneym – Follow You (Armani Edit)
02 Reeves – Call of Loneliness (Andy Duguid Club Mix)
03 Oliver Smith – Pacific
04 Signalrunners & Julie Thompson – These Shoulders (Club Mix)
05 Boom Jinx feat. Thomas J. Bergersen – Remember September
06 Super8 & Tab – Irufushi (Ashley Wallbridge Remix)
07 Mike Shiver – Everywhere You Are (Duderstadt Vocal Remix)
08 Andy Moor – Fake Awake (Ecomix)
09 Maor Levi – Reflect
10 Above & Beyond pres. OceanLab – Clear Blue Water (Mike Shiver’s Garden State Remix)
11 Mat Zo – 24 Hours (Oliver Smith Remix)
12 7 Skies – Caffeine
13 Luminary – Amsterdam (Super8 & Tab Remix)

Additionally, A|X has a segment on A|X TV titled, The Above & Beyond Experience. Check out the first episode below: