Crowned “the Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mix magazine in a fan poll, Tijs Michiel Verwest (“Tiësto”) is widely regarded as “the godfather of EDM.” In 2004, Tiësto made history as the first DJ to ever perform live on-stage at an Olympic Games. His performance of “Adagio for Strings” (based on classical composer Samuel Barber’s original work of the same name) became an iconic representation of old-world tradition and modern celebration, mirroring the historical significance and evolution of the Olympic Games throughout time.
Originally a trance artist, Tiësto’s style has evolved in recent years. In 2014, he revealed to DJ Magazine why he left trance in favor of a more diversified sound: “It’s nice to be in touch with the new kids who are coming up — the 16 and 18 year olds who are producing house music see me as kind of a godfather, and it’s really cool to be in touch with them. I think if I’d still been a trance DJ, they’d have been so disconnected with that sound that I wouldn’t be much inspiration for them, and vice versa.”
On January 14, 2017, Tiësto was awarded the key to the city of Las Vegas. The day is now known as “Tiësto Day” in Clark County, Nevada.