DJ Tiёsto is a very successful celebrity in the world of electronic music. He was born on 17 January 1969 with the name Tijs Michiel Verwest. The boy’s family lived in a small Dutch town, Breda. Tijs became interested in music rather early. At 12, parents helped the aspiring musician buy his first DJ set, and Tiesto started honing his skills.
When he was 14, Verwest performed at all school parties. In a couple of years, he began a professional career by performing in The Spock club in his native town. The DJ came up with a pseudonym Tiesto, which is how his first name sounds in Italian.
When Tiesto decided to become a DJ, he didn’t have any idols he could follow. He was learning new styles on his own, which made his music truly unique. Initially, the DJ enjoyed new beat and acid house. With time, he changed his preferences to gabber house and hardcore techno.
In the mid-1990s, a producer from Basic Recordings Beat studio noticed the talented artist. After several auditions, he offered Tiesto a contract. Soon, the DJ met another talented young musician, Arny Bink. Together they created their own label Black Hole Recordings and used it to record new songs. Arny and Tijs worked together until the latter moved to England at the end of the 1990s.