By Rebecca Bulnes
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What do you give the world's most famous DJ for his latest globetrotting tour? How about a traveling half-million-dollar stage show complete with buto dancers, taiko drummers, trapeze acrobats, carnival showgirls, a chorus of singers, 100 lasers, and some hair-singeing pyrotechnics? It's a worthy start, at least, to compliment Ti√ęsto, the Dutch-born superstar who's the only deck-wrecker to win DJ Magazine's DJ of the Year award three years running. "Until now I did a lot of club gigs and big festivals in the U.S.," Ti√ęsto says via e-mail while working in Brazil. "A lot of people are attending festivals, but they come for different acts and DJs. For the Ti√ęsto in Concert shows, all the people come for me." "All the people" includes the 10,000 sweaty postrave revelers who rocked out the LA stop of the three-city tour this past August.
After so many years as the world's premier trance DJ plying a sound that veers from a heart-racing electro-fried frenzy to the more mellowed, organic comedown of his recently released In Search of Sunrise Vol. 4: Latin America it must be tough for the man to keep things fresh. "Due to all this touring, I have seen so many different people and cultures around the world," he says. "This influenced my productions and my sets in such a way that they keep on changing my sound so that it remains innovating. My musical style has become more grown-up during the last few years. I am playing more different styles than just pure trance." So the grown-up Ti√ęsto gets to play with a psychedelic circus backdrop to rival Cirque du Soleil at its most buck-wild? Now that's the way to get old.