Tiesto Parties on a Plane With Swedish House Mafia: "We Were Shooting Corks at the Pilots!"

Who leads a sexy life of million-dollar beats, limitless bottles, sweaty groupies, massive megaclubs, rooftop condos, famous friends, and international travel aboard personally branded private jets?

Well, we certainly don't. But Tiësto does. And as usual, the Dutch electronic dance music superstar's gonna be returning to his second home -- Miami -- for the second-to-last week of March.

He'll shack up at his SoBe residence. Take a nap. Sip some champagne. Practice his epic arm raises. And then he'll get to work, dropping beats, popping bottles, and playing with the Magic City's most beautiful people.

Recently, we here at Crossfade spoke to Tiësto about his Ultra-week party at Arkadia, living in Miami, and partying on a plane with Swedish House Mafia.

New Times: You spend a ton of time in Miami. Do you consider this city to be a second home?

Tiësto: Yeah. There are several cities that I really like in America -- L.A., Chicago, New York, and Miami. But I spend the most time in Miami, because the weather is amazing in the wintertime. I know so many people there. And it's just a lovely place to relax.

As a constantly touring dance music superstar, how much time do you spend traveling per year? Do you basically live out of the Tiësto jet?

Yeah, I spend a lot of time on the road, especially last year. But for the first couple of months in 2012, I've taken it pretty easy. There were barely any bookings in January and February. So I've been in the studio.

In general, though, I spend at least 150 days per year on the road.

The Tiësto jet is fascinating. It's awesome that you've got a private plane with your personal logo slapped on the fuselage. Have you ever hosted a full-blown party aboard the jet? Or is it usually nap time on the plane?

Oh, we've had some very wild parties on the plane. Just last year, I flew to Ibiza with my friends from Swedish House Mafia and there was a big rave. We were drinking a lot. We had so much fun. And then we totally crashed the plane. Well, not literally. [Laughs] Like, inside. There was champagne on the walls. We were shooting corks at the pilots. It was insane. And we passed out before we even landed.

So I guess the jet must come equipped with a killer sound system.

Of course. The sound system is pretty good on the plane. It's purely for partying.

Your next trip to Miami will be for Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week. And you'll be throwing a club bash at the Fontainebleau, right?

Yes, we're having a special label party at Arkadia, a small, intimate place. Expect some artists from my label and maybe some special guests. There's also a good chance that I'll show up, even though I can't confirm it. It's going to be all about musical freedom and hanging out with the people who released tracks on my label last year. We'll have a little celebration. Everybody will play a few records. And it'll be a fun night. But there won't be a headline billing or anything. Just low key and casual.

Ultra Music Festival 2012. Friday, March 23, to Sunday, March 25. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are sold out. Visit

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