When it comes to trance and electronic dance music, DJ Tiësto has earned his spot among the brightest lights of the genre. The Netherlands native got his start at a club called the Sprock in his hometown of Breda. It was there that Basic Beat Recordings found him and started issuing releases.
Five mix CDs later, Tiësto founded his own label, Black Hole Recordings, in 1997 with Arny Bink. Two of his most popular sets of albums – Space Age and Magik – emerged, as did the In Trance We Trust series.
All of the CD projects forced Tiesto to tour the globe eventually becoming known for his six-hour DJ sets. Along the way, Tiësto got noticed by Nettwerk and earned a deal in the U.S. His American debut, Summerbreeze, included his reworking of Delerium's “Silence” into more than 11 minutes of glory featuring Sarah McLachlan on vocals. The track flooded dance clubs and topped the UK charts, even making it to number three on the U.S. dance charts.
With that on his resume, Tiësto started landing work as a remixer and producer leaning heavily into the “Silence” formula of floaty femal vocals coupled with deep beats. Chicane, Faithless, and Leigh Nash all worked with Tiësto on various cuts.
In 2001, Tiesto issued In My Memory as his first full-fledged solo project. He followed that up in 2002 with the In Search of Sunrise compilation which drew influences from Ibiza. Two years later, both Just Be and Parade of the Athletes dropped, the latter being part of the 2004 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
When Elements of Life came along in 2007, touches of more accessible and commercial genres were evidenced in Tiësto's work. That trend continued on Kaleidoscope in 2009 which featured Nelly Furtado and Jónsi from Sigur Rós.
For 2010, Magikal Journey: The Hits Collection 1998-2008 culled various tracks from throughout Tiësto's career. A new series – Club Life – got started in 2011 with Vol. 1: Las Vegas.