Whenever Tiesto has something to say in an interview, I listen to it. Serously, whether you like his music or not, this guy is in the music business for ages, has produced hits and hit remixes at a time when several of his fans or colleagues didn’t have any clue what music is. He’s a legend and has -in my eyes- a very down-to-earth view on the business.
In a recent interview with Philly.com, the Dutch icon had a few interesting things to say. Check this out:
On his wealth:
“(…) I think my perspective on money is everything above $10 million, you’re so rich it doesn’t really matter. What are you going to buy? A golden car? I don’t care if I’m number one or number 10 on that list. I’d rather have a Grammy instead.”
About the rise of EDM:
It „(…) was never built to be mainstreamed, I don’t think. (…) It’s meant to be underground. It’s basically just beats and melodies. In the last couple of years, it’s become more and more mainstream because vocals were added to the tracks and pop producers got involved. Those are the guys responsible for it. The basic EDM is still not radio-friendly. But I think also the way people listen to music nowadays is so different than it was five or 10 years ago (…) Everything is in your face, and EDM is more accessible than ever through social media and Spotify. That really helped, blowing it up a lot. It’s always been big, but now it’s more accessible. Now, everyone has their phone with them, and their favorite tracks, everywhere they go.”
About his income:
“We’re the least-selling scene in the world. We’re so lucky our income doesn’t come from selling records… Rock bands and country bands, they still sell a good chunk of records. But we don’t. I mean, everybody downloads it illegally and listens to it and streams the hell out of it, but nobody buys actual dance records.”
About what he does during a DJ set:
“I prepare my sets a lot in advance with mashups and vocals and a cappella and just mix it together on the spot,” he said. “So every two or three minutes, I make a couple of transitions, put some sound effects on it, and yeah, just mix it up in a nice way. And then look at how the crowd reacts, and from that, change the course of the set. Because if you have a prerecorded set and you push one button, you can’t change anything.”
Check out the full interview here.
Do you think he’s right?