RS: Speaking about great vocalists, I heard you worked with Jes on a track and she's performing with you down here. How do you two work together?
Tiesto: I'm a big fan of Jes, her voice is of the greatest voices of all time. Whatever she sings, I love, so to work with her was a big honor. We worked the lyrics together and she's so full of energy. She was with me in Malaysia as well on tour and the crowd loves her because she gives the energy to the people and it's great.
RS: I haven't listened to the new CD yet, but the last four ones start and they really grab you and mix trance and classical. Is the new CD that same kind of journey?
Tiesto: It's definitely a journey, because after I finished it I listened to it a couple of more times. It's a journey of Tiesto 2006. You can't compare it to the first one or the second one, because those are different times, different trance, and difference music. So I think I moved on and I developed my own sound. I'm really proud of this CD, because it's a double CD but it's one journey. It starts off with a really slow housey beat, like you're lying on the beach and it's like being in a club. Yes, it's a whole journey and I'm really proud of it.
RS: Did you record it live or was it in a club or did you record it in a studio?
Tiesto: I recorded it in a studio in LA - in my apartment over there.
RS: Hence the subtitle Los Angeles.
Tiesto: Yes, definitely. The last one I recorded in Latin America and the third one in Panama, etc.
RS: How do you choose songs for a CD like that?
Tiesto: That goes pretty natural, because when I choose songs I just choose songs I like. I don't even have the boundaries that it has to be trance or it has to be like this. There are a couple of house tracks on there, so people are going to be surprised. I choose songs if I like them and they do something to me, and then I play them out for the crowd to see how they react.
RS: The crowds love you and you were number one in the DJ pool for many years. Why do you think trance DJs do so well in the DJ pools and why do you think there's such an affinity for them?
Tiesto: We used to be called trance DJs and I am still a trance DJ but in a different way. I have my own sound - Tiesto trance. Trance lovers are so dedicated and they are really interested in it. They want to know everything about it - the words and the melodies. Part of the dedication is their voting. People who like house music, the ones who go to the VIP parties, they love the music but they're not going to vote. So I think that's why the trance DJs always ends up in the top five because of the passion - the trance people vote because they care.
RS: What kind of advice would you give an upcoming producer/DJ who wants to start touring and get out there?
Tiesto: I don't know, it's hard to give advice. I mean there's so much you have to do before you become big. You have to be willing to sacrifice your life for at least ten years and be dedicated to the music. It's twenty-four hours - you need to breathe music, think about music, play music, produce music, and listen to music. It's everything - that's the only way you can make it, one hundred percent dedication.
RS: What would you like to say to all your fans out there?
Tiesto: I would like to say that I'm really happy that they supported me all these years and that we're still going strong. I became a big DJ but I still feel very connected and close to my fans.