We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Tiesto, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more interesting little facts about this 46-year-old DJ that you definitely (probably) don’t know. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Number Eight: He Produced a Track for Three 6 Mafia. Three 6 Mafia’s song, “Feel It,” was produced by Tiesto and DJ Frank E. The music video has been viewed millions of times, and it debuted at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Number Seven: He Was the First DJ to Sell Out a Solo Concert. In 2003, Tiesto performed for 50,000 people at the Gelredome in Arnhem, a city in east Holland. Imagine how popular he must have been to pull that off!
Number Six: He Is a Philanthropist. Though some DJs are all about the fame, Tiesto likes to focus on giving back. He has raised money for charities like Dance4Life and Schools4Life. In 2012, he even made a compilation titled Dance (RED) Save Lives that features stars like Diplo, Clockwork, Hardwell and Dada Life.
Number Five: He Is a Knight. Tiesto was knighted by the Queen of Holland after his 2004 release of “Just Be.”
Number Four: He Has Gone by Many Names. Tiesto is a man of many names. Aside from Tiesto, he has gone by Da Joker, DJ Limited, Allure, and Paradise in Dubs. He also experimented with different genres of music when he was changing his names.
Number Three: He Once Played for 12 Hours in Amsterdam. Now that’s some hard work! In 1999, Tiesto reportedly played a show called “Dutch Dimension” in Amsterdam that lasted 12 hours. Not only is this an impressive feat for Tiesto, but it is equally impressive for the fans who stuck it out to dance for 12 hours!
Number Two: He Loves Traveling. This might not come as much of a surprise, but Tiesto’s’ favorite part about being a DJ is all of the traveling he is able to do for his work. He said the best part of being a DJ is “traveling all over the world, fantastic parties and meeting so many different people.”
Number One: His Advice Is to Only Play What You Like. In an interview, Tiesto said that his advice to young and budding DJs would be to only play what you like, but to also try and please the crowd to fit their tastes as well.