Dutch DJ and international trance master DJ Tiësto released "Kaleidoscope," his fourth studio album, early this month " a diverse electronic collaboration with well-known musicians like Tegan & Sara, Nelly Furtado, Sigur Rós and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke.
Tiësto brings his world tour to CityWalk on Monday, and we couldn't resist getting into the mix. Here's the no-spin record of what the DJ had to say.
OKG: Will you be bringing one of your six-hour sets to Oklahoma City?
Tiësto: I never set out to do a six-hour set. Sometimes it just happens. I'm really excited about bringing my new show and album to Oklahoma. It's going to be a great show.
OKG: How does the energy of a crowd of 300 differ from a crowd of 15,000?
Tiësto: Performing for large crowds is a great feeling, but playing in a smaller is a more intimate environment. For me, it has everything to do with who is in the crowd, not necessarily the size.
OKG: What is trance music today as opposed to what it was when you first started?
Tiësto: Trance music has changed, quite a bit for the better. It has drawn a lot from other styles of electronic music like techno and electro, as well as sounds from outside of dance music. On my new album, "Kalediescope," I wanted to make something that brought together all the different musical influences which I am enjoying at the moment. I have been listening to a lot of indie rock, electro, techno and house, and have drawn from these.
OKG: Is the American dance audience in sync with what's happening in Europe?
Tiësto: Yes. I don't see much of a difference between the fans in Europe and America.
OKG: Do crowds differ dramatically from town to town and from region to region?
Tiësto: No. All the crowds so far have been great. The scene in America is thriving and everyone is bringing an amazing energy and vibe to the shows.
OKG: How does the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens compare with other career highlights?
Tiësto: Performing at the Olympics was one of the biggest highlights of my career. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To be a part of an event of that size and importance is very special to me and is something I will never forget.
OKG: Where do you see your career headed?
Tiësto: I want to continue to produce the best music possible and break new ground musically. Performing live is very important to me. I always want to create an experience that is unique and people will never forget. From the production to the music that I play, pushing the boundaries is something that I always strive to do.
DJ Tiësto performs 9 p.m. Monday at CityWalk, 108 E. Main. "Charles Martin