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    Talking Tiesto - Off the hook!!!

    A few of us went to the Tiesto event held at the "Estadio Olimpico" here in Santo Domingo on Saturday night and it was outstanding.

    He is known as the best electronic DJ on the planet, and after Saturday, I know why.

    Below is a review by Mr. Lu.

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    A week after Tijs Michiel Verwest touched down in Santo Domingo, the buzz on his performance is still causing a stir. A concert for the ages or at the very least a one night music spectacle rarely seen and not expected in the DR. For one night the clinkity clink sounds of Bachata and raucous horns of Mambo were replaced by the trance inducing sounds of Verwest, better known to his fans as Tiesto (formerly Dj Tiesto). The electronic movement in the DR is small, limited mostly to Santo Domingo’s middle and upper classes or the various resort towns scattered throughout the DR. But the boncheros, a Dominican slang terms for ravers, has a cult like dedication to their music of choice. And if this cult had a god, Tiesto would be it.

    On the night of 28 March 2009, the faithful electronic religiolites came to awe and worship at the turntables of their presumptive leader and he didn’t disappoint. Tiesto dropped the first note at 12:45am, at the Estadio Olimpico. The raucous crowd of 10,000 revelers inched as close as they could to the stage to get a glimpse of Tiesto, so they could, at the very least, brag “I saw Tiesto.”

    The energy drove the night and created an almost euphoric atmosphere where the main goal was to dance. During the five hour set the Dutch born Dj made it seem as if the world’s problems were a far away dream. Each note and each transition made each problem temporarily fade away. This is what a good DJ does. This is why they come.

    The mix of youthful energy, anticipation and exuberance was amplified by Tiesto’s naturally ability to connect with his audience through his music. He speaks with his hands, with an uncanny ability to generate a roller coaster of varied emotions from the crowd.

    A large fireworks show accompanied Tiesto, as beaming bright lights covered the night sky. If the music was not enough to put you in a trance like state, the constant flashing of fluorescent reds, blues and greens sure did. The spectacle was highlighted by a trapeze artists dangling from a large white balloon, which hovered over the crowd, garnering oohs and aah, and several circus performers dancing on the VIP section of the Olimpico. 

Apart from dazzling at his DJ exploits fans almost blew the Estadio Olimpico on various occasions, especially when he dropped some of his most famous productions, including “Love Comes Again,” “Rush” and “Lethal Industry.” Tiesto continued spinning until 5am and as hard as it may be to believe the crowd wanted more. For those who don’t know Tiesto or have never experienced an electronic concert, put it on your calendar. You won’t be disappointed…...

    Tiësto

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    wow! awesome pics! looks like a good time was had by all!

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    Wow, looks like it was a great time. I am so envious of you guys that live in DR.

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    not impressed poor choice of words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mujermaravilla View Post
    not impressed poor choice of words.
    What?


    Anyways, windeguy expresses a legitimate query. Though much of this music is computer generated I must admit there is some level of artistry involved. I have tried my hand at DJing and mixing before, in high school and college, and for as easy as it looks, it is not easy at all. Not everyone can mix. Yes, some of the stuff is cookie cutter, and many don't play instruments, but one can step back and appreciate and apparent quality in the abilities these DJs present. At the very least they are overpaid MCs. Keeping the crowds hype.

    The art of DJ is a complex one, at least what I consider DJ. From what I have seen and heard I can say Tiesto is good. I mean you can go back and forth on it and you will never get a decisive answer.

    As for popularity, remember socio-economics has much to do with it with most tickets pricing out a majority of Dominicans. Also, much of those who listen to this have traveled to Europe or the US, which makes it more accessible to the DR's "elite."

    Finally, I will say this about DJ's, some are accomplished musicians. These concerts are the way they make money. Touring is one of the only ways that DJs make cash. Record companies own the masters most of the time so touring is the cash cow, but look on the liner notes of many other "mainstream" albums and you will see that many DJs are the producers. Many times these guys help produce the scores of major films, like Mission Impossible or the Matrix. At the end of the day what "passes" for music is up to each one's taste, but there is always a silver lining that is objective.


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    I heard about this and comments that he was off the hook. Now I'm an old fart (not really, but not 18 anymore), but I still would have liked to go. Looks like tons of fun...

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    I guess skills come in all shapes and sizes. If think Tiesto's core skill is the ability to read an audience and keep 10,000+ people eating out of his hand for over 4hrs non-stop. Whatever way you slice it, that's a considerable talent.

    I'm no spring chicken, but thoroughly enjoyed the concert. My appreciation of electronic music goes back to the early days of "Jean Michel Jarre" who still to this day holds the record for the largest ever outdoor concert, 3.5 million+ people at Moscow's 850th anniversary.

    Jean Michel Jarre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I'm no spring chicken, but thoroughly enjoyed the concert. My appreciation of electronic music goes back to the early days of "Jean Michel Jarre" who still to this day holds the record for the largest ever outdoor concert, 3.5 million+ people at Moscow's 850th anniversary.
    Do you still have your Tangerine Dream LP's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    A little background on my comments. I have studied music on various keyboards including piano, organs, synthesizers and using computer programs since I was 8 years old. I am an electronics engineer by education and a musician by desire. I have taken college level music courses to fulfill the humanities requirements needed while I studied for my degrees.

    Never would I have guessed that music such as this would become popular. Most of this "music" can be created using computer programs that do most of the work for the "musician/artist". I can't tell by listening to this "music" if Tiesto actually can play a real instrument or is just simply the best there is at selecting the correct computer programs and adjusting the settings in those programs to get his desired result. At best this type of music is "arranged" by the performer to create the mood. I have little appreciation of this kind of music, but it really works for him and he is good at it.

    (It reminds me of the time that someone recommended I buy some John Tesh CDs. I put them on and couldn't even listen to them once all the way through. )
    There are three types of music Tiesto plays, you have music produced by other artists, music produced by himself or together with another DJ, or music he 'remixed' using parts of the original song and changing various components to give the song a diffferent feel. Some remixes are better than the originals, Tiesto's most famous (or my favorite I should say) being 'Silence' by Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan (In search of sunrise remix).

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    bet he has, Tambo.

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