Wednesday, June 29 2022

Step into the world of Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas, a world that visually and audibly delights with its innovative design, cutting-edge technology and impressive roster of performers.

Zouk Group, a pioneering nightlife institution in Singapore, has traveled halfway around the world to bring its concept to partygoers in Las Vegas. The result is a 36,000 square foot multi-room nightclub that completely immerses clubgoers. There are several bars and lounges, each with their own stunning design, but the real magnet that will attract guests is the main room. It’s here that the stage is set for some of the world’s most recognized DJs and musical artists as technology dazzles the dance floor with Zouk’s unique lighting system known as the Mothership. Recreated from Zouk Nightclub in Singapore, the behemoth Mothership produces a kaleidoscope of color and LED visuals as it floats above and around the dance floor, moving to the beat of the music. Between music blasting from one of the most technologically advanced sound systems and interactive lighting capabilities wired throughout, guests are set for a night of sheer revelry out of this world.

Zouk has brought in top talent to bring the wicked beats to the disco, and that includes resident DJs and musical acts as well as special event performances that include Zedd, DJ Snake, Nervo, Cash Cash, DJ Ruckus, Duke Dumont, G-Eazy, Jack Harlow, Madison Beer, Louis l’Enfant and more. Topping the list is resident superstar DJ and producer Tiësto (May 19), one of the godfathers of electronic dance music. With his decades-long success in the world of EDM, he commands the stage impressively with his unique style and mix of beats that flow across the dance floor and keep your feet moving for hours. It is an unforgettable experience.

We recently sat down and chatted with Tiësto about her residency, as well as her upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival performance this weekend and her thoughts on life and career. (And if you’ve always wanted to know more about Tiësto, we asked him to answer some fun questions that will help you get to know the man behind the name!)

Tell us about your new residency at Zouk Nightclub.

It was amazing. I stayed in Hakkasan for seven years, a long time. I was ready for a new challenge. I know Zouk from Singapore; I have played several times in this club. This is the original Zouk. So when they came here to Las Vegas, I was very excited. They showed me all the plans, of the resort, of the discotheque, of the pool party. I was like, “This is fresh, new.” The club is booming. It’s packed every week. It’s amazing because Vegas in general, the (EDM) scene has grown so much.

Let’s talk about the EDM scene. Did you ever expect him to explode like he did?

Nope; never. I remember I was (in Las Vegas) in 2007. I was playing about three times a year in Vegas, and I was like to the promoters, “Man, I really like Vegas. I wish I could have a residency here one day. That would be awesome.” And they were like, “Yeah, that would be amazing, but that’s never gonna happen. And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s never gonna happen.’ signs outside the hotel buildings. I did not expect this. But I am very happy that it happened.

Tell me a bit about your early career. When it all started in your home country, the Netherlands.

Dance music has always been important in Holland. He was adopted immediately. I was living in the south of Holland in Belgium, and the scene was really big. On the radio, they played dance music. We had our own version of MTV called TMF, The Music Factory, and they played dance music all day. It was a very wholesome scene. It was around 1992-93. I was only 18-19 years old. I worked in the club; played for six hours and played everything from house to techno to trance, I always played all styles together. That’s when I decided to go for trance because I felt the music was really hot around 1995 and I really enjoyed it. And I was like, “OK, I have to choose a sound and a style, and that’s why I went into trance.

You have always changed your style, changed with the times or been ahead of the game. Why do you think it is important to change your musical style?

It’s just natural progress for me. When I left trance music, I was fed up; everything started to sound the same to me. I saw all these young DJs coming to Holland – Afrojack, David Guetta – it was cool, the music they were making, and I wanted to be part of it. I moved to Sweden in 2008 and met Avicii and some other guys, and they were just making such fun music. It worked for me.

When did you decide to come to the United States and get involved in the scene here?

Around 2001. Paul Oakenfold was one of the biggest DJs here in 1999-2000 and he really helped me a lot. He promoted my name a lot in the United States. He told all club owners: “You have to book Tiësto; it’s going to be the next big thing. My first tour here was in 2000, it was my first club tour. Then in 2001 I did the big Area2 tour with Moby, Carl Cox, John Digweed – it was a big tour for me. We have played all over the country. And that’s when I was like, “Man, I love it here!”

Have you learned any lessons in the industry?

The biggest lesson I learned is not to stress about anything. Really enjoy what you are doing; enjoy the moments. If you worry too much about what might happen, you can hold yourself back. And if you listen too much to the crowd, you can also get lost, so you have to follow your own intuition. Keep following your heart and what you want to do.

Any advice for the next generation?

Love and embrace what you want to do and really don’t do it because you think you’re going to be famous. Just do what you love, then you will become the greatest because you have no limits. If I think back to Avicii, the melodies he used and the sounds he used weren’t traditional, but that made him special and I see him with new DJs coming – they come up with new and fresh stuff, which they really like to do.

New projects in preparation?

My next single is almost finished. I’m trying to finish my album so that it comes out this year, around September/October. I’m going to release some good real Tiësto firecrackers. I’m thinking of another big radio single.

Tell us about your next EDC performance.

EDC is always special to me. I’ve done it every year since he moved to Las Vegas; that was the start for me. It was amazing. I love the scene there – it’s so massive, but it’s still intimate in a way. Everyone is there to enjoy the music. Because I’ve been in the business for so long, today I’m going back to my roots, where before I was the trance DJ. I go back to how I was playing in clubs for six hours, where I was playing a bit of everything. I also did that at Zouk. I play house, techno, trance, pop in a Tiësto remix, it’s really nice to play like that. My EDC set will be like this. Main stage, Saturday night, midnight, the crowds want to hear a bit of everything. I’ll be playing some old EDM classics, some trance records, some house records, big Tiësto bangers, remixes.

After all these years, do you still have butterflies when you go on stage?

Yeah. And I think the gap year with COVID, it humbled me in the sense that I really missed DJing, when you get on stage, and the crowd appreciates what you’re doing. You play your first track and the crowd goes crazy. It’s a feeling you can never replace with anything else. I’m addicted to this feeling. It never gets old.

Want to know what Tiësto’s favorite fast food is? His favorite superhero? Find out here.

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