A Day in the Life of DJ Tiësto
Tiësto playing a special DJ set at A/X Armani Exchange in NYC
World-famous DJ Tiësto marches to his own beat, and a day on the road with him serves as proof.
11 A.M. I usually get up around this time. I like to have a healthy breakfast when I wake up (a plate of fruit and two hard-boiled eggs) and then I try to hit the gym for an hour. We’re on tour for the next 14 months, and I play shows five to six nights a week, so it’s important to stay healthy on the road.
12:30 P.M. I read a few e-mails and download everything that came in from the night before. Then it’s off to the airport again!
1 P.M. These days I’m fortunate enough to fly on my own jet, which is a great luxury. I’ll try to listen to new music on the flight—lately I’ve been checking out the Noisettes and Passion Pit and new dance music producers such as Henry Saiz and Dusty Kid. I also get up to date on the stuff I’ve been working on with my production partner. Staying on top of my business and private life can be tough.
4 P.M. I arrive at the hotel. I like to try new hotels whenever possible—especially any new boutique hotels that may have appeared since I last visited the city I’m in.
5 P.M. If I get the chance, I’ll take a stroll around the city and maybe even hit some shops if I have time. I love to find the latest styles in different places and grab some stuff to keep my wardrobe fresh for the road.
6 P.M. Back to the hotel for a power nap—crucial for any working DJ!
8:30 P.M. It’s off to a great restaurant, usually with the promoter of the venue I’m playing and some local friends. When you’ve traveled the globe as consistently as I have over the years, you make friends everywhere. Right now I can’t get enough sushi, so I typically vote for that if I have the choice.
10 P.M. It’s showtime, and I head to the venue to check things out. I enjoy meeting my fans, too. We normally have meet and greets set up before the show.
10:30 P.M. I like to take a half hour to get my head in the zone, figure out my set and focus. After a shot or two of Jägermeister, off to work I go!
3 A.M. After the show I chill backstage and decompress. Every now and again, I’ll hit an afterparty with friends, but when I’m on tour I like to be in bed before the sun comes up to get my beauty sleep.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DENISE TRUSCELLO/WIREIMAGE.COM; BENNETT RAGLIN (BOTTOM)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.