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Apr 23, 2018

Tiësto: I Like It Loud

 
Following another incredible, groundshaking performance at Ultra Music Festival this year, Tiësto unveiled his new I Like It Loud EP featuring four brand new tracks from his Ultra set. The four star studded collaborations saw him explore a diverse array of sounds, all while maintaining the mainstage magic Tiësto needs for his sets. To celebrate the milestone set and his work with John Christian, Mesto, Matisse & Sadko, and MOTi, we sat down with Tiësto to get an inside look at the EP and, of course, some more of the huge IDs he dropped!
 
Let's start our discussion of the I Like It Loud EP with a look at how you approach your Ultra Miami set each year. What can you tell us about the prep work and months of effort that go into the creation and selection of music for that set?
I think my DJ sets are an ongoing, day-to-day process. I try to add something new every time. Obviously in January and February I am less busy and have more time to be in the studio, so I feel I am more productive musically. But I do save up tracks to play especially at Ultra because people expect me to. It’s also a great way to test new stuff and see how the reactions are since the whole world is always watching that set!
 

Before we dive into each track individually, an easily identifiable thread between the tracks is that all were played in your Ultra set and that you can tell you love playing these tracks out! Can you speak a little bit to that and any other uniting themes amongst the tracks?
I always love what I play, otherwise it wouldn’t be in my set! And the same goes for the music I put out… every single track I’ve made, I love.

“I Like It Loud” together with John Christian looks like a track you’ve been playing out in one version or another for quite some time now. Can you tell us a bit about the history and evolution of the collab from the first play to the version that we hear today?
We made this track a year ago just for fun, but it took a while to clear the rights and get permission from Marshall! We switched from re-sung vocals to the original ones as well! The final version is the one I played at Ultra and is out now.

“Coming Home” sees you collaborate with one of the hottest young talents out there, Mesto. He’s been known for pioneering a future bounce sound and you guys seem to have found a really nice balance between your sounds in the collab. Can you take us through the track?
Mesto is really talented and makes a lot of great tracks! When he sent me the original idea, I was like, “yes, this is something I can add and change things to.” So I stripped the whole track and rearranged it. He sent me many rough demos before “Coming Home,” but this one felt special right away. I just follow my gut and when I feel it, I feel it... It’s hard to explain what exactly… I guess it has to sound a little different than anything else out there!
 
Things get much more cinematic and epic with “Dawnbreaker.” The track definitely works as a nice change of pace and gives some room to breathe and soak in emotions during the breakdown. You played it late into your Ultra set, so was that the intention with this production – one you could play later in your sets? 
I still love big melodies and melancholic music. This track has the perfect melody that sounds kinda like an old school record, but it’s from 2018! Matisse & Sadko are super talents and can pretty much produce anything! I am always very impressed with their melodies and beats. It wasn’t a conscious decision to play it so late. I still play and plan my sets on the go. I know the first three records that I will play just to settle in, but after that it’s a mystery. That’s why my sets are never exactly the same.

You’ve had a lot of success with MOTi in the past with collabs like your “Lean On” remix and “Blow Your Mind,” which was actually premiered at Ultra four years ago. What’s the secret to your chemistry? How are you guys always able to turn out the bangers?!
With some people I work with, it can feel effortless. MOTi is one of them! He just gets me and together we always find a way to create something special. I also really like how you can feel the soul and originality of his work. I am still super proud of our “Lean On” remix and Snake still uses it in his sets now – even at Ultra this year!

We always set the task first: what kind of track are we going to make for what time in the set? And then it always works out! “Break The House Down” is obviously built for the end of the set!
 
If you had to pick a favorite of the four tracks on the EP, which would it be and why?
Ahhh that’s a tough question… sorry I like all four of them the same! If I liked one less than the others, it wouldn’t be on the EP ;-)

And lastly, you’ve still got some massive IDs in your Ultra set! Are you able to shed any insight into any of those especially for us?
Yes. Two of those are just tracks by me testing the waters haha and the third one is a collab, but not with Alan Walker ;-) Although, Alan Walker is on my wish list to do a track with someday. We had such a good time together in Norway, I like him a lot!
 
You can buy or stream the I Like It Loud EP on your platform of choice today!
 
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