James Blunt

james_blunt1 James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount, February 22, 1974) is a British singer-songwriter whose debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit “You’re Beautiful” — brought him to fame in 2005. His style is a mix of pop, rock and folk. Along with vocals, James Blunt performs a variety of instruments, including piano and guitar. He is signed to Linda Perry’s independent American label Custard Records. Blunt won two BRIT Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards, and was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2006. Blunt subsequently released his second album, All The Lost Souls, in 2007; this album was certified gold within its first week of release. The first single from his second album, “1973”, was Blunt’s first Global Number 1 in October 2007, beating “You’re Beautiful” which peaked at Number 2 in the United World Chart.

Prior to embarking on a career in music, Blunt was an officer in the Life Guards, a reconnaissance regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in Kosovo during the conflict in 1999. While posted to Kosovo, Blunt was introduced to the work of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders), a humanitarian aid group best known for its emergency medical care in conflict-torn regions. Since then, Blunt has supported MSF by holding meet-and-greet auctions at many of his concerts.

Blunt’s primary residence is now on the Spanish island of Ibiza, where he wrote many of the songs on his second album.

Early life

Blunt was born at a military hospital in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, the first child born to Jane and Charles Blount. Blunt spent his early childhood living in England, Cyprus, and Germany, where his father, a Colonel in the British Army Air Corps, and military helicopter pilot, was posted at various times. He has two younger siblings. His father instilled in his son a love of flying, and Blunt earned his pilot’s license at age 16. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating to the 10th century.

At age seven, Blunt was enrolled at Elstree School, Woolhampton, then attended Harrow School (Elmfield House) on an army bursary. From Harrow School he gained an army-sponsored place at the University of Bristol, where he first studied Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering and then subsequently read Sociology. He graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Sociology in 1996.

 

Military career

jblunt02 As the British Army sponsored his university education, Blunt was obliged to serve a minimum of four years in the armed forces. Blunt trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.He was commissioned as a subaltern (Second Lieutenant) in the Life Guards, a unit of the Household Cavalry, where he rose to the rank of Captain. One of his first assignments was to British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada, where his squadron was posted for six months in 1998 to act as the opposing army in combat training exercises.

In 1999, he served as an armoured reconnaissance officer in the NATO deployment in Kosovo. Initially assigned to reconnaissance of the Macedonia-Kosovo border, Blunt and his unit worked ahead of the front lines directing forces and targeting Serb positions for the NATO bombing campaign. He led the first squadron of troops to enter Priština, and was the first British officer to enter the Kosovar capital. His unit was given the assignment of securing the Priština airport in advance of the 30,000-strong peacekeeping force; the Russian army had moved in and taken control of the airport before his unit’s arrival. As the first officer on the scene, Blunt shared a part in the difficult task of addressing the potentially violent international incident. There were less intense moments during Blunt’s Kosovo assignment, however. Blunt had brought along his guitar, strapped to the outside of his tank. At some places, the peacekeepers would share a meal with hospitable locals, and Blunt would perform. It was while on duty there that he wrote the song “No Bravery”.

A keen skier, Blunt captained of the Household Cavalry Alpine Ski Team, in Verbier, Switzerland, eventually becoming champion skier of the entire Royal Armoured Corps. He had extended his military service in November 2000, and after an intensive six-month army riding course was posted to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London, England. During this posting, Blunt was interviewed about his responsibilities on the television programme “Girls on Top”, a series highlighting unusual career choices. He stood guard at the coffin of the Queen Mother during the days of her lying in State and was part of the funeral procession on April 9, 2002. Blunt finally left the army on 1 October 2002 having served six years.

 

Music career

 

Early career

jamesblunt Blunt took piano and violin lessons as a child, but his first significant exposure to popular music was at Harrow School. There, he was introduced to the guitar by a fellow student, and started playing guitar and writing songs at age 14. At Bristol University, his graduate thesis was The Commodification of Image – Production of a Pop Idol; one of his main references for the thesis was Simon Frith, a sociologist and rock critic, and current chair of the Mercury Music Prize.

Blunt left the British Army in 2002 so that he could pursue his musical career. It was at about that time that he started using the stage name “Blunt”, in part to make it easier for others to spell; “Blount” is pronounced the same way, and remains his legal surname. Shortly after leaving the Army, he was signed to EMI music publishers, and to Twenty-First Artists management. A record contract remained elusive however, with recording label executives pointing to Blunt’s “posh” speaking voice as a barrier in class-divided Britain. Linda Perry, who was just launching her own Custard Records label in early 2003, heard Blunt’s promotional tape when visiting London, and soon after heard him perform live at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Within a few days, Blunt signed a recording contract with Perry, and one month later he was in Los Angeles working with producer Tom Rothrock.

 

Back to Bedlam

Blunt recorded Back to Bedlam in 2003 with producer Tom Rothrock at Rothrock’s home studio, using session musicians and performing on many different instruments himself. While in Los Angeles, he lodged with actress Carrie Fisher, whom he had met through the family of a former girlfriend. Fisher was very supportive of Blunt’s aspirations, suggesting the name of the album and providing use of a bathroom in her home for Blunt to record the song “Goodbye My Lover”. Back to Bedlam was finally released in the UK in October 2004.

The debut album from the unknown Blunt attracted little critical attention, and there were no published reviews from major UK music journals. His live performances, mainly in support of better known musicians, received somewhat mixed but generally favourable reviews. Blunt’s lack of performing experience and inconsistent approach with audiences was commented upon, while his music was likened to that of Damien Rice and David Gray. In March 2004, with Blunt performing in the support role for Katie Melua in Manchester, Alex McCann of Designer Magazine wrote, “Blunt’s ascendance is a dead cert and this time next year it isn’t that far removed from reality to suggest that a number 1 album, Brit Award and countless accolade’s [sic] will be his for the taking.”

jamesblunt01 James Blunt’s debut single in the UK was “High” (co-written with Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue). This song peaked below the Top 100 of the UK Singles Chart. However, the song was chosen to appear in a Vodafone commercial in Italy, and was a Top 10 hit in that country. Concert support slots for Elton John and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions in late 2004 and early 2005 followed, as did a band residency at London club 93 Feet East. In March 2005, his second single, “Wisemen,” was released.

Blunt’s third single “You’re Beautiful” was his breakout hit. The song debuted at number 12 in the UK, and rose all the way to the number one position six weeks after its debut. The song also received massive airplay in the UK, which helped propel Back to Bedlam to number one on the UK Albums Chart. The extensive airplay ultimately led to Blunt and his co-writers being awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work. After the success of “You’re Beautiful” in the UK, the song crossed over to mainland Europe, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2005 across the continent. In the U.S., “You’re Beautiful” made its debut in the summer of 2005 on WPLJ, a prominent radio station in New York City, despite not having been released to radio yet. Once the song was released to radio stations in the fall of 2005, the song climbed into the Top 10 at three radio formats: Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Adult Alternative. Blunt became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when his song “You’re Beautiful” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006; the last British artist to do so had been Elton John in 1997 with the song “Candle in the Wind 1997”. “Goodbye My Lover” was released as the fourth UK single from the album in December 2005, and was later the second US single. The songs “High” and “Wisemen” were subsequently re-released in 2006. Blunt started off 2006 celebrating five BRIT Award nominations, going on to win Best British male solo artist and Best pop act categories, having already started an 11-month tour that would take him around the world.

There was extensive promotion in the United States starting in the fall of 2005, with Blunt making appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Eight of the songs on the album were featured in television shows (The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and many more), films (Undiscovered), and advertising campaigns (Hilton Hotels, Sprint telecommunications) throughout 2005 and 2006. Blunt performed “You’re Beautiful” at the 49th Grammy Awards in February 2007, dedicating the song to the late Ahmet Ertegün of Atlantic Records, but he did not win in any of the five categories for which he had received nominations.

The album eventually sold 11 million copies and topped the album charts in 16 territories worldwide. It sold 2.6 million in the U.S. and was certified 2x platinum. In Britain the album was certified 10x platinum, sold over three million copies, and entered the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest selling album in one year. It was the best sold album in 2006 in the world.

In 2005, Blunt performed in 90 live shows, mainly across the UK and Europe, ending the year supporting Jason Mraz in a North American tour. The “Back to Bedlam World Tour” started off in January 2006, covering cities in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as three separate headline tours in North America, ending in November of that year. Not including promotional appearances, Blunt performed over 140 live shows in 2006. He enjoys the touring experience, saying in July 2006 that he and his band were having the time of their lives going to new places every day.

The videos for all of Blunt’s singles released from Back To Bedlam feature symbolism and dark imagery. In the first video for “High”, he is buried in a desert. In the first video for “Wisemen”, he is kidnapped and taken hostage. In the video for “You’re Beautiful”, he alludes to suicide by jumping off a cliff into the sea. The re-release video for “High” then features Blunt running in a forest. The re-release video for “Wisemen” has Blunt burning identification papers, and then walking through a forest while he is on fire and in “Goodbye My Lover”, he is the outsider in a love triangle, imagining the couple, a man and woman (played by Matt Dallas of Kyle XY and Mischa Barton of The O.C.) together.

Internet folk law has purveyed the rumour that in 2006 the name James Blunt was entered into the Dictionary of Cockney rhyming slang (a ‘right James Blunt’) in reference to the word cunt. Blunt is said to have responded, “John F. Kennedy got an airport named after him — I got my favourite part of the female anatomy”.

Blunt appeared on an episode of Sesame Street which aired November 14, 2007 singing about Triangles to the tune of “You’re Beautiful”.

 

All the Lost Souls

200_james_blunt Blunt’s second studio album, All the Lost Souls, was released on 18 September 2007 in North America, one day after its release in the United Kingdom. It sold 65,000 units in its first week, and was certified gold in the UK after only four days. By the end of January 2008, the album had sold 600,000 copies in the UK, and 3.5 million copies internationally. Blunt completed the album’s songs at his home in Ibiza in the winter of 2006–2007. He performed five of the ten album tracks during his 2005–2006 tours; lyrics, melodies, and harmonies were refined for the studio recording, on which his touring band played and Tom Rothrock worked as producer.

While Blunt’s first album received very little critical attention, critics from every major music publication, and newspapers around the world, weighed in on All the Lost Souls. Critics were polarized in their treatment of the album, with some panning Souls, while others were filled with praise. Eric Danton, of The Hartford Courant wrote that the album is “a collection so bland, it makes hardtack seem sumptuous”, while Rolling Stone said that the album contains “forgettable ballads”. Yet, in her review of the album, Kerri Mason of Billboard said Blunt “shows the abandon and confidence of a long-term artist, not just a one-hit wonder”. And of the album, Mason wrote, “there is not a misstep throughout”. Equally effusive, Liz Hoggard of The Observer wrote that “it’s impossible to resist Blunt’s troubadour yearning.” While not universally acclaimed, Blunt’s second album stirred far more critical review — both positive and negative — than his debut. Only after the success of “You’re Beautiful” did critics begin to take real notice of Blunt’s debut album.

The first single from All the Lost Souls, “1973”, was inspired by Blunt’s nights out at Pacha, an Ibiza club, which opened in that year. The song became another hit for Blunt reaching number one on the World Singles Top 40, and reached the top in the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles chart. D.J. Pete Tong remixed “1973” and played the track during his set at Pacha over the summer of 2007. The second single, “Same Mistake”, was released in early December 2007 but did not fare well in the UK charts, peaking at number 57. It was Number 1 in Brazil and a hit in many South American countries.  The third single from the album was “Carry You Home”, released in March 2008, peaking at number 20 in the U.K charts and bringing the album back into the Top 10, six months after it’s release.

In the end of 2007, Blunt worked with french rapper Sinik. They released “Je Réalise”, which took elements of Blunt’s song “I’ll Take Everything”, in France the same year. This was a top 3 hit.

 

Personal life

Blunt says that he has become closer to his family since his musical success; his father manages his finances, and his mother arranged for the purchase of his principal residence in Ibiza, where Blunt has holidayed since he was a teenager. Blunt also owns a chalet in the Swiss town of Verbier; in February 2007, he was named “godfather” of one of the town’s new ski lifts.

Blunt was instrumental in introducing his sister to her eventual husband after offering her for “sale” on Ebay. She was having difficulty obtaining transport to a funeral in Ireland, and Blunt listed her as a “damsel in distress.” The winner provided helicopter transportation. They subsequently began a relationship and eventually married.

The musician’s social life has been the subject of significant commentary, particularly in the tabloid press; he is well known to enjoy nightclubbing and socializing with other celebrities. Blunt has, in the past, been romantically linked to Dixie Chassay, casting director for the Harry Potter films; Camilla Boler, musician and daughter of the late Stephen Boler; and supermodel Petra Nemcova. Blunt himself has found the degree of interest in his personal life to be bizarre, stating that “fame and celebrity is something that other people have constructed that I’m not really party to.”

 

Philanthropy

Blunt has raised funds for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, through benefit concerts and by auctioning meet and greet opportunities at his own shows. He first encountered MSF medical care workers during his tour of duty in Kosovo, and was impressed with their work despite minimal support and limited security.

He also supports environmental causes, screening the trailer for An Inconvenient Truth at his concerts, and planting a tree for each advance sales concert ticket purchased through his designated website. On July 7, 2007, Blunt performed at the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium, London, and is the owner of one of two prototype electric cars made by Hybrid Technologies under a Space Act partnership with NASA.

Blunt, a former soldier, is also a patron of Help for Heroes, a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities to wounded British servicemen, and has also held benefit concerts for this charity.

 

Discography

 

Albums
  • 2004: Back to Bedlam
  • 2006: Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions (DVD/CD)
  • 2007: All the Lost Souls

 

Awards

2005

  • MTV Europe Music Awards – Best New Act
  • Q Awards – Best New Act
  • Digital Music Awards – Best Pop Act

2006

  • NRJ Music Awards (France) – Best International Newcomer
  • BRIT Awards – Best pop act and Best Male Vocalist
  • ECHO Awards (Germany) – Best International Newcomer
  • NME Awards – Worst Album
  • MTV Australia Video Music Awards – Song of the Year for You’re Beautiful
  • Ivor Novello Awards – Most Performed Work and International Hit of the Year
  • MTV Video Music Awards – Best Male Video and Best Cinematography
  • World Music Awards – Best New Artist in the World and Biggest Selling British Artist in the World
  • Teen Choice Awards (United States) – Choice Music Male Artist

2008

  • ECHO Awards (Germany) – Best International Male Artist

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Carlos Santana

carlos-santana Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American Latin rock musician and guitarist. He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which created a highly successful blend of salsa, rock, blues, and jazz fusion. Their sound featured his melodic, blues based guitar lines set against Latin percussion such as timbales and congas. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades, and experienced a sudden resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. Rolling Stone also named Santana number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.

Biography

Early life and career

Carlos Santana was born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico, with two brothers and four sisters and a father who was a mariachi violinist. Carlos began playing the violin at five years of age, occasionally performing with his father’s mariachi orchestra. When his family moved to Tijuana when he was nine, he became interested in the guitar, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and blues music and soon was performing in bands in the Tijuana area. When his family emigrated to San Francisco, California, thirteen year old Carlos refused to leave, preferring his independence as a working musician. After being convinced to stay in San Francisco with his family, he graduated from Mission High School in 1965. Santana helped the family out by working as a dishwasher and grew to enjoy the San Francisco music scene, often sneaking into music promoter Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium to listen to his favorite musical artists, including Muddy Waters, and The Grateful Dead.

At the end of 1966, guitarist Tom Frazier wanted to form his new rock band. Frazier joined Santana (on guitar/vocals), Mike Carabello (on percussion), Rod Harper (on drums), Gus Rodriguez (on bass guitar), and Seattle native Gregg Rolie (on organ/vocals), to form the Santana Blues Band. Santana has maintained that it was he and Rolie who were the most serious about music and pursuing it further, while the others were only interested in hanging out and being part of the scene. Santana himself was not viewed by the group as the actual leader of the band that had his name. The group operated as a collective, as it would through the early 1970s. The name of the band was agreed upon due to a local musicians union requirement that there be a designated leader and a name. He met Stan ‘Moon’ Marcum who acted as the group’s manager.

After a while the group came to be known simply as ‘Blues Band’. At this time it comprised Carlos Santana, Rolie, David Brown on bass guitar, Bob ‘Doc’ Livingston on drums, and Marcus Malone on percussion. Santana’s recording debut occurred as a guest on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

There has always been speculation about how the band picked up its Latin influence, since ironically neither Santana nor Gregg Rolie had any affinity for the style in the first place. It is known they hung out often at San Francisco’s Aquatic Park where conga players would get together and jam. Also, around this time Santana was exposed to other types of music for the first time in this creative, musically fertile city. Bay Area jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo became a favorite of Santana and featured congas on his 1966 album, Spellbinder.

Santana to Caravanserai

carlos Santana was signed to CBS Records, and went into the studio to record their first album. They were not satisfied with the results, and realized changes needed to be made. This resulted in the dismissal of Livingston. Santana replaced him with Mike Shreive, who had a strong background in both jazz and rock. Marcus Malone was forced to quit the band due to personal problems and the band re-enlisted Michael Carabello. Carabello brought with him percussionist José Chepito Areas, who was already well known in his country, Nicaragua, and with his skills and professional experience, was a major contributor to the band.

Bill Graham, who had been a fan of the band from the start, convinced the promoters of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival to let them appear before their first album was even released. They were one of the surprises of the festival; their set was legendary, and later the exposure of their eleven-minute instrumental “Soul Sacrifice” in the Woodstock film and IJIIsoundtrack albums vastly increased Santana’s popularity. Graham also gave the band some key advice to record the Willie Bobo song “Evil Ways”, as he felt it would get them radio airplay. Their first album, simply titled Santana, became a huge hit, reaching number four on the U.S. album charts, and the catchy single “Evil Ways” reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1970, the group reached its early commercial peak with their second album, Abraxas, which reached number one on the album charts and went on to sell over four million copies. Instrumental in the production of the album was pianist Alberto Gianquinto, who advised the group to stay away from lengthy percussion jams and concentrate on tighter song structures. The innovative Santana musical blend made a number-four hit out of the English band Fleetwood Mac’s “Black Magic Woman” and a number-thirteen hit out of salsa legend Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va”. Carlos Santana, alongside the classic Santana lineup of their first two albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He performed “Black Magic Woman” with the writer of the song, Fleetwood Mac’s founder Peter Green. Green was inducted the same night.

However, Woodstock and the band’s sudden success put pressure on the group, highlighting the different musical directions in which Rolie and Santana were starting to go. Rolie, along with some of the other band members, wanted to emphasize a basic hard rock sound which had established the band in the first place. Santana on the other hand, was growing musically beyond his love of blues & rock and wanted more jazzy, ethereal elements in the music which were influenced by his fascination with Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as his growing interest in spirituality and meditation. To further complicate matters, Chepito Areas was stricken with a near fatal brain hemorrhage, and Santana wanted the band to continue performing by finding a temporary replacement, (first Willie Bobo, then Coke Escovedo) while many in the band, especially Michael Carabello, felt it was wrong to perform publicly without Areas. Cliques formed and the band started to disintegrate.

Teenage San Francisco Bay Area guitar prodigy Neal Schon was asked to join the band in 1971, though at the time he was also invited by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos. Choosing Santana, he joined in time to complete the third album, Santana 3. The band now boasted a powerful dual lead guitar act that gave the album a tougher sound. The sound of the band was also helped with the return of a recuperated Chepito Areas and the assistance of Coke Escovedo in the percussion section. Even further still was the support of popular Bay Area group Tower of Power’s horn section, Luis Gasca of Malo, and a list of friends who helped with percussion and vocals, injecting more energy to the proceedings. Santana 3 was another success, reaching number one on the album charts, selling two million copies, and producing the hits “Everybody’s Everything” and “No One to Depend On”.

santana But tension in the band continued. Along with musical differences, drug use became a problem, and Santana was deeply worried it was affecting the band’s performance. Coke Escovedo encouraged Santana to take more control of the band’s musical direction, much to the dismay of some of the others who thought that the band and its sound was a collective effort. Also, financial irregularities were exposed while under the management of Stan Marcum, whom Bill Graham criticized as being incompetent. Growing resentments between Santana and Michael Carabello over lifestyle issues resulted in his departure on bad terms. James Mingo Lewis was hired at the last minute as a replacement at a concert in New York City. David Brown later left due to substance abuse problems. A South American tour was cut short in Lima, Peru due to student protests against U.S. governmental policies and unruly fans. The madness of the tour convinced Santana that changes needed to be made in the band and in his life.

In January 1972, Santana, Neal Schon and Coke Escovedo joined former Band of Gypsies drummer Buddy Miles for a live concert at Hawaii’s Diamond Head Crater which was recorded for a live album. The performance was erratic and uneven, but the album managed to achieve gold record status on the weight of Santana’s popularity.

In early 1972, Santana and the remaining members of the band started working on their fourth album, Caravanserai. During the studio sessions, Santana and Michael Shrieve brought in other musicians: percussionists James Mingo Lewis and Latin-Jazz veteran, Armando Peraza replacing Michael Carabello, and bassists Tom Rutley and Doug Rauch replacing David Brown. Also assisting on keyboards were Wendy Haas and Tom Coster. With the unsettling influx of new players in the studio, Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon decided that it was time to leave after the completion of the album, even though both made spectacular contributions to the session. Rolie left and went home to Seattle, opening a restaurant with his father, and later became a founding member of Journey (which Schon would later join as well).

When Caravanserai did emerge in 1972, it marked a strong change in musical direction towards jazz fusion. The album received critical praise, but CBS executive Clive Davis warned Santana and the band that it would sabotage the band’s position as a top forty act, even though over the years the album would achieve platinum status. The difficulties Santana and the band went through during this period were chronicled in Ben Fong-Torres’ Rolling Stone cover story “The Resurrection of Carlos Santana”.

Around this time Santana met Deborah King, whom he later married in 1973. She is the daughter of the late blues singer and guitarist Saunders King. They have three children: Salvador, Stella and Angelica. Together with wife Deborah, Santana founded a nonprofit organization called “The Milagro Foundation” that provides financial aid for educational, medical and other needs.

Spiritual journey

carlossantana1big In 1972 Santana became a huge fan of the pioneering fusion band The Mahavishnu Orchestra and its guitarist John McLaughlin. Aware of Santana’s interest in meditation, McLaughlin introduced Santana and Deborah to his guru, Sri Chinmoy. Chinmoy later accepted them as disciples in 1973 and Santana was given the name “Devadip” – meaning “The lamp, light and eye of God.” Santana and McLaughlin recorded an album together, Love, Devotion, Surrender with members of Santana and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, along with percussionist Don Alias and organist Larry Young, who both had made appearances on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew in 1969.

In 1973 Santana, having obtained legal rights to the band’s name, formed a new version of Santana, with Armando Peraza and Chepito Areas on percussion, Doug Rauch on bass, Michael Shrieve on drums, and Tom Coster and Richard Kermode on keyboards. Santana was later able to recruit jazz vocalist Leon Thomas for a tour of Japan, which was recorded for the live, sprawling, high energy fusion album Lotus. CBS records would not allow its release unless the material was condensed. Santana did not agree to those terms and the album was available in the US only as an expensive imported three-record set. The group later went into the studio and recorded “Welcome”, which further reflected Santana’s interests in jazz fusion and his commitment to the spiritual life of Sri Chinmoy.

Shifting styles in the 1970s

A collaboration with John Coltrane’s widow, Alice Coltrane – Illuminations followed. The album delved into avant-garde esoteric free jazz, Eastern Indian and classical influences with other ex-Miles Davis sidemen Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. Soon after, Santana replaced his band members again. This time Kermode, Thomas and Rauch departed from the group and were replaced by vocalist Leon Patillo (later a successful Contemporary Christian artist) and returning bassist David Brown. He also recruited soprano saxophonist, Jules Broussard to the line up. The band recorded one studio album Borboletta which was released in 1974. Drummer Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler later joined the band as a replacement for Michael Shrieve, who left to pursue a solo career.

carlosmyrtle4big By this time the Bill Graham’s management company had assumed the affairs of the group. Graham was critical of Santana’s direction into jazz and felt he needed to concentrate on getting Santana back into the charts with the edgy, street-wise ethnic sound that had made them famous. Santana himself was seeing that the group’s direction was alienating many fans. Although the albums and performances were given good reviews by critics in jazz and fusion circles, sales had plummeted.

Santana along with Tom Coster, producer David Rubinson, and Chancler formed yet another version of Santana, adding vocalist Greg Walker. The 1976 album Amigos, which featured the songs “Dance, Sister, Dance” and “Let It Shine”, had a strong funk and Latin sound. The album also received considerable airplay on FM album-oriented rock stations with the instrumental “Europa (Earths Cry Heavens Smile)” and re-introduced Santana back into the charts. Rolling Stone magazine ran a second cover story on Santana entitled “Santana Comes Home”.

The albums conceived through the late 1970s followed the same formula, although with several lineup changes. Amidst the ever-revolving door of personnel who came and left the band was percussionist Raul Rekow, who joined in early 1977 and remains to this day. Most notable of the band’s commercial efforts of this era was a version of the 1960s Zombies hit, “She’s Not There” on the 1977 release, Moonflower.

The relative success of the band’s albums in this era allowed Santana to pursue a solo career funded by CBS. First, Oneness, Silver Dreams, Golden Reality in 1979 and The Swing of Delight in 1980, which featured some of his musical heroes: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams from Miles Davis’ legendary 1960s quintet.

The pressures and temptations of being a high profile rock musician and requisites of the spiritual lifestyle which guru Sri Chinmoy and his followers demanded, were great sources of conflict to Santana’s and his marriage. He was becoming increasingly disillusioned with what he thought was Chinmoy’s often unreasonable rules imposed on his life, one being his refusal to allow Santana and Deborah to start a family. He felt too, that his fame was being used to increase the guru’s visibility. Santana and Deborah eventually ended their relationship with Chinmoy in 1982.

The 1980s

tclive6big More radio-oriented singles followed from Santana the band. “Winning” in 1981 and “Hold On” ( a remake of Canadian artist Ian Thomas’s song) in 1982 both reached the top twenty. After his break with Sri Chinmoy, Santana went into the studio to record another solo album with Keith Olson and legendary R&B producer Jerry Wexler. The 1983 album revisited Santana’s early musical experiences in Tijuana with Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and the title cut, Chuck Berry’s “Havana Moon”. The album’s guests included Booker T. Jones, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willie Nelson and even Santana’s father’s mariachi orchestra. Santana again paid tribute to his early rock roots by doing the film score to La Bamba, which was based on the tragically short life of rock and roll legend Richie Valens and starred Lou Diamond Phillips.

Although the band had concentrated on trying to produce albums with commercial appeal during the 1980s, changing tastes in popular culture began to reflect in the band’s sagging record sales of their latest effort Beyond Appearances. In 1985, Bill Graham had to once again pull strings for Santana to convince principal Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof to allow the band to appear at the festival. The group’s high energy performance proved why they were still a top concert draw the world over despite their poor performance on the charts. Personally, Santana retained a great deal of respect in both jazz and rock circles, with Prince and guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica citing him as an influence.

The band Santana returned in 1986 with a new album Freedom. Buddy Miles, who was trying to revive his music career after spending much of the late 1970s and early 1980s incarcerated for drug charges, returned for lead vocals. His onstage presence provided a dose of charisma to the show, but once again the sales of the album fell flat.

Growing weary of trying to appease record company executives with formulaic hit records, Santana took great pleasure in jamming and making guest appearances with notables such as the jazz fusion group Weather Report, jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, Blues legend John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, and West African singer Salif Keita. He and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead later recorded and performed with Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, who conceived one of Santana’s famous 1960s drum jams, “Jingo”. In 1988 Santana organized a reunion with past members from the Santana band for a series of concert dates. CBS records released a 20 year retrospective of the band’s accomplishments with Viva Santana.

That same year Santana formed an all-instrumental group featuring jazz legend Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax. The group also included Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Alphonso Johnson on bass, Armando Peraza and Chepito Areas on percussion, and Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler on drums. They toured briefly and received much acclaim from the music press, who compared the effort with the era of Caravanserai. Santana released another solo record, Blues for Salvador, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

In 1990, Santana left Columbia Records after twenty-two years and signed with Polygram. The following year, he made a guest appearance on Ottmar Liebert’s album Solo Para Ti, on the songs “Reaching out 2 U” and on a cover of his own song, “Samba Pa Ti”. In 1992, Santana hired jam band Phish as his opening act. He remains close to the band today, especially to guitarist Trey Anastasio.

Return to commercial success

santana7 Santana’s record sales in the 1990s were very low and towards the end of the decade he was without a contract. However Arista Records’ Clive Davis, who had worked with Santana at Columbia, signed him and encouraged him to record a star-studded album with mostly younger artists. The result was 1999’s Supernatural, which included collaborations with Everlast, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Cee-Lo, Maná, Dave Matthews and others.

The lead single was “Smooth”, a dynamic cha-cha stop-start number co-written and sung by Rob Thomas, and laced throughout with Santana’s guitar fills and runs. The track’s energy was immediately apparent on radio, and it was played on a wide variety of station formats. “Smooth” spent twelve weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming in the process the last #1 single of the 1990s. The music video set on a hot barrio street was also very popular. Supernatural reached number one on the US album charts and the follow-up single, “Maria Maria”, featuring the R&B duo The Product G&B, also hit number one, spending ten weeks there in the spring of 2000. Supernatural eventually sold over 15 million copies in the United States, making it Santana’s biggest sales success by far.

Supernatural won nine Grammy Awards (eight for Santana personally), including Album of the Year, Record of the Year for “Smooth”, and Song of the Year for Thomas and Itaal Shur. Santana’s acceptance speeches described his feelings about music’s place in one’s spiritual existence. In 2001, Santana’s guitar skills were featured in Michael Jackson’s song “Whatever Happens”, from the album Invincible.

In 2002, Santana released Shaman, revisiting the Supernatural format of guest artists including P.O.D. and Seal. Although the album was not the runaway success its predecessor had been, it produced two radio-friendly hits. “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch, rose to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent many weeks at the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and “Why Don’t You & I” written by and featuring Chad Kroeger from the group Nickelback (the original and a remix with Alex Band from the group The Calling were combined towards chart performance) which reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. “The Game of Love” went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

In August 2003, Santana was named fifteenth on Rolling Stone magazine’s “List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 2004, the magazine ranked him #15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Artists of All Time.

In 2005, Herbie Hancock approached Santana to collaborate on an album again using the Supernatural formula. Possibilities was released on August 30, 2005, featuring Carlos Santana and Angélique Kidjo on “Safiatou”.

Santana’s 2005 album All That I Am consisting primarily of collaborations with other artists; the first single, the peppy “I’m Feeling You”, was again with Michelle Branch and The Wreckers. Other musicians joining the mix this time included Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Kirk Hammett from Metallica, hip-hop/reggae star Sean Paul and R&B singer Joss Stone. In April and May 2006 Santana toured Europe where he promoted his son Salvador Santana’s band as his opening act.

In 2007, Santana appeared, along with Sheila E. and Jose Feliciano, on Gloria Estefan’s album 90 Millas, on the single “No Llores”. He also teamed again with Chad Kroeger for the hit single “Into the Night.”

On October 19, his wife of 34 years, Deborah, filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences”.

In 2008, Santana is working with his old time friend, Marcelo Vieira, on his solo album “Marcelo Vieira’s Acoustic Sounds”, which is due to release in the end of the year. It features tracks such as “For Flavia” and “Across the Grave”, the later one with heavy melodic riffs by Santana.

Equipment

Guitars

Carlos_Santana_1 In the mid 1970s Carlos Santana endorsed a lot of musical equipment, including the Gibson L-6S, and Mesa Boogie amplifiers. He featured in several Gibson advertisements throughout the decade. Santana played a red Gibson SG Special with P-90 pickups at the Woodstock festival. He was also photographed playing a white Gibson SG Special and later the Yamaha SG-175B model; on “Supernatural,” one of his more famous albums, he used a custom made PRS guitar for the majority of the tracks.

Santana currently endorses PRS Guitars, and is in fact one of Paul Reed Smith’s first customers. He uses a Santana II model guitar using PRS Santana III pickups with nickel covers and a tremolo, with .009-.042 gauge D’Addario strings. His Signature Series models vary greatly from this in some cases, such as the Santana SE and Santana III guitars (which have ceased production). The Santana III has covered pickups instead, and no abalone stringers between the pickups (a feature unique to his official guitar). The Santana SE guitar has 22 frets,tremolo, a basic sunburst top, and a pickguard.

Santana’s guitar necks and fretboards are constructed out of a single solid piece of Brazilian Rosewood, instead of the more traditional mahogany neck/Indian rosewood fretboard combination found in stock Santana models and other PRS guitars. The Brazilian Rosewood helps create the smooth, singing, glass-like tone that he is famous for.

Carlos Santana also uses a classical guitar, the Alvarez Yairi CY127CE with Alvarez tension nylon strings.

Effects

For the distinctive Santana electric guitar sound, Santana does not use many effects pedals. His PRS guitar is connected to a Mu-Tron wah wah pedal (or, more recently, a Dunlop 535Q wah) and a T-Rex Replica delay pedal, then through a customized Jim Dunlop amp switcher which in turn is connected to the different amps or cabinets.

Previous setups include an Ibanez Tube Screamer right after the guitar.

In the song “Stand Up” from the album Marathon, Santana uses a Heil talk box in the guitar solo.

Amplifiers

The huge, searing Santana lead guitar tone is produced by a humbucker equipped guitar (Gibson/Yamaha/PRS) into a small but powerful Mesa Boogie Mark 1 combo amplifier. More recently, Santana has also been using a custom built Dumble boutique amplifier with Tone Tubby Alnico hemp coned speakers; the sound is noticeably cleaner and, perhaps, less soul-tearing. For rhythm, he uses Marshall amplifiers for distorted rhythm (“crunch”) and Fender Twins for clean rhythm [ref. The Best of Carlos Santana by Wolf Marshall].

To play the track “Europa”, Santana uses the Mesa Boogie Mark 1 at full volume, marking a position in front of the amplifier’s speaker that allows him to use the acoustic feedback to produce long sustained notes, like that of a bowed violin. For “Bella” and “Samba Pa Ti”, he uses the Fender Twin Reverb. Although his guitar technician, Renee Martinez says ” Sometimes, he’ll only use the Boogie for most of the night, or he’ll use all three amps at once.”

Santana claims to have come up with the idea of a sustain control (the splitting of Gain & Master Volume controls) for the Mesa Boogie [ref. as above]. He also put the Boogie in Mesa Boogie: ‘Santana exclaimed to Smith, “Shit, man. That little thing really Boogies!” It was this statement that brought the Boogie name to fruition.’

Specifically Santana combines a Mesa/Boogie Mark I head running through a Boogie cabinet with Altec 417-8H (or recently JBL E120s) speakers, and a Dumble Overdrive Reverb and/or a Dumble Overdrive Special running through a Brown or Marshall 4×12 cabinet with Celestion G12M “Greenback” speakers, depending on the desired sound. Shure KSM-32 microphones are used to pick up the sound, going to the PA. Additionally, a Fender Cyber-Twin Amp is mostly used at home.

Discography

Albums with the band Santana
  • Santana (1969) US: 2x Platinum
  • Abraxas (1970) US: 5x Platinum
  • Santana III, (1971) US: 2x Platinum
  • Caravanserai (1972) US: Platinum
  • Welcome (1973) US: Gold
  • Lotus (live) (1974)
  • Borboletta (1974) US: Gold
  • Amigos (1976) US: Gold
  • Festival (1977) US: Gold
  • Moonflower (1977) US: 2x Platinum
  • Inner Secrets (1978) US: Gold
  • Marathon (1979) US: Gold
  • Zebop! (1981) US: Platinum
  • Shango (1982)
  • Beyond Appearances (1985)
  • Freedom (1987)
  • Sacred Fire: Live in South America (1993) US: Gold
  • Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990)
  • Milagro (1992)
Albums as a Solo Artist or in Collaborations
  • Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! (1972; with Buddy Miles) US: Platinum
  • Love Devotion Surrender (1973; with John McLaughlin) US: Gold
  • Illuminations (1974; with Alice Coltrane)
  • Oneness: Silver Dreams, Golden Reality (1979)
  • The Swing of Delight (1980)
  • Havana Moon (1983; with Booker T & the MGs, Willie Nelson, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
  • Blues for Salvador (1987)
  • Santana Brothers (1994; C.S. with Jorge Santana & Carlos Hernandez)
  • Santana Live at the Fillmore (1997)
  • Supernatural (1999) US: Diamond
  • Shaman (2002) US: 2x Platinum
  • All That I Am (2005) US: Gold
  • Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter – Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1988 (2007)
Official Compilations
  • Santana Greatest Hits (1974)
  • Viva Santana! (Remixed Hits, Live & Previously Unreleased Collection) (1988)
  • Definitive Collection (Import) (1992)
  • Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (3-CD Box Set) (1995)
  • The Very Best of Santana (Single Disc Import) (1996)
  • The Ultimate Collection (3-CD Import) (1997)
  • The Best of Santana (1998)
  • Best Instrumentals (Import) (1998)
  • Best Instrumentals Vol. 2 (Import) (1999)
  • The Best of Santana Vol. 2 (2000)
  • The Essential Santana (2-CD 2002)
  • Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities (2003)
  • Love Songs (Import) (2003)
  • Hit Collection (2007)
  • Ultimate Santana (2007)
  • The Very Best of Santana (Live in 1968) (2007)
Unofficial Releases
  • Samba Pa Ti (1988)
  • Persuasion (1989)
  • Latin Tropical (1990)
  • Santana (1990)
  • The Big Jams 1991
  • Soul Sacrifice (1994)
  • Santana Jam (1994)
  • With a Little Help from My Friends (1994)
  • Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (1995)
  • Santana Live (????)
  • Jingo and more famous tracks (????)
Singles
  • 1969: “Jingo” #56 US
  • 1970: “Evil Ways” #9 US
  • 1971: “Black Magic Woman” #4 US
  • 1971: “Everybody’s Everything” #12 US
  • 1971: “Oye Como Va” #13 US
  • 1972: “No One to Depend On” #36 US
  • 1974: “Samba Pa Ti” #27 UK
  • 1976: “Let It Shine” #77 US
  • 1977: “She’s Not There” #27 US, #11 UK
  • 1978: “Well All Right” #69 US
  • 1979: “One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)” #59 US
  • 1979: “Stormy” #32 US
  • 1980: “You Know That I Love You” #35 US
  • 1981: “Winning” #17 US
  • 1981: “The Sensitive Kind” #56 US
  • 1982: “Hold On” #15 US
  • 1982: “Nowhere to Run” #66 US
  • 1985: “Say It Again” #46 US
  • 1999: “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas) #1 US, #3 UK (charted in 2000)
  • 2000: “Maria Maria” (featuring The Product G&B) #1 US, #6 UK
  • 2002: “The Game of Love” (featuring Michelle Branch) #5 US, #16 UK
  • 2003: “Nothing at All” (featuring Musiq Soulchild)
  • 2003: “Feels Like Fire” (featuring Dido) #26 NZ
  • 2004: “Why Don’t You & I” (featuring Chad Kroeger) #8 US
  • 2005: “I’m Feeling You” (featuring Michelle Branch) #55 US
  • 2005: “Just Feel Better” (featuring Steven Tyler) #8 AUS
  • 2006: “Cry Baby Cry” (featuring Sean Paul and Joss Stone) #71 UK
  • 2006: “Illegal” (Shakira (featuring Carlos Santana) #4 ITA, EUROPE #8, #11 GER, #20 CAN, UWC #23, #34 UK,
  • 2007: “No Llores” (Gloria Estefan (featuring Carlos Santana, Jose Feliciano and Sheila E.)
  • 2007: “Into the Night” (featuring Chad Kroeger) #2 CAN, #5 SA, #5 Italy, #19 Germany , #26 US
  • 2008: “This Boy’s Fire” (featuring Jennifer Lopez with Baby Bash)
  • 2008: “Fuego en el Fuego” (Eros Ramazzotti featuring Carlos Santana) #19 Spain

 

Videos
  • Carlos Santana–Influences (video)
  • Sacred Fire. Live in Mexico. (video & DVD)
  • Supernatural (video & DVD)
  • Viva Santana (DVD)
  • Santana Live By Request (DVD)

 

References

  1. The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time : Rolling Stone
  2. Ruhlmann, William. Carlos Santana biography. All Music Guide
  3. The Immortals: The First Fifty. Rolling Stone Issue 946. Rolling Stone.
  4. “Carlos Santana’s wife of 34 years files for divorce” – CNN – November 2, 2007
  5. Santana – Musician’s Corner – Blue Guitar
  6. Santana – Musician’s Corner – Red Guitar
  7. PRS Guitars – Santana III
  8. Santana – Musician’s Corner – Acoustic Guitar
  9. His rig can be seen in a magazine article cited at T-Rex’s website
  10. “Carlos Santana Spreads the Gospel of Tone” by Darrin Fox, Guitar Player Magazine, June edition 2005.
  11. Overview of Santana’s old effects setup.

 

Sources

  • Soul Sacrifice; The Carlos Santana Story Simon Leng 2000
  • Space Between the Stars Deborah Santana 2004
  • Rolling Stone “The Resurrection of Carlos Santana” Ben Fong Torres 1972
  • New Musical Express “Spirit of Santana” Chris Charlesworth November 1973
  • Guitar Player Magazine 1978
  • Rolling Stone “The Epic Life of Carlos Santana” 2000
  • Santana I – Sony Legacy Edition: liner notes
  • Abraxas – Sony Legacy Edition: liner notes
  • Santana III – Sony Legacy edition: liner notes
  • Viva Santana – CBS CD release 1988; liner notes
  • Power, Passion and Beauty – The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra Walter Kolosky 2006
  • Best of Carlos Santana – Wolf Marshall 1996; introduction and interview

 

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Tiësto

40850_bio_-_dj_tiesto_01Tiësto (IPA: /tiɛsto/; born Tijs Verwest (IPA: /tɛɪs vɛɹʋɛst/) on January 17, 1969 in Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands) is one of the world’s most famous trance DJs and producers in the electronic dance music scene. Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Tiësto. On his latest productions, however, he has dropped the “DJ” label and he is now known simply as “Tiësto”, an alias which is an Italian twist on his childhood nickname.

His accomplishments include being voted “World’s No.1 DJ ” 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004, the first DJ to play live on stage in front of a public audience at an Olympic Games at the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens, and a nomination for a Grammy Award in 2008, for his album Elements of Life.

Tiësto’s motto is: “I feel the energy from the crowd and I try to give it back, to create a unity.

History

 

Early years (1985–2000)

Tijs Verwest had an interest for music since the age of twelve. When he was twenty he decided to dedicate more time to it and began DJing professionally at school parties and then moved on to become a resident DJ between 1985 and 1994 at several clubs in the Netherlands after his manager and friend Wilfred encouraged him. During these years, he produced hardcore/gabber tracks under aliases such as Da Joker and DJ Limited. However, it was at The Spock, a small club in Breda, where he was able to fine-tune his own style by playing in a separate room from 10 pm until 4 am on weekends. In the beginning of his carrier as DJ he mostly played new beat and acid house, and many Madonna songs because her music shows that she likes to dance. Before the release of her album there where already dancemixes like Vogue which was one of the songs of Spock. He was discovered by the GM of Rotterdam-based Basic Beat Recordings, Tiësto released his first of five mix CDs as a part of the label’s Forbidden Paradise series.

In the mid-1990s, he started to produce trance, which led to his breakthough in 1995 when he started building mixed compilations, something nobody else did at that time. Tiësto describes his Magik (series) as part of his breakthrough, but since the labels only want their own songs in the deejay mixes, in 1997 he and Arny Bink co-founded Black Hole Recordings to support his work releasing a series of singles under various aliases. Black Hole Recordings and its sub-label Magik Muzik continue to sign Tiësto’s vision of trance – producing musicians and DJs such as Cor Fijneman, Ton TB, and Mark Norman and also Joe Cheang. During this period, DJ Tiësto had been releasing the Magik series, which has had seven installments starting in 1997 and ending in 2001, after this Tiësto began releasing the In Search of Sunrise series, that is a compilation of Tiësto’s mixes with tracks from other DJ’s. In 1999, Tiësto joined forces with fellow Dutch deejay Ferry Corsten to create the trance based duo of Gouryella. To highlight the importance in the expansion of the trance environment at the time, there were 20 different CD releases of the 4 Gouryella tracks from 9 different labels. Since November 1999 he monthly performed as a resident in Gatecrasher at Leeds, one of the most popular clubs of England.  In 1999 he also played in a 12-hour set, being his longest lasting concert in Amsterdam.

Rise to fame (2000–2004)

dj+tiesto+club+lifeLate in 2000, Tiësto decided to concentrate on his personal work and left Corsten by himself to write and produce Gouryella’s next single with John Ewbank, the record company was demanding more tracks and neither Tiësto or Ferry could work together at the time. Tiësto introduced Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen and Ferry Corsten to the mainstream with his first compilations and the In Trance We Trust (series). Summerbreeze became Tiësto’s debute dj mix album in the United States with the help of a contract signed to Nettwerk. Summerbreeze featured his remix of Delerium’s Silence, it spent four weeks in the United Kingdom’s Top Ten chart, it reached number three in the Billboard dance chart and is still an epic track. In early 2001, Tiësto broke a world record by drinking “31 cans of Red Bull in 24 hours”, he admitted he would never try and break it again.

Tiësto’s fame started to rise in the early 2000s after his set at the first ID&T Innercity party (Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI), and the release of In My Memory, his first solo album released in 2001 which contained 10 singles. On February 2, 2002, Tiësto played nine consecutive hours during the second edition of the Dutch Dimension festival. On February 27 he was awarded a Zilveren (‘Silver’) Harp music award. The same year he also received a Lucky Strike Dance Award in the category Best DJ Trance/Progressive. In August he became part of Moby’s Area2 Tour. For eighteen days he traveled through the United States with artists such as Moby himself, but also David Bowie and Busta Rhymes.  After Junkie XL’s chart topping success with the Elvis Presley remix A Little Less Conversation, Tiësto releases a remix of the Elvis track Burning Love, he is then nominated for a Dance Award by the UK’s Muzik Magazine in the category Best Radio 1 Essential Mix. In January 2003 Tiësto received the annual Dutch Popprijs (‘Pop Award’) during the Noorderslag festival. After touring with Moby, Tiësto remixed two songs from him, We Are All Made of Stars and Extreme Ways in the same year, having “We Are All Made of Stars” reach #13 in the Hot Dance Club Play.

His fame continued to skyrocket in the early 2000s following his six-hour “Tiësto Solo” sets which he performed without other DJs or opening acts. This idea, of one DJ playing alone to a large crowd, was brought to its pinnacle when Tiësto was the first DJ to hold a solo concert in a stadium; on May 10, 2003, he performed for over 25,000 people in Arnhem’s Gelredome. This concert was later called “Tiësto in Concert”, the event was an enormous success. He repeated the same type of concert the following year during two consecutive nights in late October. In addition to holding these two concerts for 35,000 of his fans, he held another concert for a crowd of 20,000 in Hasselt, Belgium the following week. DVDs of both his May 10, 2003 and October 30, 2004 concerts have been released, having the other DVD titled “Tiësto In Concert 2”. The DVD’s show the journey from the first idea to the main event, it features live performances by Andain, Dinand Woesthoff, and Jan Johnston. The event includes live music and dancers performing at different times throughout the set. The theme of the event is a mystical, musical journey around the world based on the theme of Magik.  It consists of 200+ minutes of performances with a second disc with special features, It includes a behind-the-scenes looking at The Making Of the event, the music video for his song “Traffic” and TV Commercials for the event. The second DVD has performance from Matt Hales from Aqualung and violin player DJ Mason, Micha Klein and the Bulgarian Children of Orpheus choir. During this period he was crowned as “No. 1. DJ in the World” by DJ Magazine (UK) in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2004 he released his second artist album Just Be, which featured his first single Traffic which is the first non-vocal track to reach number one spot in the Dutch national charts for 23 years. Tiësto and Kirsty Hawkshaw’s production and single “Just Be” appeared in the Nip / Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack, and “Love Comes Again” was used in a Coca-Cola commercial in Holland. Tiësto’s remix of the Kane song “Rain Down on Me” is featured in the game FIFA Football 2004. In support to his Just Be album, he played at Breda, Eindhoven, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, this stops were later named Tiësto – Just Be: Train Tour, this tour was not planned for people to know about it. On May 20, Ascension Day, when he got on the train in his hometown of The Hague to go to Breda, he was honored by the mayor and the citizens, he was then named an officer in the name of the royal family Oranje-Nassau.

Olympics Opening Ceremony

Olympic_flame_at_opening_ceremonyThe Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) asked Tiësto to perform at the Olympic Games, making him the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympic Games at the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens for 90 minutes.

Tiësto flew to Athens in January 2004 to have a meeting with the ATHOC. The reason why they asked him to perform was because of his Tiësto in Concert DVD which caught their attention, he was asked to write more tracks based on his opening tune Adagio for Strings which could fit in with the Olympic spirit and combine the classical with the modern age; They also request him to play his own produced music. The first rehearsal was on Saturday 7, August for an empty stadium, the second rehearsal was on Sunday 8 with 35,000 volunteers, alot of the people recognized some tracks like Traffic and Adagio for Strings. The last rehearsal included almost 60,000 people in the stadium which was on Tuesday 10, there were some technical problems, the mixer broke down, the monitors dropped out a couple of times and the music in the stadium was not continuously on the right volume.

“The opportunity to perform my music for billions of people around the globe will be the greatest highlight of my life, I am honoured to be part of the biggest sports event in the world.”

– said Tiësto about the ATHOC.

During the parade on Friday 13, all participating nations introduced their athletes which were over 10,500 in total and 80,000 in the public, only 75,000 knew about dance music. During the course of his performance the Dutch athletes started dancing in front of the DJ booth and had to be moved on by officials. The performance included new tracks produced especially for the Opening Ceremony and songs that were created to compliment the spirit and theme of the Ceremony. A condensed studio-recorded album of the songs played on the Olympic set was later released, including new songs especially composed for the occasion, entitled Parade of the Athletes in October 2004. In the liner notes, he noted the IOC requested to him that the music not contain any lyrics as they could be inadvertently misinterpreted.

 

Concerts and side work (2005-2006)

tiestoIn January 6 Tiësto performed in an outdoor fundraiser in De Dam, Amsterdam, the event was free and many famous Dutch artists like Dinand Woesthoff, Bløf, Acda & De Munnik, Di-rect, Berget Lewis, Xander de Buisonjé and Trijntje Oosterhuiswere involved in it to provide financial aid to the people who suffered from the tsunami in Asia. All profits made of all TV commercials and live broadcast were given to the organisations collecting the relief funds. On April 16, 2005, Disneyland Resort Paris who had recently ignaurated the Space Mountain: Mission 2, had invited Tiësto to celebrate the launch of the ride by offering a live concert in Disneyland Park. Tiësto performed a special remix of the Space Mountain: Mission 2 soundtrack, as well as many of his own tracks. Tiësto’s Space Mountain: Mission 2 Concert also featured French deejay Bob Sinclar, the park would re-open for Tiësto’s fans so they could stay for the 3 hour concert. A sculpture of Tiësto was placed behind a turntable where Madame Tussauds visitors can mix Tiësto’s music together with the man himself and he also won and Edison music award in the category Best Dance. The Dutch national soccer competition is the most viewed program on Dutch television, Tiësto is the first potential artist to become an inspiration to the programs directors which created a tune based on his performance in the Olympic Games. The tune “Match of the day” was played in all soccer stadiums before each match when the teams entered the field.

On August 20, 2005 Verwest took “Tiësto in Concert” to the United States when he played to thousands of fans in Los Angeles, California in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. For the second year in a row he performed live at a New Year’s Eve/New Year’s concert in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Arena to a sell-out crowd. Despite his four-city American tour being postponed due to the hurricane damage in New Orleans and Miami, playing such cities in the United States further expanded and cemented his popularity among more mainstream audiences. In the fall of 2005 he went on a very successful tour across Central and Eastern Europe where he played once in each country to crowds of 10,000 to 15,000 fans. Stops were made in Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, and Poland. Tiësto also performed at the UNITY festival in South Africa where he played a show at the Gallagher Estate Arena in Midrand, a suburb of Johannesburg, to over 18,000 fans. However, the United States tour that was part of “Tiësto in Concert” was dwarfed by his appearance at Sensation White in 2006 where he performed to over 45,000 people in the world’s biggest dance event in Amsterdam, Holland. Even this was surpassed later in the same summer where some 250,000 people danced on Ipanema Beach, Brazil, the second largest concert in the history of mankind.

During 2005 he also made a small cameo appearance in the award-winning film It’s All Gone Pete Tong as himself.He also contributed the song Goldrush to the PlayStation Portable futuristic racing game Wipeout Pure. BPM (magazine) has an annual poll in the United States which is unveiled in the WMC, in 2005 Tiësto took the No. 1 spot. On March 19, 2006, the Formula 1 circus took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the international grand prix Tiësto played with the official Renault F1 team pit party. Tiësto prepared a 5 hour set the Saturday night before the beginning of the race on Sunday. On June 10, 2006 Tiësto gave a free open concert of the Volvo Ocean Race in Rotterdam which lasted 75 minutes.

Walt Disney Pictures released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and the soundtrack included the song He’s a Pirate which Tiësto was asked to remix and produced a trance anthem as well as an orchestral remix with the original orchestral break. The Pirates Remixed contains the Tiësto remix, a Tiësto radio edit. The film opened in theatres nationwide on July 7, and the remix was released on July 4.  The song later became the first single in Tiësto album Elements of Life which was included as a bonus track, the song charted #7 in the Hot Dance Club Play chart of Billboard and #5 in the Netherlands Dutch Top 40.

In September Tiësto is diagnosed with pericardium, subsequently he had to cancel shows.

In April 2006 Tiësto was named the official worldwide ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS. DJ Tiësto, as the foundation’s ambassador has helped the organization with fundraising along with recording the track “Dance4life”, which marks the beginning of “Elements of Life”, his future album at this time. The foundation consists on a better way of living with safe sex in exchange of entertainment to the young crowd.The song charted #1 twice in the Bulgarian Singles Chart and #3 in the Dutch Top 40.

Elements of Life era (2007–present)

tiesto_elements_of_life2On April 6, 2007 Tiësto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio show called “Tiësto’s Club Life” on Dutch radio station Radio 538. XM Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show on Channel 81 BPM as part of their “Global Domination” lineup on Saturday nights. The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between 22:00 CET and midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 PM EST and 10:00 PM EST. The first hour is also available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio podcasts.

On April 16th, 2007, Tiësto released his fourth studio album Elements of Life, the album moved 72,000 units in its April release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements of Life World Tour. In December 2007 it was announced that the album was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category “Best Electronic/Dance Album.”  In 2007, on his Elements of Life World Tour, which has shows across the world, South and Latin America brought some of the biggest crowds on his January and February South American leg of the tour. On January 7th, he played to an amazing 200,000 people in the streets of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.On February 16 2007 he played in India at the Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad. Though this show had a low turn out of only 5000, it was his first show in Asia. Tiësto’s performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10, 2007 was also sold out. On Valentine’s day 2008, he performed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On January 10th 2008, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Tiësto and his 19-year-old girlfriend Stacey Blokzijl are going to get married on October 10 2008. He proposed to her in December 2007 while they were visiting Mauritius. Until early 2006 Verwest had a relationship with the beauty contest winner Monique Spronk. The Elements of Life World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on February 29th 2008 from 8PM – 3AM in London at the IndigO2 club.

With the successful release of Elements of Life Tiësto and fashion designer Giorgio Armani collaborated together on a limited edition Tiësto T-shirt available at Armani Exchange stores. His single “Sweet Things” comes with the shirt including an exclusive “A|X Remix” by Tom Cloud which shows the great influence Tiësto has in fashion culture. The charity raised over $300,000. Tiësto opened a new club-restaurant acquisition with Chinese cuisine, dance music and live entertainment on June 7, 2007 called Cineac. Tiësto inaugurated with his new Cineac Anthem called “Happy People”. Guests are welcome to see various modern styles of music mixed by some known top DJs. It was later renamed “The Mansion”.

Streamline Studios, an independent game developer and digital content provider for AAA videogames and Black Hole Recordings have formed Streamline Sound, a joint venture which will provide sound solutions for digital entertainment including the entire catalog of Black Hole’s artists. The first work that Streamline Sound has contributed is on the massively multiplayer online role-playing PC game Sword of the New World: Granado Espada with 17 12″ tracks, Forza Motorsport 2 which includes Tom Clouds’ track Told You So and Hoopworld.

Tiësto and Reebok introduced the new ‘Tiësto shoe’ in November 2007. The shoebox comes with a special limited-edition Tiësto & Reebok CD, containing the Elements of Life album and the bonus disc. Only 1000 pair units were available for sale in Netherlands. Previously Tiësto & Reebok had released “Run the DJ Tiësto”, which consisted of another shoe release with Tiësto as one of the designers. He now owns a line of Reebok RBK shoes and was recently tapped by Microsoft to launch its new Vista operating system for the Dutch market, placing him on par with Robbie Williams, who performed a similar duty in the United Kingdom. The partnership includes a Vista application built especially for Tiësto, which had more than a thousand downloads from his website a day during its first week of availability. It has a Tiësto toolbar for sorting, a plug-in application which allows fans to be informed with the DJ in real-time and get live alerts on gigs, appearances and new music. Tiësto introduced the application at the Jan. 29 Vista launch event in Amsterdam. His last three full-length releases broke the 70,000-unit mark, and 2003 2CD compilation “Nyana” recently hit 87,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“It’s the place to be when it comes to the most crazy and energetic parties”

– said Tiësto.

Tiësto anounced he will be the resident at Priviledge, Ibiza every Monday, starting on the 7th of July until the 22nd of September. The gigs consist of four hour sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise (series). In 2007 he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island. The residencies will also feature the performance of guest deejays, all selected by Tiësto, such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat-Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and Sander van Doorn. There will be exclusive appearances by Fonzerelli, and Airbase. In the backroom of Privilege, Riley & Durant will present Electric Playground, supported by Galaxy FM.

In April 28, Tiësto released Elements of Life: Remixed, a recompilation of the Elements of Life album with all songs except “He’s A Pirate” being replaced by remixed versions, and “He’s A Pirate being replaced by “No More Heroes”, a joint production with mute performer trio Blue Man Group. The song is a remake of the song ‘Heroes’ in his previous album Parade of the Athletes.

In 2008, Tiësto announced his In Search of Sunrise: North American Summer Tour 2008, the tour will be presented by Armani Exchange on May 23rd and ending on July 4 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday 13, June and ETD Pop Festival in San Fransisco. This tour is in support of his upcoming In Search of Sunrise (series) compilation, which is part of a sponsorship partnership, with exclusive apparel and a limited edition 3 CD set. An exclusive best of CD from the DJ’s own imprint Black Hole Recordings, called “10 Years of Black Hole Recordings” will be released later in the year. Armani will also sell an exclusive Tiësto branded tour T-shirt, and the artist will perform at three A|X in-stores during the tour. The tour is based on his previoulsy released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza and his upcoming In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia compilation.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums

During Tiësto’s career, he has released three well known albums, after spending years searching for his personal style and working with deejays like Armin van Buuren (as Alibi) and Ferry Corsten (as Gouryella) he decided it was time to focus on his solo work. In 1997 with the help of Arny Bink, co-founder of Black Hole Recordings, Tiësto was able to compile various styles of electronic music like trance, techno and house.  Tiësto decided to create a sub-label, known as Magik Muzik; The label exclusively began releasing his personal work, later on he included the work of other acclaimed artists like Jes Brieden and Phynn. Magik Muzik considers the 2001 anthem “Flight 643”, his artist album In My Memory, and tracks from Umek, Mark Norman and Mojado to be the best releases the label has had.

“Everything on Magik Muzik is what you’ll find in my sets, which makes it more of my own little project.”

– says Tiësto.

In My Memory produced five major hits in Tiësto’s career, the album was released from 2001 to 2003. The singles which launched his career were Dallas 4PM, Flight 643, Obsession, Lethal Industry and Suburban Train. A remix album was released later on and it charted #12 in the US Hot Dance Club Play  After becoming the “No. 1 DJ in the world” according to DJMag for three consecutive years, he released in 2004 his second studio album, entitled Just Be. The album contained a number one hit: its single “Traffic” . “Traffic” was the first instrumental track to reach the top spot in his homeland of Holland in 23 years. The album also brought a new trance anthem known as Adagio for Strings, it is a remake of Samuel Barbers classical song Adagio for Strings which was adapted from its original format. By early 2004 Tiësto reached the peak in his career in Europe and had begun releasing his music in the United States and other countries from The Americas. In addition to this, a huge event made the release of the album Parade of the Athletes possible, as it was released worldwide in October 2004, it contains the music from Tiësto’s set at the 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, and new tracks. Simultaneously, the title song of his Just Be artist album started to climb the lists was heard on the dancefloors everywhere. By the end of the year, he released an unmixed version of Parade of the Athletes, it featured the same tracks in its complete 12″ versions.

Tiësto’s latest work is his Just Be: Remixed album, which features many great remix hits from the Just Be album. In 2007 it was announced that Tiësto would release a new album, Elements of Life, the album was a great success and has currently released five singles, the album moved 72,000 units in its April release, according to Nielsen SoundScan . The acclaimed Elements of Life World Tour took place after the release of the album and was later on released as a DVD, titled Elements of Life World Tour DVD. His work with Elements of Life is not over yet, Tiësto has compiled a remix from every song of the album, originally dated to be released on January 29, 2008. It was first delayed to March 11, 2008,and later April 28, 2008. A Bonus Disc was only available only through the new digital download site of Black Hole Recordings on April 17.

The following list contains studio albums, remix albums and compilation albums produced by Tiësto:

  • In My Memory (2001)
  • In My Memory – Remixes (2002)
  • Just Be (2004)
  • Parade of the Athletes (2004)
  • Parade of the Athletes: Unmixed (2004)
  • Just Be: Remixed (2006)
  • Elements of Life (2007)
  • Elements of Life: Remixed (2008)

Compilations

Tiësto is best known for his Magik (series) and his In Search of Sunrise (series), his latest releases are In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza and In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles, ISOS6 reached #46 in the Austria Albums Top 75 and ISOS5 reached #59. In 1995 Tiësto released Forbidden Paradise 3: The Quest for Atlantis, there is little known about if there where two other volumes of the Forbidden Paradise (series) but four other volumes were released since the first one. Tiësto has also worked on three “Lost Treasures” compilations, and two “Space Age” DJ mixes.

Tiësto’s fame started to rise in the late 1990s after his set at the first ID&T Innercity party (Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI), and it continued to skyrocket in the early 2000s following his six-hour “Tiësto Solo” sets which he performed without other DJs or opening acts. He began releasing his magik series on 1997 and ended in 2001. His last three full-length releases broke the 70,000-unit mark, and 2003 2xCD compilation “Nyana” recently hit 87,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia is Tiësto’s upcoming compilation mix, It it set to be released on June 10, 2008, and to be followed by a North American Tour during all of June. In 2008, Tiësto announced his In Search of Sunrise: North American Summer Tour 2008, the tour will be presented by Armani Exchange on May 23rd and ending on July 4 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday 13, June. This tour is in support of his upcoming In Search of Sunrise (series) compilation, which is part of a sponsorship partnership, with exclusive apparel and a limited edition 3 CD set. An exclusive best of CD from the DJ’s own imprint Black Hole Recordings, called “10 Years of Black Hole Recordings” will be released later in the year. Armani will also sell an exclusive Tiësto branded tour T-shirt, and the artist will perform at three A|X in-stores during the tour.

This list contains compilation albums and DJ mixes produced by Tiësto.

See also: Magik (series) and In Search of Sunrise (series)

From 1990s

  • Forbidden Paradise 3: The Quest for Atlantis (1995)
  • Forbidden Paradise 4: High as a Kite (1995)
  • Forbidden Paradise 5: Arctic Expedition (1996)
  • Lost Treasures: Isle of Ra (1996)
  • Lost Treasures: Concerto for Sonic Circles (1996)
  • Forbidden Paradise 6: Valley of Fire (1996)
  • Magik One: First Flight (1997)
  • Lost Treasures: Creatures of the Deep (1997)
  • Forbidden Paradise 7: Deep Forest (1998)
  • Space Age 1.0 (1998)
  • Magik Two: Story of the Fall (1998)
  • Magik Three: Far from Earth (1998)
  • Global Clubbing: The Netherlands (1998)
  • Space Age 2.0 (1999)
  • Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI (1999)
  • Magik Four: A New Adventure (1999)
  • DJ’s For Warchild (1999)
  • In Search of Sunrise (1999)

From 2000s

  • Magik Five: Heaven Beyond (2000)
  • Magik Six: Live in Amsterdam (2000)
  • Summerbreeze (2000)
  • In Search of Sunrise 2 (2000)
  • Revolution (2001)
  • Puschkin Presents DJ Tiësto – Exclusive Black Hole Mix 2001 (2001)
  • Magik Seven: Live in Los Angeles (2001)
  • In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama (2002)
  • Nyana (2003)
  • World Leader (2003)
  • Tiësto presents Magik Muzik (2004)
  • Perfect Remixes Vol. 3 (2005)
  • In Search of Sunrise 4: Latin America (2005)
  • In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles (2006)
  • In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza (2007)
  • In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia (2008)

Singles

This list contains singles by Tiësto, his aliases and co-productions, it does not contain singles which were remixed; For remixed singles look at Remixes section.

From 1990s

  • 1994 “Extacy”
  • 1994 “Spiritual Wipe Out” (as Da Joker)
  • 1994 “Arabsession” (as DJ Limited)
  • 1994 “In the Ghetto” (as Da Joker)
  • 1994 “Trip To Heaven” (as T-Scanner)
  • 1995 “The Kiss” (as DJ Yves & DJ Maikel)
  • 1995 “666” (as Glycerine)
  • 1995 “Porpoise” (as West & Storm)
  • 1995 “In My Heart” (as Paradise In Dubs)
  • 1995 “Knights of Hardcore” (as Hard Target)
  • 1996 “Combat EP” (as DJ Yves & DJ Maikel)
  • 1996 “Second Game” (as Tom Ace)
  • 1996 “The Tube”
  • 1996 “Blackspin” (as Passenger)
  • 1996 “Mothaf**ka” (as Two Deejays)
  • 1996 “Dans La Boîte” (as West & Storm)
  • 1996 “When I Was A Sperm” (as TB X-press)
  • 1997 “Blaze of Night” (as Hammock Brothers)
  • 1997 “Gimme Some Sugar / Bleckentrommel” (as Tiësto, Montana & Storm)
  • 1997 “Final Majority” (as Main Men)
  • 1998 “Our Love” (as Roze)
  • 1998 “Small Town Boy / Above The Clouds” (as Andante)
  • 1998 “Never Enough” (as Clear View)
  • 1998 “Subspace Interference” (as Control Freaks)
  • 1998 “When She Left” (as Allure)
  • 1998 “Flying Squirrel Problem” (as Drumfire)
  • 1998 “E-Mocean” (as DJ Misja)
  • 1998 “Endless Wave” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1998 “Gouryella” (as Gouryella)
  • 1999 “Rejected” (as Allure)
  • 1999 “Sparkles”
  • 1999 “Far From Over” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1999 “Mirror” (as Stray Dog)
  • 1999 “Walhalla” (as Gouryella)
  • 1999 “Theme from Norefjell”
  • 1999 “We Came” (as Vimana)
  • 1999 “Lethal Industry”

From 2000s

  • 2000 “Dreamtime” (as Vimana)
  • 2000 “Tenshi” (as Gouryella)
  • 2000 “Eternity” (as “Alibi”)
  • 2000 “Wonder? / Wonder Where You Are?” (as Major League)
  • 2000 “No More Tears” (as Allure)
  • 2000 “Wasteland” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 2000 “We Ran at Dawn” (as Allure)
  • 2001 “Summerbreeze” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 2001 “Battleship Grey” (Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
  • 2001 “Groovy Traxxx Number Two” (as Main Men)
  • 2001 “Suburban Train”
  • 2001 “Urban Train”
  • 2001 “Flight 643”
  • 2002 “We Came” (with Ferry Corsten)
  • 2002 “643 (Love’s on Fire) (feat. Suzanne Palmer)
  • 2002 “Obsession” (with Junkie XL)
  • 2002 “In My Memory” (feat. Nicola Hitchcock)
  • 2002 “Magik Journey”
  • 2003 “Traffic”
  • 2004 “Love Comes Again” (feat. BT)
  • 2004 “Just Be” (feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
  • 2004 “Dallas 4pm”
  • 2005 “Adagio for Strings”
  • 2005 “UR/A Tear in the Open” (feat. Matt Hales)
  • 2005 “The Loves We Lost” (as Allure)
  • 2006 “Dance4life” (feat. Maxi Jazz)
  • 2007 “In the Dark” (feat. Christian Burns)
  • 2007 “Break My Fall” (feat. BT)
  • 2007 “Sweet Things” (feat. Charlotte Martin)
  • 2008 “Somewhere Inside” (as Allure)

 

B-sides

This list contains B-Sides, produced by Tiësto, his aliases and co-productions.

  • 1994 Getting Bored B-Side of “Spiritual Wipeout” (as Da Joker)
  • 1994 Willow B-Side of “Spiritual Wipeout” (as Da Joker)
  • 1994 Expanded B-Side of “Trip To Heaven” (as T-Scanner)
  • 1994 Sunday Afternoon B-Side of “Trip To Heaven” (as T-Scanner)
  • 1995 Get Up Our Dicks B-Side of “In The Ghettto” (as Da Joker)
  • 1995 Speed Up San Francisco B-Side of “In The Ghetto” (as Da Joker)
  • 1995 Come In Trance B-Side of “In My Heart” (as Paradise In Dubs)
  • 1995 The Rich B-Side of “In My Heart” (as Paradise In Dubs)
  • 1995 Bust It B-Side of “The Kiss” (as DJ Yves & Maikel)
  • 1995 Eat A Dick B-Side of “The Kiss” (as DJ Yves & Maikel)
  • 1995 I Came B-Side of “Combat” (as DJ Yves & Maikel)
  • 1995 Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em B-Side of “Combat” (as DJ Yves & Maikel)
  • 1995 Back 2 Basic B-Side of “Porpoise” (as West & Storm)
  • 1995 Resonance B-Side of “Porpoise” (as West & Storm)
  • 1995 Dans La Boite (DJ Tiësto Mix) B-Side of “Sunday Morning” (as West & Storm)
  • 1995 Blue Memories B-Side of “Sunday Morning” (as West & Storm)
  • 1995 Wicked B-Side of “Kinghts of Hardcore” (as Hard Target)
  • 1995 Acid Thunder B-Side of “Kinghts of Hardcore” (as Hard Target)
  • 1996 Fifi D’Lamboughino B-Side of “When I Was A Sperm” (as TB X-Press)
  • 1996 Ooasis B-Side of “When I Was A Sperm” (as TB X-Press)
  • 1996 F.A.H. B-Side of “Blackspin” (as Passenger)
  • 1996 Get Down B-Side of “Real Mothafucka” (as Two Deejays)
  • 1996 Da Robbery B-Side of “Real Mothafucka” (as Two Deejays)
  • 1996 I’m Ready B-Side of “Second Game” (as Tom Ace)
  • 1996 Spirit In My Soul B-Side of “666” (as Glycerine)
  • 1996 Once Again B-Side of “666” (as Glycerine)
  • 1996 I Wanna Be High B-Side of “Second Game” (as Tom Ace)
  • 1996 Shandar B-Side of “The Tube”
  • 1996 Long Way Home B-Side of “The Tube”
  • 1997 Bleckentrommel B-Side of “Gimme Some Sugar” (as Tiësto, Montana & Storm)
  • 1997 Proceed B-Side of “Final Majority” (as Main Men)
  • 1997 Rejuvenation B-Side of “Final Majority” (as Main Men)
  • 1998 Above The Clouds B-Side of “Small Town Boy” (as Andante)
  • 1998 Gorella B-Side of “Gouryella” (as Gouryella)
  • 1998 Cry For Love B-Side of “Never Enough” (as Clear View)
  • 1998 Earth B-Side of “Blaze of Night” (as Hammock Brothers)
  • 1998 Dwell Out In B-Side of “Blaze of Night” (as Hammock Brothers)
  • 1998 Northern Spirit B-Side of “Endless Wave” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1998 Outstream B-Side of “Endless Wave” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1999 In Walhalla B-Side of “Walhalla” (as Gouryella)
  • 1999 Cryptomnesia B-Side of “Far From Over” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1999 Soft Light B-Side of “Far From Over” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 1999 When She Left B-Side of “Rejected” (as Allure), previously released as a single
  • 2000 No More Tears B-Side of “We Ran At Dawn” (as Allure), previously released as a single
  • 2000 Summerbreeze B-Side of “Wasteland” (as Kamaya Painters)
  • 2001 Suburban Train B-Side of “Lethal Industry”
  • 2001 Urban Train B-Side of “Suburban Train”
  • 2001 Wonder Where You Are? B-Side of “Wonder” (as Major League)
  • 2001 Flight 643 B-Side of “Urban Train”, later released as an A-Side single
  • 2002 Dreamtime B-Side of “We Came”, (with Ferry Corsten)
  • 2004 Magik Journey B-Side of “Dallas 4PM”
  • 2004 Ancient History B-Side of “Just Be”
  • 2004 Traffic B-side of “Love Comes Again”, previously released as an A-Side single
  • 2005 A Tear In The Open B-Side of “UR”
  • 2006 Flight 643 B-Side of “Lethal Industry”

Music videos

This list contains official music videos by Tiësto, his aliases, co-productions and remixes.

  • 1999 “Sparkles”
  • 2001 “Flight 643”
  • 2001 “Suburban Train/Urban Train”
  • 2002 “Lethal Industry”
  • 2004 “Love Comes Again”
  • 2003 “Traffic”
  • 2003 “Rain Down On Me (Tiësto Remix)”
  • 2003 “Nyana”
  • 2004 “Just Be”
  • 2005 “Adagio for Strings”
  • 2006 “He’s A Pirate (Tiësto Remix)”
  • 2006 “TV Commercial of Dance4Life”
  • 2006 “Dance4life”
  • 2007 “TV Commercial of Elements of Life”
  • 2007 “In the Dark”
  • 2007 “TV Commercial of In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza”
  • 2007 “Break My Fall”
  • 2008 “Ride (Tiësto Radio Edit)”

Live albums

  • 1999 DJ Tiësto Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI
  • 2003 We Can Not Get Enough! Dance Valley #9

Video albums

  • 1999 DJ Tiësto Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI (VHS) #71 Dutch Charts
  • 2001 Underground Trance – Special Appearance & Magikal Remake By Tiësto (DVD + 2 CD)
  • 2003 Another Day at the Office (DVD)
  • 2003 We Can Not Get Enough! Dance Valley #9
  • 2003 Tiësto In Concert (2xDVD)
  • 2004 Tiësto in Concert 2 (2xDVD)
  • 2008 Elements of Life World Tour DVD (DVD & Blu-ray) #40 Germany Albums Top 50

Tribute albums

  • 2005 Best & New 2005
  • 2008 Tiësto: iTunes Essentials
  • 2008 10 Years of Black Hole Recordings expected release

Remixes

This list contains remixes by Tiësto, his aliases and co-productions.

  • 2008 Cary Brothers – Ride (Tiësto Extended Remix)
  • 2008 Cary Brothers – Ride (Tiësto Radio Edit)
  • 2008 Tiësto – Carpe Noctum (Fire Element Mix)
  • 2008 Tiësto Feat. Maxi Jazz – Dance4life (Freedom Mix)
  • 2007 Britney Spears – Piece Of Me (Tiësto Club Mix)
  • 2007 Britney Spears – Piece Of Me (Tiësto Dub)
  • 2007 Britney Spears – Piece Of Me (Tiësto Radio Edit)
  • 2007 Seal – The Right Life (Tiësto Remix Edit)
  • 2007 Seal – The Right Life (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2007 Tegan and Sara – Back In Your Head (Tiësto Remix Edit)
  • 2007 Tegan and Sara – Back In Your Head (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2007 Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned/I Think She Knows (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2007 JES – Imagination (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2007 Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek (Tiësto In Search of Sunrise Remix)
  • 2007 Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2007 Tiësto Feat. Christian Burns – In the Dark (Tiësto’s Trance Mix)
  • 2006 José González – Crosses (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2006 Tiësto Feat. Maxi Jazz – Dance4life (Slow Mix)
  • 2006 Klaus Badelt – He’s a Pirate (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2006 Klaus Badelt – He’s a Pirate (Tiësto Orchestral Mix)
  • 2006 Klaus Badelt – He’s a Pirate (Tiësto Radio Edit Remix)
  • 2005 Michael Giacchino – Mission 2 (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2004 BT Feat JC Chasez– The Force of Gravity (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2004 Tiësto Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – Walking On Clouds (Instrumental Mix)
  • 2004 Cirque Du Soleil – Mer Noire (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2003 Cor Fijneman – Venus (Meant to Be Your Lover) (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2003 Hampshire & Nysse – Eternal Voices (Tiësto’s Alternative Breaks Mix)
  • 2003 Kane – Rain Down on Me (Tiësto Instrumental Mix)
  • 2003 Kane – Rain Down on Me (Tiësto Vocal Mix)
  • 2003 Madonna – Die Another Day (Tiësto Dedicated Remix)
  • 2003 Radiohead – Street Spirit (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2003 Skin – Faithfulness (Tiësto Instrumental Mix)
  • 2003 Skin – Faithfulness (Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Conjure One – Tears from the Moon (DJ Tiësto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix)
  • 2002 Junkie XL – Breezer (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Kosheen – Hungry (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Lost Witness – Did I Dream (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Mauro Picotto – Pulsar 2002 (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Moby – Extreme Ways (DJ Tiësto’s Instrumental Mix)
  • 2002 Moby – Extreme Ways (DJ Tiësto’s Vocal Mix)
  • 2002 Moby – We Are All Made of Stars (DJ Tiësto’s Dub Mix)
  • 2002 Moby – We Are All Made of Stars (DJ Tiësto’s Full Vocal Mix)
  • 2002 Elvis Presley – Burning Love (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Saint Etienne – Action (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Saint Etienne – Action (DJ Tiësto Instrumental Remix)
  • 2002 Svenson & Gielen – We Know What You Did (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Roc Project – Never (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2002 Umek – Gatex (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Abnea – Velvet Moods (DJ Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)
  • 2001 Coast 2 Coast – Home (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Dave Matthews Band – The Space Between (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Delerium – Innocente (DJ Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)
  • 2001 DuMonde – Never Look Back (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Faithless – Tarantula (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Jan Johnston – Flesh (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Kid Vicious – Re-Form (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Motorcraft – When Time Will Come (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Schiller – Das Glockenspiel (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2001 Tiësto – Magik Journey (Tiësto’s Old School Trance Mix)
  • 2000 Aria – Willow (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 2000 Delerium – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search of Sunrise Edit)
  • 2000 Delerium – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix)
  • 2000 DJ Jan – Blaxo (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 E.V.O. – The Sound of The Drums (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 Goldenscan – Sunrise (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 Green Court – Shining (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 Jaimy & Kenny D – Caught Me Running (DJ Tiësto’s Summerbreeze Mix)
  • 2000 Lunatic Asylum – Cabal (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 SuReal – You Take My Breathe Away (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 2000 SuReal – You Take My Breathe Away (DJ Tiësto Instrumental Mix)
  • 2000 Yahel – Open Your Mind (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 2000 Yahel – Voyage (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 2000 Yahel & Miss T– Going Up (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 1999 Airscape – L’esperanza (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 1999 Balearic Bill – Destination Sunshine (DJ Tiësto Dub)
  • 1999 Balearic Bill – Destination Sunshine (DJ Tiësto Power Mix)
  • 1999 Binary Finary – 1999 (Gouryella Remix)
  • 1999 BT – Dreaming (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 1999 Moontribe – Dance of the Seventh Hill (DJ Tiësto’s Power Dub)
  • 1999 Scoop – Wings of Love (Magikal Remake)
  • 1999 Signum – Coming on Strong (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 1999 Subtle By Design – Sirius (DJ Tiësto Remix)
  • 1999 Topazz – New Millennium (Control Freaks Remix)
  • 1998 Rene & Da Groove – You’re So Beautiful (DJ Tiësto & Montana Beautiful Remix)
  • 1998 Hybrid – Airless (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 1998 Nickelson – Aquaphonic (DJ Tiësto & DJ Kim Remix)
  • 1998 The MacKenzie – Innocence (DJ Tiësto’s Magikal Remake)
  • 1995 West & Storm – Dans La Boîte (DJ Tiësto Mix)

Co-production

This list contains the names of the co-productions with Tiësto and other artists.

  • A3” (with DJ Montana)
  • Alibi” (with Armin van Buuren)
  • Andante” (with Arny Blink)
  • Clear View” (with Greg ‘Storm’ van ‘s Gravesande)
  • Control Freaks” (with Benno De Goeij and Piet Bervoets)
  • DJ Limited” (with Rob Verhoeven)
  • DJ Misja” (with Misja Helsloot)
  • DJ Yves & DJ Maikel” (with Yves Vandichel and Maikel van ‘t Hof)
  • Glycerine” (with Yves Vandichel)
  • Gouryella” (with Ferry Corsten)
  • Hammock Brothers” (with Cor Fijneman and Roland Kramer)
  • Hard Target” (with Greg Storm van’s Gravesende)
  • Jedidja” (with Dennis Waakop Reijers)
  • Kamaya Painters” (with Benno De Goeij)
  • Main Men” (with Piet Bervoets)
  • Major League” (with Armin van Buuren)
  • T-Scanner” (with Greg ‘Storm’ van ‘s Gravesande)
  • Taxigirl” (with Dennis Waakop Reijers)
  • TB X-Press” (with Bjorn Wendelen)
  • Tiësto, Montana & Storm” (with DJ Montana & DJ Storm)
  • Two Deejays” (with Yves Vandichel and Maikel van ‘t Hof)
  • Vimana” (with Ferry Corsten) (Singles)
  • West & Storm” (with Greg ‘Storm’ van ‘s Gravesande)

Instruments

This list contains some intruments Tiësto used during the production of his first two studio albums In My Memory and Just Be, they were also used in his concerts according to an interview with Kylee Swenson of Night Shift.

Access Virus B, Virus C Synths
Akai MPC3000X
Akai S6000 samplers (2)
Alesis Andromeda A6 Synth
E-mu Vintage Pro, Proteus 2000 synths
Intel Pentium 4/3.2 GHz w/1,024 MB RAM
Korg Triton synth
KRK 8000-series monitors
Lexicon 480 rackmount reverb
Linn Electronics LinnDrum drum machine
Moog Music Minimoog Voyager synth
Pioneer CDJ-1000 CD Turntable

Pioneer DJM-600 mixer
Roland Alpha Juno 2, JD-900, JP-8000, JP-8080(2), MKS-80, XP-80, XP-3080 synths
Roland SDE-3000 digital delay
Roland TR-909 drum machine
Sony DMX-R100 48-channel digital console
Steinberg Cubase SX 2.0 software
TC Electronic M-One rackmount reverb
Technics SL-1200MK2 turntables (2)
Waldorf MircoWaveXT sound module
Yamaha CS6x, CS6R, FS1R synths
Yamaha MSS1 SMPTE/MTC converter

This list contains intruments Tiësto, Geert Huinink and Tom Pearce use in their Streamline Sound studio.

Yamaha 02R series II custom with AES/EBU and ADAT console
Stereo/Surround FL-FR JBL4435 monitoring
Surround RL-RR JBL4430 monitoring
Surround Centre JBL4425 monitoring
Surround LFE JBL4435 monitoring secondary as mono block
Computer system Apple / PC recording
Software Digidesign ProTools Bias Peak
Software Digidesign ProTools Roxio Jam
Focusrite outboard
Roland software plug in
Neumann microphone

Røde microphone
Beyer Dynamic microphone
Shure microphone
Sennheiser microphone
Oberheim synth
Roland synth
Korg synth
Kurzweil synth
Akai plus Native Instruments synth
Spectrasonics software synthesisers

 

List of Tiësto awards

Tiësto was the first DJ to hold DJ Magazine’s “No. 1. DJ in the World” title for the three consecutive years: in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Other honours include countless national and international best DJ awards, being named Officer of the “Order of Orange-Nassau” by the Dutch Royalty, and being voted by the Dutch people as their 40th greatest citizen of all time. In 2007, he was awarded with the national dutch prize of the Golden Harp.

Awards

  • 2000 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 24th (debut)
  • 2001 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 6th
  • 2002 Zilveren Harp Music Award
  • 2002 Lucky Strike Dance Award
  • 2002 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 1st
  • 2002 Dutch Popprijs
  • 2003 World Dancestar Award U.S.A.: Best International DJ
  • 2003 ID&T Dutch DJ Award: Best Dutch DJ by professional jury
  • 2003 ID&T Dutch DJ Award: Best Dutch DJ by audience
  • 2003 Radio 538 Dance Award: Radio 538 Dutch Audience Edison
  • 2003 TMF Award Holland: Best Dance Act National
  • 2003 TMF Award Holland: Best National DJ
  • 2003 TMF Award Belgium: Best Dance International
  • 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards: Best Dutch Act
  • 2003 BG Magazine Award: Best Club/Trance/Hardhouse DJ
  • 2003 Mixmag Award: Best Resident Ibiza
  • 2003 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 1st
  • 2004 ID&T Dutch DJ Award: Best Dutch DJ by audience
  • 2004 Buma/Stemra Sound of Silence Award
  • 2004 TMF Award Belgium: Best International DJ
  • 2004 World Music Award: World’s best selling Dutch artist
  • 2004 Ibiza DJ Award: Best International DJ Trance
  • 2004 TMF Award Holland: Best National DJ
  • 2004 TMF Award Holland: Best Dance Act National
  • 2004 WMC Awards Miami: Best International DJ
  • 2004 DJUK awards: best DJ
  • 2004 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 1st
  • 2005 3 FM Award: Best Dance Artist
  • 2005 Release Dance Award: Best Trance/Progressive artist
  • 2005 Release Dance Award: Best International DJ
  • 2005 TMF Belgium: Best International DJ
  • 2005 Dance Music Award Germany: Best Trance Artist
  • 2005 WMC Awards Miami: Best Producer
  • 2005 WMC Awards Miami: Best Hi-NRG / Euro track
  • 2005 WMC Awards Miami: The Ortofon Best European DJ 2004
  • 2005 WMC Awards Miami: Best Producer 2004
  • 2005 TMF Award Holland: Best Dance National
  • 2005 TMF Award Holland: Radio 538 single of the year
  • 2005 TMF Award Holland: Lifetime Achievement
  • 2005 Edison Music Award: Best dance album – Just Be
  • 2005 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 2nd
  • 2006 TMF Awards Belgium: Award for Lifetime achievement
  • 2006 TMF Awards Belgium: Best Dance
  • 2006 TMF Awards Belgium: Best remixer
  • 2006 3 FM Awards: Best Dance Artist
  • 2006 Canadian Golden Award (Tësto In Concert 2 DVD)
  • 2006 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 3rd
  • 2007 WMC Awards Miami: Best Progressive House/Trance Track (Dance 4 Life)
  • 2007 WMC Awards Miami: Best Ortofon Global DJ 2006
  • 2007 WMC Awards Miami: Best Full Length DJ Mix CD (In Search of Sunrise VOL.5)
  • 2007 Radio 3FM Awards: Best Dance artist
  • 2007 DJMag Top 100 DJ Ranking: 2nd
  • 2008 BUMA golden harp award 2007
  • 2008 Dutch BUMA export award
  • 2008 WMC Awards Miami: Best Global DJ
  • 2008 WMC Awards Miami: Best Full Length DJ Mix CD (In Search of Sunrise VOL.6)
  • 2008 Beatport Music Awards: 2nd Best Trance Artist

Nominations

  • 2002 Best Progressive DJ at the DJ Awards
  • 2004 Best Trance DJ at the DJ Awards
  • 2005 Best Trance DJ at the DJ Awards
  • 2006 Best Trance DJ at the DJ Awards
  • 2007 Best Dutch & Belgian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007
  • 2007 Best Dance at the TMF Awards
  • 2008 Best Electronic/Dance Album at Grammy Awards for Elements of Life
  • 2008 WMC Awards Miami: Best European DJ
  • 2008 WMC Awards Miami: Best Producer
  • 2008 WMC Awards Miami: Best Global Dance Record Label (Black Hole Recordings)

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Snoop Dogg

snoop-dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg (previously Snoop Doggy Dogg), is an American rapper, singer, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre’s most notable protégés. His catch phrase is “-izzle,” a style of slang invented by Frankie Smith and The Gap Band in the early eighties, and popularized in part by fellow rapper E-40.

His mother nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child because of the way he dressed and because of his love of the cartoon Peanuts; he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg when he began recording. He changed his name to Snoop Dogg in 1998, when he left his original record label Death Row Records and signed with No Limit Records.

 

Biography

Early life

snoop_dogg Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Beverly Tate and Vernell Varnado, who was a singer and postal worker. Snoop Dogg began performing at an early age in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church church and began rapping in sixth grade. He was playing piano at age five and doing plays. He credits this experience with helping him be comfortable performing in front of people and losing stage fright. Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and was later convicted for cocaine trafficking and served six month at the Wayside County Jail,(Snoop mentioned in his reality show, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood”, that his uncle was influential in his family moving to Los Angeles from Southern Mississippi, proving the rarely mentioned rumor that he was originally from there). Snoop Dogg was a member of a local Crips gang in Long Beach. Snoop Dogg’s conviction caused him to be in and out of prison for the first three years after he graduated from high school. Snoop thus followed up on the homemade rap tapes that he had made with his cousin Nate Dogg and best friend Warren G (stepbrother of Dr. Dre of N.W.A). Originally, Snoop’s and Nate’s cousin Lil’ 1/2 Dead was also part of the group, called 213, named after the Long Beach area code at the time. This was largely in homage to Richie Rich’s group 415, which was named for the (then) area code of Oakland, California (now the area code of San Francisco and its northern neighbor Marin County). One of his early solo freestyle over En Vogue’s “Hold on” had made it to a mixtape, which was heard by Dr. Dre, who phoned to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A member The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks and chorus . Several of his cousins also became hip hop artists and Aftermath collaborators, including RBX, Joe Cool, and his cousins, Nate Dogg and Daz Dillinger. He’s also the nephew of Soul/Gospel singer Willie Norwood and cousin of his R&B singing children Ray J and Brandy and he recently released “Smokin Trees” with Ray J and a duet with Brandy was pre-recorded for Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, but was not part of the album.

Death Row Records Years (1992-98)

Dr. Dre began collaborating with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the feature film Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. Snoop Dogg’s contribution to The Chronic was considerable; the rapper’s rhymes were as present as Dr. Dre’s. The huge success of Snoop Dogg’s debut Doggystyle was partially due to this intense exposure.

Snoop-Dogg1 While recording Doggystyle with Dr. Dre in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of Phillip Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was fired at and killed in a gang fight. Snoop Dogg was defended by David Kenner, with his bodyguard McKinley Lee, while Sean Abrams (accompanying member in the jeep) was defended by Johnnie Cochran. Both Snoop Dogg and McKinley Lee were acquitted; Lee was acquitted on grounds of self-defense, but Snoop Dogg remained entangled in the legal battles around the case for three years. His video “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Tupac Shakur chronicled the difficulties each rapper was dealing with as a result of their unrelated but concurrent criminal prosecutions.

The Doggystyle album was released in November 1993 on Death Row Records and became the first debut album ever to enter the charts at #1, helping to fuel the ascendance of West Coast “g-funk” rap. The singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice” reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.

Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and others. In 1995 Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound were featured on the Los Angeles Based hip-hop show “Street Vibe ’95”.

A short film about Snoop Dogg’s murder trial called Murder Was the Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. However, by the time Snoop Dogg’s second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the price of imitating (or sometimes just living) the “gangsta” life had become very evident. Among the many notable rap industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg’s friend and label-mate Tupac Shakur and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 due to a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.

This album featured a distinct change of style as compared to Doggystyle. While the album sold reasonably well, it was not as successful, and it was widely believed that its quality suffered from Dr. Dre’s lack of involvement. However, Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style, and Snoop Dogg used a less energetic and more charismatic type of rhyming style, which would be more widely incorporated and exercised later on in his career.

In the immediate aftermath of Dr. Dre’s withdrawal from Death Row Records, realizing that he was subject to an iron clad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight, other than the insulting “Fuck Death Row”, until his contract expired.

No Limit (1998-2003)

SNOOP_SMOKESHOP Upon leaving Death Row Records Snoop was approached by a number of record labels. He eventually signed a contract with Master P’s No Limit Records. No Limit was quite popular at the time, as Southern Hip Hop was going through a revival and beginning to dominate the charts in a way which had not been seen since Florida rap dominated the charts in the early 1990s, thanks to 2 Live Crew and Luke. Snoop shortened his name from Snoop Doggy Dogg to Snoop Dogg, and received a great deal of criticism for signing to the label.

Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told was the first album Snoop released at No Limit released in 1998. It received negative reviews, yet still sold well. Snoop put his stamp of the now ubiquitous “Dirty South” sound on this album. Similar to the group focus of Death Row Records, many other No Limit Records artists appeared on the album, and it was produced mostly in-house by Beats By The Pound. Snoop’s next effort, No Limit Top Dogg, released in 1999, would re-unite Snoop with his mentor Dr. Dre for some highlight tracks and see a return to the G-funk style of his Death Row days; it proved to be a success in both ratings and sales, as the album embraced both old and new styles of West Coast hip hop along with assorted guests from the No Limit roster. Snoop Dogg followed this up with his last album on No Limit Records 2000’s Tha Last Meal, which built upon the mixture of styles on No Limit. He also collaborated again with his old friends Nate Dogg and Warren G as part of 213. They released an album The Hard Way in 2004, which featured the single “Groupie Luv”, and reached #4 in the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts.

Snoop Dogg released an autobiography in 2001 titled Tha Doggfather: The Times, Trials, and Hardcore Truths of Snoop Dogg, co-written with Davin Seay. In 2002, Snoop announced that he was giving up women and drugs. Later that year he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, on Capitol Records which featured the hit singles and videos “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” and “Beautiful” featuring guest vocals by Pharrell Williams.

On May 21, 2004, Snoop Dogg filed for divorce from his wife Shante Broadus, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of their three children, Corde, Cordell, and Cori; they have since reconciled. At the age of 30, Snoop claimed that he gave up smoking weed, although many of his run-ins with the law since have found him in possession of marijuana.

Geffen Years (2004-present)

snoop_dogg2 In 2004, Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment both of which are distributed through Interscope Records; Star Trak was headed by the Neptunes, who produced several tracks for Snoop’s 2004 release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg’s first single to reach number one. His third release was “Signs”, featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at #2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold very well, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and television.

Snoop Dogg’s latest music is being featured on West Coast rap albums such as Laugh Now, Cry Later by Ice Cube and Cali Iz Active by Tha Dogg Pound. He is featured on 2 tracks from Cube’s album including the single “Go to Church”, and several tracks on Cali Iz Active. Also, his latest song, “Real Talk”, was leaked over the Internet in the summer of 2006 and a video was later released on the Internet. “Real Talk” is a dedication to Tookie Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger. His two other new songs are “Keep Bouncing” by Too $hort, Snoop Dogg & will.i.am; and “Gangsta Walk” by Coolio & Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg’s 2006 release, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, did well on its first week, debuting at #5, which has been his highest since 2000’s The Last Meal. The album, and the second single “That’s That Shit” featuring R. Kelly have been received good critical response so far. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers for his single “Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)”, the first Snoop Dogg song to contain elements of the hyphy sound from E-40.

In July 2007, Snoop Dogg also made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone prior to its release as a single, “It’s The D.O.G.”. Currently Snoop Dogg is working with producer JT the Bigga Figga on a documentary DVD entitled Mandatory Business, which will feature the likes of Russell Simmons, Spike Lee, Xzibit, Young Buck and 50 Cent. There will also be a soundtrack released for the documentary. On 7 July 2007 Snoop Dogg performed at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburg

Snoop Dogg had renewed his vows with his longtime wife Shante Broadus.

On Screen

In 2000, Snoop (as “Michael J. Corleone”) directed Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, a pornographic film produced by Hustler. This film, combining hip-hop with X-rated material, was a huge success and won “Top Selling Release of the Year” at the 2002 AVN Awards. Driven by this success, Snoop directed Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp in 2002 (this time using the nickname “Snoop Scorsese”).

In 2002, Snoop hosted, starred in, and produced his own MTV sketch comedy show entitled Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.

Perhaps in conjunction with his entry into the x-rated world, Snoop claimed in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine that unlike other hip hop artists who’ve superficially adopted the pimp persona, he was an actual professional pimp in 2003 and 2004, saying “That shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin’ layups for me. I was makin’ ’em every time.” He goes on to say that upon the advice on some of the other pimps he knew, he eventually gave up pimping to spend more time with his family.

Snoop founded his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, in 2005. Their debut film was Boss’n Up, a film inspired by R&G starring Lil Jon and Trina.

In 2004, Snoop appeared on the Showtime series The L Word as the character “Slim Daddy”, a combination of Slim Shady and Puff Daddy. He also notably played the drug dealer-turned-informant character of Huggy Bear, in the 2004 remake film of the 1970s TV-series of the same name, Starsky & Hutch. He appeared as himself in an episode of the Showtime series “Weeds,” and made an appearance on the hit TV shows Entourage and Monk, for which he recorded a version of the theme, in July 2007. In 1998 Snoop had a cameo appearance in the film Half Baked as the “Scavenger Smoker.”

In December 2007, his reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood premiered on the E! channel. Snoop Dogg joined the NBA’s Entertainment League.

On March 30, 2008 he appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Master of Ceremonies for a tag team match between Maria and Ashley Massaro as they took on Beth Phoenix and Melina.

Legal issues

  • On August 25, 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested on suspicion of being an accomplice in the killing of reputed gang member Philip Woldemariam in Woodbine Park in the Palms district of West Los Angeles. Broadus’ bodyguard actually pulled the trigger and claimed self-defense at the trial. Both were acquitted.
  • A woman named Kylie Bell claimed that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Broadus and four others. In December 2004, one month before Bell filed her suit against him, Snoop sued her, accusing her of extortion. Bell eventually dropped her lawsuit, and Snoop dropped his US$5 million countersuit against her. Snoop’s publicist said “absolutely no money” was paid by the rapper in reaching a settlement.
  • On April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested being turned away from British Airways’ first class lounge. Snoop and his party were not allowed to enter the lounge because some of the entourage were flying first class, other members of the party were flying economy class. After the group was escorted outside, they vandalized a duty-free shop by throwing whiskey bottles. Seven police officers were injured in the fracas. After a night in prison, Snoop Dogg and the other men were released on bail on April 27, but he was unable to perform at the Premier Foods People’s Concert in Johannesburg on the same day. As part of his bail conditions, he had to return to the police station in May. The group has been banned by British Airways for “the foreseeable future.”
  • On May 11, when Snoop Dogg appeared at a London police station, he was cautioned for affray under Section 4 of the Public Order Act for use of threatening words or behavior . On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop Dogg should be denied entry to the UK for the foreseeable future due to the fracas at Heathrow as well as his previous convictions in the United States for drugs and firearms offenses.
  • Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and The Game have been sued for assaulting a fan on stage at a May 2005 Auburn concert at the White River Amphitheatre. The accuser claims he was beaten by the artists’ entourage while he was running up to touch Snoop. He alleges that he reacted to an “open invite” to come on stage. Before he could, Snoop’s bodyguards grabbed him and he was beaten unconscious by crew people, including the rapper and producer Soopafly. Snoop and The Game were included in the suit for not intervening to hold the fight. The lawsuit focuses on a pecuniary claim of $22 million in punitive and compensatory damages, battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • On September 27, 2006, Snoop Dogg was detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security, after airport screeners found a collapsible police baton in Snoop’s carry-on bag. The baton was confiscated but Snoop was allowed to board the flight. He has been charged with various weapons violations stemming from this incident. When arrested, he told deputies the baton was a prop for a movie. Bail was set at $150,000, which Snoop has paid.
  • Snoop Dogg was arrested again on October 26, 2006 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California while parked in a passenger loading zone. Approached by airport security for a traffic infraction, he was found in possession of marijuana and a firearm, according to a police statement. He was transported to Burbank Police Department Jail, booked, and released on $35,000 bond. He faced firearm and drug possession charges on 12 December at Burbank Superior Court.
  • He was again arrested on November 29, 2006, after performing on The Tonight Show, for possession of marijuana and a firearm.
  • Snoop Dogg was arrested again on March 12, 2007 at 1:25 a.m CET after performing in a concert with P.Diddy in Stockholm’s Globe Arena, Sweden. Snoop Dogg was arrested along with a woman after the pair reportedly “reeked” of marijuana. They were arrested and released 4 hours later after providing a urine sample. Pending results on urine will determine whether charges will be pressed. However the rapper denied all charges.
  • Snoop Dogg’s visa request to enter the United Kingdom was rejected by local authorities because of the Heathrow incident on March 24, 2007. A concert at London’s Wembley Arena on March 27 went ahead with Diddy (with whom he toured Europe) and the rest of the show. However the decision affected four more British performances in Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow and Budapest (due to rescheduling).
  • On April 12, 2007, Snoop Dogg was sentenced to five years of probation for gun and drug charges. He is expected to continue touring.
  • On April 26, 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship banned him from entering the country on character grounds, citing his prior criminal convictions. He had been scheduled to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on April 29, 2007. The ban was not lifted and Snoop Dogg was not able to attend. MTV Australia currently has a petition going to get him Australian citizenship.
  • Snoop Dogg’s many legal issues forced San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to withdraw his plan to issue a proclamation to the rapper.
  • Snoop is a friend of convicted socialite Charlotte Karin Lindström,they met at a event in Sydney,Australia. Snoop has talked do Lindström after her arrest.

 

Discography

SOLO
  • 1993: Doggystyle
  • 1996: Tha Doggfather
  • 1998: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
  • 1999: No Limit Top Dogg
  • 2000: Tha Last Meal
  • 2002: Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
  • 2004: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
  • 2006: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
  • 2008: Ego Trippin’
Compilations
  • Dead Man Walkin’
    • Released: October 31, 2000
    • Chart positions: 24 US Billboard 200, 11 R&B & Hip-Hop
    • U.S. Sales:
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles:
  • Snoop Dogg Presents…Doggy Style Allstars Vol. 1
    • Released: August 13, 2002
    • Chart positions: 19 US Billboard 200
    • U.S. Sales: 76,111
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles: “Not Like It Was”, “Falling Star”
  • Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album
    • Released: December 13, 2005
    • Chart positions: 184 US Billboard 200
    • U.S. Sales:
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles: “Real Soon”, “Shake That Shit”
  • Snoop Dogg Presents: Unreleased Heatrocks
    • Released: January, 2007
    • Chart positions:
    • U.S. sales:
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles:
  • Snoop Dogg Presents The Big Squeeze
    • Released: April 24, 2007
    • Chart positions: 71 US
    • U.S. Sales: 9600
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles: “Hat 2 Tha Bacc”
Greatest hits
  • Death Row: Snoop Doggy Dogg at His Best
    • Released: October 23, 2001
    • Chart positions: 28 US Billboard 200
    • U.S. Sales:
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles:
  • Tha Dogg: Best of the Works
    • Released: 2003
    • Chart positions: –
    • U.S. Sales: –
    • RIAA certification: –
    • Singles: –
  • Snoopified
    • Released: September 28, 2005
    • Chart positions: 121 US Billboard 200
    • U.S. Sales: 119,747 copies
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles:
Collaboration
  • Dogg Food
    • Released: October 31, 1995
    • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
    • RIAA certification: 2x Multi-Platinum
    • Singles: “Let’s Play House”
  • Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz
    • Released: February 1, 2000
    • Chart positions: #8 U.S.
    • RIAA certification: Platinum
    • Singles: “G’d Up”
  • Duces ‘n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
    • Released: July 31, 2001
    • Chart positions: #4 U.S.
    • RIAA certification: Gold
    • Singles: “I Luv It”
  • The Hard Way
    • Released: August 17, 2004
    • Chart positions: #4 U.S.
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles: “Groupie Luv”
  • Cali Iz Active
    • Released: June 27, 2006
    • Chart positions: #28 U.S.
    • RIAA certification:
    • Singles: “Cali Iz Active”

Guest appearances

1992

  • “Deep Cover” (from the album Deep Cover (soundtrack))
  • “The Chronic (Intro)”, “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everbody’s Celebratin’)”, “Let Me Ride”, “The Day The Niggaz Took Over”, “Lil Ghetto Boy”, “Nuthin’ Nut A G Thang”, “Deeez Nuuuts”, Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat”, “Stranded On Death Row”, “A Nigga Witta Gun”, “Bitches Ain’t Shit” (from Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic)

1994

  • “Big Pimpin, “Dogg Pound 4 Life” (from the album Above the Rim (Original Soundtrack)

1995

  • “Save Yourself” (from the album The Show (Original Soundtrack))
  • “187um” (from the album One Million Strong)
  • “New York, New York”, “Cyco-Lic-No (Bitch Azz Niggaz)”, “Smooth”, “Do What I Feel”, “If We All Fuc”, “Some Bomb Azz Pussy” (from the Tha Dogg Pound album Dogg Food)

1996

  • “All About U”, “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” (from the album 2pac album All Eyez on Me)

1997

  • Gettin’ Funky feat. SWV from the album Release Some Tension
  • Player’s Way feat. Rick James from the album Urban Rapsody
  • The Fatha Figure from the album Heat
  • Freakly Tales from the album In Tha Beginning…There Was Rap (Sampler)
  • Rough Rugged And Raw feat. Lady Of Rage & Dat Nigga Daz from the album Necessary Roughness
  • Wanted Dead or Alive feat. 2Pac from the album Gridlock’d (Original Soundtrack)
  • Out The Moon (Boom, Boom, Boom) feat. 2Pac, Hershey Loc, Tray Deee & Soopafly from the album Gridlock’d (Original Soundtrack)
  • Off The Hook feat. Charlie Wilson, James DeBarge & Val Young from the album Gridlock’d (Original Soundtrack)
  • Hollywood Bank Robbery feat. Tha Gang & Kurupt from the album Gang Related (soundtrack)
  • Gangstas feat. Mystikal & Master P from the album Unpredictable
  • Wa Just Wanna Party With You feat. Jermaine Dupri from the album Men in Black (film) OST
  • Only In California feat. Mack 10 & Ice Cube from the album Based On A True Story

1998

  • O.G. feat. Daz Dillinger from the album Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back
  • Feel So Good feat. The Eastsiders from the album Ride OST
  • Ghetto Fabulous feat. Mystikal & Charlie Wilson from the album Ghetto Fabulous
  • Let’s Go Do It feat. Mystikal & Silkk The Shocker from the album Ghetto Fabulous
  • So Watcha Want feat. MC Ren & RBX from the album Ruthless For Life
  • Who Got That Fire feat. Fiend & Master P from the album There’s One In Every Family
  • Medley For A feat. DJ Quik, Nate Dogg, AMG, 2nd II None, Hi-C & El from the album Rhythm-al-ism
  • Soldiers, Riders, G’s feat. Master P, Silkk The Shocker & Mystikal from the album MP Da Last Don
  • Thug Girl feat. Master P & Silkk The Shocker from the album MP Da Last Don
  • War Wounds feat. Master P, Silkk The Shocker, Fiend & Mystikal from the album MP Da Last Don
  • Mama Raised Me feat. Master P & Soulja Slim from the album MP Da Last Don
  • Snitches feat. Master P from the album MP Da Last Don
  • Make Em Say Uhh #2 feat. Master P, Silkk The Shocker, Fiend & Mia X from the album MP Da Last Don
  • Studio B feat. Gambino Family & Mo B. Dick from the album Ghetto Organized
  • What’s Ya Point feat. Mia X & Fat Joe from the album Mama Drama
  • Ride One/Caught Up! feat. Kurupt from the album Caught Up OST
  • Ghetto Life feat. Steady Mobb’n, Master P & Marvin Gaye from the album Black Mafia
  • Light Green And Remmy feat. Steady Mobb’n from the album Black Mafia
  • Turn Me Up feat. Steady Mobb’n from the album Black Mafia
  • Never Leave Me Alone feat. Nate Dogg from the album G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2
  • Friends feat. Nate Dogg & Warren G from the album G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2
  • Puppy Love feat. Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger & Kurupt from the album G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2
  • Dogg Pound Gangstaville feat. Nate Dogg & Kurupt from the album G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2
  • Gangsta Shit feat. Full Blooded from the album Memorial Day
  • Protector’s Of 1472 feat. Jermaine Dupri, Warren G & R.O.C. from the album Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472
  • Throw Yo Hood Up feat. Silkk The Shocker from the album Charge It 2 Da Game
  • LBC Ant The ING feat. Mack 10 from the album The Recipe
  • Lifestylez Of A G feat. Lifestyle Crew from the album Fakin’ Da Funk The Soundtrack
  • Gangsta Move from the album No Limit Soldiers Compilation: We Can’t Be Stopped
  • Hooked from the album I Got The Hook Up OST
  • We Be Puttin It Down feat. Bad Azz from the album Word On The Street
  • “Interlude”, “Unify”, “We’re Unified” (from the album Kid Capri album Soundtrack to the Streets)
  • Ball ‘Till We Fall feat. Magic &Steady Mobb’n from the album Sky’s The Limit
  • Gangsta Gangsta feat. C-Murder from the album Straight Outta Compton: N.W.A. 10th Anniversary Tribute
  • Message From Snoop Dogg from the album School Dayz
  • Get Ya Girl Dogg feat. MC Eith & Jay-O-Felony from the album Straight Outta Cali
  • Come And Get With Me feat. Keith Sweat from the album Still In The Game
  • Woof! feat. Mac, Mia X & Big Ed from the album Shell Shocked
  • My Old Ledy feat. Prime Suspects & Fiend from the album Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent
  • Dying In My City feat. C-Murder & Magic from the album Mean Green: Major Players Compilation

1999

  • Gangsta Talk feat. C-Murder from the album Bossalinie
  • Ghetto Millionaire feat. C-Murder, Kurupt & Nate Dogg from the album Bossalinie
  • Don’t Be Foolish feat. Daz Dillinger & Kurupt from the album Foolish OST
  • “Fuck You”, “Still D.R.E.”, “Next Episode”, “Bitch Niggaz” feat. Dr. Dre & Devin The Dude from the album 2001
  • We Will Rock You from the album Fox Sports Presents: Game Time!
  • Dangerous MC’s feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Mark Curry & Busta Rhymes from the album Born Again
  • Crybaby feat. Mariah Carey from the album Rainbow
  • G’d Up feaz. Tha Eastsidaz from the album G’d Up
  • Get It Up feat. Silkk The Shocker from the album Made Man
  • Suppose To Be Friend feat. Master P & Charlie Wilson from the album Da Crime Family
  • It’s A Beautiful Thing feat. C-Murder from the album Da Crime Family
  • Throw It Up feat. Rappin’ 4-Tay, Tray Deee & Roger Troutman from the album Introduction To Makin’
  • “Represent Dat G.C.”, “Neva Gonna Give It Up”, from the album Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha
  • Change Gone Come from the album Well Connected
  • Life In The Projects from the album The P.J.’s Soundtrack
  • White Boyz feat. T-Bo from the album White Boyz OST
  • The Shaggy Show ft. Insane Clown Posse & Gangsta Fun from the album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers
  • Doggs Ride feat. Lil’ Italy & Don P from the album On Top Of Da World
  • Wa Ain’t Hard To Find feat. Lil’ Italy & Mystikal from the album On Top Of Da World
  • You Never Know feat. Warren G, Phast Bossi & Reel Tight from the album I Want It All
  • Game Don’t Wait feat. Warren G & Nate Dogg from the album I Want It All
  • The War Iz On feat. Krayzie Bone, Kurupt & Layzie Bone from the album Thug Mentality 1999

2000

  • G’d Up feat. Tha Eastsidaz from the album 3 Strikes OST
  • Speak It On feat. The Comrads from the album Wake Up And Ball
  • Bow Wow (That’s My Name) feat. Lil’ Bow Wow from the album Beware Of Dog
  • Dogg Market feat. Brotha Lynch Hung from the album EBK4
  • X feat. Xzibit from the album Restless
  • D.N.A. (Drugs-N-Alkahol) feat. Xzibit from the album Restless
  • Conditioner feat. Wu-Tang Clan from the album The W
  • Get Your Mind Right Mami feat. Jay-Z from the album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
  • Bitch Please II feat. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Xzibit & Nate Dogg from the album The Marshall Mathers LP
  • Concrete Jungle feat. C-Murder, Kokane, Goldie Loc & Tray-Deee from the album Trapped In Crime
  • Down For My Down feat. C-Murder & Magic from the album Trapped In Crime
  • Fuck A Bitch feat. DJ Clue & Kurupt from the album The Professional 2
  • Just A Baby Boy feat. Tyrese & Mr. Tan from the album 2000 Watts
  • You feat. Lucy Pearl & Q-Tip from the album Lucy Pearl
  • The Game Is Cold feat. B-Legit from the album Hempin’ Ain’t Easy
  • U Can’t Fuck With Me feat. LL Cool J, Xzibit & Jayo Felony from the album G.O.A.T.
  • When The Pain Inflict DJ Muggs featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Roscoe from the album DJ Muggs presents Soul Assassins chapter II.

2001

  • Bring Back The G Shit feat. Kurupt & Goldie Loc from the album Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • On The Boulevard feat. Dr. Dre from the album The Wash OST
  • The Wash feat. Dr. Dre from the album The Wash OST
  • Figadoh feat. Benzino & Scarface from the album Rush Hour 2 OST
  • Ditty Dum Ditty Doo feat. Nate Dogg & Tha Eastsidaz from the album Music and Me
  • We From The LBC feat. Bad Azz from the album Personal Business
  • No More Games feat. Prince Ital Joe & Nate Dogg from the album Thug Lifestyles
  • Dat Whoopty Woop feat. Soopafly from the album Dat Whoopty Woop
  • Up On Things feat. Fabolous from the album Street Dreams
  • Pop Lockin feat. Silkk The Shocker & Goldie Loc from the album My World, My Way
  • I Wish feat. Silkk The Shocker & Master P from the album My World, My Way
  • Money 2 Fold feat. Bad Azz & Kurupt from the album Personal Business
  • Dogghouse Ridaz feat. Bad Azz, Goldie Loc, Kokane & Suga Free from the album Personal Business
  • Wrong Idea feat. Bad Azz, Kokane & Lil HD from the album Personal Business
  • Cruisin’ feat. Jadakiss from the album Kiss Tha Game Goodbye
  • Yo’ Sassy Ways feat. Warren G & Nate Dogg from the album The Return Of The Regulator
  • Ladies And Gents feat. Angie Martinez from the album Up Close And Personal
  • Crip Hop feat. Tha Eastsidaz from the album Baby Boy OST
  • Smoke feat. Tha Dogg Pound & The Relativez from the album 2002
  • Every Single Day feat. Tha Dogg Pound from the album 2002
  • WCSR Kid Rock feat. Snoop Dogg from the album Cocky (2001)

2002

  • “The Streets” (from the WC album Ghetto Heisman)
  • “Losin’ Your Mind” (from the Xzibit album Man Vs Machine)
  • “What Y’All Want”, “Poppin’ Them Collars” (from the Krazy album Poppin’ Collars)
  • “That’s Crazy (Remix)” (from the P.Diddy album We Invented the Remix Vol. 1)
  • “Fine” (from the Tray Deee album The General’s List)

2003

  • In This Life… feat. Gangstarr & Uncle Reo from the album The Ownerz
  • Intro feat. Daz Dillinger from the album DPGC: U Know What I’m Throwin’ Up
  • Do It Heavy feat. T-Nutty & Young Bop from the album The Last Of The Floheakinz
  • Holidae Inn feat. Chingy & Ludacris from the album Jackpot
  • Bosses feat. Down from the album California Cowboys
  • Red Light – Green Light feat. Limp Bizkit from the album Results May Vary
  • Get Ready feat. Ginuwine from the album The Senior
  • P.I.M.P. (G Unit Remix) feat. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks & Young Buck from the album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
  • We Get Around feat. Freeway from the album Philadelphia Freeway
  • Hoes In My Room feat. Ludacris from the album Chicken-N-Beer
  • Dance Wit Me feat. Marvin Gaye from the album True Crime: Streets of LA Soundtrack

2004

  • Game Over.Lil Flip feat.The Game & Snoop Dogg from the album U Gotta Feel Me
  • Vegitarian feat. Goldie Loc, Tray Deee & Kokane from the album The After Party
  • Make U Scream feat. Cassidy from the album Split Personality
  • The Way I Am feat. Knoc Turn’al from the album The Way I Am
  • She Don’t Know My Name feat. Nelly & Ronald Isley from the album Suit
  • I Get High feat. Lloyd Banks & 50 Cent from the album The Hunger For More
  • DPG Unit feat. Young Buck, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Daz Dillinger & Soopafly from the album Straight Outta Ca$hville
  • Shine feat. Jadakiss & DJ Quik from the album Kiss of Death
  • The Mack feat. Bugzy from the album Bugzy
  • Bitches Ain’t Shit feat. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Nate Dogg, Suga Free & Oobie from the album Crunk Juice
  • Gold Diggers feat. Kenoe from the album Game Over
  • I Wanna Thank Ya feat. Angie Stone from the album Stone Love
  • We Some Dogs feat. Method Man, Kon Artis & Redman from the album Tical 0: The Prequel
  • The Message feat. DJ Glaze of Foesum from the album The Lost Tapez
  • True to the Game feat. DJ Glaze of Foesum from the album The Lost Tapez
  • County Blues feat. DJ Glaze of Foesum from the album The Lost Tapez

2005

  • I Got Game feat. Nate Dogg from the album Nate Dogg
  • Don’t Stop feat. Beanie Sigel from the album The B. Coming
  • Pump Ya Brakes feat. Will Smith from the album Lost And Found
  • Say Somethin’ feat. Mariah Carey from the album The Emancipation of Mimi
  • I Can Change feat. John Legend from the album Get Lifted
  • Had To Call feat. Twista & Sleepy Eyed Jones from the album The Day After
  • “Smokin’ On Information” from the Layzie Bone album It’s Not a Game
  • Happy Summertime feat. R. Kelly from the album TP.3 Reloaded
  • Caviar feat. Bow Wow from the album Wanted
  • PYT feat. Warren G & Nate Dogg from the album In The Mid-Nite Hour
  • Yes Sir feat. Warren G, Bishop Lamont & Franck Lee White from the album In The Mid-Nite Hour
  • Get U Down Part II feat. Warren G, Ice Cube & B-Real from the album In The Mid-Nite Hour
  • Sexy Gurl feat. Trina, Co & Money Mark Diggla from the album Glamorest Life
  • Kronik feat. Lil’ Kim from the album The Naked Truth
  • Living The Life feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Ludacris, Faith Evans, Cheri Dennis & Bobby Valentino from the album Duets: The Final Chapter
  • Buttons feat. The Pussycat Dolls from the album PCD
  • Blackout feat. Mashonda from the album January Joy
  • Gangsta Zone feat. Daddy Yankee from the album Barrio Fino en Directo
  • Pump ya brakes feat. Will Smith from the album Lost and found

2006

  • Keep Bouncin (Too $hort feat. Snoop Dogg & Fergie) from the album Blow The Whistle
  • Gangsta Walk (Coolio feat. Snoop Dogg) from the album Return of the Gangsta
  • Don’t Run From Me (Chino XL feat. Snoop Dogg) from the album Confirmation
  • That Girl feat. Pharrell from the album In My Mind
  • So Fly feat. Suga Free & Katt Williams from the album Just Add Water
  • So Fly (Remix) feat. Suga Free, Mannie Fresh & Katt Williams from the album Just Add Water
  • Go To Church feat. Ice Cube & Lil’ Jon from the album Laugh Now, Cry Later
  • You Gotta Lotta That feat. Ice Cube from the album Laugh Now, Cry Later
  • Hollywood Divorce feat. OutKast & Lil Wayne from the album Idlewild
  • I Wanna Love You feat. Akon from the album Konvicted
  • California Vacation feat. The Game & Xzibit from the album Doctor’s Advocate
  • Pac’s Life Remix feat. 2Pac, T.I. & Chris Starr from the album Pac’s Life
  • Play On Playa feat. Nas from the album Hip Hop Is Dead
  • Get Low Black Ty feat. Too $hort, Kurupt and Snoop Dogg from the album Alter Ego
  • Roll the Dice Black Ty feat. Snoop Dogg and Kurupt from the album Alter Ego

2007

  • “Hi-Definition” (from the Lupe Fiasco album “The Cool”)
  • “Welcome to tha Hood” (from Hood of Horror O.S.T.)
  • “Tha Turnaround”, “Number 1”, “Talented” (from the Soopafly album Bangin Westcoast)
  • “Running Your Mouth” (from Greatest Hits (The Notorious B.I.G. album))
  • “Thou Shallt Not Kill” (from the Mobb Deep album The Infamous Archives)
  • “I Ain’t Fucking with U” (from the Young Buck album Buck the World)
  • “What a Job” (from the Devin the Dude album Waitin’ To Inhale)
  • “Merry Jane” (from the Redman album Red Gone Wild)
  • “Vibe Wit’ A Pimp”, “Bucc’m”, “Pull Ya’ Draws Down” (from Tha Dogg Pound album Dogg Chit)
  • “Everybody Know me” (from the Paul Wall album Get Money, Stay True)
  • “My 64” (from the Mike Jones album The American Dream)
  • “In It For The Money” (from the Lumidee album Unexpected)
  • “Double Up” (from the R. Kelly album Double Up)
  • “Not a Criminal (remix)” (from the Chamillionaire album Ultimate Victory)
  • “Ghetto” (from the Kelly Rowland album Miss Kelly)
  • “Speaker” (from the David Banner album Greatest Story Ever Told)
  • “Walka Not a Talka” (from the Mýa album Liberation)

2008

  • “I’m Still Pimpin'” (from the Tony Yayo album I Am 50’s Tax Write-Off)
  • “Party On” (from the Mistah F.A.B. album Da Yellow Bus Rydah)
  • “Old School” (from the Lyfe Jennings album Lyfe Change)

Filmography

  • Half Baked (1998) as Scavenger Smoker
  • Caught Up (1998) as Kool Kitty Kat
  • Ride (1998) as Mente
  • Documentry of Shawn (1998) as Shawn’s Retarded Friend Brian
  • Da game of life (1998)
  • Whiteboys (1999) (cameo) (also song “Whiteboys”)
  • Crime Partners 2000 (2001)
  • Baby Boy (2001) as Rodney (Gold)
  • Training Day (2001) as Blue
  • Bones (2001) as Jimmy Bones
  • The Wash (2001) as Dee Loc (also executive producer)
  • Old School (2003) as Himself (Cameo)
  • Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003) (voice)
  • Starsky & Hutch (2004) as Huggy Bear
  • Soul Plane (2004) as Antonio Mack
  • The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005) (narrator)
  • Boss’n Up (2005)
  • The Tenants (2006)
  • Hood of Horror (2006) (also executive producer)

Documentaries

  • The Show (1995) (himself)
  • Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw (2002) (himself)
  • It’s Black Entertainment (2002) (himself)
  • The Real Cancun (2003) (reality show) (himself)
  • Letter to the President (2005) (narrator)
  • DPG Eulogy (2006) (documentary) (himself)

Animation movies

  • Volcano High (2001) (voice in English-dubbed version)
  • Racing Stripes (2005) (voice)
  • Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) (voice) (also song “Go Girl”)
  • Futurama: The Wild Green Yonder (2008) (guest star)

Direct-to-video

  • Murder Was the Case (1994) (video) as Himself (Platinum)
  • MP Tha Last Don (1998) as Bar Patron
  • Da Game of Life (1998) as Smooth
  • I Got the Hook Up (1998) (Cameo) as Bar Patron
  • The Wrecking Crew (1999) as Dra-Man
  • Hot Boyz(aka Gang Law) (1999) as C-Dawg – #2 Top Video Rentals ’99-’01 ($5 million from rentals)
  • Urban Menace (1999) as Preacher
  • Tha Eastsidaz (2000) as Killa Pop (also executive producer) (2X Platinum)

Pornographic movies

  • Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle (also executive producer)
  • Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style (2002) as himself
  • Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp (2002) (also executive producer)
  • Snoop Dogg’s Buckwild Bus Tour (also executive producer)
  • Sex in the Studio (guest appearance)

TV series appearances

  • Weeds as himself
  • Las Vegas as himself
  • Just Shoot Me as himself
  • Playmakers as Big E (episodes 10-11)
  • King of the Hill as “Alabaster” a white pimp
  • Futurama as himself (actual voice not provided)
  • The Steve Harvey Show as himself
  • Robot Chicken as himself (actual voice not provided)
  • South Park though he didn’t provide an addititonal voice for his cartoon character in the episode Here Comes the Neighborhood
  • Where My Dogs At? as himself (no voice assistance)
  • Doggy Fizzle Televizzle self-hosted sketch show on MTV
  • The L Word as Slim Daddy (episodes 9-10)
  • Monk as Murderous (“Mr. Monk and the Rapper”)
  • Chappelle’s Show as Dangle the puppet, and himself
  • The Boondocks as himself in the fictional sequel to Soul Plane.

Video games

As well as starring and producing films Snoop Dogg has also appeared in a few video games, such as True Crime: Streets of LA (as a hidden character) and Def Jam: Fight for NY (as Crow). He would have played the main character in Fear & Respect.

 

Endorsements

  • St. Ides
  • Snoop Dogg 40 Oz Malt liquor
  • Boost Mobile cell phone
  • Orbit Gum
  • Cal Worthington’s Ford dealership in Long Beach, California
  • “Snoop Doggs” – foot-long hot dogs manufactured in Massachusetts a joint venture with Platinum One Media
  • “Snoop Dogg Board Company (SDBC)” – skateboards and Luggage fabrication company (with Pentagon Distribution)
  • “Snooperbowl” and “Snoop Youth Football league”
  • “Chronic Candy” – candy that tastes like marijuana (from Switzerland and is currently banned in some cities of US)
  • Love Don’t Live Here No More, Doggy Tales Vol.1 – love novel (co-written by David E. Talbert, published by Atria and Snoopadelic Films) ISBN 0-7432-7363-X
  • Tha Doggfather : The Times, Trials, And Hardcore Truths Of Snoop Dogg – autobiography (published by William Morrow) Hardcover ISBN 0-688-17158-3, Paperback ISBN 0-06-107607-4
  • Fear & Respect (project cancelled as of March 1 2006) – PlayStation 2 video game (developed by Midway Games)
  • “Doggy Biscuitz” – shoe brand (in partnership with Pony International)
  • “Snoop Dogg Clothing” – streetwear (distributed at Macy’s)
  • “WRFF” – unique design scooters (in cooperation with Salton, Inc.)
  • “Hip Hop Gaming League” – a celebrity online gaming competition (hosted by Global Gaming League)
  • “Snoop Dogg figures” (Vital Toys, Sota Toys)
  • “Snoop Dogg Boxing” – mobile phone game (Sony Pictures Mobile)
  • “Snoop Dogg Pet Accessory Line” (in conjunction with Jakks Pacific)

Awards won

  • 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards
    • Best hip hop video (“That’s That”)
  • 2006 MTV Video Music Awards
    • Best Dance Video (“Buttons” with The Pussycat Dolls}
  • 2006 Los Angeles Chapter Recording Academy Honors
    • Recipient (Snoop Dogg)
  • 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards
    • Best hip hop video (“Drop it Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2005 The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference Awards
    • Hot Rap Track (“Drop it Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2005 MTV European Music Awards
    • Best Hip-Hop Artist
  • 2005 MOBO Awards
    • Best video (“Drop it Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2004 Adult Video News awards
    • Top Selling Tape of 2003 (“Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp”)
  • 2004 Pretender Awards
    • Snitch of the Year
  • 2003 BET Awards
    • Best Collaboration (with Pharrell)
  • 2002 MTV Movie Awards
    • Best Cameo (“Training Day” – 2001)
  • 2002 Urban Fashion Awards
    • Best Celebrity Clothing Line (“Snoop Dogg Clothing”)
  • 2002 Adult Video News awards
    • Best Music soundtrack (“Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle”)
    • Top Selling Tape of 2001 (“Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle”)
  • 2002 Stony Awards
    • Stoner of the Year
  • 2000 Source Awards
    • New Artist of the Year, Group (with Tha Eastsidaz)
  • 1995 American Music Awards
    • Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
  • 1995 Source Awards
    • Artist of the Year, Solo
    • Video of the Year (“Murder Was The Case”)
  • 1994 Billboard Year-End Charts
    • Top Billboard 200 Album Artist – Male
    • Top R&B Album Artist
    • Top R&B Album Artist – Male
  • 1994 Rolling Stone’s annual critics poll
    • Best Rapper
  • 1994 MTV Video Music Award
    • Best Rap Video. (“Doggy Dogg World”)
  • 1994 Source Awards
    • New Artist of the Year (Solo)
    • Lyricist of the Year

Other nominations

  • 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2007
    • Best Hook up video (“Buttons”)
  • 2006 Bet Awards
    • Best Hip-hop Movie (Boss’n Up – Director: Dylan C. Brown)
  • 2005 Radio Music Awards
    • Song of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2005 Billboard Music Awards
    • Rap song of the year (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2005 MTV European Music Awards
    • Best Male artist
    • Best song (“Signs”)
  • 2005 BET Awards
    • Video of the Year (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
    • Best Collaboration (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
    • Best Rap Artist
  • 2005 World Music Awards
    • Best-Selling Male R&B Award
  • 2005 MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
    • Best Hip-Hop Video (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
    • Viewer’s Choice (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2005 MOBO Awards
    • Best Single (“Drop It Like It’s Hot” with Pharrell).
  • 2005 Soul Train Awards
    • (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
  • 2004 Vibe Awards
    • Hottest hook:”Drop It Like It’s Hot”
  • 2004 2004 Adult Video News awards
    • Best Non-Sex Performance : Snoop Dogg (“Snoop Dogg’s Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp”)
  • 2004 MTV Video Music Awards
    • Best Hip-Hop Video. (“Holidae Inn” with Chingy and Ludacris)
  • 2004 MVPA Video Awards
    • Best Hip-Hop Video (Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams “Beautiful” / Prod Co: Partizan; Chris Robinson, dir.)
  • 2003 BET Awards
    • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
  • 2003 Black Reel Awards
    • Best Song (“Undercova Funk (Give Up the Funk)”)
  • 2003 California Music Awards
    • Outstanding hip-hop album (“Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss”)
  • 2003 MTV Video Music Awards
    • Best Hip-Hop Video (“Beautiful”)
  • 2003 Vibe Awards
    • Reelest video:”Beautiful”
    • Hottest hook:”Beautiful”
    • Coolest collaboration:”Beautiful”
  • 2003 MVPA Video Awards
    • Soundtrack Video of the year (Snoop Dogg feat. Bootsy Collins – “Undercova Funk (Give Up the Funk)” from “Undercover Brother.” Director: Gregory Dark. Production company: Atlas)
  • 2002 Black Reel Awards
    • Best Song (“Just a Baby Boy”)
  • 2001 1st Annual BET Awards (June 19, 2001):
    • Video of the Year (“The Next Episode” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg)
  • 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
    • Best Rap Video (“Lay Low”)
  • 2001 Source Awards
    • Artist Of The Year, Solo
    • Album of the Year (Tha Last Meal)
    • Live Performer of the Year
    • Music Video of the Year (“”Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name II)””)
  • 2000 Source Awards
    • Artist Of The Year, Solo
    • Single of the Year (“Still D.R.E.” Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg)
  • 1999 Source Awards
    • Artist Of The Year, Solo

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Armin van Buuren

pic Armin van Buuren (born December 25, 1976) is a trance music producer. He was born in Leiden, Netherlands, but who grew up in Koudekerk aan den Rijn. In 2007, he was voted number one DJ in DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 vote.

Biography

Armin van Buuren pursued his career as a professional musician despite the promise of a career in law in his native country, the Netherlands, where he completed his law degree in 2004. Armin started working as a DJ in a local night club called Nexus, finished high school in 1995 and went on to university to study law. Meanwhile, he moved his studio equipment from his bedroom to a ‘real’ studio. The first tracks he produced in his new studio were, among others, tracks like “Touch Me” and “Communication”. Van Buuren has been quoted as saying, “Don’t be a prisoner of your own style.” He has described his musical style as “liberating, euphoric, uplifting, melodic and energetic.”

He hosts a weekly radio show A State of Trance, which mostly consist of electro and other genres, rather than trance. The show completed its 300th episode in May 2007, running for over 6 years.

In October 2002, van Buuren was voted Number 5 in the DJ Magazine 100 top DJs. The following year, he jumped up to the #3 spot, and held 3rd place for the next 3 years. His work left him at the #2 spot, just below Paul van Dyk in the 2006 polls, and in 2007 Armin reached Number 1, heading the 2007 DJ Mag Top 100.

 

As a producer

Armin_Van_Buuren_2 Van Buuren has always had his own studio and works alone the majority of the time. He has never employed an engineer, claiming he does not want the music to be altered by an engineer.

Since 1995, van Buuren has released many tracks on different labels with increasing success. His first big success was “Blue Fear” on Cyber Records at the tender age of 19. This ‘Euro Trance blueprint’ made it into the UK Chart. “Communication” was released on the same label, and had a huge impact on Ibiza, Spain in the summer of 1999. After being signed to AM PM Records, this track entered the UK Chart at #18 in 2000.

In the beginning of 1999, van Buuren started his label Armind together with United Recordings. The first release, Gig – “One”, was well received. The second release “Touch Me”, under the name Rising Star was signed to Ministry Of Sound in the UK, before the record was released.

By the time of his third release, Gimmick – “Free” was signed to R&S Records, van Buuren had managed to make his label popular very quickly. Under the surname Gaia he released “4 Elements” on Captivating Sounds, a sub-label of Warner Brothers. Teaming up with DJ Tiësto, two new projects were born: Major League – “Wonder Where You Are?” was released on Blackhole and Alibi – “Eternity” was released on Armind. “Eternity” received club and chart success and was signed to Paul van Dyk’s imprint Vandit Records. Another major collaboration followed this. Together with Ferry Corsten, van Buuren recorded a riff-classic titled “Exhale” for the System F. album. Released as a single, this track reached gold status in less than a month.

In 2000 van Buuren started his own AVB compilation series. He managed to find a balance between progressive, techno and trance music styles. AVB001 – “A State of Trance” (not to be confused with his weekly ASOT radio shows) sold more than 10,000 copies and contains van Buuren’s well known remix of Mogwai – “Viola.” AVB002 “Basic Instinct” featured a new track: Perpetuous Dreamer – “The Sound Of Goodbye”. This track entered the Dutch charts in June 2001 at number 26. Later in the year the track hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. AVB003 – “In Motion” was released August 6th 2001. This album contained the real trance sound and was very popular in the US. AVB004 – “Transparance” followed in 2002.

In March 2001 van Buuren started his own radio show on ID&T Radio. In this weekly two-hour show, entitled ‘A State of Trance’, he plays the latest popular trance music tracks. His show and the artists he features are popularized by publishing the artists and track titles on his website. This radio-show/website combination has proven popular internationally. When ID&T Radio changed genres in 2004, van Buuren left and took A State of Trance with him. The show then moved to Fresh FM, a Dutch radio station. It is now a weekly feature on SLAM!FM, another Dutch radio station, DI.FM, an online radio station, and on XM Satellite Radio channel 82 in the United States and Canada. A complete list of stations that broadcast ASOT can be found at the ASOT section of Armins website. Also in 2004, van Buuren remixed the 24 Theme into a trance hit. In June 2005, the 200th episode was celebrated in Amsterdam and subsequently aired on radio. The 250th (8 hour) anniversary episode was celebrated in Club Asta in The Hague, The Netherlands, featuring van Buuren, Jonas Steur, M.I.K.E., John Askew, Rank 1 and Menno De Jong.

On May 17, 2007, van Buuren began broadcasting the first of a two part series of what would become his 300th episode of A State of Trance.

He has also worked on remix projects involving tracks by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki.

Aliases: Amsterdance, Armania, Darkstar, E=mc², Electrix, El Guitaro, Gaia, Gimmick, Hyperdrive Inc., Major League, Misteri A, Perpetuous Dreamer, Problem Boy, Rising Star, The Shoeshine Factory.

 

As a performer

Armin_Van_Buuren Armin van Buuren at Crobar, NYC, October 9, 2006

Van Buuren began his DJ career at club Nexus in Leiden, where he learned to play long DJ sets, which were regularly six to seven hours per set. During school holidays he played more than four times a week. In 1999, he met Dave Lewis who introduced him as a DJ in England and the United States. His DJ career accelerated, entering the DJ magazine Top-100 in November of 2001 at Number 27. He has played in more than 25 different countries and can often be found on the main stage at big summer festivals. Van Buuren has played a record-breaking nine-hour set for Dancetheater in The Hague (Holland). In the United Kingdom one can see him perform regularly at Passion (resident 2002), Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Slinky, Peach and Golden.

In 2002 he had a residency at Glow in Washington D.C., and he has played in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Denver, New York City, Los Angeles, Istanbul, and St. Louis. He has also regularly appeared at Amnesia on the island of Ibiza.

According to van Buuren, “The fans and the public are the most important thing for a DJ.”

On April 12th of 2006, van Buuren began a Canadian tour with a performance in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Despite a Wednesday booking, the venue was filled to capacity. Throughout his set, van Buuren could be seen signing autographs for his fans.

On November 11, 2006 he had a live performance called Armin Only in Ahoy Rotterdam for the second time (after Nov 12, 2005) with a 9 hour solo set, where he performed to over 11,000 fans.

In the summer of 2007, van Buuren recorded and released a live set at Amnesia, Ibiza. “Universal Religion 2008” was released as a mix compilation on Ultra Records on December 4th 2007.

On January 12th, 2008, van Buuren was given the “Buma Cultuur Pop Award”, the most prestigious Dutch music award.

 

Discography

 

Albums

 

Studio Albums
  • 2003 76
  • 2005 Shivers
  • 2006 10 Years
  • 2008 Imagine

 

Compilations
  • 1999 Boundaries of Imagination
  • 2000 001 A State of Trance
  • 2001 002 Basic Instinct
  • 2001 003 In Motion
  • 2002 004 Transparance
  • 2003 Universal Religion Chapter One
  • 2004 A State of Trance 2004
  • 2004 Big Room Trance
  • 2004 Universal Religion 2004, Live From Armada At Ibiza
  • 2005 A State of Trance 2005
  • 2005 A State of Trance 2005 Year Mix
  • 2006 A State of Trance 2006
  • 2006 A State of Trance 2006 Year Mix
  • 2007 A State of Trance 2007
  • 2007 Universal Religion Chapter 3, Live From Armada At Ibiza
  • 2007 A State of Trance 2007 Year Mix
  • 2008 Universal Religion 2008

 

Singles

 

Armin Van Buuren/Armin
  • 1996 “Push”, as Armin
  • 1996 “Check Out Your Mind”, as Armin
  • 1997 “Blue Fear”, as Armin
  • 1999 “Lost Soul Society”, as Armin
  • 1999 “Communication”, as Armin (with Carmen van den Brakel)
  • 1999 “Virgo”, as Armin
  • 2000 “Communication Part 2”
  • 2002 “Sunburn”
  • 2002 “Yet Another Day” (with Ray Wilson)
  • 2003 “Sunburn (Walk Through Fire)” (with Victoria Horn)
  • 2003 “Burned With Desire” (with Justine Suissa)
  • 2004 “Blue Fear 2004”
  • 2004 “Intruder/Pound”, as Armin vs. M.I.K.E. (with M.I.K.E.)
  • 2005 “Shivers/Birth Of An Angel” (with Raz & Adryan and Susana)
  • 2005 “Zocalo” (with Gabriel & Dresden)
  • 2005 “Serenity” (with Jan Vayne)
  • 2006 “Who Is Watching” (with Nadia Ali)
  • 2006 “Sail”
  • 2006 “Control Freak”
  • 2006 “Love You More” (with Racoon)
  • 2006 “Saturday Night”, as Armin van Buuren vs. Herman Brood
  • 2007 “This World Is Watching Me” (with Rank 1 and Kush)
  • 2007 “Communication Part 3”
  • 2007 “Rush Hour”
  • 2007 “The Sound Of Goodbye 2007” (with Raz & Adryan and Elles de Graaf)
  • 2008 “If You Should Go” (featuring Susana)
  • 2008 “Going Wrong” (with Dj Shah and Chris Jones)

 

Perpetuous Dreamer
  • 1999 “Future Fun-Land”
  • 2001 “The Sound of Goodbye” (with Fuel 2 Fire and Elles de Graaf)
  • 2002 “Dust.wav” (with Raz & Adryan and Elles de Graaf)
  • 2004 “Future Fun-Land 2004”

 

Rising Star
  • 1999 “Touch Me”
  • 2002 “Clear Blue Moon/Star Theme”
  • 2002 “Sunspot” (with Airwave)

 

Other aliases
  • 1996 “Spanish Love”, as El Guitaro
  • 1996 “Dreams In Sync”, as Hyperdrive Inc.
  • 1996 “Electronicly Entertained”, as Technology (with Gert den Heyer)
  • 1996 “Turn Me On”, as Armania
  • 1997 “The Only Love”, as Armania
  • 1997 “Lilmotion EP”, as Lilmotion (with Dennis Verheugd and Sjaak Scheffer)
  • 1997 “Gotta Feel It”, as Amsterdance
  • 1997 “Ideal World EP”, as Misteri A
  • 1997 “C’Est Tout”, as Monsieur Basculant (with Johan Cyber)
  • 1997 “Why You Wanna Hurt Me”, as Gimmick
  • 1997 “Allright”, as The Shoeshine Factory
  • 1998 “Wicked”, as The Shoeshine Factory
  • 1998 “Raw”, as Hyperdrive Inc.
  • 1998 “Pass The Bottle”, as Wodka Wasters (with Olav Basoski)
  • 1998 “Self Control”, as Problem Boy
  • 1998 “The United Colors EP”, as Red & White (with Gert den Heyer)
  • 1999 “Out Of Blue (Remixes)”, as Red & White (with Gert den Heyer)
  • 1999 “See Me, Feel Me”, as Darkstar
  • 1999 “Blame The Music”, as Electrix (with Floris Klinkert)
  • 1999 “Gettaway”, as Electrix (with Floris Klinkert)
  • 1999 “One”, as Gig
  • 2000 “Eternity”, as Alibi (with Tiësto)
  • 2000 “Wonder?/Wonder Where You Are?”, as Major League (with Tiësto and Carman van der Brakel)
  • 2000 “Free”, as Gimmick
  • 2000 “Monotonous”, as E=MC²
  • 2001 “4 Elements”, as Gaia

 

(Co-)Production for other artists
  • 2001 System F – “Exhale”
  • 2002 Fuel 2 Fire – “Fuel To Fire”
  • 2004 Jan VayneClassical Trancelations (entire album)

Home video

  • 2006 Armin Only – The Next Level (DVD)
  • 2007 Armin Only – Ahoy (DVD)

 

Remixes

  • 2007 Richard Durand vs. Cassandra Fox – Hump Me In The Morning (Armin van Buuren Mash-up) “Sunhump vs. Touch Me”, unoficiall release
  • 2006 Ilse DeLange – The Great Escape (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 2005 Fragile – Inertia (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 2004 Sean Callery – The Longest Day (Armin Van Buuren Remix Radio Edit)
  • 2004 Sean Callery – The Longest Day (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2004 Sean Callery – The Longest Day (Armin Van Buuren Dub)
  • 2004 Sean Callery – “24” Theme – The Longest Day (Armin Van Buuren Mix)
  • 2004 Mark Otten – Mushroom Therapy (Armin Van Buuren Precious Edit)
  • 2004 Agnelli & Nelson – Holding Onto Nothing (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2004 Envio – Love Poison (Ryan G Remix – AvB Edit)
  • 2003 Ben Liebrand – Give Me An Answer (RArmin van Buuren Remix)
  • 2003 Perpetuous Dreamer – Dust.wav (Armin van Buuren Radio Edit)
  • 2003 Perpetuous Dreamer – Dust.wav (Armin van Buuren Rising Star Remix)
  • 2003 Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes (Armin van Buuren’s Universal Religion Remix)
  • 2003 Clubhands – Live Your Life (Extended Club Mix)
  • 2002 DJ Astrid – The Spell (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2002 Solar Stone – Seven Cities (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 2002 OceanLab – Sky Falls Down (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2002 Cygnus X – Positron (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2002 Riva – Time Is The Healer (Armin Van Buuren Vocal Remix)
  • 2002 Shane – Too Late To Turn (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2002 Solid Sessions – Janeiro (Armin Van Buuren Mix)
  • 2002 iiO – Rapture (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2001 Perpetuous Dreamer – The Sound Of Goodbye (Armin’s Tribal Feel Mix)
  • 2001 Magnusson Arrived from Fjörnebö – Mary Go Around (Armin Van Buuren’s ‘This Round’s On Me’ Edit)
  • 2001 Magnusson Arrived from Fjörnebö – Mary Go Around (Armin Van Buuren’s ‘This Round’s On Me’ Mix)
  • 2001 System F – Exhale (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 2001 Perpetuous Dreamer – The Sound Of Goodbye (Armin’s Tribal Feel Radio Edit)
  • 2001 Ayumi Hamasaki – Appears (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2000 Gaia – 4 Elements (Armin Van Buuren Original Mix)
  • 2000 Armin – Communication Part II (Armin van Buuren’s Remake)
  • 2000 Vibe-Rations – Steppin’ Out (Armin van Buuren’s Big Bass Remix)
  • 2000 Desiderio – Starlight (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Remix)
  • 2000 Novaskotia – Novaskotia (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Mix)
  • 2000 Dominica – Gotta Let You Go (Watch Your Step Mix)
  • 2000 Mi-Ko – Dreaming Of You (Armix Remix)
  • 2000 Gimmick – Free (Armin’s Discotizer Dub)
  • 2000 Moogwai – Viola (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 2000 Yahel – Devotion (Armin Van Buuren Mix)
  • 2000 ATFC Presents OnePhatDeeva Feat. Lisa Millett – Bad Habit (Armin Van Buuren Gimmick Club Mix)
  • 2000 Aria – Dido (Armin van Buuren’s Universal Religion Mix)
  • 1999 Gouryella – Walhalla (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Mix)
  • 1999 Rising Star – Touch Me (Armix Remix)
  • 1999 Vincent De Moor – Between 2 Fires (Armin Remix)
  • 1999 René Et Gaston – Vallée 2000 (Vallée De L’Armix)
  • 1999 Airscape – L’Esperanza (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Mix)
  • 1999 Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle (Armin Van Buuren Radio Edit)
  • 1999 Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 1999 DJ Manta – Holding On (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Edit)
  • 1999 DJ Manta – Holding On (Armin Van Buuren’s Rising Star Mix)
  • 1999 Vincent De Moor – Shamu (Armin Remix)
  • 1999 Electrix – Gettaway (Armin van Buuren Mix)
  • 1999 Pancake – Don’t Turn Your Back (Syrup & Sugar Armix Flava)
  • 1999 Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby (Armin van Buuren’s Stalker Dub)
  • 1999 Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby (Armin van Buuren’s Stalker Mix)
  • 1999 Insight – Prophecy (Cyber Mix)
  • 1999 Shane – C’est Musique (Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 1999 Electrix – Blame The Music (Armin van Buuren Mix)
  • 1999 DJ René – Music All Over The World (DJ René & Armin van Buuren Remix)
  • 1999 Chakra & Edi Mis – X-File ’99 (Armin & DJ Johan’s Cyber Mix)
  • 1999 Gouryella – Gouryella (Armix)
  • 1998 Red & White – Out Of Blue (Armix)
  • 1998 Wodka Wasters – Pass The Bottle (Armin’s Movin’ Work Dub)
  • 1998 Wodka Wasters – Pass The Bottle (Armix)
  • 1998 Barbarus – Hold On (Armix)
  • 1998 Geoffrey Williams – Sex Life ’98 (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 1998 Suits Makin’ Noise – Ellegibo (Extended Armix)
  • 1998 Rocco Mundo – Move Static (Armix)
  • 1998 J.R.’s Revenge – Dallas (The Armix)
  • 1997 Temple Of The Groove – Without Your Love (Armin’s Radio Mix)
  • 1997 Jocks’ Trap – Tribal Tone (Armix Dub)
  • 1997 Jocks’ Trap – Tribal Tone (Armix)
  • 1997 The Sunclub – Single Minded People (Radio Edit Armix)
  • 1997 The Sunclub – Single Minded People (Trance Minded Armix)
  • 1997 The Sunclub – Single Minded People (Club Minded Armix)
  • 1997 Geoffrey Williams – Sex Life (Major Funk Armix)
  • 1997 Pioneers Of Sound – Keep It Up (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
  • 1997 ISCO – Funkytown (Mothafunky Armin Mix)
  • 1997 De Bos – Chase (Follow-That-Car Mix)
  • 1997 Monsieur Basculant – C’est Tout (Armix)
  • 1996 Groove Solution – Magic Melody (Armin Mix)

 

References

 

External links

Timbaland

277978ba-b387-4865-b56c-0b67a2f1475b Timothy Z. Mosley (born March 10, 1971), better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American record producer, composer, rapper, and singer. Primarily known for his work in urban pop, Timbaland has produced albums and singles for a number of artists from the mid-1990s to the present day.

Timbaland’s first production work was Ginuwine…the Bachelor for Ginuwine, in 1996; the album was both a commercial and critical success. He was later contacted by Aaliyah to help produce her second album, One in a Million, which went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. In 2000, Timbaland produced several hit songs including Ludacris’ “Rollout (My Business)”, and contributed three singles to Aaliyah’s self-titled third album. Embracing an international audience, he helped produce three tracks for Japanese Pop star Utada Hikaru’s debut English album, Exodus.

In 2006 Timbaland collaborated with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake which resulted in multiple million selling albums and singles for both artists. In 2007 Timbaland released the album Shock Value, a commercial success, while 2008 saw Timbaland help produce Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy.

 

Biography

 

Early life

3459bdc4-a4f4-495f-9893-88d0325f936a Mosley was hhuhh born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, where he lived for the first years of his life. Originally a disc jockey known as “DJ Timmy Tim” or “DJ Tiny Tim”, Mosley began making hip-hop backing tracks on a Casio keyboard. Rapper Missy Elliott heard his material and, taken by Mosley’s unique sense of rhythm, began working with him. She and her R&B group Sista auditioned for DeVante Swing, a producer and member of the successful R&B act Jodeci. Devante signed Sista to his Swing Mob record label and Elliott brought Mosley and Barcliff along with her to New York, where Swing Mob was based. It was Devante who renamed the young producer Timbaland, after Timberland construction boots, which were popular in hip-hop fashion.

Sista, Timbaland, and Magoo became part of Devante’s stable of Swing Mob signees known as “Da Bassment” crew, joining artists such as R&B singer Ginuwine, male vocal group Playa, and the girl group Sugah. Timbaland did production work on a number of projects with Devante, including the 1995 Jodeci LP The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel, and Sista’s debut LP 4 All the Sistas Around the World, which was shelved and never released. At this time Jodeci was pivotal in defining the 1990s new jack swing sound. He later joined the production ensemble S.B.I. (Surrounded By Idiots) that also featured Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams.

Elliott began receiving recognition as a songwriter for artists such as R&B girl group 702 and MC Lyte. Due to Timbaland’s connection with her, he was often contacted to produce remixes of her songs. One of these, the remix to 702’s “Steelo” in 1996, became Timbaland’s first major production credit.

 

1996–1999

music_rajeshwari_timbaland In 1996, Ginuwine released his debut album, Ginuwine…the Bachelor, which was produced by Timbaland. The album was both a commercial and critical success. On many of the tracks, Timbaland can be heard either rapping or providing ad-libs, similar to what both Elliott and Puff Daddy were doing at the time; Timbaland’s deep voice was usually vocoded to give it an electronic sound. While work was being completed on Ginuwine…the Bachelor, R&B artist Aaliyah contacted Timbaland and Elliott to write and produce songs for her second album, One in a Million. The tracks that were crafted for Aaliyah featured musical arrangements similar to those on Ginuwine…the Bachelor. One in a Million went on to sell over two million copies worldwide.

Asian instrumentation is present through much of his early work (Xscape’s “My Secret” remix, especially, with a sitar outro and Timbaland ad-libbing “Let’s take a little trip…to India”), but was most successful and prevalent with Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin'” in 1999, which borrowed directly from the song “Khosara” by Egyptian composer Abdel Halim Hafez. Elliott’s 2001 hit single, “Get Ur Freak On” from her third album, Miss E…So Addictive, also used a speedy Tabla drumline typical of Hindustani classical music.

 

2000–2002

c7200065-e86f-4b1a-9d51-a598cc15639eTimbaland produced songs including Ludacris’ “Roll Out (My Business)”, Jay-Z’s “Hola’ Hovito”, Petey Pablo’s “Raise Up”, and Beck’s cover of David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” during this period. He also contributed three songs, all eventually released as singles, to Aaliyah’s self-titled third album, the exotic lead single “We Need a Resolution” (featuring himself rapping a verse), “More Than a Woman”, and the ballad “I Care 4 U”.

Timbaland & Magoo’s second album together was slated for release in November 2000. Indecent Proposal was to feature appearances by Beck, Aaliyah, as well as new Timbaland protégés — some from his new Beat Club Records imprint–Ms. Jade, Kiley Dean, Sebastian, Petey Pablo, and Tweet (who was a member of Sugah during the Swing Mob days). The album was delayed for an entire year, finally released in November 2001. It was a commercial disappointment. Beck’s vocals for the track “I Am Music” were not included on the final version, which instead featured Timbaland singing alongside Steve “Static” Garrett of Playa and Aaliyah, who had been killed in a plane crash that August.

The first release on Beat Club was the debut album by Bubba Sparxxx in September 2001, Dark Days, Bright Nights. The loss of Aaliyah deeply affected Timbaland, whose work was less omnipresent after 2001. In a phone call to the MTV show Total Request Live, Timbaland said:

She was like blood, and I lost blood. Me and her together had this chemistry. I kinda lost half of my creativity to her. It’s hard for me to talk to the fans right now. Beyond the music, she was a brilliant person, the [most special] person I ever met.

Timbaland, MTV

 

2003–2005

11736047-11736049-largeTimbaland contributed three tracks to Tweet’s debut album, Southern Hummingbird, and produced most of Elliott’s fourth and fifth LPs, Under Construction and This Is Not A Test!. He also produced tracks for artists such as Lil’ Kim (“The Jump Off”) and southern rapper Pastor Troy during this period. Collaborating with fellow producer Scott Storch, Timbaland also worked on a number of tracks on former *NSYNC lead singer Justin Timberlake’s solo debut, Justified, including the song “Cry Me a River”.

Late in 2003, Timbaland delivered the second Bubba Sparxxx album, Deliverance, and the third Timbaland & Magoo album, Under Construction, Part II. Both albums were released to little fanfare or acclaim even though Deliverance was praised by reviews and embraced by the internet community.

Timbaland continued to produce hit singles and albums for artists; in 2004 Timbaland-produced singles by LL Cool J, Xzibit, Fatman Scoop, and Jay-Z became staples on urban radio, and he produced the bulk of Brandy’s fourth album, Afrodisiac. The Timbaland-produced song “I’m So Fly” on Lloyd Banks’s 2004 debut album The Hunger for More is significant in that it was the first official Timbaland production bearing a co-production credit from Danja, who would go on to become a requisite collaborator with Timbaland in the future.

Embracing an international audience, Timbaland lent a hand to three tracks off bilingual Japanese Pop star Utada Hikaru’s debut English album, Exodus. He continued working on tracks for Tweet and for Elliott’s sixth album, The Cookbook: “Joy (feat. Mike Jones)”, and “Partytime” and continued to expand his reach with production for The Game and Jennifer Lopez (“He’ll Be Back” from her fifth studio album, Rebirth.)

 

2006–2007

Timbaland started a new label distributed by Interscope, Mosley Music Group, bringing some talent from his former Beat Club Records label. On the new label are Nelly Furtado, Keri Hilson, and rapper D.O.E.. During 2006, Timbaland had seven singles receiving airplay worldwide by Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. Additionally, Timbaland also appears in most of the videos.

In early 2007, Timbaland was accused of plagiarism regarding his work on the Nelly Furtado track “Do It”. He is alleged to have plagiarized elements from the song “Acid Jazzed Evening” by Finnish artist Tempest, without giving credit or compensation.. Further allegations of plagiarism have surfaced in both fan publications and music editorials (see Main Article).

Timbaland provides vocals on the singles the Pussycat Dolls’s “Wait a Minute”, Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous” and “Ice Box” by Omarion, all of which climbed the U.S. charts. In an interview published in August 2006 in the UK, Timbaland revealed he was working on a new LP by Jay-Z and that he had been working on tracks with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

timbaland-nelly-furtado-justin-timberlake-400aTimbaland worked on seven songs for Björk’s new album, including “Earth Intruders”, “Hope”, and “Innocence”, and he later worked on tracks for the new Duran Duran album, Red Carpet Massacre, including one featuring his frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake. Later in the year, Timbaland produced songs for Bone Thugs N Harmony’s LP, Strength & Loyalty and the song “Ayo Technology” on 50 Cent’s album Curtis. Timbaland also produced most of the tracks on Ashlee Simpson’s third CD, Bittersweet World, including the song “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)”.

On April 3, 2007, Timbaland released a collaboration album featuring artists such as 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, and others called Timbaland Presents Shock Value. The first single, “Give It to Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Timberlake, topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and received a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The fourth single from the album, a remix of the OneRepublic song “Apologize”, was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 28 weeks.

A rivalry flared up between Timbaland and record producer Scott Storch in early 2007. The tension initially started on the single “Give It to Me”, when Timbaland anonymously called out Storch, rapping, “I’m a real producer and you just the piano man”. Timbaland confirmed that he was talking about Storch in an interview with MTV personality Sway Calloway. Storch responded with the track “Built Like That” on February 26, 2007, featuring Philadelphia rapper NOX. The end of the feud was confirmed by Timbaland in the final issue of Scratch Magazine.

In November 2007, it was confirmed that Timbaland has become a father to a baby girl. The mother is publicist Monique Idlett, who works at Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group record company. They have been dating for two years and will marry in 2008. Timbaland proposed to Idlett at their baby shower in October.

 

2008–present

blog9-madonna-timbalandTimbaland helped produce Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy. Bittersweet World by Ashlee Simpson, and other untitled albums and songs by such artists as Chris Cornell, Beyonce, Teairra Mari, Keithian, The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Hudson, and Sugababes. He produced several songs for Usher’s new album, Here I Stand. Timbaland also produced some of the tracks on Swedish singer Robyn’s self-titled album set for released on April 29, 2008 in the United States.

On February 8, 2008, it was announced that Timbaland would be releasing an album solely on a mobile platform for Verizon Wireless’s V CAST cell phone service and was designated its very first “Mobile Producer in Residence.” Timbaland will be joined by Mosley Music Group/Zone 4 singer/songwriter Keri Hilson to begin work on the mobile album’s first track aboard the fully-equipped Mobile Recording Studio. The only track to surface so far is “Get It Girl.” In his first effort within the video game industry, he is working with Rockstar Games to produce Beaterator, a music mixing game for the PlayStation Portable to be released in the summer of 2009.

 

ASTIST DISCOGRAPHY

Timbaland Presents Shock Value

Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value

Released: 4/3/2007

Under Construction Part II

Timbaland & Magoo Under Construction Part II

Released: 11/18/2003

Indecent Proposal

Timbaland & Magoo Indecent Proposal

Released: 11/20/2001

Tim's Bio: Life From da Basement

Timbaland Tim’s Bio: Life From da Basement

Released: 11/24/1998

Welcome to Our World

Timbaland & Magoo Welcome to Our World

Released: 11/11/1997

 

PRODUCER DISCOGRAPHY
Swing Mob affiliated
  • 1996: “Pony” by Ginuwine (recorded in 1993)
  • 1996: “If Your Girl Only Knew” by Aaliyah
  • 1996: “One in a Million” by Aaliyah
  • 1997: “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • 1997: “When Doves Cry” by Ginuwine
  • 1997: “Sock It 2 Me” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (featuring. Da Brat)
  • 1998: “Same Ol’ G” by Ginuwine
  • 1998: “Are You That Somebody?” by Aaliyah (featuring Timbaland)
  • 1999: “She’s a Bitch” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • 1999: “Hot Boyz” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (featuring Nas, Eve, Q-Tip, & Lil’ Mo)
  • 1999: “So Anxious” by Ginuwine
  • 2000: “Try Again” by Aaliyah
  • 2000: “Bangin’ (Don’t Lie)” by Nicole Wray (featuring Prodigy of Mobb Deep)
  • 2001: “Ugly” by Bubba Sparxxx
  • 2001: “Lovely” by Bubba Sparxxx
  • 2001: “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • 2001: “One Minute Man” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott (featuring Ludacris, Trina, and Jay-Z)
  • 2001: “We Need a Resolution” by Aaliyah featuring Timbaland
  • 2002: “More Than a Woman” by Aaliyah
  • 2002: “Oops (Oh My)” by Tweet (featuring Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott)
  • 2002: “Call Me” by Tweet
  • 2002: “Work It” by Missy Elliott
  • 2002: “Back in the Day” by Missy Elliott (featuring Jay-Z and Tweet)
  • 2002: “Ching Ching” by Ms. Jade
  • 2003: “Gossip Folks” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  • 2003: “Don’t Know What to Tell Ya” by Aaliyah
  • 2003: “Pass That Dutch” by Missy Elliott
  • 2003: “I’m Really Hot” by Missy Elliott
Outside performers
  • 1999: “Jigga What, Jigga Who” by Jay-Z (featuring Amil and Big Jaz)
  • 1999: “Word Up!” by Melanie B
  • 1999: “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z
  • 2000: “Hey Papi” by Jay-Z (featuring Memphis Bleek)
  • 2000: “You Owe Me” by Nas (featuring Ginuwine)
  • 2000: “Snoop Dogg” by Snoop Dogg
  • 2001: “Diamond Dogs” by Beck
  • 2001: “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo
  • 2001: “Rollout (My Business)” by Ludacris
  • 2001: “Turn off the Lights (Remix)” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2002: “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake (co-produced by Scott Storch)
  • 2003: “Dirt off Your Shoulder” by Jay-Z
  • 2003: “The Jump Off” by Lil Kim
  • 2004: “Ryde or Die, Bitch” by The Lox
  • 2004: “Who Is She 2 U” by Brandy
  • 2004: “Afrodisiac” by Brandy
  • 2004: “Headsprung” by LL Cool J
  • 2004: “I’m So Fly” by Lloyd Banks
  • 2004: “Potion” by Ludacris
  • 2004: “Hey Now” by Xzibit
  • 2005: “Put You On The Game” by The Game
  • 2006: “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2006: “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2006: “Wait A Minute” by The Pussycat Dolls
  • 2006: “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2006: “All Good Things (Come to an End)” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2006: “Say It Right” by Nelly Furtado
  • 2006: “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
  • 2006: “My Love” by Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.
  • 2006: “Ice Box” by Omarion
  • 2006: “What Goes Around…” by Justin Timberlake
  • 2007: “Give It To Me” by Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake

Serj Tankian

17041865-17041868-slargeSerj Tankian (Armenian: Սերժ Թանգեան) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist of the alternative metal band System of a Down. In 2002, Serj and Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. During his entertainment career, he released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), and also recently a solo album, Elect the Dead, on October 23, 2007.

 

Biography

 

Early life and career

Tankian was born on August 21, 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon. He and his family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975. He took flute lessons as a young child. He earned a degree in Marketing and Business from California State University, Northridge and started his own software company before beginning his music career. In 1993, he founded the band Soil (not to be confused with SOiL) with Daron Malakian, Domingo Laranio, Dave Hakopyan, and later, Shavo Odadjian. Two years later, in 1995, after one supposed jam session recording and one live show, Dave and Domingo left. Shavo (who went on to become the bass player) brought in drummer Andy Khachaturian. This part of the group then named themselves System of a Down.

SerjTankian-06-bigDuring System’s days, he sang in other bands for certain songs such as Mushroom Cult by Dog Fashion Disco and lent his vocals to the song Mein by Deftones. He produced “Enter the Chicken” by Buckethead, and provided vocals to the Buckethead songs We Are One, Coma, and Waiting Here. With Serjical Strike Records, he endeavours to offer those musicians often ignored by the mainstream a possibility to release their music and be heard. The first release of Serj’s new label was Serart, a project consisting of Tankian himself, and Arto Tunçboyacıyan, an Armenian friend of Tankian’s.

More recently, he sang with Les Rita Mitsouko on the song “Terminal Beauty”. Also, he sang with the band Fair to Midland during a live improvisational version of their song “Walls of Jericho”, from the album Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True, which was a massive hit with fans. He often collaborates as well with his close friend, director Diran Noubar on various projects, including the voice-over of Noubar’s “Armenia, a Country Under Blockade”. Noubar played some guitar on Tankian’s Elect the Dead album on the track “Saving Us” and directed the music video for “Baby”.

Tankian is also very involved politically. Together with Tom Morello, he founded the organization Axis of Justice. Tankian has a secondary (vacation) home in New Zealand. There has been a misconception that he intends to stay in New Zealand until the Iraq war is over, but as stated in an interview, Tankian has no intention of doing so. Tankian often speaks publicly against violence and injustice in the world.

 

Discography

 

System of a Down
  • 1998: System of a Down
  • 2001: Toxicity
  • 2002: Steal This Album!
  • 2005: Mezmerize
  • 2005: Hypnotize

 

Serart
  • 2003: Serart

 

Axis of Justice
  • 2004: Concert Series Volume 1

 

Solo
  • 2007: Elect the Dead
  • TBA: second studio album

Collaborations/soundtrack contributions

 

Albums
Performing and/or writing
  • 1999: Limp Bizkit featuring Serj Tankian – “Don’t Go Off Wondering” (Demo) – Demo for Significant Other
  • 2000/2006: Hed PE featuring Serj Tankian and Morgan Lander – “Feel Good” – Broke and The Best of Hed Planet Earth
  • 2000: Tony Iommi featuring Serj Tankian – “Patterns” – Iommi
  • 2000: Snot featuring Serj Tankian – “Starlit Eyes” – Strait Up
  • 2001: Dog Fashion Disco featuring Serj Tankian – “Mushroom Cult” – Anarchists of Good Taste
  • 2003: Serj Tankian – “Bird of Paradise” – Bird Up!: The Charlie Parker Remix Project
  • 2004: Saul Williams – “Talk to Strangers” – Saul Williams
  • 2003: Kittens for Christian featuring Serj Tankian – “Had a Plan” – Privilege of Your Company
  • 2005: Buckethead featuring Serj Tankian – “We Are One” – Enter the Chicken and Masters of Horror Soundtrack
  • 2005: Buckethead featuring Azam Ali and Serj Tankian – “Coma” – Enter the Chicken
  • 2005: Buckethead featuring Shana Halligan and Serj Tankian – “Waiting Hare” – Enter the Chicken
  • 2006: Deftones featuring Serj Tankian – “Mein” – Saturday Night Wrist
  • 2007: Les Rita Mitsouko featuring Serj Tankian – “Terminal Beauty” – Variéty
  • 2007: Serj Tankian – “Bug Theme” – Bug Soundtrack
  • 2007: Serj Tankian and Petra Jolly – “Innermission” – Bug Soundtrack
  • 2007: Serj Tankian – “The Essenece of Tequila” – Stranglehold
  • 2007: Serj Tankian – “Chicakong” – Stranglehold.
  • 2007: Wyclef Jean featuring Serj Tankian and Sizzla – “Riot (Trouble Again)” – Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant
  • 2008: Praxis featuring Serj Tankian – “Sulfur and Cheese” – Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness)
  • 2008: Serj Tankian – “Beethoven’s C***” – Rock Band.
Live Performances
  • 1999: Fear Factory featuring Serj Tankian – “Cars”
  • 2000: Incubus featuring Serj Tankian – Live Improvisation
  • 2000: Metallica featuring Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian – “Mastertarium” (“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” part)
  • 2003: Metallica featuring Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian – “Creeping Death” – Reading Festival 2003
  • 2006: Buckethead featuring Shana Halligan and Serj Tankian – “Waiting Hare”
  • 2007: Tool featuring Serj Tankian – “Sober” (improvisational version) – Big Day Out 2007 (Auckland only)
  • 2007: Fair to Midland featuring Serj Tankian – “Walls of Jericho” (improvisational version) – Coachella 2007
  • 2007: Foo Fighters featuring Serj Tankian – “Holiday in Cambodia” – 2007 MTV Video Music Awards
  • 2008: The Nightwatchman (acoustic) featuring Serj Tankian – “Lazarus on Down” – Big Day Out 2008 (Auckland only)
Remixes
  • 2005: M.I.A. – “Galang” (Serj Tankian Remix) – Galang ’05
  • 2006: Dredg – “Ode to the Sun” (Serj Tankian Remix) (Unreleased)
  • 2006: The Notorious B.I.G. – “Who Shot Ya?” (Serj Tankian Remix) – Marc Eckō’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

Awards

  • In 2005, they won for System of a Down the award for Best Alternative Act in the Europe Music Awards
  • In 2006, System of a Down won their first Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “B.Y.O.B.”
  • In 2006, they won the “MTV Good Woodie Award” for their song “Question!”.
  • In 2006, they were #14 on the VH1 Top 40 Metal Songs with “Toxicity”.
  • In 2007, they were nominated for a Grammy Award in Best Hard Rock Performance for their song “Lonely Day”.

References

  1. Serj Tankian, MTV
  2. Stereo Subversion – Meaningful Music Exists
  3. SERJ TANKIAN Paints Grim Picture With ‘Sky Is Over’
  4. Two Hard Rockin’ Compilation CDs Set for Release This Fall. NY Rock. Last accessed November 04, 2007.
  5. Serj To Appear On New Praxis Album, by “pwned”, SOADFans.com, 8 March, 2007
  6. Diddy Joins Ecko in Getting Up. IGN. Last accessed November 09, 2007.

 

External links

Astrix

astrix3Astrix (‘Avi Shmailov – אסטריקס) is a Psychedelic Trance DJ and producer specialising in the sub-genre  of Full On Psychedelic Trance.

He was born in Russia in 1981 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He began recording music under the name Astrix in 1997, sometimes misconceived to be taken from the “Asterix” comic books. An interview on UK clubbing website Harderfaster.net revealed the name was chosen for simply sounding good, and not directly influenced by anything in particular.

In 2006 Astrix reached #41 (+34 raise) in DJMag’s “Top 100 DJs” yearly rank along with raise of several other Israeli musicians (the highest being Infected Mushroom ranked #12) marking significant worldwide popularisation of Israeli electronic music scene.

In 2007 Astrix reached to #18

 

Early career

astrix1Astrix started as a DJ in 1995 playing alternative and 1980s music. It was during this time that he learned about electronic music. In 1997 he began his first in-house studio recordings using a personal computer. He discovered trance in 1997 after being invited to a Trance party. “At first it was a very new and strange experience for me and I couldn’t find myself, but I was impressed by the energy and the impact that the music had made on the people at the party.” At the beginning of his career in the late 1990s he produced tracks in the “nitzhonot” style of trance, an uplifting, anthemic off-shoot of Goa trance. His first tracks were “In Peace” and “Eakhis World,” which both appeared on the well-known nitzhonot compilation “Ptzatzot 3.”

During the late 1990s and into the early 2000s he continued in this style and collaborated with several major Israeli trance artists such as Yahel and the Eyal and Oren Barkan. In 2001 he collaborated with Alien Project on the album “Midnight Sun,” which marked his switch from nitzhonot to full-on psytrance.

 

Musical style

astrix2Astrix’s music is known for his solid, driving basslines and ascending melodies. It is very uplifting and,   as far as psychedelic trance goes, fairly “hard” and is also usually played during sunrise and the morning at outdoor trance parties. Many would consider his style to be a crossover between “full-on” and the “clubbier” end of Trance, exemplfied by his Psychedelic Academy Mix.

 

Influences

Astrix is musically influenced by Infected Mushroom. “I look up to them for inspiration and for some kind of spiritual fuel as it were.” Other influences include Linkin Park and Tiësto. “I also have a love for mainstream bands like Linkin Park, and for ‘club personality’ I like Tiësto, he inspires me very much to see how well you can mix business with music and how big you can become from something that was so small in the beginning.”

Astrix has worked with:

  • kerneL.
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Alien Project
  • Atomic Pulse
  • G.M.S.

and other musicians.

 

Discography

  • albumEye to Eye (HOM-Mega Productions) (2002)
  • Artcore (HOM-Mega Productions) (2004)
  • Coolio (HOM-Mega Productions) (2004)
  • Closer to Heaven (Tokyo Dance) (2007)
  • Psychedelic Academy (compilation) (Hit Mania UK) (2005)
  • Red means distortion (upcoming)
  • Future Music (2007)

External links

References

  1. DJmag.com: Top 100 DJs – Results & History
  2. Chaishop: Astrix — interview and biographical info
  3. 4Clubbers: Interview with Astrix written by Caroline Banx

Infected Mushroom

infected07_03Infected Mushroom – Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani (aka Duvdev) – has been the leading group within the global psy-trance scene for nearly a decade. Incorporating pumping, bad-ass grooves and infectious melodies and live instruments and vocals into their songs, they’ve performed live – a feat that many of their DJ peers aspire to accomplish – for well over a million people around the globe.

The band’s energetic live show has triumphed at some of the world’s biggest and most important music festivals (OMIX Festival in Mexico, Miami’s Ultra Festival, Tribe in Sao Paulo, among countless others), and they continue to regularly sell-out top clubs such as the Brixton Academy in London, Toronto’s Koolhaus at the Government, and Avalon in New York and Los Angeles. Their success as an electronic music band on the global concert circuit has translated into record sales in excess of 150,000 albums over the course of six acclaimed independent albums. Not bad for two guys from Haifa who started producing music mostly to escape boredom.

“We met in 1996 through a DJ friend,” recalls Erez. “Duvdev was in Goa at the time, and I was working on another project with a German guy. We met and tried to do one track together, and we’ve continued on since then.”

A year later, Erez and Duvdev started buying equipment and began to take Infected Mushroom – a name they stole from a disbanded local punk band – seriously. Finding little influence in Israel’s music scene, they drew inspiration from bands like Metallica and The Prodigy. Early productions led to club dates and gigs at local parties. Before long, the twosome had developed quite a loyal following. While the headlines were filled with news about violence and bloodshed, Infected Mushroom’s music touched the hearts of the burgeoning Israeli trance scene, and clubbers began looking to the band’s music for a respite from the tumultuous political situation.

im3“People were dying and the government saw that dealing with that as more important than abolishing trance parties,” says Erez. “And now the government is supporting trance parties. They want people to party, instead of staying home. There are places in the United States that you cannot go to because it is too dangerous because there are crazy people living there. It’s the same thing in Israel.”

Brandishing a multi-influenced trance sound that hadn’t been heard before, Erez and Duvdev were  turned down by nearly every record label in Israel when they attempted to get a deal. “Nobody wanted to sign us,” recalls Erez. “We went to the biggest and smallest labels in Israel, and nobody was interested. At the time, we really believed in our music and continued looking for people to sign us. Fortunately, there was this A&R guy from BNE named Avi Youssef [and BNE’s owner, Avi Brand] who gave us a chance.”

In 1998, BNE released Infected Mushroom’s debut album, The Gathering. Inspired by the surreal ambient styles of Simon Posford, X-Dream and Transwave, it took a few months for the forward-thinking album to catch on. But once it did, the buzz within the global psy-trance scene became deafening.

The group’s second album, Classical Mushroom, was released in 2000. “This album was totally different that the first album,” says Duvdev, who, like Erez, is a classically trained musician. “Not only did we expand our style, but the album was big in Europe and Japan. It sounded totally different that the other trance music that was happening at the time.”

“The trance scene at the time was really monotonic as opposed to melodic with chords,” adds Erez. “We put a lot of classical elements into that album; it sounded different, and that’s why it stood out. At the beginning, nobody believed in that one as well.”

art_19477_bigInfected Mushroom’s third album, B.P. Empire, followed in 2001. The combination of their live show and diverse electronic palette eventually won them the support of critics and a new legion of hardcore fans in North and South America. In 2003, Infected Mushroom issued their sprawling double-disc album, Converting Vegetarians. Perhaps one of their most ambitious recordings to date, Converting Vegetarians was a sonic departure away from trance. Leading the listener through trance, freestyle and ambient sounds, the album paved the way for 2004’s I’m The Supervisor.

“After we made the chilled-out non-danceable side to Converting Vegetarians, we wanted to make something for the trance fans that was danceable and full-on,” says Duvdev of I’m The Supervisor. “This album is trance, except for the last track. There’s more singing, and it’s the most difficult thing we’ve done. Using the voice as an instrument is tough to do. We’re like every band in that we’re trying to search for something new with every album.”

Always one step of their audience, Infected Mushroom are constantly pushing themselves. With fame and success in their homeland and in the global electronic music community, Infected Mushroom threw caution to the wind and relocated to Los Angeles in January 2005. The purpose was to take themselves out of their comfort zone in order to take their music to the next level.

“The weather is a lot like Israel’s,” says Erez, “and we still don’t know the city very well. But we’re here and we’re looking to push ourselves and do the sort of things that we couldn’t do in Israel.”

im2As they work in their adopted surroundings and continue to tour the world, Erez and Duvdev have added famed Israeli guitarist Erez Netz and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Jardim to select live shows. They’re also busy finishing material for their seventh album, Vicious Delicious, which contains a myriad of new musical explorations, from Flamenco guitar, to hip hop, to thrash-metal undertones. They have even been commissioned to remix recordings of rock legends, The Doors. But today they are especially proud to be recognized by their fans – Infected Mushroom was named #12 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ list, a 14 place jump from their debut on the list last year.

While they see themselves more as an electronic band rather than a psy-trance outfit these days, their track record of producing everything from trance to downtempo makes them feel that they can realize all of their musical aspirations.

“Being in the studio is like playing a PlayStation game, where you have to pass a level each time,” says Duvdev. “That’s our goal every time we do a session. The energy that you get at the parties makes you want to go right back into the studio and create new tracks. You need to be in the studio and do the shows; they’re both connected to each other. Our mission now is the same as when we started out, and that’s to get Infected Mushroom’s music out to more people.”

Tarja Turunen

tarjaface2The brightest star of the Finnish rock scene, the soprano singer Tarja Turunen has in a short time become one of the most well-known Finnish faces in the world of music.
Turunen, who was born in the city of Kitee, Finland, started her musical studies at the age of six, and moved to study classical singing at the age 18 at the Sibelius Academy of Kuopio city.
At the same time Tarja’s classmate Tuomas Holopainen was starting his acoustical project, and invited Turunen to join the band. Tarja said yes to the invitation, and thus Nightwish was born.
The band’s first demo-tape was enough to get them a recording deal with Spinefarm Records. Shortly after signing the band in 1997 Spinefarm released their debut album “Angels Fall First”, a masterpiece mixing modern metal music with operatic, classical vocals.
At the time, Tarja was joining the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir where she performed Wagner and Verdi among others. It was the beginning as well for Tarja Turunen to establish a career that compromises two different kind of music and a long way to go until the audience in general has accepted this fact.
The debut was followed in 1998 by Nightwish’s breakthrough album, the platinum selling “Oceanborn”, which contained such hit songs as “Sleeping Sun” and a cover version of the main theme of the “Snowman”-animation, “Walking in the Air”.
“Oceanborn” took the band to the stage in Finland and abroad, and Tarja’s unbelievable stage charisma instantly made her the number one singer favourite of metal fans all over the world.
Tarja’s face has been illustrating magazines from all over the world. Just to mention some of them we need to come with an amazing list from several countries like Norway, Germany, Spain, Brazil, France, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland and Argentina. Scream Magazine, Roadie crew, Inferno, Rumba, Sue, Metallian, Blue wings (Finnair), Iltalehti (novedadespaper), Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Metal Heart, Aardschok, Epopeya, Rock Brigade, Heavy Oder Was!?, Hell Awaits, Flash, Legacy Magazine, Orkus, Rock Tribune, Close Up Magazine, Hard N’Heavy, Maelmströn.
In many of these publications, Tarja has been several times recognised among the best singers and specially in her home country, Soundi Magazine’s reader’s poll elected Tarja in 2002 as best Finnish singer and as the most wonderful person.
Despite the band growing success Tarja made time available for her studies and other projects. In the end of 1999 Turunen took part as a soloist singer in a modern ballet production of the Finnish National Opera House called “The Evankeliumi”.
tarjabodyThe show was written and directed by the famous Finnish choreographer Jorma Uotinen together with Kärtsy Hatakka of the Finnish band Waltari. All performances of “The Evankeliumi” were completely sold out.
In the beginning of 2000 Nightwish took part in the Finnish qualification of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Sleepwalker. Nightwish was second despite an overwhelming win in the public televoting.
This hasn’t been the first time for a TV appearance by Tarja that has also been in some well-known Finnish programmes such as Lista Yle TV, Kokkisota MTV3, Hotelli Sointu TV1, Vaarallinen risteys MTV3, Huomenta Suomi MTV3 and Jyrki MTV3.
In May 2000 Nightwish released their third album ”Wishmaster”, which immediately rose to the charts all over the world and went platinum in Finland in a matter of weeks.
“Wishmaster” sold over 150.000 copies worldwide.
The year 2000 was very busy for Tarja and Nightwish, who constantly toured Europe, Finland, Canada and South America.
There was more demand for gigs than the band could handle, so in 2001 the first live Nightwish-recording was made on New Years Eve 2000-2001, when Nightwish played a gig at club Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland.
The gig was filmed and recorded, and that material was then made into a DVD and VHS. The Finnish fans also got a limited edition full-length Live CD. All of these formats were released under the name “From Wishes to Eternity – Live”, and every format proved to be a huge seller reaching once again, gold in Finland in CD format and gold in Germany in DVD.
Before making their next full-length album, the band released a Mini-CD called “Over the Hills And Far Away” which quickly sold platinum in Finland and has achieved already double platinum status in their home country. After the “Over the Hills and Far Away” -EP the band started working on their 4th full-length studio album “Century Child”, but while the musicians were recording and writing the album, Tarja decided to go one step forward with her vocal studies by enrolling in the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany.7-200x200Although the studying schedule of Karlsruhe was very tight, Tarja managed to find time not only to record her vocals for “Century Child”, but also to record vocals for the Argentinean bassist Beto Vazquez’s album “Infinity” that become also an immediate success worldwide with releases in far East, Russia, hole Europe and South America, outstanding achievement for the band just because of the link with Tarja’s name.
After some warm up concerts in Germany, Tarja also tour the classical stages of South America in Chile and Argentina performing a Lied Concert named “Noche Escandinava” (Scandinavian Night) together with Marjut Paavilainen, Ingvild Storhaug and Izumi Kawakatzu
The sold out concerts sponsored by the Embassies of Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires brought to South America songs from Jean Sibelius, Ture Rangström, Leevi Madetoja, Oskar Merikanto, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn performed by Tarja Turunen creating a special connection between Tarja and the audience that will see her later once again developing her classical career in these countries.
Nightwish’s fourth album Century Child was released in the spring of 2002, and it has sold nearly 250.000 copies worldwide. The album release was followed by the massive “World Tour of the Century” which was three months long and took Nightwish’s to ten countries around the world where the band performed 25 shows in front of 150.000 people.
Exhausted of the world tour, Nightwish made a decision to have a long break to give its members some time of their own. Most members of Nightwish quickly engaged in several side projects, and Tarja went back to Karlsruhe before the end of the year to continue her studies.
Once again the huge demand for more shows pushed the band to perform two extra headlines sold out shows for 15.000 people at Oberhausen Arena and Munich in January 2003.
When the official break was finally over, Nightwish got into the Summer of Innocence tour starting in June 2003. The experienced left behind 14 countries and 400.000 eyes that have been witnesses of those incredible nights.
After three huge tours the band had in their hands an unbelievable amount of good off-stage and on-stage material. A documentary was an obvious choice when a usage for the material was planned, but the band felt that something extra was needed to support the various touring scenes.
tarjaface3The answer was found when the Finnish music journalist Mape Ollila, who has been closely working with the band since the very beginning of Nightwish, asked Tuomas for an in-depth interview. Tuomas agreed, and the interviewers were then taken to Tuomas Holopainen’s summer cottage with Nighwish members and crew.
With the interview combined with the touring material, the result was the 2 hours and 15 minutes long documentary, which tells the band’s tale in their words, from the very beginning to the present day.
The new DVD “End of the Innocence” was released in October 2003 worldwide.
At this point the year has already been very successful for Tarja, but it was definitely crowned by the invitation received from Finnish President Tarja Halonen and husband Dr. Arajärvi to assist to the President’s Palace for the Finnish Independence Day Party, the most important social event of the country that takes place every year.
Tarja Turunen achieved a new status when Yle TV Station official web page named her as The Most Impressive dressed lady in the party according to the people vote. Also the most important Finnish daily Newspapers as Ilta Lehti and Ilta Sanomat awarded her as the Queen of the Night and the Second Most Impressive dressed lady respectively.
Many magazines and novedadespapers reflected this new mentioned status in their publications in the following month with a full national coverage of the issue.
To end with an astonishing year, in December 19th 2003 Tarja Turunen performed, after tree years, an intimate Christmas Concert. The small Valkeala’s Church welcomed 600 people whom stood up to return a warmth applause to the artist after 60 minutes of traditional Finnish Christmas music from Sibelius, Kotilainen and Melartin as well as some arias from Bach and Mozart.
Nightwish started recording a brand new studio album and Tarja Turunen, after registering her parts, once again in the classical field, travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to share her voice this time offering a one month singing course to already trained musicians.
Among the facts we can expect for 2004, we’ll find Tarja flying to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Romania for a second tour with her classical line up of Noche Escandinava.
tarjabody2The first official web page (already many not official ones can be found) for Tarja will be launched under www.tarjaturunen.com Nightwish has released their new album, “Once” what will take Tarja to uncountable photo sessions, press conferences and interviews in Finland and worldwide.
Just a warm up for the 2004 World Tour expected to be biggest one so far for a Finnish act abroad.
Still Tarja will need to find some time to co produce and sing in her brother Timo’s iskelma (schlager) debut album.
What seems in advance to be the most busy year for Tarja Turunen so far, 2004 will also show the beginning of her solo career with a long time planned Christmas Album.
Album global sales with Nightwish exceed 1.000.000 copies.
Tarja has already performed for more than 500.000 people worldwide.
Many songs and video clips from Nigthwish have already been in high rotation in several countries.
The TV broadcasting of the Independence Day’s Celebration at the Presidential Castle introduced Tarja Turunen to more than 2.000.000 people in Finland according to Yle TV Station.
So far, this has only begun…