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Review: Celebrating 43 Years of Tiësto at LAVO NYC, 1/17/12

Tiësto turned 43 years old on January 17, and to say that Tiësto turned 43 years old is really somewhat astounding. In reality, in the world of music – and in the world of electronic music in particular, which has been overtaken by an influx of ultra-young DJs in the past year – 43 is not young. Yet, despite this, Tiësto is even more relevant today than he was 10 or 15 years ago. He is the definition of a game-changer: he and his music are decade-spanning, genre-crossing, and ever-evolving. At 43 years old, he is a worldwide megastar.

So, 35 hours before his the evening of his birthday, Tiësto decided he wanted to throw himself a little party in New York City. And where did the reigning king of electronic dance music decide to throw it? At none other than the reigning king of New York City clubs: LAVO.

Business as usual, LAVO was decked out to the nines for the evening, with the standard sparkly letters spelling “TIESTO” hanging from the ceiling and “Happy B-Day Tiësto” t-shirts being doled out to the crowd. In attendance were LAVO co-owners Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg, along with evening “co-hosts” Erick Morillo and Chuckie. For an impromptu party on a rainy Tuesday evening in New York City, the club was totally packed, with an energy level that was borderline crazy.

Tiësto went on at around 1:30am for a three-hour set, and even though it was his birthday, he threw down just as hard as ever. Yes, I love Tiësto’s music, but what I love even more is Tiësto live. For those who haven’t seen him in person, the guy is able to read the crowd and mix music in a way that nobody else can, and his presence in the booth is pretty much mesmerizing. I mean, let’s be serious: at his recent show at XS Las Vegas, girls threw bras and panties at him (look: for real). His larger shows, productions such as his Kaleidoscope World Tour and residency at The Joint in Las Vegas, are over-the-top and unforgettable. And his smaller shows, such as this one at LAVO (which is arguably the smallest, most intimate venue I’ll ever get to see him play in, with the most badass soundsystem ever), truly showcase his musical talent and intelligence. His set was in line with his new “Maximal Crazy” style, AKA more electro-house and less progressive. And of course, there were standard bangers throughout: his own collab with Hardwell, “Zero 76;” Afrojack and Shermanology‘s new “Can’t Stop Me;” David Guetta feat. Sia, “Titanium;” the Cazzette remix of “Sending My Love;” “Maximal Crazy;” and so on. Obviously, I was dying to hear something off of Kaleidoscope (still one of my favorite albums of all time) or even a trance throwback (“Adagio for Strings,” anyone?), but I was still the happiest person in the world.

All in all, a pretty amazing celebration for a pretty amazing guy. There is a reason that Tiësto is a legend and one of the most well-respected DJ/producers in the electronic dance music world. Over the years, he has consistently demonstrated a level of professionalism, musical genius, love for his fans (write: he gave 43 bottles of champagne to the LAVO crowd as his birthday gift), and a commitment to the promotion of a genre that – until very, very recently – really needed it. Given Tiësto and his music have had an undeniably large impact on me through the years, from downloading his In Search of Sunrise at age 11 on Limewire to playing “Feel It In My Bones” on repeat for two plus years now, I feel pretty lucky to have celebrated his birthday five feet away from him. Tiësto, I love you, we love you, and happy birthday.

Thanks to KirillWasHere.com for photos and Adam of Plexi PR.

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