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How Tiësto Survived 20 Years of Partying for a Living


Ahead of his special six-hour set for the 500th episode of his radio show CLUBLIFE, Tiesto sits down with GQ writer Alex Wong to talk about how the DJ culture has changed since he first started over 20 years ago and how he's been able to deal with the non-stop partying and temptation.

This article originally appeared on GQ

Jordan Loyd

The veteran Dutch DJ reveals his secret to being the marathon man of dance music.

To even hear Tiësto talk about his career—the parties, the traveling, more parties, more traveling, sold-out stadiums, playing the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, headlining Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Stereosonic, Tomorrowland and Ultra—is exhausting. But the veteran Dutch DJ (legal name: Tijs Michiel Verwest) wouldn't describe his dream job as tiring in any way.

At age 47, Tiësto is still embracing the challenge of remaining relevant in what is an increasingly growing pool of DJs hoping to reach his level. He's still as excited about performing his next set as he was when he started DJing in front of a handful of people at bars and clubs in 1994. This Friday, Tiësto is celebrating the 500th episode of his globally syndicated radio show CLUBLIFE by playing a special six-hour set at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

Still as relentless and passionate as when he first started doing all this, we caught up with Tiësto to talk about why he's still doing this—and why he wants to continue doing this...

... Read the full article and interview by Alex Wong at gq.com/story/tiesto-clublife-500

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