Tiesto: There is so much to say about Tiesto. Many music elitist tend to hate on the man because he is so “mainstream” now-a-days, and many mainstream fans tend to love him, because, well, he is so mainstream. He has come a long way from his 2004 Just Be: Train Tour; God I wish I could have seen him rock the decks then. But just as the entire Dance Music industry has evolved, so has Tiesto’s sound, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing (I can feel all the elitist sticking up their noses as I type).
Tiesto is a a jack of all trades. In my opinion, he is an extremely well rounded producer and DJ, alike. He has been in the game before being in the game was cool. If you listened to him in the 90’s you probably fell in love with his trance-y tunes and smooth, sweet melodies, also, if you listened to him in the 90’s, congratulations – you have my musical approval. But, look how far we have come, and by we, I mean you, Tiesto. Another college tour? Bravo. Not only have you won over the hearts of the old heads who rocked out to you in underground raves in New York circa the late 1990’s, but you now are selling out venues across the country to thousands of kids in their early 20’s at world renown universities, such as mine, Penn State.
So, I’ve talked to every side of the spectrum:
Type A: Those who aren’t buying tickets to see Tiesto because he is a “sell out” (whatever that means).
Type B: Those who sat on their laptops the day tickets went on sell to brag to their friends that they were one of the first 100 people to get a ticket.
Type C: Those who think Tiesto is a type of aged cheese.
Why you should go:
Type A: Hello music snob, remember your first rave? Remember the first time you fell in love with the music, the scene, the vibes? Oh the memories. Probably memories you will hold in your hearts with you for a long time. I’m sorry you won’t be hearing techno beats all night or the “old Tiesto” you used to know (sigh), but I can guarantee you if you go with a group of friends you will have a blast. I mean, you’re in college for 4 years, soon you are going to be waking up every morning working a 9-5 job wanting more than anything to go back to those reckless college years where, in the words of Mr. Dillon Francis, or was it Tiesto (you see what I did there), you DidntGAFOS. So snob, step down off your high horse, gather up you’re friends and have the time of your life.
Type B: Well, there’s not much I can say to you. Be safe, drink water, and dance the night away.
Type C: Well, friend, I can assure you Tiesto is not a type of cheese. You may not know much about the man or the rave scene, but everyone has to start somewhere. And who better than the god himself. You may not know every word to every song, you may not understand the neon beaded bracelets that everyone around you will be wearing, but if you go with a friend, group of friends, girlfriend or boyfriend, you will have a great time. I remember back when I was a skeptic. I was only into dark beats (dubstep stole my heart at a young age), but a friend dragged me to a house rave and I fell in love with the poppy, singalong electro beats. I’ve always been one to try new things, and for that reason I have traveled down some amazing paths in my life. Don’t be afraid of feeling like the outsider, if there is one thing I know about the rave scene, they are the most loving people on this planet (PLUR?). So go to the closest American Apparel store, pick yourself up some rave gear and step out of your element for the night and into my world, you may be surprised what you find.
So, this tour starts on October 2nd and is making stop after stop at all the best universities in the country (and yes, I’m just saying that because its making it’s stop here at Penn State), but if he is coming to your campus, you better go- I have eyes and ears everywhere, and I’ll be watching.
Buy Tickets to Tiesto College Invasion Tour: Here