Dutch DJ Tiesto's signature trance sounds have earned him repeated spots at the top of magazine DJ polls and sold-out shows around the globe.
However, the man born Tijs Verwest is ready to move on. His second artist album of original material, the recently released "Just Be," finds him exploring styles from the down-tempo "UR" to house-y vocals, compliments of frequent dance music contributor Kirsty Hawkshaw. Fellow trance guru BT lends vocals to "Love Comes Again."
"When I DJ, I'm influenced by break-beats, by rock music, by house, by techno," says Tiesto, 35. "I'm not just a trance DJ who makes trance music."
Tiesto will show off those diverse influences during shows Saturday and Sunday at Avalon. The multiple nights are a way to thank L.A. fans for their loyalty over the years. "I wanted to do something special. L.A.'s always been good to me," he says.