Tijs Verwest began as a DJ at various school parties and later as a resident DJ at several clubs in the Netherlands. He started producing hardcore and gabber music in the mid 1990s.
In 1994 he met Arny Bink and together they founded Black Hole Recordings in 1997, where he released the famous "Magik" and "In Search Of Sunrise" compilations. In 1998 he met producer Dennis Waakop Reijers, who has become Tiësto's production partner since then. Tiësto's first solo album "In My Memory" was released in 2001 and gave him several major hits that launched his career. His second studio album "Just Be" was released in 2004 and the same year he performed at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The DJ-performance was released as the compilation "Parade of the Athletes". In 2006 he was chosen as the official ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation (HIV/AIDS awareness organization) in May, and released the song "Dance4Life" with Maxi Jazz. Tiësto released his third studio album "Elements Of Life" in April, 2007. It featured collaborations with Jes Brieden, Julie Thompson, Christian Burns (of BBMak fame), and BT. The album peaked as no. 1 on the dutch album chart as well on "Billboard Top Electronic Albums" in U.S. 2007 was also the year when Tiësto launched his radio show "Club Life" on Radio 538 in The Netherlands.
In late 2009 Tiësto released his forth studio album "Kaleidoscope" on his newly founded label Musical Freedom in association with [PIAS] Entertainment Group. The album draws influences from electro/house music, and has collaborations with numerous of popular artists such as Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.