Being a full-time college student swamped with studying for midterms and filling out college applications isn’t a cakewalk. Currently, life consists of keeping the portions on my plate balanced without having the chance of blowing off steam. With the help of a Dutch musician, the jar of stress internalized within my body was completely released through a night of dance.
Tiesto! Tiesto! Tiesto! Is the name a sea of 26,000 students was screaming for hours at the Home Depot Center on October 8,2011. I was one of them. For two plus hours, my body refused to stop dancing. I felt like a kid in a candy store, living the ultimate dream. Having the opportunity to watch one of the greatest artists perform tracks live that I religiously blast in my headphones is an experience that is indescribable. I strained my voice, I lost at least five pounds through sweat and my feet were terribly bruised from the constant jumping. Hearing tracks like “Feel It In My Bones,” featuring Tegan and Sara by Tiesto, “Turn It Down” By Kaskade, “Pressure” Remix by Alesso “Crazy Minimal” by Tiesto “C’mon” by Tiesto vs. Diplo, enhance the energy amongst the crowd. Seeing smiling faces, bodies constantly moving, cheerful screaming, was a beautiful sight to witness and demonstrated the influence dance music has in the States. Tiesto played splendid classics with his electronic twist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Otherside” to the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams.” Despite the fact the show was four days ago, I still get goose bumps when I watch YouTube footage of the show and when my mind thinks about the incredible moments. Honestly, Tiesto’s Club Life College Tour was a genius idea because it gathered students from various different backgrounds, age groups, and races, to come together and enjoy music in unison. I respect Tiesto as an artist because it’s not easy entertaining 26,000 kids alone but the final 30-minutes of his set was spectacular. I remember dancing in a circle with five complete strangers but had the time of my life. It’s definitely a moment I’ll cherish and tell my kids about.
Most importantly, I was apart of dance music history!