Tiesto is the number one Trance Music producer and DJ in the world, as of this writing (Feb 2005). He became popular because of the popularity of trance music in the mid 90s and his remix of the song "Silence" by Delirium. He has the ability to reach out to the masses even to people who are not into trance. One great example of this is when he played at the opening ceremony in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. No DJ/Producer had ever played at any opening ceremony in the Olympics, yet Tiesto was able to claim the crown and played in front of billions of people worldwide.