In the fall of 2005 he went on a very successful tour across Central and Eastern Europe where he played once in each country to crowds of 10,000 to 15,000 fans. Stops were made in Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, and Poland. Tisto also performed at the UNITY festival in South Africa where he played a show at the Gallagher Estate Arena in Midrand, a suburb of Johannesburg, to over 18,000 fans. The United States tour that was part of Tisto in Concert was dwarfed by his appearance at Sensation White in 2006 where he performed to over 45,000 people in the world's biggest dance event in Amsterdam, Holland. The events presale began at 10:00 a.m. on March 10, it was sold out within 2 hours.
2006: In Search of Sunrise 5 Asia Tour
Tisto in March, 2006
In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles was released in 2006 which was certified Gold in Canada for sales over 50,000 copies. It also charted, peaking #34 in Canada and #59 in Austria. The compilation was launched in the Winter Music Conference at Mansion in South Beach Miami to support his release, Tisto went to an Asian tour for more than 3 weeks in Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Indonesia. On March 19, 2006, the Formula 1 circus took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the international Grand Prix Tisto played with the official Renault F1 team pit party. Tisto prepared a 5 hour set the Saturday night before the beginning of the race on Sunday in which JES sang "As the Rush Comes". On June 10, 2006 Tisto gave a free open concert of the Volvo Ocean Race in Rotterdam which lasted 75 minutes. Walt Disney Pictures released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and the soundtrack included the song He's a Pirate which Tisto was asked to remix and produced a trance anthem as well as an orchestral remix with the original orchestral break. The Pirates Remixed EP contains the Tisto remix and a radio edit. The film opened in theatres nationwide on July 7, and the remix was released on July 4. The song later became the first single in Tisto album Elements of Life which was included as a bonus track, the song charted #7 in the Hot Dance Club Play chart of Billboard and #5 in the Netherlands Dutch Top 40. The song marks the beginning of Elements of Life, his future album at this time.
2007: Elements of Life era
On April 6, 2007 Tisto began presenting a new weekly two-hour radio show called Tisto's Club Life on Dutch radio station Radio 538. XM Satellite Radio in the United States later started broadcasting the show on Channel 81 BPM as part of their Global Domination lineup on Saturday nights. The show is broadcast on Radio 538 on Friday nights between 22:00 CET and midnight and on BPM on Saturday nights between 8:00 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET. The first hour is also available as a podcast on the Radio 538 website and on iTunes audio podcasts.
On April 16, 2007, Tisto released his fourth studio album Elements of Life, the album moved 72,000 units in its April release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. During the production of the album Tisto in several cases sent a demo with the music to certain artists, and they replied back with the lyrics and vocals and other duration times. In the case of Christian Burns from BBMak, Tisto met him through MySpace and got in contact with him and the production of the single "In the Dark". The album consists of rock, trance and experimental music, which shows the style Tisto has grown throughout the years since his previous albums which contained lyrics, In My Memory and Just Be. Producer Brian Transeau collaborated with Tisto in three tracks, he composed "Bright Morningstar" and "Sweet Things", he also performed the vocals in the single "Break My Fall". Together, they produce more tracks which were not released in the album, Tisto has mentioned they would work again during the coming summer. In December 2007 it was announced that the album was nominated for a Grammy Award, in the category "Best Electronic/Dance Album." The album also received gold certifications in Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, and Romania. Streamline Studios, an independent game developer and digital content provider for AAA videogames and Black Hole Recordings have formed, a joint venture which will provide sound solutions for digital entertainment including the entire catalog of Black Hole's artists. The first work that Streamline Sound has contributed is on the massively multiplayer online role-playing PC game Sword of the New World: Granado Espada with 17 12" tracks, Forza Motorsport 2 which includes Tom Clouds' track "Told You So" and HoopWorld. A special release party was held at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on November 3, 2007 for In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza. The compilation was awarded in the 2008 WMC Awards in Miami, it won for "Best Full Length DJ Mix CD".
His last three full-length releases broke the 70,000-unit mark, and 2003 2CD compilation Nyana recently hit 87,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements of Life World Tour which had shows across the world, South and Latin America brought some of the biggest crowds on his January and February South American leg of the tour. On January 7, he played to an amazing 200,000 people in the streets of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. On February 16, 2008 he played in India at the Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad. Though this show had a low turn out of only 5000, it was his first show in India. Tisto's performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 10, 2007 was also sold out. On July 2007 Tiesto performed at a truely magnificent event, beautifully placed in the middle of the ancient desert city of Petra, Jordan. The Copenhagen: Elements of Life World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on February 29, 2008 from 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. in London at the IndigO2 club.
2008: In Search of Sunrise Summer Tour
Tisto announced he will be the resident at Privilege which is officially recognised by Guinness World Records as being the largest club in the world. He will play in Ibiza every Monday, starting on July 7 until September 22. The gigs consist of four hour sets in the style of his In Search of Sunrise series. In 2007 he had released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza which was inspired by the island. The residencies will also feature the performance of guest deejays, all selected by Tisto, such as Chris Lake, Andy Duguid, Mat-Zo, Cosmic Gate, Alex Kunnari and Sander van Doorn. There will be exclusive appearances by Fonzerelli and Airbase. In the backroom of Privilege, Riley & Durrant will present Electrik Playground, supported by Galaxy FM.
The O2 arena (London)
In April 28, Tisto released Elements of Life: Remixed, a recompilation of the Elements of Life album with all songs except "He's A Pirate" being replaced by remixed versions, and "He's A Pirate" being replaced by "No More Heroes", a joint production with mute performer trio Blue Man Group. The song is a remake of the song "Heroes" in his previous album Parade of the Athletes. In mid-2008, Tisto announced his In Search of Sunrise: Summer Tour 2008, the tour will be presented by Armani Exchange on May 23 and ending on July 4 at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday 13, June and ETD Pop Festival in San Francisco. This tour is in support of his upcoming In Search of Sunrise compilation, which is part of a sponsorship partnership, with exclusive apparel and a limited edition 3 CD set. An exclusive best of CD from the DJ's own imprint Black Hole Recordings, called 10 Years of Black Hole Recordings will be released later in the year. Armani will also sell an exclusive Tisto branded tour T-shirt, and the artist will perform at three A|X in-stores during the tour. The tour is based on his previously released In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza and In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia compilations. On August 8, 2008 Tisto became the first DJ to perform at the famous O2 Arena in London as part of his In Search of Sunrise 7 summer tour, the event was sold out with a capacity of 20,000 people, the event hosted him for 5 hours with 200 square metres (239 sq yd) of LED wall, a 200,000 watt sound system, and 300,000 more watts of lightning. Earlier that day, Tisto had performed in-store at Armani Exchange on Regent Street in central London.
In November Tisto took Maroon 5's "Not Falling Apart" as they requested to have him remix a song from their album It Won't Be Soon Before Long which will be included on Call And Response: The Remix Album which features a variety of their favourite artists. The remix of "Not Falling Apart" is the only version of the song included in the remix album which was released on December 8. On November 29, artists like Tisto himself, Sied van Riel, Leon Bolier, Joop, and MC Gunner presented a concert at The Sand, Amsterdam promoted by Dance4Life, the sales from the event will go to the foundation to support next year's Schools4Life project. Tisto announced that on this New Year's Eve he will be playing at Roseland Ballroom in New York City to end his In Search of Sunrise Summer Tour and to begin 2009.