If the strength of an artist’s performance at Ultra Music Festival, the official opener to each festival season, predicts that of one’s year as Hardwell claims, then Tiësto is positioned to make nothing but power moves in 2018.
Tiësto’s no-holds-barred performance at Ultra 20 notably featured five new IDs, and the announcement that the festival favorite would drop an ensuing EP on the Friday following the conclusion of Ultra’s anniversary celebration. After the consecutive release of two singles that signaled the sonic leanings of the EP, “Dawnbreaker,” and “Coming Home,” I Like It Loud has arrived just in time to quell fans’ post-Ultra blues.
Although “Dawnbreaker” deviates from Tiësto’s recent gravitation towards the big room constructions characteristic of commercial festival sets in its more muted approach, one distinctly reminiscent of Tiësto’s trance beginnings, I Like It Loud is a product of palpable, main stage-oriented energy. The EP’s title anticipates the vigor of the production as a whole, one that is further supplemented by the two remaining tracks on the EP, the eponymous “I Like It Loud,” and “Break The House Down.” The first release since Tiësto’s fifth studio album in 2014, the songs that comprise I Like It Loud will render the EP a formidable force in the 2018 festival circuit.