One of the major differences between EDM acts and other acts, be it rock or country or rap or whatever, is the amount of touring that goes into their performances. While major rock groups like the Rolling Stones and Muse will embark on epic world tours in dozens and dozens of cities, they generally happen at most once a year – likely less than that. Dance music acts, on the other hand, travel constantly due to residencies, tours, support, and one-off shows that you might never even hear about.
Because of this, two EDM acts have been tagged by Travelbird as the most traveled musicians of all time. Those two acts are Tiësto & Paul van Dyk.
Over the course of his career, spanning over two decades, Tiësto has reportedly traveled over 1.5 million miles, two hundred thousand of which were just in the last 12 months alone. That adds up to the equivalent of 62.53 revolutions around the world, or 6.52 trips to the moon.
Comparatively, Paul van Dyk has traveled 1,442,933 miles; 115,968 of those miles were in the past twelve months. However, van Dyk famously suffered a crippling injury last February when he fell off stage at an ASOT show which caused him to cut out a large portion of his travels. We expect that his numbers for the last year would be significantly higher if not for that accident.
Tiësto & Paul van Dyk beat out world-famous musicians like Bob Dylan, Metallica, and Aerosmith for the top two spots – and their touring in the last 12 months is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, as well.