The Trance community lost an absolute legend on Thursday, August 6, 2020, when 51-year-old Dimitri de Wit passed away after a brief battle with cancer.
Mentoring numerous past and current artists, he is best known for curating the career of DJ Tiësto, becoming his manager after his popularity began to soar in Israel, Norway, and South America in the late ’90s.
Building Tiësto’s brand from scratch, Dimitri was involved in every aspect of the legendary DJ’s early career – from the first Tiësto In Concert DVD to playing the Athens Olympics in 2004. One of their goals was to play in front of 10,000 people, but when he was regularly playing to crowds of 25,000 or more, Dimitri knew that Tiësto was to change the dance music world as we know it.
Dimitri went on to work with Black Hole Recordings. Before the label was known for its Trance releases, they picked up the distribution rights to Tiësto’s debut album – a move that would solidify Black Hole as one of the premier Trance recordings labels in years to come thanks to Dimitri’s A&R efforts.
Arny Bink, the owner of Black Hole Recordings, took to Facebook to offer his condolences of Dimitri’s sudden death:
Viktor Kidson of Kidson Media interviewed Dimitri in 2019, and it is one of the last known interviews with the Breda, Netherlands native.
Dimitri also helped jumpstart the career of Aly & Fila and their recording label, Future Sound Of Egypt. Label co-owner, Stuart Roberts credits Dimitri with taking him under his wing as a newcomer to dance music that would lead the two in becoming business partners for the better part of a decade.
Trance Farm sends its heartfelt condolences to Dimitri’s family, friends, and the countless DJ’s he has mentored for the past 30 years. Rest in peace, my friend.