In 1997 when the label was founded by TiŽsto and Arny Bink it privately launched only TiŽsto’s own productions and mixes. After the release of Magik One: First Flight and Space Age 1.0 TiŽsto's fame began to rise and so did the label. In 1998, due to the success of the first two DJ Mix compilations, Magik One: First Flight and Space Age 1.0, he and Arny decided to work with other deejays and released "In Trance We Trust 001" mixed by Misja Helsloot, which was one of the first commercially available trance compilations at that time. With the support the imprint gave to Misja, other deejays and producers got interested in working along with Black Hole. The label released the first DJ Mix compilations of many artists like DJ Stigma, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Johan Gielen, Cor Fijneman, DJ Montana, and Ton TB. As TiŽsto released 12" vinyls for himself he also introduced many tracks from other deejays through the vinyl system on 10 different sublabels, each having its own specific style of electronic dance music. TiŽsto has sold over 1,000,000 copies of his DJ Mix compilations, and the "In Trance We Trust" series is one of the leading series in trance based music. Misja Helsloot was the first to work with TiŽsto in In Trance We Trust, TiŽsto only helped compiling the DJ Mixes until the fifth installment in 2001.
Black Hole Recordings: Best of 1997-2004
Between 1999 and 2000, TiŽsto released his own Artist Profile Series after Ferry Corsten's Solar Serenades DJ Mix, TiŽsto's number two included Magik Four: A New Adventure; Black Hole CD 07 is the only CD which is also released in the Artist Profile Series, after the four first Magik CDs were re-released in 2000 with new artwork. The sleeves on the first copies were replaced because of unauthorized use of Patrick Woodroffe's artwork. DJ Renť followed the Artist Profile Series with number three All Over The World, Armin van Buuren's Boundaries of Imagination which became the fourth installment and fifth with DJ HH // Hardy Heller's Artist Profile Mix In Motion.
In the first day of 2001, Prime Time Management became the official booking agency of TiŽsto, its main objective is the development of TiŽsto as an artist. In 2001 Jonas Steur joined the label and released music under the artist name Estuera. That same year Ralphie B signed to the label when TiŽsto heard one track from him and was released on the "In Trance We Trust" imprint. Starting December 16, 2002, Black Hole began compiling its catalogue for purchase download at beatport.com; its sublabels were added later that year.
In 2004 the label released a 2xCD compilation, "Black Hole Recordings: Best of 1997-2004"; the first disc contains unmixed tracks and the second disc is mixed by DJ Ton T.B. The DJ Mix contains the best of the label from 1997 to 2004.
In 2005, Sander van Dien and Ralphie B joined together on some tracks, they released songs under the alias Midway and later created the alias "First State" which is a breakthrough according to the label. The First State album "Time Frame" has released already two singles and it is expected that "Time Frame II - the sequel" and "Time Frame III" will be released later. It was 2006 when Black Hole asked Jonas Steur for a solo album; "Born for the night" was released in 2007. In 2007 Barcelona Urban Sound released Trance World Series: Black Hole In Session which featured two CDs, one mixed by T4L and one by Slamm!, tracks featured in the compilation were by various artists of the Black Hole repertoire.
Streamline Studios, an independent game developer and digital content provider for video games and Black Hole have confirmed the formation of Streamline Sound, a joint venture which will provide sound solutions for digital entertainment. Streamline Sound combines audio services and 5.1 studio with the artist catalog of Black Hole Recordings, including Grammy-nominated electronic music superstar TiŽsto and a large number of independent composers and musicians.
“ Streamline Sound is the new partner for independent artists who want to create audio for video games, I wanted to help create a platform to not only put my own musical ideas into games but the music of innovative artists from all genres, whether electronic, classical, rock, or hip-hop. ”
— said Black Hole Recordings artist and co-founder TiŽsto.
Iwan de Kuijper, New Media Manager for Black Hole Recordings will be the General Manager of Streamline Sound dealing with business matters, along music industry veteran artist and engineer Tom Pearce functioning as Audio Director for projects. Currently Streamline Sound has three main artists, ambient expert Tom Pearce, classical composer Geert Huinink, and electronic producer TiŽsto. Geert Huinink has been assigned to compose game soundtracks and is part of the Virtualish project to create video game scores in a theatrical show. Streamline Sound will release the soundtrack of Korean MMORPG Granado Espada in the first half of 2008.
Christopher Norman who has created many tracks for Black Hole joined Topher Jones and created "Otherside", the song has been featured in TiŽsto's Club Life at Radio 538. Since the creation of the track Jones was invited by TiŽsto to open for him on his In Search of Sunrise: North American Summer Tour 2008. Three other songs from Jones were included in previous podcasts; "Castaway", "Club 37" and his remix of Tyler Michaud vs. JPL's - "Five Days Till Sunrise". "Young Life" is another track from Jones which was played by TiŽsto at the In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza release party to promote the inclusion of Jones to Black Hole.
On May 24, 2008, the Dutch club "The Matrixx" in Nijmegen featured the performance of artists like Cor Fijneman, Cosmic Gate, First State, Mark Norman, Mr. Sam, Phynn, Progression and Ton TB. After the release of this party, the exclusive best of CD from the imprint called "10 Years of Black Hole Recordings" was released. An event which took place on Taipei, Taiwan named "Black Hole Label Night" was recorded and release through Avex Taiwan Inc., the credits of the mix were given to DJ J-Six which has no relation with the label and only recorded the event. All tracks featured are from current Black Hole artists with the exception of Josh Millstone with his song "As The Day Fades". Black Hole also introduced Fris!, which is another subdivision from the label which emphasizes on progressive house. As of January 2009, Black Hole began releasing "Captivate", its first free online magazine through Myebooks containing information on forthcoming tracks and albums as well as artists biographies. In March 2009 after signing Richard Durand as part of Magik Muzik, Black Hole decided to absorb the label in which Durand got his most popular hits, Terminal 4.
2009–2010: Departure of TiŽsto and In Search of Sunrise
In August 2009 TiŽsto decided to part ways with Black Hole Recordings, setting up the label Musical Freedom in association with [PIAS] Entertainment Group. Simultaneously Black Hole Recordings announced that the eight album in the In Search of Sunrise compilation series would be mixed by Dutch trance producer Richard Durand, and released in May 2010