The ClubPlanet Interview:  Ferry Corsten

The ClubPlanet Interview: Ferry Corsten

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
12.03.2014

Trance pioneer Ferry Corsten has been releasing landmark anthems since before many of the current EDM generation were even born.  What keeps him touring the world and on top of playlists are his impeccable productions, dynamic live sets, and the ability to evolve over time while staying true to himself.  Take a listen to the productions of New World Punx, his partnership with Markus Schulz, which melds the aggressive and the pretty- bringing new life to the world of trance.  That’s just one side of Ferry, his videogame soundtracks and commercial hits, like “Hyper Love” and “Punk,” show others.

RS: Let’s start with the New World Punx?
Ferry Corsten: Yes, it is a collaboration that we started a while ago and it is really taking off, it’s very exciting.

RS: When I first heard that name I thought- okay, here are two legends of trance, but it is New World Punx, what makes it New World?

Ferry Corsten: It is a new era of where we see music going.  It is a new sound; if you listen to our set, it is definitely trance-y, but instead of being fluffy it is very edgy and ballsy. It is a new dawn for the music. 

RS: Very cool. Is there going to be an album of New World Punx coming?
Ferry Corsten: Never say never, but right now we are working on quite a few tracks and they are all lined up. Who knows, we have a lot of material that is just going back and forth between Markus and I. 

RS: You also have a lot of great material of your own coming out, “Hyper Love” is really massive.
Ferry Corsten: Yeah, it is one of the tracks that I got the acapella for and I heard where it needed to go. I did it with the piano break which I am a big fan of from back in the ‘90s. I just gave it a go, I have always made club records with the occasional crossover record to radio, and I thought I should put something together that is a bit more straight up radio and see what happens. It is gaining momentum now, which is great.



RS: Is crossover the meaning behind the name of your record label, Flashover?
Ferry Corsten: No, Flashover is more like when a small fire blows up into a big fire. That’s it,  the overwhelming attitude of the music. Philosophical, I know?

RS: I have never heard of flashover before, but that is a great explanation because now I totally understand it. So we aren’t sure about a New World Punx album, but is there a Ferry Corsten album coming?
Ferry Corsten: I am working on a lot of tracks, but I am not sure if those together will make an album. But eventually there will be another one.

RS: Going back to working with Markus Schulz, what have you learned from him?
Ferry Corsten: Markus has a very explosive vibe; when he is in the studio he has ideas one after the other. It is not something that I have learned, but he has a vibe that catches on. It is one of the things that I try to mimic during my production days when I am in the studio. Markus is also known for his techy driving beats and I have always been known as the melody guy, but I think that since we have started working with each other, it has flipped. Funnily enough, I think that his techy side has rubbed off on me and the other way around. My sound has become a lot more driving, techy - like dirtier stuff here and there.

RS: Flipping that, what do you think that Markus has learned from you?
Ferry Corsten: I do a lot of micro and detail-oriented things, whereas Markus just quickly makes chunk after chunk and I think that he may have got some of that from me.

RS: When you guys DJ together, do you alternate tracks? How do you do that?
Ferry Corsten: Yeah, sometimes Markus sends me some stuff to play early, and I do the same thing. For our sets, we make edits and mashups that we sort of reserve for our New World Punx sets, but every once in a while there is one that is just too great not to play every week and we end up adding the mashups to our individual sets. I think it is a good exchange program of music.

 


RS: I heard a rumor that you were doing a track with Cosmic Gate.
Ferry Corsten: That is a rumor, but never say never, I love the guys and we always have a great time. I had my Full On event in Ibiza this year at Space, and I had them there a few times and at TomorrowWorld and Tomorrowland. They are regular guests at the Full On shows, so I wouldn’t exclude a collaboration at some point.

RS: I also heard that you are moving into video games, and that you just did a soundtrack for Bayonetta.
Ferry Corsten: I didn’t do the whole soundtrack, but I was definitely involved in the production process with the vocals. It is just a different beast, especially working with a Japanese company that has a very different way of looking at music, rather than listening to it. When there were spaces in the music they wanted to add things to it. It was a trip for me, because it was a jazz record at 180 BPM. I worked with the vocals and every space in the record was filled up with something, and I had to build a ton of harmonies in it on top of everything else, so it was quite tricky and a real challenge.

RS: Going from Japan to America; you played TomorrowWorld, how is your impression of the American festival scene compared to what you've see in Europe?
Ferry Corsten: I love the festival scene in the States, it is very explosive and the fans are very outgoing and they make sure that you hear them and I love that.

RS: As a Dutchman, where is the best place in Amsterdam to get a burger?
Ferry Corsten: I have no idea; you might know Amsterdam better than me because I am never around and I am always traveling.

RS: Okay then, where in the world do you find the best burger?
Ferry Corsten: I went to a place in L.A. called Yami Yami Burgers which was amazing, and it is also in Santa Monica. People that are from there know exactly what I am talking about; it is the famous burger place.

RS: If you could go back to when you were 18 and talk to yourself at that age, what advice would you give yourself?
Ferry Corsten: There is one thing that I have always told myself; I did all these tracks under different names, which at the time was the thing to do, but if I could change one thing I would change all the System F and Gouryella tracks and put everything under my own name. There is nothing wrong with putting it under your own name, just go for it.

RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there watching?
Ferry Corsten: See you guys very soon. It sounds cheesy, but that is the way it is, I will be traveling across the globe to you soon.

Interview conducted at Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.

follow Clubplanet @  
Tags

Log in here to submit a tag

CP Buzz on facebook

Above & Beyond Announce New Album for 2018
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica}p.p2 {margin:...
The ClubPlanet Interview: Sir Ivan
Sir Ivan is a musical superhero.  Dressed in a bejeweled cape; his mission is to...
Music for the Masses
A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, pop and vocal dance tracks. Wolfgang...
Music for the Masses
A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, hardstyle and vocal dance tracks. GoodLuck -...
SUNDAY FUNDAY:  True2Life ft Lady Bunny - (For You) I’ll Wait
Sunday Funday:  True2Life ft Lady Bunny - (For You) I’ll Wait - [UNIQUE2RHYTHM] The...
Above & Beyond Announce New Album for 2018
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica}p.p2 {margin:...
The ClubPlanet Interview: Sir Ivan
Sir Ivan is a musical superhero.  Dressed in a bejeweled cape; his mission is to...
Music for the Masses
A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, pop and vocal dance tracks. Wolfgang...
Music for the Masses
A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, hardstyle and vocal dance tracks. GoodLuck -...
SUNDAY FUNDAY:  True2Life ft Lady Bunny - (For You) I’ll Wait
Sunday Funday:  True2Life ft Lady Bunny - (For You) I’ll Wait - [UNIQUE2RHYTHM] The...