Photos by Flashover Recordings
If you're a lover of EDM culture then chances are Ferry Corsten is no stranger to you. Guy has been around the electronic music scene some time now, composing and performing music for over 20 years. Although he is known for his trance background, Corsten has shown strength and power in a variety of genres, including techno, progressive and house, etc. If you're counting, he's released tracks under more than 30 monikers in the span of his career, which is rather mind boggling in and of itself. Still riding high off of the success from his latest album, WKND, Corsten is currently back in the studio working on his next installment of his Once Upon a Night compilation series, which is due out at the end of this year. In between his studio time and his Full On tour schedule and producing a weekly radio show for SiriusXM, Corsten’s Countdown (in which fans rank songs and decide which ones will be played) and running two of his own record labels, Flashover Recordings and Premier (a joint collaboration with Black Hole Recordings) we somehow managed to wrangle a little time with the man.
Is there a moment in your life that changed the course of, or defined, your sonic aesthetic?
Ferry Corsten: When I had my breakthrough moment with my trance sound, I was producing that music according to a certain structure. I was always doing the same thing. After a while, I realized I was getting bored. This is when I decided to take a right turn where I would normally take a left. Just by deliberately doing something differently, I stumbled upon a whole new style that opened up a whole new world to me. This is when I made my track, “Punk.”
If you were starting out now, would you do anything differently?
Yes. I would have started releasing tracks under my own name a lot earlier than I did, rather than using so many aliases.
The movement from CD to MP3 is seen as a pretty big paradigm shift in the music business. Look ahead for us, into the future. What will cause the next big shake up?
I wish I had a crystal ball so I could tell you and everybody else , but luckily I’m close enough to the action to be able to adjust early enough.
What life activities are made better when listening to music?
I’m a big snowboarding fan/addict. With my hectic schedule, a snowboarding vacation is holy to me. So when I go down the slopes, I listen to the music I love. It’s almost magical. The last time I went snowboarding I was “testing” my album on the slopes. It was about to come out.
If you visualize music as you listen, what (generally) do you imagine?
It depends what on what kind of music I make. In general, I make music for the dancefloor, so I keep my fans in mind.
You just debuted your Full On (Hosted By Ferry Corsten) live show concept in the US, explain what that show concept is for those who have not had a chance to see it? Is this the way of DJ shows going forward?
Ferry Corsten: Full On is my concept of inviting great friends and fellow DJs from different genres to deliver an unforgettable night through back-to-back sets and state-of-the-art production. The combination of different genres is what gives Full On its unique dynamics.
If you haven't seen Ferry Corsten's WKND video series, you can check out the last episode here.
Next time Ferry will be back in the US is on October 12th at Rendezvouz in New York, the 13th at Space in Miami and then again on Nov 9 at Marquee in Las Vegas.