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Ferry Corsten - Interview

Amid an arsenal of flashing lights, mesmerizing pyrotechnics, ascending fireworks and pulsating beats, tens of thousands of people are singing at the top of their lungs to his classic productions and latest hits. They clamor to get as close to the stage as possible at a recent concert to get a better view of the man pulling the strings behind the decks. From Malaysia to Melbourne, Lebanon to Los Angeles, the scene is eerily similar, with dance music fans the world over experiencing the latest show of a living legend. Few DJs can inspire this level of pomp and furor. Here is the interview of the magical producer Ferry Corsten. It follows notably the interviews of other famous Dutch producers like Sander van Doorn, Fedde le Grand and Noisia. First, I wanted to thank Ferry who answered our questions.

Hello Ferry,

Honestly it's a real honor to interview you, because you are for me simply the best trance DJ of the world! As simple as that! We will get back to this later on, but I became in contact with your in music thanks to your Essential Mix in 2004, and since then you always astonish and surprise me, even if trance is not my style of predilection.

If I'm right, you released some weeks ago your track "Feel it". Could you please give us more information about it? Is there something specific about it?
> Actually I just released the follow up of 'Feel It' called 'Check It Out'. For this track I decided to throw all standards overboard and produce a track that would be pure fun on the dance floor. I used elements of the different styles I produced over the year. For example I added a hardcore kick in the track.  

More precisely, what will be your next release?
> We are now looking into what the next release will be. We released two club tracks now "Feel it" and just recently "Check it Out". We'll see, don't know yet.

If you look back to 2010, what can you say about it? What is your vision of the couple past months?
> It has been a good year for me. I played a lot of gigs and I released my new compilation series Once Upon A Night (OUAN) and we did a tour with this compilation called Once Upon A Night: The Experience  and also the OUAN Club shows.

After you gave us these info about your music news we would like to go back to your musical roots. Could you briefly tell us how did you become DJ and producer?
> I started producing when I was very young. Always trying to do little jobs to earn some money so I could buy new equipment. You can imagine that my father's car got washed by me every day. Then I started experimenting with producing. Amongst other styles I produced hardcore before I got into trance and other styles of EDM.

If we focus on your discography, we can easily see that you evolved under a ton of alias and groups, such as Gouryella and System F. How did you manage all of these?
> I almost had a different alias for every style of music I produced. Gouryella was my alias together with Tiesto and Veracocha was together with Vincent De Moor. In 2003 I released my first album under my own name. Album was called Right Of Way.

Besides your production schedule, you have worked tirelessly to bring your imprint "Flashover Recordings" to fruition. How do you manage all these tasks? You need to have a good team to help you I can imagine! When we interviewed Fedde le Grand some weeks ago, he was mainly help by his family. What about you?
> My father works for me too. Flashover Recordings is done by my team. I listen to a selection of tracks but the team does all the handling.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> They are very proud of me. In the beginning I was studying to be an engineer but I always worked on the side for music. I'm glad I took the chance to start producing full time. I haven't looked back ever since.

I discovered your music and your name more than 7 years ago (in 2004), with your Essential Mix that has been broadcasted on BBC Radio 1 with your crazy own tracks like "Sublime", "Kyoto" and a massive remix of F. Massif "Somebody". Do you remember it or not? I know it's old! But it's such a great souvenir for me. Certainly the best mix I ever heard. I know all the transitions !
> Nice to hear it has made such an impact on you. Thanks for the compliments.

Since your beginning around 2000 until now, what are for you the 2 or 3 things that have really evolve in the electronic music world and the trance scene more especially? I know it's a very large question, but if you can sum-up it would be fantastic.
> Shifting from hardware to software in the studio is a big advantage. Also a big advantage is digital music. People can buy music whenever and wherever they want. Due to digital music I can now use USB sticks instead of carrying a heavy bag of vinyl.

Ferry the interview will be published on a website mainly read by French people. So, what do you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know or especially love their music?
I know David Guetta, Joachim Garraud and of course Daft Punk. Daft Punk is still great after all these years. They seem to keep their mystic and that's what makes it specials besides their music of course.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> I have a daughter who is almost 3 so when I have the time I spent it with her.

Is there anything you would like to add?
> Hope to visit France soon, been a while for me.


Ferry, before we conclude this interview we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The track you advice us to listen to in your discography?
> Listen to “Out Of The Blue”, “Rock Your Body Rock” and my latest “Check It Out”. These three will give you an idea of the diversity of me as a producer.

An artist you would like to work with one day?
> Bono of U2

3 words to define your music?
> Melodic, Energetic, Timeless

Your favorite track these days?
> Would say my own latest ones but also 3rd Planet “Freedom” is a bomb. Released on Aleph Recordings which is a sublabel of Flashover Recordings.

Some words about the website I manage: Actualités Electroniques?
> Thanks for the interview

Ferry, thank you very, very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this full and exclusive interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions. We hope to see you soon in France too. A bientôt! You’re a fantastic and amazing producer. Please don’t stop…..”

Dj Aroy

Ferry Corsten @ Junodownload!/FERRYCORSTEN

Written by Dj Aroy
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