Q&A With DJ Ferry Corsten/ Music
Ferry Corsten has pioneered his progressive/trance sound DJ-ing at clubs, festivals and stadiums across the world over many years, as well as producing records under numerous aliases, including System F and Gouryella. We recently spoke with the likeable Dutchman about his favorite gigs, biggest tracks and future plans.
Hey Ferry, how’re things?
Things are great! We just had a huge snowfall in Rotterdam, the city I live in and it was amazing. We all went out and had a snow fight and built a snowman. I love the winter!
Brilliant! How has 2017 been for you, your gigs and music?
The year went by so fast. I had a wonderful year. After a year and a half of working really hard on a new concept artist album that I released in May, Blueprint, which was a unique audio book/ dance album. It was a fantastic experience. I also finished my first ever film score for a movie called “Don’t Let Go” that will be out in 2018.
The gigs as usual were fun! It’s always great to be able to see my fans, I love seeing them enjoy my music.
Sounds like 2017 was a busy year! How was the festival season for you this past summer?
The festival season was great and dry this year. It’s always nice to go to a sunny festival instead of a wet one. The atmosphere of festivals are always so unique so it’s great to have that change of scenery when you play.
For sure! What current tracks are big in your sets?
I’ve been playing a lot of album tours this year so not to toot my own horn, but the tracks I play from my latest artist album, “Blueprint,” have been doing great. Notable, “Wherever you are,” “Waiting,” “Drum’s a Weapon,”, and of course “Venera (Vee’s theme)” are hands in the air moments!
Fantastic. If you could produce a track with any artist past or present, who would it be?
Since I just finished my first film score, I’m in film score modus at the moment. I would love to do a production with Hans Zimmer.
Of the tracks you’ve produced in your career, do you have any particular favorites?
Hmmmm. Right now “Venera.” I get goosebumps when I play the record. I love watching peoples’ reactions as well when I play them. It’s very gratifying for me as a producer to see the emotions on peoples’ faces when you see their eyes closed during the breakdown and sometimes even tears.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would it be, and why?
I’ve played once on the rim of a crater of a volcano in Iceland for a private party with friends. It was cool because it was also the longest day of the year (midsummer’s solstice) so it never went dark. I guess being a sci-fan, I would love to play on the moon. I assume one day it will be possible.
What has been the best gig/gigs of your career?
I guess it will always be your first gig. I think it was in Glasgow. Growing up in Rotterdam and clubbing there, I was not used to the Scottish rowdiness…It was amazing!
Glasgow gigs are indeed very atmospheric! What are your plans going forward in the studio and gig wise?
2018 looks like a busy one for me as I see my upcoming schedule. I’m looking forward to further promoting “Blueprint”, my Gouryella 2.0 shows, and a new audio concept that I’m working on with my friends in the industry.
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