Join Ferry Corsten for the US debut of his Full On Party.
Ferry Corsten is an internationally acclaimed producer and DJ from the Netherlands. A storied veteran of the dance music scene, he takes to the airwaves every week on Corsten’s Countdown to deliver his latest picks in the trance and electronic scene. Recently, Ferry debuted Loops & Tings, revived with longtime friend and collaboration Markus Schulz, on a landmark 8 hour edition of Countdown, much to the delight of clubgoers from Ibiza to Las Vegas. In addition to his set at Electric Zoo, Full On was his order of business in New York, debuting his infamous party to the melting pot of New York. We met up with Corsten to talk New York, Justin Bieber, Full On and this is what he had to say:
TL: This is the first Full On in the US, and you chose New York to start, how is your view about the New York scene and why did you choose this city to bring this new party concept?
FC: Well New York, the date really lined up well with Electric Zoo, that was a bonus really, but New York is also such a melting pot of people, people who are here living, but also those who are here to visit, and it’s really great because everybody who goes home brings that story. When you’re playing a show in New York, you’re basically playing it for the world. That was one of the reasons. Apart from that, I also love the New York crowd, whenever I play a show at Pacha, it’s always off the hook really, and last year Electric Zoo was a crazy, mental crowd.
TL: Well, fantastic, and other than New York, we know that the EDM scene is growing here fast in the us in New York, Vegas, and you’re going to LA next, how do you see this movement happening across the US?
FC: It’s something that for the people who have been in this scene for a long time it’s nothing new really, but the scene was always so small right? Now the other genres pop rock whatever they are all of a sudden starting to get a discovery and it’s the new, cool kid on the block that everyone wants to work with, everyone wants to get a piece of it, a lot of the big pop acts, rock acts are including electronic stuff in their work now. It’s the new thing and it’s because of all that I think it will definitely become the genre to stay for the next so many years as hip as R&B was for awhile. I think it’s sort of replacing that kind of sound also because it’s gelling with some of the R&B acts, so it’s definitely becoming more mainstream. As in with all genres there’s mainstream and there’s also the more puristic form of the music. Dance will always be very pure in the basis but on a commercial level it’s definitely going to open up the minds of people who have never heard that music before. I think it’s going to be something great for the scene, and it’s up to you whether you want to be part of the commercial side or the underground side.
TL: You have this solid career, in electronic music, especially trance, lots of records, and a big reaction from fans. It’s interesting what you’re talking about the birthing of the scene because you have recently released a song with Justin Bieber, and it’s a huge success, people are talking about it, what was your inspiration in doing that, how you are feeling about it? How are you feeling the reception of it?
FC: Well to put it modestly, I knew that this would stir up some dust, which it did, but you know I like a little riot from time to time. I think it’s good to create some stuff for debate, and you know it’s always good when I requested it I was like, am I going to do this? I donno I might? Yeah, it was a real challenge. The original track was still is 140 bpm, very pop-y, how am I going to make this suitable for the dance floor and that was a challenge for me. The dance floor, maybe more dance radio, that was my idea with the remix. Like, make it a dance track but with a pop-character. So you can play it on daytime radio still.
But also, since I did the remix, I wanted to of course give it the Corsten flavor, all those factors combined was the challenge. It was just a really fun project to do, knowing that there was going to be a wave of reaction.
In the end, everybody can say what they want, I also do this for myself, I need to challenge myself, and if I don’t then it wouldn’t be Ferry Corsten.
TL: How do you see your music evolve over the years? What are the next big things you’re planning to do in terms of personal evolution and things you are dreaming about having and doing as an artist?
FC: Well eventually I would love to pursue a career that’s more based on production, I will not see myself DJing til I’m super old and playing for a bunch of kids, I don’t really see that working for me, so, I would like to see myself being a producer behind some acts, in rock or pop, eventually, but as for now I’m working on a new album already and there’s a new volume 3 of Once Upon A Night, my compilation series.
TL: Can you give us some songs that we should listen for tonight?
FC: Absolutely! Not coming down, Snow Patrol remix that I did for New York, there’s a track that played at A State of Trance that people can’t seem to shut up about, it’s called Give It To Me, oh, I am totally in love with Marcel Woods and W & W Trigger.
TL: What is your earliest memory of music?
FC: My earliest memory of music is when I got my first double cassette player, and I started making mixes of musics, pushing the pause button and whatnot, that was the earliest memory of me playing music for fun. That’s how it all started when I was about 9 years old. The thing that is less fun is the traveling, the music will never stop.