Ferry Corsten: Bending the rules

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It’s a trance lover’s dream line-up at this year’s Stereosonic, led by two Dutch titans: Armin van Buuren and Ferry Corsten. While Armin is closing out the mainstage, his compatriot and long-time collaborator is sure to pull ecstatic crowds earlier on. We got on the phone to Corsten a few weeks ago to hear his game-plan, and why he won’t let fans dictate his direction.

So, you’re heading over to the US this week. Everyone we speak to is buzzing about the scene there.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting and hoping for. It’s always been a decent scene, but now it’s muscling R&B and hip hop out of the charts. That’s great to see. A lot of the artists on the pop side of R&B have teamed up with some of the more commercial DJs, and it is working. It invites people to explore this type of music more, which is great.

You responded to your fans who reacted badly to your recent single Check It Out – what’s the message you wanted to get across?
That the boundaries are disappearing in dance music. There are still a lot of people left with a very narrow-minded view, and I was getting frustrated with all the idiots out there with so much to say about something that’s a bit out of the box. If we all start listening to people like that, then dance music will die.

I’ve always been very diverse, and if people know me as a trance DJ that’s fair enough, but before that I’ve done everything from hardcore to drum & bass to ambient to techno. So I was letting out my frustrations, saying, ‘Guys, let me do what I do’.

I think some people thought it was a move towards ‘trouse’ or a Swedish House Mafia sound…
Fair enough that they compare it. Some of the big trance guys have stepped away from the trance sound, and I sense a bit of fear that I would do the same. I’ve always been in and around trance, my sound has always been melodic, and I’ve stepped away, then come back again. There’s so much more interesting music than just trance.

I mean, house is combining a lot of trance elements. What the Swedish House Mafia did with One is nothing new. They just took a big trance riff and put it into a house track. So now if I do the same I’m copying the House Mafia? And yes, everyone is looking at each other right now, but that’s what keeps dance music interesting.

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wilsonrob

wilsonrob said on the 25th Nov, 2011

Is he taking a break from Crownies?

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 27th Nov, 2011

disappointing set @ stereo .. lucky for him he was saved by the best set of the night by Coxy

james223

james223 said on the 28th Nov, 2011

To be fair his mixer broke which kinda ruined the vibe. Still was very enjoyable by him. Nothing will beat him at Cream 09 in the Horden.

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 28th Nov, 2011

The poor guy only got an hour on stage. Should have been Ferry from 7-9 then Armin 9-11 on main stage. 2dayFM music would have still had a solid 7 hours

Its Zyzz

Its Zyzz said on the 29th Nov, 2011

i heard he was too busy getting gobby from some kid named shian thame during his set..

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 29th Nov, 2011

i actually heard he was being sucked off by a dude named jayno

baseade

baseade said on the 30th Nov, 2011

great set at stereosydney ferry