Dutch DJ/Producer Ferry Corsten tours the world, bringing his own unique flavor of trance music. Under a number of guises including System F and Gouryella, he’s been releasing original production for almost 20 years. With the release of his new mixed compilation Once Upon a Night, and with ‘The Experience” tour surrounding it, I predict that we will see Ferry achieve an even higher position in the Top 10 of the DJ Mag list.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Hey Ferry, welcome to Miami. How’s the Conference for you so far?
Ferry Corsten: Good, I'm just getting into it. Everybody's here at the Sirius/XM party at the W - the DJs, the radio guys, the producers, the promoters, whatever else. It’s cool to hang out here and have a bit of fun.
RS: Tell us about your new tour. It’s supposed to be 3D and
amazing and life-changing.
Ferry Corsten: Well 3D, I wouldn't really say that. Kind of, if you want to see it that way. It’s a tour that's based around the new compilation CD called Once Upon a Night. The compilation has twenty-five exclusively-produced tracks for the compilation, so it’s brand new stuff. It’s not like a compilation of the biggest hits out there, it’s just brand new stuff. With that comes a tour that I'm actually starting here tomorrow night at Karu & Y, called Once Upon a Night, The Experience. It's an all-nighter, me plus two guest DJs. It’s really like a visual interpretation of the new compilation. I've just been checking out the new visuals and they are just amazing. You basically see the sleeve, the cover, the case of the CD and all the elements that you see there are basically in the backdrop. Throughout the night they come to life and it’s pretty impressive.
RS: Who did the visuals?
Ferry Corsten: It’s a company in Holland, in my hometown - Dirty Brown Visuals.
RS: Dirty Brown, Dirty Dutch – makes sense.
Ferry Corsten: Yes, exactly. They are amazing – the way they did it, its very arty.
RS: How much of the tour is pre-segued or pre-choreographed, like
do you know you're going to play this song at this time or…?
Ferry Corsten: A lot of the tracks that I am playing are of course from the new album and they're all on DVD with the visual synced to that. So in order to get the story straight, there's quite a few tracks that are in set places, but over time I will definitely be able to mix things up, because it’s not just tracks from the album. It’s also other tracks, some of my own classics or my own recent tracks and also the biggest tracks out there at the moment which changes all the time. Part of it is sort of like set in stone. See it as a bridge - the pillars of the bridge and then the stuff that hangs in between, that's what can change.
RS: Are you mixing DVDs in the set, are you mixing CDs or laptop?
Ferry Corsten: It’s DVDs and CDs, yes.