Ferry Corsten, a name that is synonymous with trance since its infancy. The man behind world renowned projects, such as Moonman, Gouryella and System F, is responsible for what many believe to be the rise in Dutch Trance. His impact has engulfed trance for more than 20 years. We had the great honour to speak with the man himself about his double performance at Tomorrowland on Weekend 1, his new Blueprint album, upcoming projects and a few other interesting topics!
Hi Ferry. First and foremost I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to conduct this interview. How are you today?
Hi there! I’m doing great thanks! It’s been an exciting summer for me releasing my album Blueprint and doing all my summer shows!
It was fantastic. The Trance Energy stage really brought the magic to the audience regarding production, and it’s always great to play for the trance crowd. I always have fun when I get to play together with Fadi at the Future Sound of Egypt stage. Just a great crew and a very appreciative crowd.
Tomorrowland has grown into such a unique concept which allow dance fans for a whimsical dance experience with their favourite DJs. Their production is unmatched by any other festival.
What made you bring the alias back?On a personal side, I believe that the return of Gouryella played a significant role in refocusing trance on its core elements: melodies and emotions.
I agree. I wasn’t thinking of bringing the alias back per se but noticed that I missed the emotion and melodies of trance. I wasn’t really thinking of producing another Gouryella until I was working on a track in the studio one day when I realised that it had to be the next Gouryella. After that moment I haven’t looked back.
Since the successful return of Gouryella, we’ve seen other aliases making a return, such as Rising Star and Hydra. How do you feel about aliases in today’s climate where a lot of attention is paid to the artist name? Back in the day, you used to have a few dozens, but that can be confusing to people.
Back in the day, I had a lot of aliases, but that was purely because I was just producing too much music to be released by one label at that time. I feel that nowadays, people use aliases to be able to produce a specific type of sound that is meant purely for that brand. By doing this, you can disconnect yourself from the pigeon hole mentality that fans have nowadays and step out of your comfort zone without upsetting your fans who only want to hear one side of you.
I’m currently working on the Gouryella 2.0 version, and it’s been a lot of fun. You’re absolutely right. The Gouryella show for me is all about a message that is learned and felt when watching the live experience. I hope 2.0 does that as well. Where the first live show had a few ‘Hello World EP’ tracks, 2.0 will focus much more on some new stuff and elements from Blueprint.
I’ve always been a huge sci-fi fan and wanted to find a way to marry my passion for this with my music. I sort of took the phrase ‘telling a story with my album’ literally and decided to combine an audio book with a complimenting musical journey. The concept and the storyline were my great inspiration for making the music. It’s like a sci-fi movie without the actual motion picture.
That’s a great question… I’ve always created music I’ve liked and compiled into one body of work. Whereas with this album, I had a concept, a muse if you will that inspired me.
I think over the years as an artist I’ve grown a lot on a producer level. You are right that this album has a lot of filmic influences compared to the past. And that was the whole point. Trance and film score go perfectly together and the sound scaping that film music requires, really enriches any trance production in my opinion. I do think though, that there are a number of tracks on the album that showcase my trance influences and me being a dance music producer.
Thanks. I love the track too. I think Drum’s a weapon plays a perfect part in the story. If you listen to the track and the emotions it conveys, you do feel the aggression and that sense of hopelessness that are playing in Lucas’s mind and in that part of the story.
I’m all about melody. I’ve always started with a melody as that is what always inspires me first when making a track. The melody is the ‘face’ of a track….
Thanks. It’s humbling to hear this comment. I don’t know where I find the inspiration to be honest. It can be anything in daily life. But in the case of Out Of The Blue and the wave of tracks that came after, it was gear. New gear that not many people had yet. So I was lucky to come up with a unique sound, and I capitalised on that. I just know that I am very lucky to be able to have a job that I love and have people appreciate what I do. I guess it’s comments and questions like this that keep me working and keep doing what I do.
I guess it will always be the track System F – “Out of the Blue”… It was the first track that opened major doors for me. My proudest moment in the studio was probably when I finally signed off on Blueprint. That was a real product of passion.
I’m working right now on the remixes for some of the Blueprint tracks, Gouryella 2.0 as well as a few projects which I will hopefully be able to share in a few months.
I will be doing quite a few festivals, Ibiza and lots more. It’s best to check out ferrycorsten.com for tour dates. I’ve been busy with Blueprint and have some great remixes and edits for the show.
Thanks for supporting and believing in me guys. Without you guys, I would not be able to do what I do.