Working at a company like Wantickets comes with a lot of perks that you just wont find at other jobs. One of my favorites is getting the opportunity to sit down and talk to some of the biggest producers and DJs in the world. Recently I had a chance to catch up with Ferry Corsten while he was doing promo for is recently released album “WKND”. WKND (Ultra Music/Flashover) is Ferry’s fourth studio album and we wanted to know how he is able to still bring the heat with every release while staying true to his music as the entire EDM landscape continues to evolve around us all.
Wantickets: First of all we want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. I know your time is limited so lets get right into the questions.A lot of the tracks on the album WKND (Ultra Music/Flashover) feature really awesome vocals. Where do you find your singers and how do you select them?
FERRY CORSTEN: For this album, I made a wish list of people I wanted to work with. I approached a couple of vocalists myself and others approached me, or I met them somewhere and we decided to work on a track together.
Wantickets: What was the production process like for “Brute” with Armin van Buuren? Did the two of you actually get in the studio together?
FERRY CORSTEN: Yes, we did! Check the photos on my Facebook fan page. It was a lot of fun. [laughs] I have known and been friends with Armin for a long time now. Armin came over to the studio and we started from scratch there. It really felt natural to be in the studio with him, and making “Brute” was a really fun experience.
Wantickets: How do you feel you have changed as an artist and DJ from when you got started producing music in the ‘90s to now where you releasing your fourth full-length studio album?
FERRY CORSTEN: When I first started, I did it all just as a hobby and I never knew it would become such a success. Now I am flying all over the world, meeting wonderful people, and making people smile with my music. I absolutely love it!
Wantickets: You artist album from 2006, L.E.F., was a high-point for you, but it’s a very different style of trance than what you hear on dancefloors now. Please comment on the evolution of the trance sound.
FERRY CORSTEN: A lot of the genres are really blending with each other. You can hear so many trance elements in house tracks and the other way around. I think that the genres will keep blending more and more with each other. I am not too sure how this will affect trance or any other genre. I think trance will only be affected in a bad way if it doesn’t adjust itself to the current trends. In the end, it all starts with a great melody.
Wantickets: Arty’s remix of your hit tune, “Punk,” was big last year. What’s your favorite remix of your own work and what’s the favorite you’ve ever done of someone else’s track?
FERRY CORSTEN: Arty’s remix of “Punk” is really great. It still is in the Beatport trance chart after almost a year. My own best remix…it’s difficult to say, but I think it’s the one I did for William Orbit’s “Adagio for Strings.” That’s still one I play a lot, and it gets requested a lot when I play a set.
Wantickets: A lot of big trance artists have been celebrating their radio shows’ anniversaries with big blow-out events…can we expect something similar for Corsten’s Countdown episode 250, coming up?
FERRY CORSTEN: I can’t say too much about it yet, but it won’t go unnoticed, of course! [laughs]