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Ferry Corsten has been rocking the dance world for over 20 years with his mind-blowing music skills and unstoppable quest for sonic awesomeness. His ability to connect through music and his constant drive for innovation make him a legendary figure in the DJ scene.
Throughout his musical journey, the Dutch DJ/producer has flexed his creativity by adopting various aliases, including System F, Moonman, FERR, and the dynamic duo Gouryella (with Tiësto), each with its distinct musical identity. Ferry’s debut album in 1999, “Out of The Blue,” was the launchpad for his global music career. From that point to his 2020 release, “As Above, As Below,” Ferry has consistently led the way in exploring a melodic-driven spectrum of sounds, effortlessly navigating through trance, progressive house, melodic techno, and ambient vibes.
And now, Ferry Corsten has teased us with an upcoming artist album called “Connect!” “I’ve released a couple of singles from this such as “Connect,” “Mind Trip,” “Yes Man,” and my latest single “Stay Awake” featuring Diandra Faye. It’s been a really exciting process, as it’s been five years since my last album, “Blueprint,” said the DJ.
Ferry Corsten constantly pushes the boundaries of the music he first gained fame for. Whether exploring sleek fusions of genres or uncovering cutting-edge sounds, he’s always looking for something new and exciting. When asked about his perspective on success, Ferry shared, “I’ve always thought that success is achieving a goal or a purpose. I’ve always been interested in music, production, tech, and playing. It has been a constant challenge and goal to move forward and make a difference in music creation. I think this has always been a driving force in my life, which has kept me in the industry.”
To learn more about Ferry Corsten, including his most memorable fan encounter, read our full interview below!
Q: Before we dig in, what's next for you?
I’m currently working on the release of my sixth artist album called Connect, I’ve released a couple of singles from this such as ‘Connect’, ‘Mind Trip,’ ‘Yes Man’ and my latest single ‘Stay Awake’ featuring Diandra Faye. It’s been a really exciting process as it’s been five years since my last album, ‘Blueprint.’
Q: What are your thoughts on the meaning of success, and how do you define success for yourself?
I’ve always thought that success is being able to achieve a goal or a purpose. I’ve always been interested in music, the production, the tech, playing. It has been a constant challenge and goal to move forward and make a difference in the creation of music. I think this has always been a driving force in my life which has kept me in the industry. I constantly remind myself how lucky I am to be where I am today.
Q: What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?
A third power cable for my electric hedge trimmer. It was the height of covid, and I picked up gardening. I thought that I could easily trim the hedges in my garden only to cut through the power cable of my hedge trimmer not once but twice. It was pretty ridiculous!
Q: What's the most memorable fan encounter you've ever had?
I can’t specify one encounter that I would say is the most memorable, but I receive quite regularly messages in which people tell me about how my music has helped them through very difficult times in their life and that touches me deeply. I’m also amazed at how many fans I meet at shows who have my name, logo, or lyrics of one of my tracks tattooed on their body.
Q: Where and when would you go if you could travel back in time to any moment in history?
Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the Vikings’ history in Europe, so I’d say I’d travel back to that era to see and learn about it. That would be amazing.
Q: If you could only listen to three songs for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?
It’s impossible for me to only listen to three songs for the rest of my life, seeing that my life for the majority consists of music. However, these are the three tracks I currently listen to the most:
Olafur Arnalds ft. JFDR – Back To The Sky. The emotion in this song is just incredible.
Jon Hopkins – Dawn Chorus. This is the perfect track to listen to at sunset, or if there’s no sunset, it sure does bring one to your ears.
Fred Again feat. Romy – Strong. One of the best melodic tracks of the moment for me.
Q: What is your philosophy on happiness, and how do you strive to maintain a sense of happiness and well-being?
I think that I am a very positive person. I always try to see the bright side of things. I would like to think that I am also a very balanced person. I love producing, traveling, and playing but I have always made a point that health comes first and I do not allow myself to be caught in things where it can become a very toxic cycle. I try to always have structure in my life especially when traveling. It gives me a feeling of consistency when things can get hectic and all over the place!
Q: How do you see dance music evolving in the future?
It’s hard to predict where dance music will go as it changes constantly and is heavily influenced by hypes on social media and TikTok nowadays. Currently, you see a big shift in the popular electronic music going towards the 90’s early rave and trance vibe and I love this development, as this is the style I fell in love with and made myself when I started my musical career.
Q: If you could switch lives with any other celebrity for a week, who would it be?
Morgan Freeman. He’s a great actor and also does amazing narrations on documentaries that intrigues me. Aside from numerous movies that I have watched such as The Bucket list, etc… I love the documentaries Through The Wormhole, Our Universe, and Life on Our Planet. If I were in his shoes for a week, I could imagine it would be so interesting to learn about his upcoming projects.
Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled?
I don’t think I should tell you. It’s in everyone’s best interest that I leave this open.