This Friday, international heavy-hitter Ferry Corsten will be bringing heat to the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange. With another monumental year for the veteran DJ/Producer/Family Man in the books, we asked Corsten about his year ahead, his foray into more eclectic musical genres and the happiness that comes from being both behind the decks and with his family. With a decades long career, a novella-length discography, a global Full On tour, and his New World Punx project with Markus Schulz, Corsten’s success all boils down to a simple philosophy: be passionate, and do what you love.
Welcome back to Exchange LA! This city has hosted you for years and most recently was a stop on your Full On and New World Punx tours. What keeps you excited about the City of Angels?
FERRY CORSTEN: The crowd and the vibe the city has are just incredible. Combine it with a club like Exchange and you are in for an amazing night!
With over two decades rocking dance floors around the world, reinvention seems to be an important part of your philosophy, from your clever collaborations with producers like Markus Schulz, to the way you organize your performances thematically. How much is your longevity in the scene a result of your willingness to take risks and reinvent?
FERRY CORSTEN: To me, it doesn’t feel like taking risks or reinventing. When it comes to producing, I just really like to find new ways to produce and discover all the possibilities out there. I just really love what I am doing and I think that is also reflecting in my productions and performance.
What are some new projects you are working on for the new year?
FERRY CORSTEN: Not necessarily new, but I will keep working on new productions, my weekly radio show, Corsten’s Countdown, my Full On shows all over the world, and of course, the New World Punx project together with Markus Schulz.
As an artist, what is the most important thing you consider when creating a track?
FERRY CORSTEN: For me, the most important thing is to have fun while creating a track. Of course I will also think about how it will going to sound when playing live as I do create the music for the fans.
Compared to the early days of your career, which included tracks like “Out of the Blue” produced under your System F Alias, what do you think are some of the ways fans have changed in terms of what they expect from your productions?
FERRY CORSTEN: I have always been producing many different styles and sounds. Because most people know me from my trance tracks, some fans expect me to just produce that. As I said earlier, I like to produce many different styles and sounds and not just stick to one particular style.
When you consider the scope of what you do, from the business side to the performance side to the domestic side, when do you feel the most pressure or stress?
FERRY CORSTEN: I have to say I don’t feel stressed ever, really. When I am performing, I am always having a blast. When I am home with my family, I am relaxed and happy to be home again. The only time I can get a little bit stressed is whenever a flight is cancelled or delayed and I need to get somewhere on time.
When do you feel the happiest?
FERRY CORSTEN: Either onstage while I try out a new track and the crowd goes wild or when I am at home with my family.
I’ve read that you’d be open to the idea of producing other eclectic genres of music. How important is it for artists to explore and experiment with a range of genres?
FERRY CORSTEN: To me it is very important. It keeps you creative as an artist and it also somewhat inspires me to keep looking for new sounds.
Festival season in the northern hemisphere is just a few months away. Which festivals are you looking forward to this year?
FERRY CORSTEN:I was really impressed with Tomorrowland last year so I can’t wait to see what they will bring this year.
If you could describe your life philosophy in seven words, what would it be?
FERRY CORSTEN: Always do what you are passionate about.