While the world of EDM is shiny and new to millions of young Americans, Ferry Corsten is packing decades of experience. When these little ravers were just dropping balls, Corsten was already well versed in dropping beats.
So he must be terribly jaded, right? Well, maybe he'd get bored with the scene if party people would quit trying to kidnap him. Or Iraq vets would stop telling him that his music changed their lives. For now, though, he remains superstoked about being a totally beloved trance powerhouse.
New Times: You've been traveling the world as a professional party starter for more than a decade. How does that work?
Ferry Corsten: Try not to go too crazy. Of course, there are crazy party nights every once in a while, especially if you're on a big tour. It's kind of pointless to go nuts for the first one, because you will be suffering the rest of the tour. Just pacing yourself the right way, I guess, and allowing yourself enough fun and trouble to keep it interesting.
Ready to party hard in Miami?
I'm really excited to be back at Space again, especially on the Terrace. I really hope that we can make it a legendary night that goes into the morning. That would be really awesome. That's what the Terrace is all about. So let's do it!
How do you choose when a night is right for getting into trouble?
Some nights you can't choose. Fate will decide for you.
Are you sometimes kidnapped by the party people?
Yeah. It's usually the nights when you don't expect much. You're like, Oh, OK, whatever, I'm gonna do my set. It's gonna be a good night. I'm gonna play, have one drink, or maybe just split right after my set." And then it turns out to be just bizarre. Just too much fun and you keep hanging out and that's the end of it, really. But sometimes you have those nights when you really think like, OK, tonight's gonna go off, and then it's boring. So it's really hard to tell, honestly. I wish there was some sort of trouble radar.
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Do you ever get used to the life of being a superstar DJ? Is it old hat by now?
I definitely get excited. So many people drive, for example, eight hours to see you. That's just amazing. I'm not the type to do that. Someone doing that for me is just wild. Of course, there's always the crazy traveling and you're tired, and some nights you're not really up for having to play again. But then you get there, you have one quick drink, you get onstage, and the whole crowd is yelling your name. And boom! Off you go.
Sounds like you appreciate your fans a lot.
Some people have followed me ever since the beginning. Some said, "OK, I'm starting to like this Ferry Corsten guy." I can only appreciate it. Because in the end, it's really something that starts in my studio, which is only, like, this three-by-four room. It starts in my head, comes out of my hands, and translates into sound. And that's what it is — nothing more, nothing less. And I start playing that stuff out and it does something with people's lives. And when I'm out and someone comes up to me, like, "I served in Iraq and your music pulled me through." Or, "I was a drug addict, and I started listening to your music and I don't do drugs anymore." It sounds almost too good to be true, but that's stuff I've heard, and it's really cool that my music can do that for people.