"I hate the fact that the scene has become so expected"
Experienced trance legend Ferry Corsten returns to Dubai at Eden Beach Club on March 26. Sam Moult caught up with him to talk music, summer and being on the road
YOU HAVE A NEW EP OUT CALLED ‘HELLO WORLD’. WILL THIS BE DEVELOPED INTO A FULL ALBUM IN THE FUTURE?
The idea behind the eP was to find something in between a single and a full album. With either a single or an album you release it, tour for a bit and then it doesn’t stay relevant for very long. With an eP you can release a few songs and then release another eP later on. Hello World Part 2 is scheduled for this summer and Part 3 in november. This way, I get to release tracks regularly and they stay on the radar a lot longer. Part 1 is made up of 5 new tracks and 2 remixes of older classics.
WITH SUMMER APPROACHING US FAST, ARE THERE ANY THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR?
This summer we are back in Ibiza for another series of ‘ Full On’ shows. last year we did 16 weeks, this year we are going up to 1 so it’s going to be a long summer in Ibiza. This year it’s going to be a bit better though because I will spend a bit more time on location with my family rather than just flying in to the island and then leaving again the following day.
YOUR FULL ON SHOWS HAVE REALLY GOT A UNIQUE FEEL TO THEM. WHAT IS THE IDEA BEHIND THIS?
With Full On shows it is always about giving the audience a mix of genres that they might not always encounter. It isn’t limited to trance. We’ve had Audien, Bass Jackers, Adrian lux and many more guys on the line- ups that really give the events a different feel to them. I hate the fact that the scene has become so expected and it is these shows that bring the unexpected element back.
NEW WORLD PUNX WITH MARKUS SCHULZ STARTED IN 2013 AND HAS BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL SENSATION. HOW DO YOU FEEL WORKING WITH MARKUS?
Markus and I have so much fun, whether it’s in the studio or on the road. We’ve known each other for a long time and it is great to work with someone like Markus. I have never met anyone with so much passion and drive for music as him. It’s also nice to perform as New World Punx because when we are solo our fans hold us to a certain sound, but as a duo we can really expand our sound and move across a wide spectrum of music.
YOU ARE RETURNING BACK TO DUBAI TO EDEN BEACH CLUB. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THIS UPCOMING GIG?
I saw some pictures from Steve Aoki’s show there earlier and the crowd looked great. It seems to be a very good venue. Although I won’t be throwing any cakes, I know that Dubai has a good trance community through Trance Family UAe so I am sure that there will be plenty of fans in the crowd so I will play a mix of classics and newer tunes.
Eden Black featuring Ferry Corsten, Thursday March 26, Eden
Beach Club, 9pm-3am. Ladies free, men Dhs200.