VMM Interview with Ferry Corsten’s fourth studio album, WKND -New State/Flashover Recordings
It’s time. The new Ferry Corsten studio album, WKND (New State/Flashover), will be released on the 24th of February 2012. We speak to the Dutch EDM icon, Ferry Corsten here in the VMM to ask him all about the makings of this massive artist album and more…
VMM Q: You have achieved so much over the last 20 years, with so many awards and hits across the world’s dance charts. Can you tell the VMM what ambitions you have for 2012?
FERRY CORSTEN: First on the list is the album release. I am very excited and can’t wait to hear the reactions of everybody about WKND. I will also be hosting a lot more ‘Full On Ferry’ events this year all around the world. Of course, my radio mixshow, Corsten’s Countdown, episode 250 is coming up, as well, which I am very excited about.
VMM Q: “Brute” is a massive track from the WKND album and you made it with Armin van Buuren. What was it like working with your close friend in the studio and will we be hearing more from this dynamic duo in the coming months?
FERRY CORSTEN: Working with Armin was such a blast. I have known Armin for a long time now and I have always seen him as a good friend. The collaboration really came about naturally, and maybe we can make something happen again in the future.
VMM Q: We see from the tracklist you have also teamed up with a number of vocalists on the WKND album. What sort of vocal do you look for when choosing a voice for a Ferry Corsten track?
FERRY CORSTEN: It just has to have a certain sound to it which I like. It just has to complete the total picture of a track. For WKND, I had lyrics with a positive vibe in mind and all of the vocalists I worked with delivered. I really fell in love with all of the vocals on WKND and they add a lot to all of the tracks, making them complete.
VMM Q: Do you get attached to the tracks you write, and what is your most treasured track from the new WKND album?
FERRY CORSTEN: I think my favorite track is, “Ain’t No Stoppin’” ft Ben Hague, or “Live Forever” ft Aruna, or “Not Coming Down” ft Betsie Larkin, or, “Take Me,” or….or….. I can’t choose, I really can’t.
VMM Q: This year marks 20 years of your making music and as one of the world’s biggest names and icons in the electronic dance music scene. How has your life changed since you began making your first waves in the industry?
FERRY CORSTEN: When I first started making music, I always did it as a hobby and I never thought it would explode as it did. Now I am traveling around the world, meeting so many people and making my fans smile with my music. I’ve become a father, got married. It has just been an amazing ride!
VMM Q: The WKND tour is kicking off and you will be hitting a host of amazing venues and cities in the next three months. Can you tell the VMM how you keep your energy up and your performances fresh as you travel across the world?
FERRY CORSTEN: Actually, it’s kicking off in Phoenix, Arizona, in the U.S., on February 22nd and I’ll be touring longer than three months. With ‘Full On Ferry,’ we’re planning a world tour and will have a WKND showcase included in the ‘Full On Ferry’ shows. It might sound corny, but I really get my energy from the crowd I play for.
VMM Thanks Ferry Corsten for speaking to us about what’s happening with his music in 2012 and sure “the amazing ride” as he said will keep going for many years to come. Dont forget to check out the tour dates below and catch Ferry Corsten LIVE a round the world in 2012!
Ferry Corsten WKND album tracklist:
01. Ferry Corsten ft Ellie Lawson – “A Day Without Rain”
02. Ferry Corsten – “Feel It”
03. Ferry Corsten ft Ben Hague – “Ain’t No Stoppin’”
04. Ferry Corsten – “Don’t Be Afraid”
05. Ferry Corsten ft Betsie Larkin – “Not Coming Down”
06. Ferry Corsten vs Armin van Buuren – “Brute”
07. Ferry Corsten ft Aruna – “Live Forever”
08. Ferry Corsten ft Sarah Bettens – “Let You Go”
09. Ferry Corsten – “Check It Out”
10. Ferry Corsten ft Duane Harden – “Love Will”
11. Ferry Corsten ft Jes – “In Your Eyes”
12. Ferry Corsten ft Pierre In The Air & Amba Shepherd – “Walk On Air”
13. Ferry Corsten – “Take Me”
14. Ferry Corsten – “WKND”
15. Ferry Corsten – “Sunday” (iTunes bonus track)
Check out full tour dates:
February 22 Wild Knight Phoenix, AZ – USA
February 23 Beta Nightclub Denver, CO – USA
February 24 Marquee Las Vegas, NV – USA
February 25 Avalon Los Angeles, CA – USA
February 26 Ruby Skye San Francisco, CA – USA
March 3 Cream (early) Liverpool, UK
March 3 Passion (late) Coalville, UK
March 8 Next Club Tel Aviv, Israel
March 9 NRG Chisinau, Moldova
March 10 Matrixx Nijmegen, The Netherlands
March 16 Monday Bar Spring Break Cruise Sweden, Finland
March 17 Godskitchen @ Air Birmingham, UK
March 23 Ultra Music Festival Miami, FL – USA
March 31 “A State Of Trance 550” Den Bosch, The Netherlands
April 5 20 Years of Radio FG Paris, France
April 11 “Corsten’s Countdown episode 250 USA
April 12-14 TBA USA
April 19-21 TBA India
April 27 The Gallery 17th Birthday London, UK
April 28 “Full On Ferry” Glasgow, Scotland
April 30 Mayday Dortmund, Germany
For more information, visit ferrycorsten.com