Corsten has been an influential figure in dance music throughout the past decade and then some, starting in Holland, and working with fellow global DJs like Tiesto and Benny Benassi at the start of the millenium, when dance music was slowly coming into mainstream consciousness in America.
Up On the Sun caught-up with the DJ this weekend, right after he landed in Las Vegas. Up on the Sun: You'll be in Arizona next week, do you remember the last time you were here?
Ferry Corsten: Yeah, I can't remember the name of the club. But it was across from where I'm going to play this time. I remember it because it was the closing night of that club, and they said like, "Next time, ya know, you'll play at the Maya. That's being built right now." I can't remember the name of the club.
Yeah, I think I know which one you're talking about, was it Axis-Radius?
Yeah, that's the one.
Does anything stand out for you about Arizona? Any memories?
Well I've got a few friends from Arizona, and, ya know; we always hang out there. We always go to the best sushi in the world, in the middle of the desert! They always take me there before I go on, it's Sushi Roku or something, is that right?
Nice, that's really strange that you mentioned Sushi Roku, because I interviewed Paul Oakenfold about a year ago and he said that, too. Now I'm thinking, "Do they have a set-up with you guys, with free meals or something?" [Laughs.] It's almost like standard DJ dinner, "What do I want to eat, sushi, I'll go the sushi place." [Laughs] So no endorsement deal in place.
I've heard you're really into snowboarding, is that true?
Yeah, I love it.
So what do you listen when you ride? I have a lot of friends who are really into it and they seem to always have specific style of music they have to tune into when they do it.
I don't think so. Honestly, for me. It's quite the opposite. I actually do not listen to any music, because I love the sound of my board carving in the snow. Ya know, I listen to music all year. So when I'm in the mountains, I love the quiet, I don't want any music.
Get away from the bass.
Yeah, exactly. If there would be music it would be very chill-out stuff instead of the music you would expect with snowboarding. It's more like rock or drum-and-bass, or stuff like that. That is what I would be listening to, if I would be listening to music. Would be drum-and-bass for sure.