Dutch superstar trance DJ Ferry Corsten has been serving up tasty, pulse-racing beats for more than 20 years, and is now a perennial Top 20 fixture in DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJ Poll, peaking at No. 5 in 2005. He's famous for several dance anthems, including "Out of the Blue" (released under the alias System F), and his epic remixes of "Madagascar," William Orbit's "Adagio For Strings," U2's "New Year's Day" and, ahem, Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me." Check out his radio shows Corsten's Countdown and Ferry's Fix, and don't miss his set Saturday, Oct. 13 at Space (34 NE 11th St., Miami). Corsten talked to Miami.com about the show, plus that magical Bieber appeal.
What can we expect from your set?
As always, I want to bring lots of energy to the crowd. So, I’ll be playing loads of new tracks, and specifically the latest tracks and remixes from my artist album, "WKND," including my collaboration with Betsie Larkin called “Not Coming Down.”
What inspired you to remix Justin Bieber?
When the record label approached me with a request to remix “As Long as You Love Me,” I listened to the original track and thought it was quite an interesting direction that Bieber had taken with his new single. It inspired me to make a more dance-y but still radio-friendly remix that still kept the original vibe and yet had the Corsten touch to it.
Your sound is most commonly described as trance - what other styles do you bring to the mix?
I usually swing between electro-house and trance, and I combine all those elements in my DJ set.
What are your internationally broadcast radio shows, Corsten's Countdown and Ferry's Fix, like?
Corsten’s Countdown is an interactive weekly chart show where I present the latest tracks and let the listeners decide what the top three tracks will be for the week. Ferry’s Fix, however, is a monthly DJ mix where I mix the latest music.
Do you have plans yet for Winter Music Conference?
I’m still working it out.
What do you think of Miami?
Miami is a great scene! It’s a real melting pot where people from all around the globe come together. It always has an energetic crowd. Therefore, I always like playing in Miami.
Ferry Corsten plays Thursday night at Space and makes an in-store appearance Friday at FYE on South Beach.