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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.
How do you choose when a night is right for getting into trouble?
Some nights you can't choose. Fate will decide for you.
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. -- Kat Bein