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DJ Speak: DJ Ferry Corsten
Mumbai city rocked to the beats of Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten last month, as part of the Smirnoff Bar 21 initiative. This 32-year-old has been working in the industry for an impressive 17 years and as a producer has made remixes of music by world famous artists, like U2, Duran Duran, Faithless and Moby, to name a few. He juggles touring worldwide and releasing his own music album and finds time to talk to us in the middle of the mayhem. Here he is, in this monthís DJ Speak.

The Record: Welcome to India. Is this your first time here?
Ferry Corsten: Yes, and playing here was a good opportunity to come to India for the first time.

TR: When did you start DJing?
FC: When I was at school, I was studying to be an electrical engineer and doing music as a hobby. I gave myself some time off after school to explore music, and it worked out.

TR: Who were your early inspirations?
FC: More than any one artist, my early inspiration was the whole movement of 80s music. I grew up in the 80s listening to music, early hip-hop, also dance artists like Depeche Mode. More importantly, that was the time when I started to understand music. That was the time I started to figure out what I liked and didnít like. The stuff that I liked was the music that somehow I did not find in the Top 40. It was underground music and there was one radio station that was playing the latest dance music from the United States and Germany and people could send in mixes and I wanted to do that too. Thatís how I started.

TR: What is your most prized record?
FC: Thatís a good question! Letís see, thereís quite a few actually, but one that brings a lot of memories back is M|A|R|R|S with Pump Up The Volume ~ reminds me of my school days.

TR: Where do you source music from?
FC: Back in the days we used to go to local record stores but those things have changed now really. I do shop but also luckily for me, the position that Iím in, I get a lot of promotional material sent over by record labels. I hear some good stuff that way.

You can read the rest of our feature DJ Speak: DJ Ferry Corsten in the April 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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