We caught up with Ferry Corsten ahead of his return to play at The Gallery arena on day two of SW4! Fresh off the back of releasing his latest masterpiece 'Blueprint' we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us at this year’s festival.
You’re no stranger to playing with us at SW4, you’ve played with us a number of times now, can you tell us a bit about your memories playing the festival?
I’ve always thought it was great, firstly to do a festival which is actually in a city is pretty rare normally you have to drive an hour away into a random field so obviously the fact it’s in the city is cool. The vibe is very good as well!
Did you enjoy your set last time round?
Well it was with Markus Schulz. As you may know, whenever Markus and I play together the set is always very eclectic, there was trance but especially because it was a main stage set at SW4 it had more of a mixture of stuff. I remember playing a Sigma track that we would never usually drop so that’s one memory I have from that set and the response was unbelievable.
This year is a special year for us with the return of The Gallery Arena, a clubbing brand that’s celebrating its 22nd year running and I know you’ve been there from the start, so can you tell us a bit about your connection with The Gallery?
My first Gallery was at Turnmills and what I loved instantly about that night is the raw underground energy, the deeper the better vibe. It was a bit of a change as Ministry always had the Ministry vibe and this was different it was a bit grungier and it was always just a great night and I always loved playing there.
Obviously you were there last month for the launch party of your new album ‘Blueprint’, how was the show?
Yes, London has always been good and you feel it when you play at Gallery. It’s not just the Londoners there are so many different cultures and people there that you always get a very mixed crowd and I felt the purer my trance sets the better the reaction I get. So its always been a good one, that was the first blueprint show and it was an exciting night in that sense too.