Lunar Lunes: Ferry Corsten and Gabriel & Dresden link for ‘I Am You,’ graves and High Zombie reveal ‘Ghosts’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Ferry Corsten and Gabriel & Dresden link for ‘I Am You,’ graves and High Zombie reveal ‘Ghosts’ + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Looking back on 24 years of ADE with Ferry Corsten [PLAYLIST & Q&A]

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Looking back on 24 years of ADE with Ferry Corsten [PLAYLIST & Q&A]Ferry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

For more than 20 years, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has brought tastemakers from across the industry to The Netherlands for an experience that manages to be half conference, half festival, and all-encompassing. This year, ADE is said to have brought over 2,500 artists from around the world, satisfying fans across the spectrum with events ranging from Monstercat showcases to Berghain-inspired techno parties. Anyone who’s been is bound to have their own ADE story, but very few are able to share the seasoned perspective of Dutch icon, Ferry Corsten, who, over the course of his illustrious career, has had the opportunity of watching the event grow from his Rotterdam-based studio.

We had the opportunity to go one-on-one with Corsten to talk ADE memories, advice for newcomers, and how to stay motivated after so many years on top. Press play on the trance legend’s Day/Night themed ADE playlist and dive in.

So to start, what was the first concert that you ever went to? How much of an impact, if any, do you think that had on the trajectory of your life?

I can’t really remember at this point what first concert I went to, but I remember when I was younger going to a club in Rotterdam called Tomorrowland. It was the first real club that I went to as a young teenager and it blew my mind. I had always been into music but the combination of clubbing and seeing dance music played in a setting was mind-blowing. I think I got more hooked into making music after that.

You released ‘Looking Forward’ right around when ADE first started. Looking forward from 1996, could you ever picture the event becoming what it is today? Where do you see ADE in another 20 years?

I think that ADE is an amazing event and I applaud Richard [Zijlma] and all the guys there how they have made it into the success of what it has become. As to what ADE will be in the future, I think that just has it has evolved itself over the years, it will continue to offer the demands of what dance music will require in the future: in terms of technological developments, and trends. Nowadays, the pace of music and technology is moving a lot faster than it did many years back. ADE has over the years managed to anticipate this and I don’t see why they will not be able to continue doing this in the future.

How has your process of writing a song changed from ‘Looking Forward’ to now? 

I still continue to start working from a melody line. As a music producer that has always been my start and I continue further from there.

I’ve heard a bit of controversy between the two, and figure you can chime in on this one, Rotterdam or Amsterdam?

Rotterdam all the way! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a history freak and I love what Amsterdam has to offer in terms of its history and the charm that comes with it. It’s a beautiful vibrant city and is known all over the world not only because of its picturesque setting but also because of what it has to offer in terms of business and pleasure as well. Having said that, Rotterdam as well has its own history that over the years have had a lot of impact to the world. It’s always been known as a “modern” city due to its architecture but recently I think it has become more exciting as there are more foreigners moving in and it has started developing its own style that is unique to the country and really hip!

“Punk” is a track that has stuck with us for ages. In an industry that is so flavor of the week, where releases come and go so quickly, what allows certain tunes to have that timeless edge to them? Is it more about innovating and presenting something new or sharpening your tools and striking at the right time?

I think it’s a combination of both, but in the case of “Punk” it’s just a damn catchy melody!

Many producers and DJs get burnt out on the industry after just a few years, both mentally and physically. The sense that we get is that music ends up feeling much more like work than play, and it kind of drains their passion. How do you think you’ve kept yourself so mentally in the game and creative for so many years?

I think to begin with I would like to think that I am very balanced person. To be in this industry you have to have a good sense of who you are and not “believe in the hype.” Sometimes it is good to say “No” and not say “Yes” all the time. Over the years, I’ve learned to create a certain structure in my life regardless of where I am, so it becomes easier to adapt wherever I go. For example, I make sure before I go to any event that I mentally prepare myself, have a specific ritual so it is easier to for me to “get” in the flow. I am also lucky that I have a team around and family that keep me grounded. You can go to a huge festival or packed club and feel like the king…only to go home and realize that you still have to clean up after your kids or help out doing odds and ends. It’s a crazy spectrum yet it somehow keeps you sane.

What advice would you give to those experiencing ADE for the first time?

ADE is an amazing experience as it allows you to cover so many facets in the scene. You can go to various workshops to hone your craft, talk to various labels, management, and agencies and get a foot in the door, or just talk to colleagues and other artists you look up to and talk shop. Don’t forget to try and meet the people you have been talking to online face to face. It’s always nice to physically meet someone and get to know them better.

Do you have a personal favorite ADE memory?

I have loads of great ADE memories over the years, but there was one time when I had a show with Paul van Dyk at a club and about an hour beforehand my wife had an accident and ended up having to go to the hospital. My agent at that time took her as I was going to play soon, only to realize once he had arrived, he had all my music! Thankfully he got back in time so all was well, but it was a pretty stressful evening to say the least!

When was the last time that you played a Moonman track live? Any chance we will hear some at ADE?

I’ve actually started playing the Moonman track live in my sets recently since the beginning of this summer when I released a rework of ‘Galaxia’ together with Kristian Nairn. I’ll definitely be playing it during ADE. It’s been a crowd favourite.

There’s no doubt that ADE represents the Dutch music scene on the global stage. As someone who grew up in the Dutch club world, is it a fair representation of the culture’s nightlife?

I think what ADE represents at this point has become more than representing the Dutch music scene. ADE has become a hub for the international scene. The Dutch music scene has given the world a platform to do all this. Obviously, this would have not been possible if the Dutch music scene was the forerunner of all this, but it’s amazing how we have managed to embrace this and everyone internationally to come together during this special week.

Thanks so much for your time Ferry, it’s a real honor to get to pick your brain a bit.

Thanks for the interview!

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Ferry Corsten and BT kick off this week’s hottest songs with the release of their hefty new collaboration, “1997,” and Gorgon City take on Local Dialect in a slow-burning remix of “Poseidon.” Sub Focus thrills on a drum ‘n’ bass take on Bring Me The Horizon’s “mother tongue,” and Kaskade and Meghan Trainor join forces on “With You.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Need You Now,” and Yellow Claw and Galantis keep things light and breezy on “We Can Get High.” Tiësto has remixed the late Avicii’s “Tough Love,” and Ducky makes a Deadbeats appearance with “Addicted to Your Distance.” Jason Ross brings an even more emotive atmosphere to Gryffin and SLANDER’s “All You Need To Know,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge follow their recent LP with “Never Before.” Kygo teams up with Store P and Lars Vaular on “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” and Fox Stevenson continues his slew of 2019 releases with “Killjoy.” Gallant serenades smoothly on “Sharpest Edges,” and Matoma links with MNEK and Kiana Ledé on “Bruised Not Broken.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Tame Impala returns, JOYRYDE teams up with GOLD, Gorgon City deliver ‘Delicious’ + moreJOYRYDE Photo Credit Koury Angelo

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Tame Impala returns for the first release since 2015’s Currents with the appropriately titled “Patience.” JOYRYDE continues to show 2019 is his year with the release of “YUCK” with GOLD, and Dabin reveals his sophomore album, Wild Youth, featuring tracks like “Home” with Essenger. Gorgon City deliver the tasty “Delicious,” and Illenium teams up with Kameron Alexander for the soulful “Pray.” Tiësto kicks off NMF with a bouncy big room number, “Can You Feel It,” and Blasterjaxx tap Jack Wilby for “Super Friends.” DJ Snake and Eptic take us to the “SouthSide” with their new bass-heavy collaboration, and Kölsch and Sasha deliver a meditative joint effort, “The Lights.” Zedd reveals a remix pack for “365” and Whipped Cream warps listeners’ eardrums on “Time.” Delta Heavy and Muzzy join forces for s hefty drum & bass tune, “Revenge.” Sofi Tukker paint a relaxing soundscape in “Fantasy,” and Lost Kings unveil a remix pack for “Don’t Kill My High,” which includes a rock-inspired take from Sullivan King. SNBRN gets ready for warm weather with “Feel My Love” and Maya Jane Coles takes on Hozier in her latest remix.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Insomniac fills out robust 2018 EDC week with over 25 artists and 14 new shows

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Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment. 

In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.

Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.

Ferry Corsten and Paul Oakenfold team up for long-overdue inaugural collaboration

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Paul Oakenfold and Ferry Corsten are two mainstays that have pioneered the trance industry to where it is today. Though the two have never collaborated, a new Corsten initiative called UNITY has finally brought about a collaborative single called “A Slice of Heaven.”

Corsten created UNITY to bring together producers to collaborate for something bigger than themselves. With “A Slice of Heaven,” he and Oakenfold have partnered with VH1’s Save The Music Foundation to add support to the organization’s Music Tech Grant program, which to date has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments and equipment to more than 2,000 public schools across the USA.

Music has always been a release for me and dance music, especially trance, has always had a sense of community attached to it. Through UNITY, my aim is to bring together all of these people I have worked alongside through the years to create a project that reinforces that sense of being united and give young people the chance to make their own way in music.” -Corsten

Their track, “A Slice of Heaven,” features propelling trance synths and beautiful vocal breaks. Oakenfold commented on the long-overdue collaboration in an official statement about the track.

“Myself and Ferry have long spoken about getting together to work on music, and with the benefits of providing children with more opportunities to be educated through music, it was a no-brainer to finally make it happen.” -Oakenfold

The track is out now on both Flashover and Perfecto Recordings.

Premiere: Ferry Corsten & Eric Lumiere – Something To Believe In (Saad Ayub Remix)

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In a new remix coming out Jan. 19 on Flashover Recordings, Ferry Corsten and Eric Lumiere‘s “Something To Believe In” gets a gorgeous reworking from Canadian producer Saad Ayub.

Ayub classifies his interpretation of trance as “combining the light and dark sides of the genre,” something the listener sees showcased in this remix for Corsten and Lumiere. In the nearly six-minute rework of “Something To Believe In,” Ayub takes the listener on a journey through a transcendent soundscape, led by Lumiere’s emotive vocals. Dancing synths carry the melody and solidify the track’s trance classification with a dance floor-ready bass line. It’s a mesmerizing interpretation of Corsten and Lumiere’s 2017 track.

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Alpha 9 – You and I

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Arty released the majority of his music in 2017 under his Alpha 9 trance moniker, and it is looking like a similar start for his 2018 releases. The Russian icon is back with a touching new release titled “You and I.”

The groovy and upbeat introduction of the song borders on commercial pop, but immediately gives way into mystical, trance-inspired progression. “You and I” sends the listener into another world with its beautiful melodies that ebb and flow in and out of the commercial backdrop.

Alpha 9’s next show is at Exchange in LA with trance legend Ferry Corsten.

 

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Ferry Corsten – Lonely Inside (Extended Ferry Fix)

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Earlier this year, Ferry Corsten released hit track “Lonely Inside” as part of his Blueprint album release. The Dutch producer has now released his extended ‘Ferry Fix’ of the track, lengthening it with more sci-fi sonic additions to the release.

A mysterious trance opening propels the song forward for the first two minutes of “Lonely Inside,” giving the resonating chords a very terrestrial feel. The crux of the track comes when the melodic trance chords hit a high-pitched synth progression, making the track perfect backdrop to any trance festival set.

Corsten’s Blueprint has been regarded as one of the best albums of 2017 by many critics.

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