The Dutch DJ/producer takes us through collaboration, arrangement, plug-ins and his favourite piano.
Here’s one for the trance heads. Our friends at Point Blank Music School recently played host to Ferry Corsten as he took an engaged audience through a deconstruction of “Rosetta”, a collaboration project with Jordon Suckley.
If you’re a fan of Corsten and Tiësto’s Gouryella project from the ’90s, and you’re looking to understand a more about the songwriting process, then check out the full masterclass here:
And here’s Point Blank with more info on the masterclass:
Point Blank were treated to a visit from legendary trance DJ/producer Ferry Corsten, who joined them while in town for his latest project, Unity. This ambitious musical project has seen Ferry join forces with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, DIM3NSION, Jordan Suckley and Saad Ayub, creating a series of collaborative tracks and translating this into the live arena as part of a worldwide tour.
As an active producer and DJ for the past 20 years and ranking in the top ten DJs in the world on four separate occasions in DJ Mag’s yearly poll, Ferry has a huge amount of expertise to share.
While early chart successes in the ’90s were achieved in solo productions such as “Out of the Blue” (as System F), collaboration has also been a regular feature in Corsten’s career. Having worked with fellow producers including Tiësto (as Gouryella), Chicane and Armin van Buuren – as well as a host of vocalists and songwriters – Ferry is no stranger to the benefits and challenges of musical partnerships. And this is very much the lead topic for discussion in this session as he breaks down recent track “Rosetta”, a remote collaboration with previous PB guest, Jordan Suckley.
The track is part of Ferry’s Unity, which also includes collabs with BT, Alpha 9, Gareth Emery and Marcus Shultz, with part of the project’s proceeds going to VH1’s Save the Music charity initiative. Expect a range of insight in this intimate masterclass session, in which Ferry shares some of his favourite plugins, along with some tips and perspective on composing melody and creating a mood in his tracks, an all-important factor considering its prominence in trance music.