Published Feb 01, 2000Trance DJ Ferry Corsten has worked under many names, including System F, Moonman and Pulp Victim. The Dutch DJ now records under his own name, for his own label, Tsunami.
Food: Japanese, Italian, Chinese. Lifestyle: Working out, Working hard. TV: Discovery Channel, National Geographic, CNN.
Mind-altering work of art:
Vangelis Blade Runner still one of my favourite albums.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Last year's edition of Dance Valley Amsterdam. 90,000 people in total, 30,000 people at main stage where I played.
What has been your career high and low?
High: The aftermath of System F "Out of the Blue."
Low: So far so good.
What should everyone shut up about?
Slagging off other people or other types of music.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for?
To help kids of third world countries (i.e. this year's World DJ Day in Europe).
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
Being stubborn. It helps me in pursuing what I really want. On the other hand, it gives my girlfriend a real headache.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
When I think of Canada I think?
Maple leaves, lakes, forest, and mountains....the Guvernment in Toronto.
What is your vital daily ritual?
Working in my studio.
How do you spoil yourself?
Good food, good wine, and when I really want to...new equipment.
What was your most memorable day job?
Working for a record company in Germany. I quit after a month.
If I wasn't playing music I would be?
An electrical engineer.
What is your greatest fear?
Having my studio stolen and losing my girlfriend.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
The power to give everybody a natural high.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
A bottle of champagne.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
No difference for me. When I have good sex, I hear music. Good music makes me think of sex. Music is a very sexy thing.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
Suddenly having Bono on the telephone to talk about my remix for their tune "New Year's Day."
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Neil Armstrong. My special codfish pesto pasta.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
The same thing. She loves what I do.