Ferry Corsten talks about his brand new concept album Blueprint
Galactic groover Ferry Corsten has just released his new album, Blueprint on this fine Friday, 26 May 2017.
Imagine what AI can do to make humanity benefit from it?”
Blueprint listens like an audiobook fusing together music production and screenwriting.
Dive into the reality of Lukas and Vee and journey with them as they explore relevant subjects like consciousness, love and the nature of reality.
With the backdrop of electro/trance melodies the story is carried out by The Amazing Spiderman’s Scott Campbell.
We had a brief chat with Ferry Corsten about the new concept album just before release day…
3, 2, 1, blast-off!
Blueprint is a totally ‘out-there’ piece of work! What made you decide to create such a conceptual album?
Ferry Corsten: I have always wanted to do something more than just a music album, so I decided to go for a hybrid between a music album and audio book. It took me about a year and a half to put it all together.
It was definitely a bigger challenge to put all moving pieces in the right place.
Since this project was so heavily based on the story, everything had to answer to that story and make sense which each other, from the storyline itself to the supporting music; to the artwork of each chapter; to the narrative; to the rollout plan.
When and how did your affinity for space and space travel start?
Ferry Corsten: Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been a big sci-fi fan. The interest in the unknown and what lies beyond has always grabbed me. For this project I had a chance to work with both my favourite interests, sci-fi and music. So this was actually a no brainer.
What do you want your listeners to take from Blueprint?
Ferry Corsten: Blueprint is essentially more of a listening experience rather than a collection of banging tracks which you are inclined to produce being a DJ. In this ‘skip-through’ society, I hope to bring back the desire to listen to a piece of music in its entirety and the way the artist had it in mind.
You worked with David H Miller (House of Cards, Rosewood) to write the story board. How did that come about? Any chance of a Blueprint movie?
Ferry Corsten: We met through my manager who happened to know David from a while back. When we got introduced, we hit it right off. Same interests etc. So the story was born pretty soon after we first met.
I did not make this album with the intention of turning it into a movie, but if the opportunity arises, I wouldn’t be against it 😉
The narration along with the tracks fit flawlessly together to tell this intergalactic yet inner-self story. Did you have a clear path regarding the music production?
Ferry Corsten: With many of the tracks, I had a rough idea of where I would want to take them, but there were tracks that just happened as the story and rest of the album grew.
You are embarking on a world tour to play Blueprint. Do you have any plans for your live shows to make Blueprint come even more alive?
Ferry Corsten: Blueprint will definitely go on tour. I have been thinking about using the narrative in the live show but I’m still considered to be a DJ that brings energy to a dancefloor, so focusing on the narrative in its entirety would take away that energy.
I therefore decided to use small parts of the narrative only, and focus on the visuals and the music. Who knows where we will be going with this concept, planetariums, readings. Etc… 😉
Are you for or against AI? Why?
Ferry Corsten: I’m both to be honest. Imagine what AI can do to make humanity benefit from it? As long as it doesn’t take over and starts ruling us.
What’s next for you this year? Will you be focusing on touring and promoting the album or are there any other projects on the horizon?
Ferry Corsten: First things first, and that’s everything Blueprint.
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