Ferry Corsten is a man responsible changing my life with his music. He's a prominent leader within dance music, especially trance, as he's continued to pioneer with songs and albums that seem to go where few dare to venture. His latest album, 'Blueprint', is by far the most risky and also rewarding album he's done yet, and after a listen through, you'll hear why.
I had the opportunity to talk with Ferry to try and understand where this album came from, where he garnered inspiration to create such an iconic album as 'Blueprint'. If you've listened, then you'll know it is a combination of both music and narration, which is not quite something you hear everyday in a record:
"To do something like 'Blueprint' has always been on my mind. I've always wanted to create something more than a music album. The thing is, I never knew where to start. As a little kid I grew up watching sci-fi movies like Star Wars that infatuated me. My dad also owned double vinyl of Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds' that I found myself listening to over and over again. It was very visual and just stuck with me."
After a conversation late one night with his dad just a couple years ago, Ferry once again explained his desire to create an album such as 'Blueprint', but also noting he felt a lack of direction, until his father recommended him simply to "make it happen." He could do it. These simple yet spurring words of encouragement seemed sparked the flame that led Ferry to begin creating ideas towards this project. A sort of musical audiobook.
It wasn't long after when his manager reached out to him, letting him know that and old classmate of his, the noteworthy David H Miller (House Of Cards, Rosewood Fame) wanted to collaborate and help write the storyline to Ferry's vision. The two met and the rest is history:
"It was an instant click between David and I. This was new terrain for each of us. He asked me to let me put something on paper and after reading some ideas of his, I began writing demos. From there, I began writing with some talented artist featured on the album (Eric Lumiere, Haliene). Once i had the lyrics all done, I knew exactly where they belong in the story. It was so exciting!"
During our interview, Ferry mentioned something about 'Blueprint' that stuck with me. This wasn't an album of quick hits or something made just to be radio friendly. Rather, this album was what he called a "labor of love." Countless hours, weeks, and months went into the production of this grandiose album, all of which is very evident as you listen through each track. From the exhilarating narrative provided by Campbell Scott (known for The Amazing Spiderman) to a flawless arrangement from start to finish, I would say Ferry Corsten struck gold with 'Blueprint'.
Listen to 'Blueprint' below and grab the full album here!
Written by Peter McGuire.
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