The supergroup’s Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz don’t have time for trance’s rainbows and unicorns. They just want to rage.
Last November, in between sold out gigs at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom and Los Angeles’ Palladium, the trance superstars of New World Punx -- Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz -- set up a makeshift studio inside their Hollywood hotel rooms.
“The housekeeping people freaked out when they walked in,” Schulz admits. “There were speakers everywhere.”
Those familiar with the work of Corsten and Schulz individually might have also freaked out when they first heard New World Punx -- a brattish and aggro side project for two artists known for their lush and sweeping trance catalog. That kind of jolt to the senses is no accident.
The explosion of sound from New World Punx’s Thanksgiving-eve show was captured for the video for their tune “Romper.” Watch the premiere here:
“We have our loyal trance fans and we’ll never abandon them,” says Schulz. “Trance fans are the most loyal fans in the world. But at the same time it’s like, we’re out to prove that trance doesn’t have to be rainbows and unicorns. It can be fun and not just so serious. For a while it got too serious. There were too many love songs.”
“Too many rules,” Corsten continues. “I will never let myself be imprisoned (by that). It is still trance but it’s aggressive, it’s driving and energetic.
“Every now and then you just want to rip off your shirt and go fist pumping,” adds Schulz, somewhat jokingly.
Shirtlessness aside, Corsten and Schulz are both keenly aware of their fans, what they want and how far they can be pushed into new musical territories. They attribute this to their careers as DJs, where they vigilantly read a crowd while performing, and a finely tuned instinct for trends and changes in the scene.
“I’m sick and tired of hearing the word ‘drop,’” says Corsten. “Let’s be done with the drop and drop it.”