A Sit Down With DJ New World Punx
New World Punx have taken the trance world by storm. However, their takeover of trance is no surprise, as the duo consists of two of the genre's legends, Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten. At EDC Las Vegas, the superduo played the second-to-last main stage set of the entire festival, and the mind-blowing set made it clear that trance fans should never miss a live New World Punx show. The performance happened nearly three weeks ago, yet the trance family is still buzzing about it.
"One of the cool things is when you look out at the audience and you know theyre experiencing something for the first time. This is the first time theyre seeing a production like this. You just see it in peoples eyes and its really exciting."
As a duo, how difficult is it to juggle your individual careers with your collaborative ones?
I think its easy because we both came together with the same concept and ideas in mind. New World Punx is a fresh way to express ourselves artistically as a new name but one on one, Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz are two different artistes.
What is the production process like for you two?
Around 90% of it is done remotely, because of our own respective careers and tour schedules. We will bounce projects back and forth and work on the mixdowns together when we are in the same room, either at Ferrys place in Rotterdam or at Markus studio in Miami. Its great to have technology and communication means so advanced, because if either of us have an idea, we can fire up Skype and start the creative process.
Were curious to know, who does most of the mixing when you perform live?
We both do! New World Punx is a team effort and we both prepare for our sets and have a blast taking turns at each record but if Markus needs to mix in a second track for the flow of the set (or me for that matter) then so be it.
Name a festival you would consider attending alone. Tell us why.
Tomorrowland theres so much to see.
Now Hammerstein is an amazing venue. What is your favorite venue in NYC, not including the legendary MSG?
Weve done Pacha! Markus Schulz: My favorite venue would be Webster Hall.
So the last time you guys played in New York was at MSG (madison square garden), which was probably a legendary experience. How do you guys feel about such an achievement?
MSG is something every artist dreams of playing at. It was crazy and amazing to play at this amazing venue where legends have played. It is something that we just needed to.
Two years ago, you captivated the trance community by spinning a B2B set at Tao Beach during EDC weekend. Now you're playing the mainstage at EDC. How does it feel for the New World Punx project to be so well received by fans?
Its incredible to be honest. And the reason it has been so well received is that the New World Punx concept has grown organically. It started with the two of us just happening to be on the same lineups at clubs and events; and because of our friendship and eagerness to entertain the fans beyond their expectations, the improvised back to back sessions began from there. You mentioned the TAO Beach show; that was definitely one of the fundamental building blocks which lead NWP to become what it is. So to think that two years on from that Sunday afternoon, that wed be on the mainstage at EDC, is pretty awesome.
What is your ultimate vision for New World Punx?
We just want the project to steadily grow and hope that more fans around the world embrace it. Our shows last fall were a barometer to assess how things were going, by moving to bigger venues in the bigger cities. Hopefully we will get to do the same again, and if we keep on growing, then one day take it to the arenas. But the ultimate goal is simply to have fun and entertain.
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