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A Sit Down With DJ Ferry Tayle

07:32 Oct/20/2017

Hailing from Strasbourg, France, Ferry Tayle‘s history in music didn’t start out in the trance genre. Jazz was the first style of music he took up and at the young age of seven he learned to play the saxophone, which he went on to play for many years. It wasn’t until he discovered Jean-Michel Jarre that the passion for electronic music grew, and with the new millennium on the horizon, it was the perfect time for him to enter the electronic music world.

There are a few underrated Trance producers that are surprisingly not as popular as you would think. One such producer is Ferry Tayle — a lot of people were excited to have him play here New York recently and it took a fair time publicly sharing the desire for it for anyone to meet the demand. So this month USTM is proud to let you know a little more about Ferry Tayle and why you may want to know about his music!

His synth stabs tend to twinkle the average styles, and he seems to enjoy holding the emotional breakdown out as long as he can before the drop. His tracks seem to have a little more of a groove to them — it could be the shuffling of his bassline notes, the decision to add small house-like stabs during a rolling bassline intro, or something else entirely. Something is there that is just a little different, and people respond to it.


"I really try to tell a story every time i produce a track".


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What kind of music did you grow up with?

I grew up with Jazz. I started to play the saxophone at the age of 6 and that was my main instrument for a couple of years. The feelings in Jazz are very close to those in trance. It’s all about emotions. In Jazz, you are free to play a track the way you feel it. That’s why, even the biggest hits can be reworked with your own feelings, without being too far from the main theme. There are less restrictions in Jazz.

How did you get the nickname, “The Wizard”?

Ferry Tayle – In 2010, I played at the famous Trance Energy and ID&T (the promoter) called me the french Wizard. I kept the idea and worked around this.
You discovered jazz at an early age and was inspired by the music of Jean-Michel Jarre's. What is it with his music that has always stuck with you?

Well, jazz brought me the way to understand & feel the pure emotion, because for me, there is no better style than this one for feeling the real emotion, the deepest one. After that, I felt in love with the creativity you can have with the electronic music. The only limit, it’s yourself.

How best would you describe the sounds on the album? Is it something that a “Ferry Tayle” fan would identify himself with immediately?

Ferry Tayle – As I said above, it’s a full story, and I tried to cover all trance genres, from progressive to euphoric uplifting tracks, through some downtempo & orchestral/cinematic feelings. I just tried to do what I love.

Are you a fan of Armin Van Buuren and do you feel it is deserved that he is the most popular trance DJ around?

I’m a fan of Armin and respect him. I had the chance to meet him at a State Of Trance 550 in Moscow and he is very nice guy. He is a workaholic and deserves to be the world N°1 DJ for the 5th time. He does a lot for the scene even if a lot blame him for the changes. We should all respect him for what he did & still does for us. Without him, I wouldn’t be here in my career. He supports a lot of my tracks and through his show, my name is seen all over the world. In a way, he helped build my career.

When was the first time that you heard about the legendary Technoclub? What does the Technoclub mean to the EDM fans in France?
When I was young, one of my friend gave me a technoclub compilation. It was the first time I heard about it. After I saw many events with so great line up. I never expected to play there one day. In France, Technoclub is mainly known on the other side of the Rhein.. unfortunately not everywhere in France.

Both in terms of producers and scene, trance in France is famously scarce. Are there any nights over there that you think buck this trend?

I’m the only one in France now to organize trance parties. We already hosted it for Sean Tyas, Darren Porter, Talla 2XLC, Aly & Fila, Sam Mitcham, Jorn Van Deynhoven, Ruben De Ronde and soon John O Callaghan. I think our project is growing and I’m thankful to the people who are supporting us more & more.

The trance scene is very limited in Germany as is it is in France. Is it the techno and House scene in France that limits the trance scene to grow?

Well, in France it’s worst than Germany…Trance is close to 0 ! A lot of French even don’t know that I’m French !!! and I have never some gigs here ! House is the main stream in France definitely thanks to David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Martin Solveig. It’s hard for the trance scene to grow up, but it’s a good things for the French people because they start to open their eyes about the DJing scene & the electronic scene in general. Before David Guetta, French people always had a bad opinion about electronic music, even with monster like Daft Punk or Jean Michel Jarre.

What does Electronic Dance Music mean to you?

To me, music is a Universal langage. It’s a story inspired by others, by what surrounds me. I’m the writer, the public is my words. I try to communicate somerhing deep and close to my fans, to show my emotions and my sensibility through my music.

What do you do away from music to relax?

I try to spend a lot of time & chill with my girlfriend, family & friends…I have a chance to be surrounded by a great "team" that help me to stay on Earth & escape sometimes from the Music Biz pressure. They are definitely a big part of my current success even if they are in the shadow.

Who is the most inspirational person in your life?

I am called “The Wizard” by a lot of people, that means that the golden rule is to never share the trick. I will keep it to myself as well the person who is my inspiration source. She knows who she is.
What are your hobbies?

Sports when I have time, video games, spending time with my family & friends, because between my job & music, it’s hard to manage everything.

The Moment in Career that you are most proud of ?

Absolutely the rebirth of Capetown, which was created in 2002-2003. I was happy that Airwave proposed to me to give Capetown another chance together. The first track we made, Proglifter was a Future Favorite on ASOT - it was one of the best tracks of 2006, and the story continued in 2007, with Metaphoric.


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