New World Punx Take Over Trance Music [Interview]
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. EDM.com had the opportunity to speak with Schulz and Corsten about the performance and the long-term vision for their popular side project. Take a look at what the two stars had to say below!
(MW = Mike Walkusky of EDM.com; NWP = Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten of New World Punx)
MW: 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?
NWP: It’s 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 we’d be on the mainstage at EDC, is pretty awesome.
MW: What were your emotions while playing on the mainstage at EDC on the last day?
NWP: It was liberating yet nervy at the same time. If you tried to pinpoint the explosion of electronic music across North America over the past 5 years, the one instance that proved crucial was when EDC moved to Las Vegas and held it at the motor speedway for the first time in 2011.
And it worked.
We both played on that occasion and said that this was the moment where the new generation had not only arrived, they were coming to take over everything.
MW: You recently posted that a follow up to "Romper" is in the works. What's the status on the follow up?
NWP: It’s still ongoing. We did also do a remake of the old Speedy J track called Pullover, which people can download for free at the NWP soundcloud page. We gave a brand new one a test run during the recent EDC gigs, so more to come towards the tail end of summer.
MW: Aside from your "Romper" follow up, what are you two working on?
NWP: Markus is keeping as busy as ever as his Scream project begins to come to a conclusion, with a plethora of singles and remix bundles being released almost weekly between now and September. "Blown Away" will be first up and "Fireworks" will follow, with videos for both. He has also been working on a couple of remixes, along with a brand new original. And his Dakota alias should have another release before the end of the year.
Ferry has just released his track named Festival Crash, which is a remake of his old Radio Crash track and has been huge to play live.
MW: What is the production process like for you two?
NWP: 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 Ferry’s place in Rotterdam or at Markus’ studio in Miami. It’s 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.
MW: When you're playing a New World Punx show, what is the workflow like on stage?
NWP: It’s great. Ultimately, like any set, the level of preparation depends upon the setting and duration. For example, at the big festival shows we have to make a lot of edits to fit more in, so most of our preparation happens in a hotel room the night before. We both have our big signature tracks, along with the artists we support through Coldharbour and Flashover, so we put our tracks into one folder and work out the best flow by key.
The really fun part is when we have longer to play, because while the first hour or so might have been prepared well, the majority of the night is improvised, and we start challenging ourselves by picking out that awesome tune to surprise the other. Those nights at the likes of Echostage in DC, Roseland Ballroom in New York and the Palladium in Los Angeles were all based on improvisation.
MW: How are you two able to balance your massive solo careers with your constantly growing side project?
NWP: When we began to flesh out the New World Punx concept, the most important thing for both of us was that it wasn’t going to be at the expense of our solo careers. We get so many requests for NWP gigs, but we want to restrict them to around 10-15 a year, because it means that the less often they occur, the more special they are for fans.
It’s one of the reasons why we have been hesitant to say that we would ever do a full New World Punx album, because we still want to produce albums under our own name. When we are producing together, they are all stress free situations, and what comes out of it is as a result of fun. If you started doing that in an album process, it could get incredibly stressful.
MW: What is your ultimate vision for New World Punx?
NWP: 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.