Getting ready to play at The Mid in Chicago this Friday, Dennis Ferrer tackles festival culture, finding new music to play and the reason why his new album is taking so long to make.
Dennis Ferrer Reinvents Himself, Again & Again
By Czarina Mirani
I see you doing lots of festivals overseas as you always have. When I look at different music websites and news sources they have these lists citing things like “the top 20 festivals in Europe… in APRIL.” And that’s just in April! Have the number of festivals gotten out of hand?
[ Dennis Ferrer ] No absolutely not, the US is way late behind all festivals and they have no idea what they’re doing. The Dutch run that world as far as being organized and the logistics of it. They basically invented it. ID&T was a Dutch company, they’re the ones who did Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Sensation, all of that. You have to understand, Europe is a festival culture, it’s a hangout on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s where they go and they drink and they do whatever they do. It just so happens that there’s real cool acts playing at these things. It’s always been a European thing, we in the US have always been really late and behind to this festival thing. Festivals have been on since I’ve gotten into the scene to tell you the truth. House music and EDM in the US, as soon as we lost the plot, the Europeans took it over. America is such a huge country but we’re talking about 30 different countries that are on point rocking it right now versus America. Even musically we’re so far behind.
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Dennis Ferrer joins J.Phlip for Mayhem at the MID, Friday, March 18th. Show info here
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