Ferry Corsten Biography
Ferry Corsten is a Dutch DJ, remixer and record producer from Rotterdam, Netherlands. He produced many pioneering trance tracks during the 1990s–2000s, for which he is known, under his numerous aliases that include System F, Moonman, Pulp Victim and Gouryella.
He has shifted to a broader electronic music style, playing everything from progressive house to melodic trance; and hosts his own weekly radio show, Corsten’s Countdown. Routinely, he plays at events and festivals all over the world including Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, and many others, and has been consistently ranked among DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll, having placed at rank 5 in 2004 and 2005, 6 in 2006 and 2008; and most recently at 90 for 2017.
Ferry Corsten Age
The DJ was born on 4 December 1973 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is 45 years old as of 2018.
Ferry Corsten Wife
Corsten is married to Lia Colayco Corsten since 2002. They met at a club in Manila as Ferry was there working on his System F. the Ferry Corsten. They spent his day in Manila together and began a relationship. After 7 years of friendship and two years of being committed to each other, this lovely couple finally tied the knot.
In 2008, they had a daughter by the name Gabriella, and Ferry even named one of his popular tracks in honor of her – Gabriella Sky. In 2014 they had another child, a boy, about which the happy dad immediately informed everyone on Facebook.
Ferry Corsten Gouryella
Gouryella is an alias and trance project of Ferry Corsten. Gouryella was originally a Dutch production team, comprising Corsten and Tiësto, who later left. The word “gouryella” means “heaven” in the Australian original language.
Ferry Corsten Albums
As DJ Sno-White
- 1996: Santa’s X-Mas Dance Party
- 1996: Looking Forward
As System F
- 2001: Out of the Blue
- 2003: Together
As Ferry Corsten
- 2003: Right of Way
- 2006: L.E.F.
- 2008: Twice in a Blue Moon
- 2012: WKND
- 2016: Hello World
- 2017: Blueprint
- 2015: Hello World EP 1
- 2015: Hello World EP 2
- 2015: Hello World EP 3
- 2016: From the Heavens EP
2009: Twice in a Blue Moon Remixed
- 2000: Early Works & Remix Projects
- 2002: The Very Best of Ferry Corsten
- 2004: Best (as System F, Gouryella)
- 2005: Best of System F & Gouryella (Part One)
- 2006: Best of System F & Gouryella (Part Two)
- 2009: The Best of Pulp Victim
- 2012: 20 Years of Ferry Corsten: The Mix
Ferry Corsten Songs
Corsten has so many songs to his name, some of them include:
- 1991 Spirit of Adventure (as Spirit of Adventure)
- 1992 Illustrator E.P. (as The Tellurians)
- 1992 Sssshhhht EP (as Zenithal)
- 1992 Zen (as Mind to Mind)
- 1993 Schollevaar Feelings (as S.O.A)
- 1994 Skip Da Dipp (as Free Inside)
- 1994 Underground (as Free Inside)
- 1994 Welcome to Dew. Lokh (as Sons of Aiens)
- 1995 Trezpazz (as Exiter)
- 1995 Joy Factory (as Alter Native)
- 1996 I Feel Good (as Alter Native)
- 1996 Cyberia (as Bypass)
- 1996 Docking (as Riptide)
- 1996 Don’t Be Afraid (as Moonman) – #60 UK
- 1996 Master Blaster Party (as Blade Racer)
- 1996 Nightflight (as The Tellurians)
- 1996 Alasca (as Zenithal)
- 1997 First Light (as Moonman)
- 1997 Going Back (as Riptide)
- 1997 The Lizard (as Exiter)
- 1997 The World (as Pulp Victim)
- 1997 Transition (as Ferr)
- 1998 Air (as Albion)
- 1998 Freak Waves (as Pulp Victim)
- 1998 Hit the Honeypot (as Sidewinder)
- 1998 Mindsensations (as Sidewinder)
- 1998 Volume 1 (as Selected Worx)
- 1998 Space Is the Place (as The Tellurians)
- 1999 Sinners (as Project Aurora)
- 1999 Minddrive (as Soundcheck)
- 1999 Danca Alderbaran (as The Tellurians)
- 1999 Drafting (as Veracocha)
- 1999 Carte Blanche (as Veracocha)
- 1999 We Came (as Vimana)
- 1999 Got2Get2Gether (as Riptide)
- 1999 Out of the Blue (as System F)
- 2000 Tenshi (as Gouryella)
- 2001 Dance Valley Theme 2001 (as System F)
- 2001 Exhale (as System F featuring Armin van Buuren)
- 2001 My Dance (as Funk Einsatz)
- 2001 Soul On Soul (as System F featuring Marc Almond)
- 2002 Ligaya (as Gouryella, Tiësto did not participate)
- 2002 Needle Juice (as System F)
- 2002 Pocket Damage (as Eon)
- 2002 Punk
- 2002 Solstice (as System F)
- 2002 Talk to Me (as Eon)
- 2003 Indigo
- 2004 Believe the Punk (vs. Lange)
- 2004 Everything Goes
- 2004 Ignition, Sequence, Start! (as System F)
- 2004 It’s Time
- 2004 Midsummer Rain (as 4×4)
- 2004 Right of Way
- 2004 Sweet Sorrow
- 2004 The Love I Lost (as East West)
- 2004 Kyoto
- 2005 Who’s Knockin? (as FB)
- 2005 Holding On
- 2005 Pegasus (as System F)
- 2006 Fire
- 2006 Junk
- 2006 Watch Out
- 2006 Whatever!
- 2007 Beautiful
- 2007 Forever
- 2007 The Race
- 2009 Because the Remix (featuring Novastar)
- 2010 Rendition (as Ferry Corsten presents Pulse)
- 2011 Feel It!
- 2011 Check It Out
- 2012 Not Coming Down (featuring Betsie Larkin)
- 2012 Silfra
- 2012 Stella (vs. Markus Schulz)
- 2013 One Thousand Suns (instrumental version featuring Chicane)
- 2013 Kudawudashuda
- 2013 Collision (& Bassjackers)
- 2013 Black Light
- 2013 Many Ways
- 2015 Back to Paradise (featuring Haris)
- 2015 Hearts Beating Faster (featuring Ethan Thompson)
- 2015 Anahera (as Gouryella)
- 2016 Neba (as Gouryella)
- 2016 Event Horizon (with Cosmic Gate)
- 2017 Waiting (featuring Niels Geusebroek)
- 2017 Trust”
- 2017 Wherever You Are (featuring HALIENE)
- 2017 Lonely Inside
- 2018 Something To Believe In (featuring Eric Lumiere)
- 2018 Camellia (with Aly & Fila)
- 2018 A Slice of Heaven (with Paul Oakenfold)
- 2018 Safe With Me (with Dim3nsion)
- 2018 Rosetta (with Jordan Suckley)
- 2018 I Love You (Won’t Give It Up)
- 2018 Synchronicity (with Saad Ayub)
- 2018 We’re Not Going Home (with Ilan Bluestone)
Ferry Corsten Tour | Ferry Corsten Events
- Saturday 12 January 2019
TIME Nightclub, Costa Mesa, CA, US
- Saturday 19 January 2019
Hawaiian Brian’s Social Club, Honolulu, HI, US
- Friday 25 January 2019
Schimanski, Brooklyn, NY, US
To buy tickets to the events, click here.
Ferry Corsten Blueprint
Blueprint is the sixth studio album by Dutch trance artist Ferry Corsten, released on 26 May 2017 though Flashover Recordings.
- Your Face
- Venera (Vee’s Theme) (as Gouryella)
- Something To Believe In
- Here We Are (featuring HALIENE)
- Edge Of The Sky (featuring HALIENE)
- A World Beyond
- Lonely Inside
- Piece Of You (featuring HALIENE)
- Wherever You Are (featuring HALIENE)
- Drum’s A Weapon
- Reanimate (featuring Clairity)
- Another Sunrise (featuring Eric Lumiere & HALIENE)
- Eternity (featuring Bagga Bownz)
Ferry Corsten Awards
- 1995 De Grote Prijs van Nederland
- 1999 Muzik Magazine: Producer of the Year
- 1999 Zilveren Harp
- 2000 Dancestar Awards: Best Remix of the Year 1999 (William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio for Strings (Ferry Corsten remix))
- 2003 BG Magazine Dance Awards: Award Biggest Hit (Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body Rock)
- 2005 DJ Awards: Best Trance DJ
- 2007 SLAM!FM: DJ of the Year
- 2007 DJ Awards: Best Trance DJ
- 2015 A State of Trance: Tune of the Year (Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella – Anahera)
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Ferry Corsten Interview
Ferry Corsten talks ‘unity’, the divide in the trance scene, gabber, and more
Whether he is known as Moonman, Gouryella, Veracocha, System F, New World Punx, any of his plethora of aliases, or simply as Ferry Corsten, it cannot be denied that Ferry Corsten is one of the top electronic music artists out there. His ability to inhabit the worlds of trance, progressive, and electro house while producing a slew of longlasting hits says much about the Rotterdam native’s mastery of sound.
Though involved with many genres, he is surely most recognizable for his feats in the world of trance. In 1999, Corsten changed the game when he released his trance epic, “Out of The Blue” under his System F alias and since then, has continued to evolve, grow and dare I say, dominate.
All your fans are waiting with bated breath for UNITY. At the beginning of the year you collaborated with Paul Oakenfold, then in May, you teamed up with DIM3NSION, and just last month you dropped a track with Jordan Suckley. All of these are part of the UNITY project. Can you tell us more about this endeavor and what makes it different from previous works?
How often do I get to festivals and meet all these guys and we sit there with a bunch of vodkas saying, “Hey we’ve got to do a track together; let’s collaborate! Sure, I’ll call you next week.” Then nothing happens. The best intentions, but everyone is too busy.
I just came off two years being solo in the studio for Gouryella and after that for Blueprint, and it’s just me, by myself, picking my own brain. So it’s nice now to reach out. After two years solo in the studio, aside from the vocalists, it’s nice to get out there and follow up with all of those plans to collaborate. With Paul, we’ve been talking about it for years. I support DIM3NSION as he’s a very brilliant artist from Spain. He’s on my label and I also want to support him but I also believe in his talent, even if he was on another label. With Jordan, we’ve talked about it for a while.
There are a lot of collabs in the pipeline: Gabriel & Dresden, BT, Ilan Bluestone, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Arty. It’s fun because the fans would really love to see these collaborations. I’ve seen it with New World Punx with Markus and me doing “Brute” with Armin; the response is always double heavy because it’s two artists together. Why not? With all of the reach we have individually, let alone together. Then there’s the charity project.
Yes, because you are teaming up with VH1 “Save the Music,” correct?
People have asked, “Why VH1 and not one of the other charities?” VH1 Save the Music is about music, it’s about bringing music back to schools for kids. At a very early age, I’ve seen what the impact music had on my life. I’m so blessed to do what I do right now.
In a previous interview, you noted that UNITY came from your desire to unite the factions of trance music – the mainstream fans with the tech-trance addicts and the uplifting with the hard. You stated that other genres don’t appear as divided as the trance family. This is an interesting take, and I’m curious why you believe this division has occurred?
Yea, so if you look at bass music or EDM, within those genres there aren’t many subgenres. It is what it is. Within trance, you ask one person what is trance, you’ll get, “Trance is 140 BPM,” or, “Trance is vocal and beautiful like Above & Beyond and Ilan Bluestone,” so what is trance? In my early days in trance, there was no such thing, trance was trance and I miss that.
I also feel that even though trance has a massive following, if you look at the mainstages around the world, there’s no trance. I feel that is because there is a lack of strength as a genre because it’s too diverse; there are too many sub-genres. The 140 guys will not play below that and the 128 guys will probably go up to 130-132, but that’s already stretching it. There’s a super vacuum in the middle which was never there before, you know? That has grown into trance over time.
Then there’s the whole connoisseurism. If it’s not a specific style or BPM then it’s not trance. Which is like… really? Seriously?! Ever since I’ve started making trance, it was never about BPM, it was about the emotional melody and the emotional part of the music. That is what made trance.
With UNITY I thought, “What if I work with the guy from the 140 camp and the guy from the 128 camp?” I’m in the middle, I’m sort of like the referee in a way, and let’s see what will happen if we bring these worlds together. The 128 guys stay with the 128 and the 140 guys stay with the 140 and no one has the imagination to step out of it so let’s do that Through this process we can create new, interesting stuff. That was a big reason for UNITY.
In your recent AMA, you mentioned that not only are the artists to blame for any of the redundant sounds in trance but the fans are, as well, due to their negative reaction to incorporating new sounds. Ideally, if reactions and such were not a factor, what sound would you experimentally blend with trance?
Techno or house.
Your fans saw that picture you posted with Carl Cox and many people speculated that a collaboration might be in the works.
That was a joke in a way, but everyone was excited. I didn’t see that one coming. Techno works really well with trance if you do it well and I believe house would, as well.
Recently, one artist stated that fan pressure and desire for artists to be liked by their fans negatively affects what type of tracks are released and championed. How do you think social media and fan input have changed artistry for better or for worse?
Social media is a double-edged sword. We all need it as artists because it’s our reach. I can reach people in Saskatchewan, for example, who would never see me. At the same time, though, everyone has a say and an opinion now. It also leads to a situation where the sheep become the leader and the shepherd becomes the follower, and that’s dangerous.
I recently visited Rotterdam and noticed that there is so much creativity in the city from the street art and murals to the type of music being played. As someone who was born and raised there, how did the city impact your own creative output as you grew up?
The chicer characteristics that Rotterdam has nowadays weren’t always there. Rotterdam used to be a worker’s city. After WWII it was bombed and it took a long time to re-establish itself and it was rough for a long time. What you say, I see that, too, and I’m blown away at how Rotterdam has established itself to be the happening place; a lot of guys from Amsterdam even move to Rotterdam and a lot more tourists are there. If you walk on the streets, you hear all these different languages, and 10 years ago you wouldn’t hear that. So much of Rotterdam has changed.
However, music-wise, if you go back 10 or 15 years, because of the roughness, gabber and hardcore were there and even techno. These sounds made a very significant mark on the music scene worldwide.
On that note, Rotterdam is also the hometown of gabber, a subgenre of hardcore. Years ago you produced gabber under the alias Sons of Aliens. In a past interview, you stated that collectives said your music was too melodic to be considered hardcore. Now that the genre has expanded to include euphoric and melodic sounds, do you ever see yourself returning to the genre?
No, I don’t think so. For me, honestly, those days I was searching – I made drum & bass, I made techno, I made acid house and at the same time, I made hardcore. All these genres were happening in my little bubble in Rotterdam and I wanted to know what each one was all about.
When I was clubbing, I was going to the house clubs and once in a while we would step foot in Parkzicht, the hardcore temple. I was hanging out with the guys that did the hardcore labels so I also wanted to explore that world. I decided, “I’m going to make the most badass hardcore record out there,” and I go up there with my track and the feedback was like, “Yea, it’s great man, it’s fucking banging but it’s too melodic.” The trance Ferry was already in there for a long time.
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