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Ferry Corsten

Ferry Corsten live in Toronto.
Background information
Birth name Ferry Corsten
Also known as System F, Moonman (more)
Born December 4, 1973 (1973-12-04) (age 36)
Origin Rotterdam, Netherlands
Genres Electro
Occupations DJ, Producer, Remixer
Years active 1989 – present
Labels Positiva Records
Tsunami Records
Flashover Recordings
Ultra Records
Associated acts Gouryella, Vimana (more)
Website www.ferrycorsten.com

Ferry Corsten, also known under the alias System F, (born December 4, 1973 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch producer of trance music, in addition to being a DJ and remixer. He also hosts his own weekly radio show, Corsten's Countdown. He routinely plays at events all over the world with crowds in excess of tens of thousands. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, placing Corsten at #7.[1]



1989–1999: Early years

Ferry Corsten produced and remixed under many aliases since the release of his first record at the age of sixteen,[2] but he officially started to work as a musician when he was 27 years old. As a teenager he would listen to his father's record player and he would save money to buy his first keyboard by washing cars, and selling mixed tapes to kids in his neighborhood. He later began to perform live performances with a friend and won his first award "De Grote Prijs van Nederland" at Holland in 1989.[3] He eventually released a record with a couple of friends when he was just sixteen years old and later began releasing self-made productions while he grew up in Rotterdam in the 1990s, producing underground hardcore gabber tracks, later expanding into club-house and trance music. His first single to reach a chart position was "Don't Be Afraid" under the alias Moonman, which was only the start for becoming a composer as well. In 1997 Corsten and his partner Robert Smit established a dance label named Tsunami with the Dutch based dance company Purple Eye Entertainment b.v., this junction made the creation of another label possible; Polar State.[4] Ferry Corsten was studying to become an Electrical Engineer, so he went to the Technical Training School and after that Higher Technical Education.[5]

1999–2002: Rise to fame

In February 1999 Corsten's second solo project, System F, was released on the Tsunami imprint along with the album Out of the Blue, including the same-named melodic tune that became a hit on dance floors all over the world, achieving a top twenty position in the United Kingdom single chart. The follow up single was "Cry", produced together with Robert Smit which reached the UK Top 20.[6]

His growing popularity in the late 1990s led to cooperation with many famous trance DJs and musicians like DJ Tiësto (Gouryella, Vimana), Vincent de Moor (Veracocha), and Robert Smit (Starparty). The track "Gouryella" by the act Gouryella was released in May, the single entered the UK Singles Top 75 at number fifteen and achieved various hit positions throughout the world. The next single was entitled "Walhalla" which entered the UK single chart at number twenty-seven. In 1999 Ferry was elected as producer of the year at the Ericsson Muzik Award in London.[7] In September 2000 the third Gouryella single entitled "Tenshi" was released. In 2000, Corsten also remixed William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings" as well as "New Year's Day" for U2. His remix of Barber's "Adagio For Strings" was awarded at the Dancestar 2000 awards. The Ministry of Sound dance compilation series entitled Trance Nation became one of the best selling dance compilations in the UK and was awarded the platinum status.[8] In 2000 in his home country Corsten got awarded the Silver Harp award for his numerous outstanding contributions made to Dutch dance music.[citation needed]

In 2001 Ferry contributed to remix projects of tracks by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki. He went on to compose and arrange her heavily trance-based song "Connected," which was released in 2003, along with remixes, as a single in Germany which has sold 4 million copies to date, making this Ferry's most successful song to date.[9]

Ferry Corsten is the electronic dance music artist with the highest amount of dance singles in the UK charts[citation needed]. He currently has 10 gold singles, between those his 1999 remix of "Madagascar", "Out of the Blue" as his alias System F, both "Gouryella" and "Walhalla" in 2000, "Cry" and the "Dance Valley Theme" in 2001 with "Exhale" which is his latest as System F with Armin van Buuren; and his 2003-2004 singles "Punk" and "Rock Your Body Rock".[citation needed]

In 2004 he launched his first album as Ferry Corsten, Right of Way, in Heineken Musical Hall with 4,500 clubbers at his eight-hour set.[10] The music video of the song was nominated in the TMF Dutch MTV Awards in Netherlands. The album spawned three singles, "Punk" (UK #29), "Rock Your Body, Rock" (UK #11), and "It's Time" (UK #51).

2005–2007: L.E.F.

Ferry Corsten performing at a concert in El Salvador in September 2006

In 2005, Corsten founded his own record label, titled Flashover Recordings and released his album L.E.F. in 2006. His track "Fire" was nominated in the best trance video category for the[11] 2006 Trance Awards.

On April 18, 2007 Corsten was featured in a global satellite radio first when he was live in over 130 countries on WorldSpace Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, AOL and Direct TV. On July 4, 2007, Corsten debuted his new weekly radio show titled "Corsten's Countdown" which counts down a list of the highest voted trance tracks.

He was dubbed the King of Crossover in an August 2007 interview on UK clubbing website HarderFaster.net, reflecting his recent L.E.F. (Loud Electronic Ferocious) style, which some hail as a new direction in dance music. Corsten describes it as "everything from electro house, trance and techno".

2008–2009: Twice In A Blue Moon

Ferry Corsten's third and newest album, Twice In A Blue Moon, which made its debut at the 2nd edition of the Full On Ferry event at Ahoy in Rotterdam, was released on November 1, 2008. The first single from the album, “Radio Crash”, has been played by Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond and many other DJ's globally. The track has been a huge hit in clubs across the world and gave Ferry a good start in promoting his new album.[citation needed]

2009-present: Twice In A Blue Moon (Remix Edition)

Ferry's latest album consists of remixes of the previous album (Twice In A Blue Moon). It includes remixes by Rafael Frost, Lange, Ummet Ozcan, Markus Schulz and many more. Many of these remixes were not made available to the private partys that his management approved prior to the release of the new album.



A Jolly Good Fellow, Albion, Bypass, Cyber F, Eon, Exiter, Ferr, Firmly Underground, Free Inside, Kinky Toys, Lunalife, Moonman, Pulp Victim, Raya Shaku, Riptide, Sidewalk, Sidewinder, Skywalker, System F, Tellurians, The NutterCiaran Donegan


Gouryella (with Tiësto), Veracocha (with Vincent de Moor), Vimana (with Tiësto), FB (with Benny Benassi)"Soul On Soul" (with Marc Almond )


Studio albums

Selected Remixes

  • Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song
  • Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor (Free Inside Remix)
  • Art of Trance - Madagascar
  • Ayumi Hamasaki - A Song for XX
  • Ayumi Hamasaki - Kanariya
  • Ayumi Hamasaki - WHATEVER
  • Bobina - Invisible Touch (Ferry Corsten's Touch)
  • BT - Suddenly (Ferry Corsten's Fix)
  • Corderoy - Sweetest Dreams (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Cosmic Gate - The Truth (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Duran Duran - Reach Up For The Sunrise (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Elles de Graaf - Show You My World
  • Embrace - Embrace
  • Every Little Thing - For The Moment
  • Faithless feat. Boy George - Why Go (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Girl Next Door - Jounetsu no Daishou
  • Kai Tracid - Conscious (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Kamaya Painters - Endless Wave (Albion Remix)
  • The Killers - Human
  • Klubbheads - Klubbhopping (A Jolly Good
  • Marco Borsato - De Bestemming (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Markus Schulz - Do You Dream (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Matt Darey presents Mash Up - Liberation (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Mind One - Hurt Of Intention (Ferry Corsten Fix)
  • Moby - In My Heart
  • Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad
  • Nelly Furtado – Do It (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Novastar - Because The Remix
  • Oceanlab - Clear Blue Water
  • Public Enemy - Bring the Noise
  • Rafaël Frost - Red
  • Ramin Djawadi - Prison Break Theme (Ferry Corsten Breakout Remix)
  • Rank 1 - Awakening (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Solarstone-Late Summer Fields(Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Tiësto - Kaleidoscope (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Tony Walker - Field of Joy
  • U2 - New Year's Day
  • William Orbit - Barber's Adagio for Strings
  • William Orbit - Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (Ferry Corsten Remix)
  • Yoji Biomehanika - Theme From Bangin' Globe (System F Remix)



  • 1989 De Grote Prijs van Nederland
  • 1999 Producer of the Year (Ericsson Muzik Awards) London
  • 1999 Trance Nation 1 - Platinum Sales Award
  • 1999 Trance Nation 2 - Gold Sales Award
  • 1999 Gold Sales Award (Art of Trance - Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix))
  • 1999 Trance Nation 3 - Gold Sales Award
  • 1999 Gold Sales Award (System F - Out the of Blue)
  • 1999 Trance Nation 4 - Gold Sales Award
  • 1999 Gold Sales Award (Gouryella - Gouryella)
  • 2000 Gold Sales Award (Gouryella - Walhalla)
  • 2000 Gold Sales Award (Ferry Corsten - Cry)
  • 2000 Gold Sales Award (Veracocha - Carte Blanche)
  • 2000 Dancestar Award: Best Producer of the Year
  • 2000 Silver Harp Award for Outstanding Contributions To Dutch Music
  • 2001 Trance Nation 2001 - Silver Sales Award
  • 2001 Gold Sales Award (System F Feat. Armin van Buuren - Exhale)
  • 2002 Gold Sales Award (Ferry Corsten - Punk)
  • 2003 BG Magazine Dance Awards: Award Biggest Hit (Rock Your Body Rock)
  • 2005 Best Trance DJ Ibiza
  • 2007 Best Trance DJ Ibiza
  • 2007 SLAM!FM DJ of the Year


  • 2004 IDMA Best International DJ
  • 2004 IDMA Best Compilation (Ferry Corsten: Mixed Live)
  • 2004 IDMA Best Producer
  • 2004 TMF Dutch Awards Best National DJ
  • 2004 TMF Dutch Awards Best Video (Rock Your Body Rock)
  • 2005 IDMA 20TH Annual International Dance Music Awards
  • 2005 IDMA Best Dance Video (Punk)
  • 2005 IDMA Best Producer
  • 2005 IDMA Best Remixer
  • 2006 IDMA Best Ortofon European DJ
  • 2007 IDMA Best Ortofon European DJ
  • 2008 IDMA Best Ortofon European DJ
  • 2008 IDMA Best Ortofon Global DJ
  • 2009 IDMA Best European DJ[12]
  • 2009 IDMA Best Global DJ[13]
  • 2009 IDMA Best Producer[12]

See also


External links

Simple English

Ferry Corsten is a musical artist that creates music in the electronica and trance varieties. He lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ferry hosts his own radio show, "Corsten's Countdown".

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