Hailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiraled into a full-blown profession. Today, as it was in the beginning, Corsten’s skills lie in his ability to coax the maximum emotional impact from electronic dance music of all genres—not just trance, but also progressive-house and electro. He remains and has always been ahead of his time, making music that becomes a template for others to follow.
It was the album Out of the Blue that started it all. As Corsten’s sophomore artist album under the alias System F, the eponymous single became a worldwide hit and charted in the UK’s Top 20 UK singles charts and Japan’s Top 10 singles charts for three consecutive years after its release. Corsten’s rapid success ignited a steady flow of releases, including “Gouryella” with Tiësto. It was during this time that Corsten’s remix of William Orbit’s “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” became a clubland anthem. Though the instantly recognizable original appeared in the film Platoon (directed by Oliver Stone), it was Corsten’s heady remix that took the original composition’s strongest elements and amplified them into a singular, explosive masterpiece. Offers for remix work have poured in furiously ever since, with the latest being a remix of Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” for Island Def Jam in 2012. Corsten has also consistently appeared near the top of international DJ polls and has won his share of industry awards.
Over the years, Ferry Corsten has released a steady flow of new music. He has seven full-length studio albums under his belt, namely: Looking Forward as Ferr; Out of the Blue and Together as System F; and Right of Way, L.E.F., Twice in a Blue Moon, and WKND as Ferry Corsten. These seven killer albums have yielded more than their share of Gold records, including “Punk,” “Out of the Blue,” “Rock Your Body Rock,” and other world-class hits including “Made of Love” featuring Betsie Larkin and “Radio Crash.” In 2006, when Corsten released “Fire” with Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon, that record also became a solid radio hit. The following year, Corsten’s smash single “Beautiful” was released to widespread acclaim; even today, that soaring song is demanded by Corsten’s audiences around the globe whenever he DJs. In early 2012 he released his latest artist album, WKND, which includes a collaboration with Armin van Buuren called “Brute.” That track is a current favorite with electronic dance music (EDM) lovers across the globe.
In 2005, Corsten launched his Flashover Recordings imprint, and he spends an enormous amount of time scouring the world for fresh talent and releasing music by cutting-edge producers, giving them a voice on the world stage. Corsten has also released numerous compilations, including releases for the Trance Nation series for Ministry of Sound—one of the more successful compilation series to date, having sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. Corsten’s own Once Upon a Night series has itself been a platform for new talent and late-breaking tunes, with volume three released in late 2012.
From the outset, Corsten has been a prolific music-maker—so much so that in the early years, his musical output was so plentiful and diverse that he felt the need to release music under different aliases. Those pseudonyms included System F., Gouryella (with Tiësto), Moonman and others. Having always created music with a timeless appeal, Corsten was asked by U2 to do a remix for their “New Year’s Day” in 1999, but it wasn’t until 2008 when U2 released their remastered War album, that the band decided to include Corsten’s edit.
Corsten has produced and remixed for Justin Bieber, U2, Moby, Faithless, the Killers, William Orbit, Duran Duran, Public Enemy, Nelly Furtado and many others, including TV’s winner of The X-Factor, Melanie Amaro. It’s no wonder established superstars and pop culture celebrities alike seek Ferry Corsten for remixes; his winning command of music is his magnetic draw. In 2001, when Corsten released “Punk,” that record annihilated dancefloors from Dallas to Dubai and from Morocco to Miami. Corsten discovered Russian producer Arty several years later, and it’s the Arty Rock N Rolla Mix of “Punk” that’s been one of the biggest records of 2011 and 2012, played by every DJ across a wide spectrum of styles.
A natural performer, Corsten’s live show is tantamount to his appeal as a DJ. Ever the shepherd of the clubbing masses, working up a sweat while championing people’s inalienable right to dance, Corsten’s live DJ performances have evolved with technology and cultural shifts. In 2007, Corsten launched his FULL ON FERRY live show concept, whereby he melds different styles of dance music by playing back-to-back sets with his cherry-picked roster of DJ/producer friends and a state-of-the-art stage setup. Fellow DJs and producers such as Dash Berlin, Aly & Fila, Mark Knight, Bassjackers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Shogun, Cosmic Gate, and many more have accompanied Ferry on multiple venues and FULL ON stages in festivals worldwide.
Also in 2007, Ferry’s radio show Corsten’s Countdown was launched, and it is known as the only EDM interactive weekly music chart show. It is currently broadcast on radio stations in more than 40 countries via 210 radio stations worldwide. The show can also be heard as a weekly iTunes podcast or on YouTube. In 2012, Corsten launched Ferry’s Fix, a monthly DJ mix that is currently aired on more than 37 radio stations worldwide. In 2012, Corsten released his app for iPad and Android devices, commemorating more than 20 years as a world-class DJ and producer. He also has his official Ferry Corsten app for fans. DJs have eclipsed rockstars as this generation’s entertainment industry icons, and Corsten, ever the graceful maestro, is an enduring example of the consummate professional. Striving always for excellence, this is an artist who is never satisfied with all that he’s accomplished, instead always pushing for the next exciting idea. For Ferry Corsten, the possibilities are boundless.