A pioneer and a dynamic force in the Electronic/Dance music industry, Ferry Corsten never ceases to amaze, awe and challenge his musical contemporaries with the unstoppable ingenuity and skill he injects into his productions and DJ sets. As the pioneer Artist/DJ who brought Dutch trance and electro into the international dance music scene, Ferry is widely credited for opening the floodgates for fellow Dutch artists, producers and DJ’s.
Ferry Corsten has consistently remained one of the Top 10 DJ’s on the planet for over five years. He is listed as the world’s #5 DJ in UK’s “DJ” magazine (2004) and #8 in America’s “BPM” magazine (2005). Since he first hit the scene, Ferry Corsten has consistently toured throughout Europe, the US, South America and Asia. He recently wrapped a six-month residency with crobar in New York City and Avalon in Los Angeles, spinning for over 5,000 fans every first weekend of the month.
Although he is very widely recognized for his accomplishments as a successful, internationally ranked DJ, Ferry Corsten has produced and remixed under countless aliases (System F, Dance Therapy, Moonman, Albion, among others) since the age of sixteen and has remained steadfast in pursuing his dream of spreading his unique and sublime sound to music lovers all over the globe. In his quest, he has garnered much respect and praise from music critics, the industry, as well as, from his loyal fans.
Ferry Corsten had always been interested in music as a child. Tinkering with his father’s record player at a young age, he saved up money to buy his first keyboard by washing cars and selling homemade mix tapes to his friends and neighbors. He then formed a live act with a friend and won his first award – The “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” – in Holland in 1989 when he was only sixteen years old. The group eventually released a record, recording and producing it themselves. From this point on, Ferry has fine-tuned his skills at creating music entirely on his own – He has become a master at engineering and producing all of his mix albums and compilations.
After initially producing some underground club tracks, Ferry became inspired by the clubhouse and trance scenes of the mid-1990’s. In 1996, Ferry achieved his first chart position in the UK single chart at #46 with the track “Don’t Be Afraid” as Moonman. This was his first major breakthrough as a solo dance artist, producer and composer. Since then, Ferry Corsten has gone on to produce an astonishing body of work and currently holds the highest number of singles that have made it on the UK Singles Chart by any dance artist.
All 9 singles earned Gold status:
* Madagascar – Ferry Corsten Remix, 1999
* Carte Blance – Veracoche, 1999
* System F – Out of the Blue, 1999
* Gouryella – Gouryella, 2000
* Gouryella – Walhalla, 2000
* System F – Cry, 2001
* System F – Dance Valley, 2001
* System F vs. Armin van Buuren – Exhale, 2002
* Ferry Corsten – Punk, 2003
Through the success of his production skills, Ferry Corsten was asked to produced Japanese popstar Ayumi Hamasaki’s single “Connected” on her album “I AM…” The album went on to sell over 4 million copies to date.
Similarly, he has garnered much praise from his peers and has been received countless awards for his Production skills over the past few years:
* Producer of the Year (beating out superstar producers P. Diddy & Rodney Jerkins) / Ericsson Muzik Awards, London (1999)
* Silver Harp Award / Outstanding Contribution to Dutch Dance Music (2000)
* Best Remix (“Barber’s Adagio For Strings” as William Orbit) / Dancestar Awards (2000)
* Nominations for Best International DJ & Best Compilation (“Ferry Corsten: Mixed Live”) / Miami Winter Music Conference (2004)
* Nominations for Best National DJ & Best Video (“Rock Your Body Rock”) / TMF (Dutch MTV) Awards (2004)
Amidst all these successes, Ferry Corsten found time in 1997 to start his own dance label, Tsunami, with Robert Smit and German dance company Purple Eye Entertainment.
2004 is a culmination of his work as a producing artist and DJ. The launch of his artist album “Right of Way” at the Heineken Musical Hall (Netherlands 2003) where 4,500 clubbers came to see Ferry spin a special 8-hour set. The album was a milestone in Ferry’s quest to combine his artistic skills as both a producer and a DJ on an international scale.
The first off the album “Right of Way” (released in February 2004 in Europe under Positiva UK / EMI) was “Rock Your Body Rock” debuted at #11 on the UK charts. This single went on to inspire remixes by Remixes by Moby and Renee Pilgrim.
In 2005, Ferry unleashed a new signature mix album series entitled “Passport.” With this album, Ferry was able to continue his legacy of brilliant mix albums but took the opportunity to inject it with more original productions and remixes. The debut release for the Passport series is entitled “Ferry Corsten Presents Passport: Kingdom of The Netherlands.” “Passport,” was released on Thrive Records – home of such electronic music luminaries as Paul Oakenfold, Roni Size and Deep Dish.
In October 2005, Ferry Corsten set off to start a 6-month residency at New York’s crobar and Avalon in Los Angeles. On the first weekend of every month, performed to over 5,000 clubbers, selling out every single show at Avalon. Most recently, he remixed the theme song for the FOX television show “Prison Break” and has been putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated upcoming artist album “ LEF.” This album seamlessly combines Ferry’s signature sound while introducing a new pop/rock element with guest vocalists and collaborations with Simon LeBon, Acqualung among others.
With 5 million web site hits a month, sold-out performances worldwide, mind-blowing remixes, a successful record label all under his belt by the age of 32, Ferry Corsten is uniquely poised to take the world by storm. Join him on his musical journeys, be it with his current or past artist albums, a night out with him in your favorite club, or on the radio.