Ferry Corsten is a super popular DJ from Rotterdam, Netherlands, known for his pioneering trance tracks from the ’90s and early 2000s. He’s released music under a bunch of different aliases like System F, Moonman, Pulp Victim, and Gouryella.
Ferry Corsten is no stranger to the festival scene, having played all over the world at places like Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland. He’s even been recognized as one of the top DJs by DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll, ranking at #5 in ’04 and ’05, #6 in ’06 and ’08, and most recently at #53 for 2020.
Growing up in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ferry Corsten was always a fan of electronic music. He would tune in to the Dutch radio show, “The Soulshow,” to listen to the hot new disco and soul tracks. Whenever he heard something he liked, he’d head straight to the record store to buy it.
At the tender age of 15, he discovered the beauty of DJing, spinning tunes for his peers at school parties. Determined to pursue his dream, he worked hard to save up for his first keyboard, washing cars and peddling mix tapes to nearby youngsters. All the while, he was enamored with Ferry Maat and Ben Liebrand’s mixes, drawing on them for inspiration.
At sixteen,ferry corsten embarked on a journey that would lead him to make music history. Along with a couple of close friends, he released his first record, and, as he grew up in the vibrant city of Rotterdam in the 1990s, he began to explore the world of production. With his burgeoning creativity, he crafted underground hardcore gabber tracks and later expanded his repertoire to encompass club-house and trance music.
By twenty one, Corsten dedicated his years to pursuing electrical engineering; his hard work was rewarded in 1995 when he was presented with the esteemed De Grote Prijs van Nederland award, under the alias of Hole In One, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to Dutch electronic dance music.
Back in ’96, Corsten made a mark for himself in the European dance music scene with his first release “Don’t be Afraid” under the moniker Moonman. Achieving a respectable #46 on the United Kingdom Singles Chart, this was a huge milestone for the young artist, who was still living in his parents’ home at the time.
In 1997 the world was blessed with the release of Interspace and his first singles under the Pulp Victim alias. Spanning the gamut of genre, ‘I’m Losing Control’ was a limited vinyl-only release, while ‘Dreams Last For Long’ took a more mellow approach. A year later we were treated to ‘The World’, a track featuring vocals from the incomparable Maire Brennan that was subsequently re-released to a resounding success.
In 1997, Ferry Corsten and Robert Smit teamed up to launch a dance label, Tsunami, in cooperation with the renowned Dutch dance company Purple Eye Entertainment b.v. This remarkable collaboration allowed them to create yet another music label, Polar State.