The Dutch harbor city Rotterdam was Ferry Corsten's (27) playground when growing up and the city still is his current base of operations. Being a full-time producer since 1991 Ferry has developed into a true prodigy of the international dance scene.
After initially producing some hardcore gabba tracks Ferry became more interested in clubhouse and trance. In 1996 Ferry achieved a position in the U.K. single chart at #46 with 'Don't be Afraid' by Moonman, his first major and European breakthrough as a solo dance Artist, producer & composer.
In 1997 Ferry and his partner Robert Smit established the Tsunami dance label together with the Dutch based dance company Purple Eye Entertainment b.v.
This collaboration would prove to be an almost instant success and eventually resulted in the creation of one of the most influential dance labels around today. These three parties have set up in the meantime another label entitled Polar State.
In February 1999 Ferry's second solo project, system F, was released on the Tsunami imprint. The title 'Out Of The Blue' is a melodic and powerful twister and turned out to be one of the biggest trance track of 1999, achieved a top twenty position in the U.K. single chart and put Ferry on the world-wide dance map permanently. The follow up single "Cry" (produced together with Robert Smit) was again an UK top 20 single hit.
Other projects of Ferry Corsten are: " I'm In Love" by Starparty (produced together with Robert Smit), "Carte Blanche" by Veracocha (produced together with Vincent de Moor) and in May 1999 the title "Gouryella" by the act Gouryella was released, an Artist-project Ferry produces together with the famous Dutch DJ Tiësto. The first single "Gouryella" entered the U.K. Singles Top 75 at #15 and achieved various hit positions throughout the world. The follow up single of "Gouryella", entitled "Walhalla" entered the UK single chart at #27 and was successfully released world-wide aswell. In September 2000 the 3rd Gouryella single entitled "Tenshi" was released world-wide. Ferry also remixed William Orbit's "Adagio for Strings" as well as "New Yearsday" for U2.
Next to his producing activities Ferry is a renowned international DJ, spinning in front of record crowds at the hotest locations in the world. The Ministry of Sound dance compilation series entitled Trance Nation mixed by Ferry Corsten / system F is one of the best selling dance compilations in the UK and has been awarded the platinum status and Trance Nation 4 is already in the planning. The 2nd half of the year 2000 will be marked by the release of his 3rd system F album.
In October of 1999 Ferry Corsten has been elected as 'Producer of the Year' during the Ericsson Muzik award in London, leaving fellow-nominees like Puff Daddy and Rodney Jerkins behind. In Mai 2000 he was awarded 'Best Remix' for "Barber's Adagio For Strings"' at the Dancestar 2000 awards. In Holland he received the prestigious 'Silver Harp' award due to his contributions to the Dutch dance music.