Ferry Corsten (born 4 December 1973) is a Dutch music producer, DJ, and remixer primarily known for producing trance and progressive house music. He first began making music as a teenager, selling mixtapes he made to friends and neighbors. At age sixteen, he released a full independent dance record alongside two friends, playing DJ sets in his hometown of Rotterdam. His early material consisted of hardcore gabber tracks, later expanding into club-house and trance music. He then hit the big time in 1998 with the single "Out of the Blue" under the alias System F.
Over the years, Corsten has continued to steadily make music, both his own productions as well as producing and remixing for several of the world's biggest artists including Justin Bieber, U2, Ayumi Hamasaki, and Moby. In 2005, he founded the record label Flashover Recordings, signing on budding talents in the trance scene. In 2007, following in the style of fellow Dutchman Armin Van Buuren, he launched the weekly radio show "Corsten's Countdown". In May 2017 he released a Concept Album Blueprint, which tells a science fiction love story.
Discography (excluding compilations, EPs, LPs, and remix albums):
- Looking Forward (as Ferr, 1996)
- Out of the Blue (as System F, 2001)
- Together (as System F, 2003)
- Right of Way (2003)
- L.E.F. (2006)
- Twice in a Blue Moon (2008)
- WKND (2012)
- Hello World (2016)
- Blueprint (2017)
Tropes Related to Ferry Corsten:
- Concept Album: Blueprint tells the story of a young man meeting a Robot Girl from another world.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Markus Schulz (due to them doing New World Punx together) and Armin Van Buuren.
- I Am the Band: When he went by the System F stage name.
- I Have Many Names: System F, Moonman, Albion, Gouryella (initially alongside Tiesto until after 2001), Veracocha (alongside Vincent de Moor), and New World Punx (alongside Markus Schulz), just to name a few. The Other Wiki has all of them listed here.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: While Ferry's material is often on the more melodic end of the trance scale, he can go hard when he wants to. "Rock Your Body Rock" and "L.E.F." are his hardest tracks and sit on Level 9.
- Robosexual: Lukas for Vee in Blueprint.
- The Power of Rock: The Drum saves Lukas and a bunch of pacifists from the government in the climax of Blueprint.
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: Did one of the most well known remixes of "Adagio for Strings".