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Ferry Corsten: The Human Side of Techno

Lauded as one of the top ten DJ’s in the world, Ferry Corsten has made quite a name for himself in the trance and techno music world over the past couple of decades. With hits such as “Punk,” “Made of Love,” “Fire,” and “Beautiful” (and many more singles) topping the dance charts around the globe, Corsten has risen to extraordinary fame and continues to excel in his ventures today. In addition to making a name for himself, he has also collaborated with some of the best and brightest trance superstars, including DJ Tiesto, Robert Smith, and Ayumi Hamasaki. But success didn’t happen overnight.

Ferry Corsten started producing and mixing before he was sixteen years old. He had many aliases, ranging from “System F” to “Moonman” to “Skywalker” (and about ten other names). He worked very hard to get his name out there and eventually won a few awards and recognition in his native country of the Netherlands, skyrocketing him to national fame.

But he didn’t stop there. No, Ferry Corsten was just getting started. One of his earliest professional albums, Out of the Blue, gained international attention in clubs and discos before eventually sliding into a few top twenties charts.

Gouryella, created later in the nineties with DJ Tiesto, pulled him even higher on the international stage, with more and more people listening and raving about his trance beats with every passing album. Corsten began getting into remixes and even ended up doing a remix for the popular Irish group, U2, on their “New Years Day” song. He began to accumulate several awards, including platinum status on one of his works in the U.K. and the Silver Harp Award in the Netherlands.

And he still didn’t stop there. Ferry Corsten began performing at the top dance events in the nation, including the Dance Valley Anthem. Connected, created with Ayumi Hamasaki. Shortly after the Dance Valley event, Connected sold millions of copies worldwide and is now thought to be one of his most well known songs ever recorded.

And so Ferry Corsten continued onward. With racy, monstrous (literally) hits such as Punk (who could forget the music video of a half naked dancer with a snake draped over her glittering topline while she danced amongst zombie-like clubbers?) and of course, the charming and emotionally-charged Made of Love, it’s no wonder he’s still a smashing success. Further yet, Fire was named one of the best trance songs of the year in 2006. He also has his own radio program. Is there anything Corsten can’t do? It appears not.

Despite the general insensitivity of the hard-drumming techno beats in a club, Ferry Corsten changed the industry, proving with the help of powerful and evoking music videos that techno also has a very human quality to it. He has truly made his mark in the trance/techno music industry, but at just 37 years old, he still has great plans for the future. Will he be able to completely revolutionize the whole techno music genre? Only time will tell.

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