Ferry Corsten started to work as a musician in 1991, producing underground hardcore Gabber tracks, later expanding into club-house and trance music. In 1999 he produced Out of the Blue (under the alias System F), a melodic tune that became a hit on dance floors all over the world. His growing popularity in the late ’90s led to cooperation with many famous trance DJs and musicians like DJ Tiesto (Gouryella, Vimana), Vincent de Moor (Veracocha), and Robert Smit (Starparty). In 1999 Ferry was elected as producer of the year at the Ericsson Muzik Award in London. In 2000 he was awarded best remix for Barber’s Adagio For Strings (William Ørbit) at the Dancestar 2000 awards.
In 1997 Ferry and Robert Smit established the famous Tsunami Records dance label together with the German dance company Purple Eye Entertainment. Ferry also participated in compiling and mixing the Trance Nation trance series together with Ministry of Sound, which has sold over a million copies worldwide.
Ferry has contributed to remix projects of tracks by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki. He went on to compose and arrange her heavily trance-based song Connected, which was released, with remixes, as a German single.
Recently, Ferry Corsten founded a new record label, Flashover Recordings. His song Fire was nominated in the best trance video category for the 2006 Trance Awards. Ferry Corsten made his Second Life debut on February 27th 2007 performing at the Grand Opening of club Glam Scum on Skyros Island, Second Life.
On April 18th 2007 Ferry Corsten was featured in a global satellite radio first when Houston Texas takes center stage. Ferry Corsten live in over 130 countries on WorldSpace Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, AOL and Direct TV when dance music channel The System broadcast live from Houston’s premiere dance club Rich’s to broadcast DJ Zoltar’s Subterranean with an exclusive performance/dance sets by world famous DJ Ferry Corsten live on WorldSpace Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. On July 4th, 2007, Corsten debuted his new weekly radio show titled “Corsten’s Countdown” which counts down a list of the highest voted trance tracks.
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.
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.