Ferry Corsten - A strange name, and I'm not too sure where he is from, but he certainly knows what he's doing. Ferry Corsten is most famously known for being one of the big dance acts, System F, and has produced big tunes such as "Lost in Motion" and "Soul on Soul", and how could I write a Ferry Corsten without mentioning "Out of the Blue", possibly one of the biggest trance anthems of all time. As well as being the legend that is System F, Ferry Corsten also has his fingers in a few other pies.... Many may not have heard of the flash trance sensation of Veracocha, which is another incarnation of Ferry Corsten, who produced the hugely successful tune, "Carte Blanche". It was a big hit a few years back, but unbelievably, it only featured on a few mix compilations. The tune could easily have been as big as "Out of the blue", but lacked the club play that it deserved, and therefore never made it as big as it should have been. As well as the hugely successful System F, who are soon to release their first album, and the occasional surfacing of Veracocha, Ferry Corsten is one of the biggest remixing DJ's that there is. When I say "remixing DJ's", I mean that he has reworked other artists tracks. Ferry has, and I assume will continue to, remix practically ANYTHING! I do not know exactly how many tracks that Ferry has remixed, and I'm not even going to hazard a guess, because I could be out by a long shot. His reworkings of some, shall we say, "lesser known" artists work, has made them instant trance classics, and sometimes propelled the original artist into fame. The song that immediately comes into my head as a remix of Ferrys is "Marc et Claude - I need your loving", which is a higly ranked trance tune, but, the question must be asked.... Who the hell are Marc et Claude? Now, I have no doubt that they are obvio
usly very talented with regards to dance music, but since then, I have only seen one release from them, called "Loving you", which I haven't even heard. I presume that it is the same high standard as their first production, but the release carried no "big name" remix, and therefore gathered no support from DJ's, which may be very unfair. Another HUGE remix of mr. Corstens was William Orbit's "Barbers Adagio for Strings". Originally, a mellow, chilled out, strings based tune, which I gather was not meant for the dance floor, was touched by some of Ferry's magic, and instantly became a club hit. Now, many people will have even heard the original version of the track, due to the fact that the remix is absolutely amazing, and totally dominates any playing of the song. Some of the releases that Ferry has remixed include: "Matt Darey - Liberation", "Moby - Why does my heart feel so bad?" and "Electrique Boutique - Revelation", not forgetting "Art of Trance - Madagascar" and "Gouryella - Gouryella". Some of the above tunes you may have heard so many times, that you presume it to be the original, but it could well be that you were listening to the more appealing Ferry Corsten remix. So, listen out for tunes on the radio, and see how many have been touched by Ferry Corsten . I am sure that you will be suprised just how far his sphere of influence reaches.
This album is released on the 26th of March. I have had it for a while and love it to pieces. Ferry Corsten is the man behind system f. He is probably the busiest man in dance music. He works under other names such as Gouryella, Starparty, Albion, Vimana, Veracocha, Moonman and Pulp Victim. His remixes are also famous like Marc et claude, William Orbit and Matt Darey. He is one of the biggest names in the industry. Lost In Motion- is quite different from Ferry Corsten's usual style. His trademark sounds and samples are still there to be recognised. It's a massive mash up of sounds that change throughout the tune. Long notes that maybe give it a slightly old fashioned. But the electronic sounds bring it up to date. Indian Summer- samples a female American Indian chanting something (not english) It is quite contrasting culturally as there is far eastern musical elements in it. You get used to the chants and towards the end of the 5 mins 55 secs there is a classic Corsten build up that goes to some very catchy notes that’ll stick in your head for days. Out Of The Blue- is the first single released in 99. It is probably one of my all time favourite tunes. It is the tune that got me into this type of music. It’s all that Ferry Corsten stands for spine chilling, uplifting trance that’s unbelievably catchy. It was a top 10 hit in the uk in 99 and is the oldest tune on the album. The Album is also shares the same name. Elevate- is just incredible!! My favourite tune at the moment!! It starts with a slow build up and after 3 mins it just explodes… massive hands in the air style. This killer chorus sound continues to a break (so you can calm down) Then it builds up the chorus again but more dramatically. It then suddenly cuts and your left with the soothing sounds of water to calm you down…really intense tune!! Insolation-The calmness continues in this tune (from the water sounds), very differe
nt from Ferry’s usual style…I’ve never heard something like this from him. It’s very ambient. It starts with long, smooth, fading sounds then it uses a more break beat orientated sound. It’s got a nice piano going through it to add to the ambience. One of my favourite’s because of it’s difference from the rest of the album. Cry- This is the second single from system f. It’s got a full vocal from start to finish (you will love it or hate it). Again it’s classic Corsten uplifting and very catchy. It has a pulsating low frequency bass beat. It features Ferry’s trademark clap sound every second. Needlejuice- This is more the usual style and contains a more techy sound much like his remix of ‘Marc et Claude- I Need Your Lovin (Like The Sunshine)’ It almost sounds eerie. The techy sound is like a really fast chainsaw. This also has long slow notes behind the techy sounds and beats. Soul On Soul-This single was just released and it features a vocal from Marc Almond (famous in the 80’s) The tune sounds like a really old 80’s song with a bit of reworking. I hate the vocal…It’s along the style of Rob Searle’s remixes of the ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood tunes. I think the vocal is a bit camp because it reminds me of Frankie. Not the best song on the album by far. Sounds too old and commercial. (With Armin Van Buuren) Exhale- Has the same basic structure as Elevate they both sound similar but this in not a bad thing. High pitched, uplifting chorus that disapears then re emerges. You can imagine being in a massive club with lasers and glowsticks flying when you listen to this one. Fantastic!! Solstice- Another classic sounding Corsten production. Eerie sounding with the same sounds as exhale and elevate but used differently to make it a bit darker. Not so uplifting but brilliantly produced. It’s quite short though at 3mins 4
6 secs. Mode Confusion- With other surprise in the package!! Different style, more low frequency bass, bouncy and pulsating. I thought it was a remix by someone else like Oliver Lieb or something. There’s a fantastic pulsing ‘WOW’ sound that makes it sound dark and progressive. Every so often there’s a break in the beats with a helping of high pitched uplifting sounds which quickly fades into the dark beats again. A big surprise but very good!! The Game- I think Ferry was having a laugh when he made this! It’s very cheesy and uses old computer game sounds (like from an NES or Sega Master System) The plonking beats then build to another technical sound and then it seems to get quite ‘bangin’ to use a phrase. In other words fast, pounding bass. I have to say I quite like it. It’s not a very serious tune but you can’t half dance to it. The laugh in the album. Cry(Unplugged)- I don’t think this production had much to do with Ferry. It is Cry slowed down with no beats just an acoustic guitar playing with the woman from the original singing beautifully. It basically an acoustic version to round of the album slowly. Overall the album is fantastic with lots of predictions fulfilled and a few surprises that are very effective and it proves that Ferry Corsten can produce something different!! Best individuals album I have. Having it before it was released made it all the sweeter!! I can’t wait to hear the Gouryella album from Ferry and DJ Tiesto!!
Ferry Corsten is one of the best and most prolific producer / artist/ remixer / DJ's around. His alter-egos include System F, Veracoche, Moonman, Pulp Victim and he's also in Gouryella. he's in his mid-twwenties and hails from Holland and his sound is funky trance eg 'Out of the Blue' by System F and 'Gouryella' by gouryella, both massive club hits and also chart hits. Remix-wise, he's not scared to tackle the big artists and give them a trance workout, having recently 'done' Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Power of Love' nad U2's 'New Year's Day' and his version of William Orbit's 'Adagio for Strings' has been used on many a television programme as background music, as have several of his other tunes. His DJ sets are also huge and he's played all over the world (lucky b*stard)