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Ferry Corsten
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Position: 
85

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 16:23

Style: 
“Trance.”
Best known for: 
“Giving great interview answers.”
Tune of the year: 
“Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella 'Anahera'.”
From: 
The Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Dimension.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Just drink the champagne instead of spraying it.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Not sure about EDM but trance is looking great!”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It can be exhausting but I can take it.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“My kids.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Fight Club... but I'm not supposed to talk about it.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Yes. Why not? Tell me.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“Oh well... it has been creating a lot of work for me!”

From his early UK chart success with 'Out Of The Blue' under his System F alias to creating a raft of timeless trance anthems alongside Tiesto as Gouryella, Rotterdam's Ferry Corsten has been around in one guise or another for 26 years.

During his impressively long career Corsten has released four studio albums — including the excellent 'Fire' which saw the trance DJ experiment with more hard-edged electro influences including an excellent collaboration alongside Gangstarr's Guru, for 'Junk'.

But it will always be his work as Gouryella — alongside Tiesto — that many of us will remember the producer for, and in 2015 — some 16 years after they wrote the trance rule book — Corsten decided to bring back his Gouryella alias, albeit without the help of Tiesto, for 'Anahera'; a classic cut of uplifting trance that was pure fan-service. 

A permanent fixture in the Top 100 DJs poll since its inception, Corsten is the only Dutch trance heavyweight to have missed out on being crowned the world's No.1 DJ back in the day, just missing out in 2004 when he reached the No.4 spot. Since then he has been in the top ten six times, and despite slipping to No.91 in the poll last year he has rallied a bit in 2015. 

ANDREW RAFTER

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