From: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
DJ style: “Melodic deep house and trance.”
Best known for: “My What The F concept shows.”
Fave tune of 2022: “Artbat ‘Flame’.”
Rising star DJ/producer of 2022: “Ben Hemsley.”
Revered for making countless trance classics as System F, Gouryella and under his own name, and undoubtedly one of The Netherlands’ most famous DJs, in April this year Ferry Corsten received an even greater form of recognition. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by King Willem-Alexander, a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry.
Throughout 2022, Corsten released multiple club tracks, such as the house-tinged vocal cut ‘You Can’t Stop Me’, the epic ‘Timeout’ with Dustin Husain, and the piano-driven ‘Wounded’, a collaboration with Morgan Page and vocalist Cara. He was also focused on touring his What The F concept show, “an open-to-close set where I’m only playing my own music”, remixing and revamping golden material for a new audience.
On 21st October, Corsten celebrated 100 editions of his genre-traversing Resonation radio show with a live event in Amsterdam’s Room Mate Aitana Hotel, accompanied by Kryder, Tritonal and Marco V. Looking ahead, shows in Malaysia and at Orlando’s Electric Daisy Carnival are in the diary.
What’s the best DJ set you’ve seen this year?
“The Markus Schulz Rabbit Hole sets have been awesome.”
Name one great festival you played for the first time this year…
“Transmission Australia was a lot of fun and a first for me.”
What’s the longest DJ set you’ve ever played?
“So many years ago, at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam for my ‘Right Of Way’ album concert. I was supposed to play 10 hours, but we forgot it was daylight saving kicking in that night, so I ended up doing 11 hours.”
What’s one piece of studio hardware you wish you owned?
“Although I do have a Moog, it would be cool to have the classic Minimoog. A Yamaha CS-80 is high on the list as well.”
What’s the last tune you bought?
“I just bought Da Hool ‘Meet Her At The Love Parade (Original Version)’. I needed it for a bootleg I made.”
What’s the next big sound?