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Background information
Also known as Ferry Corsten
Origin Netherlands
Genres Trance
Years active 1999-present
Labels Tsunami
Flashover Recordings
Website ferrycorsten.com
Members Ferry Corsten (1999-present)
Past members Tiësto (1999-2000)

Gouryella is an alias and uplifting trance project of Ferry Corsten. Gouryella was originally a Dutch trance act comprising Ferry Corsten and Tiësto, and since 2000, solely Ferry Corsten, where Ferry Corsten took on the Gouryella project solely as his own. The word itself means "heaven" in the Australian aboriginal language.[1] Gouryella is best known for the self-titled track "Gouryella" and the follow-up single "Walhalla"; both are regarded in the club circuit as all-time classic trance songs.


In 1999, Dutch musicians Ferry Corsten and Tiësto joined forces to create Gouryella. In time there were twenty separate album releases of the first four Gouryella tracks from nine different record labels.[2] Gouryella released eight tracks: "Gouryella", "Gorella", "Walhalla", "In Walhalla", "Tenshi", "Ligaya", "Anahera" and "Neba". "Gorella" and "In Walhalla" were B-sides and were not released in the UK, although they did appear on the respective German and Dutch import albums.

All the first four 'main' released tracks appeared on Tranceaddict's Top 100 EDM tracks list[3] as well as the 2011 Trance Top 1000. The first single, "Gouryella", was released in May and contained a remix from Armin van Buuren.[4][5] In July 1999, the duo both received a gold record for sales of "Gouryella".[6] Their second single, entitled "Walhalla", which also included a remix from Armin van Buuren as well as Hybrid, came out on September 25, 1999, and featured vocals by Rachel Spiera.[7]

The release of "Tenshi" (Japanese for "angel") in 2000 featured some remixes from Transa, ATB and Ratty (Scooter).[8] Gouryella also remixed two tracks for other artists, both in 1999: Solange - Messages and Binary Finary - 1999.[9] Additionally, Ferry Corsten and Tiësto released two tracks under the name of Vimana. "We Came" appeared in 1999 and featured a B-side "Dreamtime".

In late 2000, Tiësto decided he needed to concentrate on his solo work, and left Corsten to take on the Gouryella project solely as his own.[2]

External video
Gouryella - "Gouryella" Official Music Video
Gouryella - "Walhalla" Official Music Video
Gouryella - "Tenshi" Official Music Video
Gouryella - "Ligaya" Official Music Video
Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - "Anahera" Official Music Video
Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - "Neba" Official Music Video

In 2002, Ferry Corsten teamed-up with Dutch composer John Ewbank to produce "Ligaya".[10] Corsten set it for release with a remix pack from Hiver & Hammer and Green Court, plus an extra Ferry Corsten Remix. Dutch duo Rank 1 also did a remix which, although not officially released, did see Rank 1 play it in some of their sets in 2002 and 2003. A stream of remixes by fans soon followed the original release, most notably by Airbase who allowed people to download his own remix for free before the original was released to the public. 2003 saw the release of "Ligaya"'s hard mixes by Yoji Biomehanika and Walt.

Rumors circulated the internet that Gouryella were due to release a track called "Maya" in 2012, however a status update on Facebook posted on November 7, 2011 by Ferry Corsten suggested that this rumour was in fact untrue. Ferry commented "I've read some rumors on the internet about a new track called "Maya"... Can somebody send me a link, I'm very curious to hear it myself too!."[11]

After a 13 year break, Ferry Corsten announced the return of his Gouryella alias with a new uplifting trance track called Anahera,[12] which was released on June 15, 2015 through Flashover Recordings.[13] The track was chosen as "Tune of the Year" on Armin van Buuren's show A State of Trance.[14] Anahera was the biggest selling trance track of 2015,[15] the longest track at the #1 position on the Beatport Trance Chart in history and got to the #10 position on the Beatport Main Chart which made it the highest ranking trance track in Beatport history.[16][17] When asked about his decision to revive his trance moniker, Corsten told Fuse: "I felt like bringing Gouryella back for a certain personal tiredness of what was going on in the scene. I was sick and tired of all the 'Put your hands up, put your fucking hands up!' whatever. Without getting too sentimental, I felt like I wanted to bring back that old sentiment and emotion from the turn of the century type-of-thing. I thought it was the right moment."[18]

2015 also saw Gouryella take a leap from the studio to the stage with Ferry deciding to bring classics songs such as the self-titled "Gouryella", "Ligaya" and many more to life in a full Gouryella live show concept.[19] Launching the concept in Sydney and Melbourne with two Australian arena shows,[20] Ferry then hit the road taking the world tour to the mainstage of the Dreamstate arena at Insomniac's Beyond Wonderland and later Electric Daisy Carnival: New York.[21][22] From here the Rotterdam native will continue his charge of international festivals as he takes Gouryella to events such as Ultra Europe, Balaton Sound, Tomorrowland and many more.[23]

On Monday 13 June 2016, Flashover Recordings released the sixth Gouryella single titled "Neba".[24] The track title itself means "heaven" in Slovak.[25] It reached #1 on Beatport Trance and #24 on Beatport Main.


Compilation albums[edit]

This list contains compilation albums by Gouryella.[26]

  • 2004: System F / Gouryella – Best
  • 2005: Best of System F & Gouryella (Part One)
  • 2006: Best of System F & Gouryella (Part Two)


This list contains singles by Gouryella.[27]

  • 1999 "Gouryella" #15 UK;[28] #65 NL
  • 1999 "Walhalla" #27 UK;[28] #39 NL
  • 2000 "Tenshi" #45 UK[28]
  • 2002 "Ligaya" #78 GER; #67 NL
  • 2015 "Anahera" #1 Beatport Trance; #10 Beatport Main
  • 2016 "Neba" #1 Beatport Trance; #24 Beatport Main


This list contains B-sides, produced by Gouryella.[29]

  • 1999 "Gorella" B-side of "Gouryella"
  • 1999 "In Walhalla" B-side of "Walhalla"


This list contains remixes by Gouryella.[30]

  • 1999: Solange - "Messages" (Gouryella Remix)
  • 1999: Binary Finary - "1999" (Gouryella Remix)


  • 1999: Gold record ("Gouryella")
  • 2000: Gold record ("Walhalla")

TV Interviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rich, Jenna (2 December 2015). "Ferry Corsten Interview". The Student Pocket Guide. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Tiësto Blog. "Tiësto Biography". Tiësto Blog. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Top 100 EDM Tracks
  4. ^ "Resident Advisor: Ferry Corsten". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Flashover Recordins (2 December 2015). "From the studio to the stage: Ferry Corsten announces Gouryella live!". Flashover Recordings. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Tiësto Blog (23 January 2011). "Gouryella "Gouryella"". Tiësto Blog. 
  7. ^ Corsten, Ferry. "Gouryella - Walhalla (Vocal Extended)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Singh, Shantanu (15 June 2015). "Ferry reinstates Gouryella with the release of Anahera". We Rave You. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Ramirez, Miguel (17 February 2016). "Interview: Ferry Corsten talks world premiere of Gouryella in Australia, Atlantis 2016 and Trance". The Trance Project. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Corsten, Ferry. "Gouryella - Ligaya (Original Extended)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Corsten, Ferry (7 November 2011). "Ferry Corsten Status Update". Facebook. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Corsten, Ferry (26 May 2015). "Ferry Corsten Announces New Gouryella Single". Facebook. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Corten, Ferry. "Ferry Corsten relaunches iconic Gouryella project with New Single "Anahera"". 
  14. ^ We Rave You (15 June 2016). "Ferry Corsten releases official video of latest Gouryella track "Neba"". We Rave You. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Beatport (2015). "Top Selling Trance of 2015". Beatport. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  16. ^ EDM Staff (10 June 2016). "Ferry Corsten confirms new Gouryella single 'Neba'". EDM Magazine. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Flashover Recordings (31 January 2016). "Ferry Corsten announces Gouryella live!". Flashover Recordings. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (17 May 2016). "Ferry Corsten Explains Why His Gouryella Alias Made a Comeback". Fuse. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  19. ^ Megan Downing & Michael Pell (2 December 2015). "Have You Heard? Ferry Corsten's Bringing Back Gouryella...LIVE". MTV. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  20. ^ Clinton, Maria (1 April 2016). "Gouryella Launches Highly Anticipated 2016 Tour!". EDMID. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  21. ^ K. Dowling, Markus (22 February 2016). "Ferry Corsten, Beyond Wonderland, and the Return of Gouryella". Insomniac. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  22. ^ Clinton, Maria (11 April 2016). "Featured Interview // Gouryella". EDM Identity. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  23. ^ Flashover Recordings (13 June 2016). "Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella – Neba". Flashover Recordings. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  24. ^ Clinton, Maria (12 June 2016). ""Neba", The Next Chapter Of The Gouryella Project". EDM Identity. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  25. ^ Murthy, Shivani (16 June 2016). "2016 Summer anthem is here – Gouryella Presents Neba". Trance Hub. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Tribute Albums - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  27. ^ "Singles - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  28. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 232. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  29. ^ "B-Sides - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  30. ^ "Remixes - Gouryella Discography at Discogs".