Gouryella

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Gouryella
Also known as Ferry Corsten
Origin Netherlands
Genres Uplifting trance
Years active 1999-present
Labels Tsunami, Flashover Recordings
Members Ferry Corsten (1999-present)
Past members Tiësto (1999-2000)

Gouryella is an alias and Uplifting trance project of the trance legend, 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".

Biography[edit]

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.

Gouryella released seven tracks: "Gouryella", "Gorella", "Walhalla", "In Walhalla", "Tenshi", "Ligaya" and "Anahera". "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[2] as well as the 2011 Trance Top 1000.

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.

The first single, "Gouryella", contained remixes from DJ Gigilo and Armin van Buuren. "Walhalla", also released in 1999, also featured a remix from Van Buuren, as well as Hybrid. In July 1999, the duo both received a gold record for sales of "Gouryella".

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

The release of "Tenshi" (Japanese for "angel") in 2000 featured some remixes from Transa, ATB and Ratty (Scooter).

In 2002, Ferry Corsten produced Ligaya which was the first track he produced after taking on the Gouryella project solely as his own. John Ewbank composed the original melody that Ligaya is based on. Ferry 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.

Gouryella also remixed two tracks for other artists, both in 1999: Solange - Messages and Binary Finary - 1999.

Additionally, Ferry Corsten and Tiësto released two tracks under the name of Vimana. "We Came" appeared in 1999 and featured a B-side "Dreamtime".

On May 26th 2015, Ferry Corsten announced the return of his Gouryella alias with a new uplifting trance track called Anahera, which was released on June 15th 2015 through Flashover Recordings.[3] The track was chosen as "Tune of the Year" on Armin van Buuren's show A State of Trance.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

This list contains albums by Gouryella.[4]

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

Singles[edit]

This list contains singles by Gouryella.[5]

  • 1999 "Gouryella" #15 UK;[6] #65 NL
  • 1999 "Walhalla" #27 UK;[6] #39 NL
  • 2000 "Tenshi" #45 UK[6]
  • 2002 "Ligaya" (Ferry Corsten) #78 GER; #67 NL
  • 2015 "Anahera" (Ferry Corsten) #1 Beatport Trance; #10 Beatport Main

B-sides[edit]

This list contains B-sides, produced by Gouryella.[7]

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

Remixes[edit]

This list contains remixes by Gouryella.[8]

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

Awards[edit]

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

TV Interviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Megan Downing & Michael Pell (2 December 2015). "Have You Heard? Ferry Corsten's Bringing Back Gouryella...LIVE". MTV. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Top 100 EDM Tracks
  3. ^ Corten, Ferry. "Ferry Corsten relaunches iconic Gouryella project with New Single "Anahera"". 
  4. ^ "Tribute Albums - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  5. ^ "Singles - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 232. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "B-Sides - Gouryella Discography at Discogs". 
  8. ^ "Remixes - Gouryella Discography at Discogs".