Gouryella, one of the most mythical dance music acts in Trance history, was born almost 20 years ago, and its impact on this world was very important. In fact, in the Australian Aboriginal language Gouryella means “heaven”, and there is no doubt that its productions can lead us to a state of consciousness so deep that we almost feel ourselves levitating towards it!
At the beginning Gouryella was a collaboration between Ferry Corsten and Tiësto, releasing their first single in 1999 called “Gouryella“, “Walhalla” the same year, and “Tenshi” in 2000. Shortly after Tiësto decided to leave the project claiming that he could not have enough time between gigs, touring around the world and his solo career to continue the project and spend time with Ferry in ths studio. This caused Ferry Corsten to have the fate of Gouryella in his hands.
Already having a huge impact in the history of Trance, taking millions of fans to love the emotions instilled in the songs and inspiring enough producers to create tracks like these where all the dedication imposed to transmit a history and feelings in the tracks is notorious, Ferry decided not let Gouryella die and made the decision to continue solo with this project.
Before a 13-year hiatus, he released the last single in 2002 called “Ligaya“, collaborating with John Ewbank.
Over the years the fans’ desire for Gouryella’s return has increased, with rumors of a possible return, but it is not until 2015 that Ferry Corsten has revived his alias. Justifying this to Fuse with being sick and tired of all the “Put your hands up, put your fucking hands up!”, Ferry said he “wanted to bring back that old sentiment and emotion from the turn of the century type-of-thing.”, thinking that it would be the right moment.
And it was! “Anahera” was Beatport’s best-selling track in 2015 and was voted by A State Of Trance listeners as the “Tune of the year”.
Not leaving the project behind, Ferry Corsten released in 2016 the single “Neba” and in 2017 “Venera (Vee’s Theme)“, taking Gouryella from the studio to the stage with 2 arena shows in Australia back in March 2016, which led to Gouryella Live could also be featured at many of the biggest festivals around the world such as EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland and Ultra Europe.
In a documentary now available on YouTube you can discover even more about the story behind Gouryella, where great industry figures such as Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond and Aly & Fila talk about the journey of one of Trance music’s most loved aliases and the impact that music has had on millions of fans around the world over these nearly 2 decades!
Watch “Gouryella – From The Heavens” now!