Dutch producer, DJ and live performer Ferry Corsten has been knighted by Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands for his contribution to Dutch music.
Corsten was officially knighted by the Dutch king and mayor earlier this week, which the producer claims was initiated by his father.
“I’m extremely honoured to have been knighted as Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by the Dutch King and mayor,” the DJ posted on Instagram on Tuesday, April 26.
“I’m absolutely speechless and especially moved that my dad has initiated this, with overwhelming support from the music industry,” he added.
The trance pioneer has become the third DJ knighted in the Netherlands following Tiësto in 2003, and Armin Van Buuren in 2011.
“Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years and have listened to my music. This couldn’t have happened without you guys,” he said on Instagram alongside two photos with the Dutch mayor.
The knighting comes just days after the release of his latest single ‘Timeout’ with LA-based breakthrough act Dustin Husain. The duo collaborated on the trance single to “halt people from the mundane of their working week, studies, or whatever else”.
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Ealier last month, Corsten also announced the launch of his brand new live series, ‘What The F’. The concept shows combine three of Corsten’s alias’, as himself, Gouryella, and System F.
“Over the years, I have become enchanted by the diverse range of all this music I’ve made. Much of which I’ve never played out live,” he said on the new project.
“I’ve been down the classics sets route, even done producer sets with specific aliases, but ‘What The F’ could I do with all this music together in one night? And then it hit me, “What would an open-to-close repertoire set be like if I re-worked all this material.”
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