Ferry Corsten Shines On ‘Corsten’s Countdown’ Live New Year’s Special Broadcast
A review of world-renowned DJ and electronic dance music producer Ferry Corsten’s ‘Corsten’s Countdown’ Live New Year’s Special broadcast in New York City.
On Dec. 29, world-renowned DJ and producer Ferry Corsten presented his interactive weekly show, “Corsten’s Countdown” at the SiriusXM studios in New York City. This eight-hour live broadcast (from 10 AM until 6 PM EST) reached electronic dance music listeners around the world, in over fifty countries.
Listeners were able to request their favorite tracks by tweeting #CC2012 or by requesting it on his official website. New York City-based producer and DJ Liquid Todd served as Corsten’s co-host for the day.
“Make some noise people,” Corsten stated at the start of the press hour of his live broadcast which began at 2 PM.
One of the many countries that Corsten gave a shout out to during this hour was Argentina. “I love Argentina. Every time I am there, it is nuts (in a good way). It is really, really cool,” he said complimenting his Argentinian fans.
In another segment of “Corsten’s Countdown,” he noted that he was going to be giving out a pair of tickets for the after-party tonight that was going to be held at Pacha in New York City; however, his fans had to explain to him as to why they deserved to win the tickets and they needed to furnish him with a creative reason.
“The studio is filling up nicely,” Corsten shared with excitement. Around 200 fans and press members squeezed into the Fishbowl studio (renamed the Electric Aquarium for live events) to hear and see Ferry Corsten this day.
In addition to Liquid Todd as his co-host, Corsten’s broadcast included a special guest, Betsie Larkin, a talented electronic dance music songstress.
She delivered a mellifluous rendition of Ferry Corsten’s emotionally driven ballad “Not Coming Down,” which was well-received by the audience members (which were either members of the press or contest winners).
It is safe to say that Betsie Larkin is the Alison Krauss equivalent in the dance music scene thanks to her soothing vocals.
“Thank you so much,” Betsie Larkin said and followed it up with another collaboration with Ferry Corsten entitled “Stars,” proving that both artists have outstanding musical chemistry together.
As the countdown was nearing to the Top 10, Corsten reminded his listeners that the voting process is democratic. “Vote on these songs. It’s a democracy. It’s your taste,” he remarked encouraging his audience members to cast in their votes.
Particularly impressive about the vote counters were that they were tallied live and viewers and listeners were able to tune in to the official website of Corsten’s Countdown to see the status of their favorite songs’ votes.
After the eight-hour marathon, it was revealed that this year’s No. 1 voted tune was “Brute,” Corsten’s collaboration with fellow DJ Armin van Buuren.
At the end of the live broadcast, he concluded by praising Betsie Larkin for her amazing live vocal, Liquid Todd, the radio partners around the world (who made it possible for his fans to tune in), as well as his hard-working team (Dance Therapy crew) in the Netherlands and in North America (including Emily Tan).
He extended his gratitude towards his fans for interacting, voting and listening, as well as for attributing to the success of the “Corsten’s Countdown 2012” and wished them all a “Happy New Year.”
In summation, “Corsten’s Countdown” was a remarkable event that was well-attended and well-executed.
It proved that not only is Ferry Corsten one of the greatest assets of contemporary electronic dance music, but he is also one of the most humble: He took the time to meet and greet people, autograph copies of his new compilation Once Upon a Night Volume 3 and take photos with his fans following that lengthy broadcast, and he then proceeded to entertain his fans at one of New York’s biggest dance venues, Pacha.
“I am happy to see all these different people that are gathered here tonight to celebrate electronic dance music at SiriusXM as part of ‘Corsten’s Countdown.’ I am very impressed that Ferry can stand and DJ for eight hours,” said Jason Shaltz, attendee and photographer.
For more information on Ferry Corsten, visit his official website.
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