A dash of good music


Dutch producer, musician and record label honcho Dash Berlin came to town as part of ‘Sunburn Arena 2012’ and brought lovers of the genre of dance music together at a club in Marathalli.

Rocking : Dash Berlin

The crowd could hardly be contained hours before the performance and the place donned the look that is typical of trance pubs complete with the lights and projections.

The idea was to give different cities a taste of the famed dance music festival ‘Sunburn’, held outside of Goa. Dash Berlin, formerly known as Jeffrey Sutorius, arrived a tad late but was excited about his second trip to the City.

“Most things in the City look quite the same from what I saw last time. I can see a lot of new developments though,” says Dash Berlin.

‘Dash Berlin’ initially started out as a dance music collective by DJ and producer Jeffrey Sutorius who came with no more than passion for the genre and a will that could take him from working in record stores all the way to being the one producing them.

“The story of my association with dance music is a long one. I first got influenced by my sister who was a party dancer. I started collecting dance music and got to work at a record store. I got some breaks here and there and soon became friends with some music producers,” says Dash.

“Then I got my first big break and soon everybody was asking after me,” he adds.
With hits like ‘The Sky Falls Down’, ‘Waiting’ and the recent album ‘The New Daylight’, Dash Berlin has been associated with many big names in the industry across genres including the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Annie Lenox and ‘Vengaboys’.

He has experimented with styles but admits he sees a future in dance music alone.

On the cards is a movie story, a new single and a new album which is almost complete. “My new album is almost finished and due for release soon. Following this will be an album tour. The album is all about dance and I am fortunate to have been associated with all the people I did through it,” he says talking about his album.

Also associated with remixes over the years, he says every remix holds a special place in his heart but he has his favourites. Talking about the one track that he knew should be made into a remix the very first time he heard it, he says, “‘Not Giving Up On Love’ by Armin Van Buuren is one such track. It has played on every dance floor I have ever been to”.

On his second visit to town, his expectations seem to have risen and he feels the City is becoming prepared for dance music. “The crowd in the City is very impressive. There are lots of people having a good time. I think Bangalore is ready now,” he says.

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