May 31, 2012
Dash Berlin

After dance-pop hits with Alice Deejay & Vengaboys, Jeffrey Sutorius, aka Dash Berlin, entered the world of trance & became a major player in the scene. Read our ETD.Pop interview to learn about the differences in Jeffrey’s US & European sets & his skilled team of producers.

Dash Berlin feat Sarah Howells - Go It Alone (Club Mix) [Armada]
LessThan3: How do you change your sound when you play in the US vs when you play in Europe?
Jeffrey: The scene is really fresh in the US, so people are a little more open-minded than they are in Europe. As a DJ, that enables me to do things that are more unexpected. At the same time, it really challenges and stretches me as a DJ to play here.
LessThan3: Why do you think the US is more open to different sounds?
Jeffrey: I think America was like a volcano waiting to erupt when it comes to dance music. We have such a huge history with dance music that it was just a matter of time before all genres exploded all at once. The connection with dance and pop broke through the barrier.
LessThan3: Do you think the rising popularity of dance music has anything to do with the current economic and political unstability that is present in so many countries in the world?
Jeffrey: That’s an interesting question—it very well could be, but I don’t think like that. Everyone has a right to choose what they want to listen to, and there’s so much quality out there and so much to choose from in terms of genres within the EDM scene that there is always something for everybody, good economy or bad economy.
LessThan3: Who’s an artist you’re following who you think could have a major breakthrough in the next couple of years?
Jeffrey: tyDi. He’s been working very hard, and his new album is fantastic.
LessThan3: Where do you want to take your sound in the next year?
Jeffrey: When it comes to productions, I just go where I want to go—I don’t really have a specific goal. The producers I work with and myself are trying to find some kind of combination between trance and pop, but that’s a very fine line to try to balance, even nowadays. In the future, it could very well be that my sound could be considered more “crossover” than it is now. I like to make music out of pure fun, though, so that’s how I approach it.
LessThan3: This new trance/house or “trouse” combination has taken off a lot in the past year. Do you think the sound will continue to grow?
Jeffrey: I don’t have a crystal ball to see the future with, but I will say that trouse paved the way for more DJs and producers to get in contact with each other between the house and trance genres. It’s a very good thing for the scene that the sound is evolving, whether it’s house, trance, or trouse.
LessThan3: Is the speed at which EDM evolves an intimidating factor for a producer to try and keep up with?
Jeffrey: The speed at which dance music evolves is certainly challenging, but it’s also an excellent aspect of the genre, because you have to step up to a certain level to get recognition. It clears out the people who aren’t as serious about it. The ones who hang in there and create and recreate their sound will finally reach the level they need to, and we all profit from being able to share that music.
LessThan3: What is your general process with collaborators? Do you approach them, or vice versa?
Jeffrey: It can go both ways. With Waiting, Emma Hewitt came to the studio and recorded an acoustic version and we went from there, but it’s different every time. It just has to feel right and we have to sync as a production team. It could even mean finding someone on the Internet and letting them try a few takes on a track. Sometimes we have entire studio sessions with artists we want to work with and nothing comes of it–it’s just the name of the game.
LessThan3: What’s the best way to pick up new tracks to use in your sets?
Jeffrey: I get so many promos—it’s really hard to keep up with all of them. I see it as a positive thing, though, because people are able to make music everywhere around the world. The other side of the coin is there are a lot of people who want to make music, but the level isn’t there.
LessThan3: Do you have people filtering things for you with the promos you receive?
Jeffrey: I’m doing everything myself. It takes up a lot of time.
LessThan3: Do you ever feel like you have to do too much and you can’t really focus your time on what you actually want to do?
Jeffrey: Not at all; I’m really fortunate that I met my friends who are my co-producers. We have a great team of people that do this together, and that makes it all a blessing.
LessThan3: Do you think aspiring artists can be DJs without being producers?
Jeffrey: It’s very difficult to do that nowadays, but it kind of evolved into that over the years. In the past if you just had some vinyls and were able to do some cool mixes, you could call yourself a DJ, get gigs, and start a career. Eventually you had to start producing, but it wasn’t a requirement from the get-go. Now you have to be a producer from the start, and DJing is almost secondary. I still am a DJ at heart, though.
LessThan3: What was it like being part of ASOT 550?
Jeffrey: It was amazing; it fueled me to do so much in terms of production and new mashups, which I call “Dashups.” I got to see so much of the world and see how well trance is doing. It’s fantastic being a part of the trance family.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Jeffrey: Thriller by Michael Jackson.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Jeffrey: Emotive Vocal Trance.
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