Ultra South Africa announces Phase 1 headliners: Jamie Jones, Dash Berlin, and more

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Ultra Music Festival gears up to make its seventh trip to Africa as the global party brand announces its Phase 1 lineup of Ultra South Africa for next year. The two-day event first touches down in Cape Town, before heading to Johannesburg a day later. The dance brand gargantuan’s South African arm arrives with a lineup that, even in its first phase, offers something for everyone—supplementing the boisterous mainstage acts with talent that brings a bounty of techno and deep house nuance, too.

Ultra South Africa Phase 1 Lineup (in alphabetical order)

Ultra SA marks the return of Jeffrey Sutorius under his famed Dash Berlin masthead, alongside Hot Creations label head Jamie Jones’ first time playing in South Africa.

In its nascent operating years, Ultra has quickly become Africa’s largest music festival, this year amassing over 50,000 people across its two-day stretch. Ultra’s worldwide expansion now features over 20 global stops, including Bali, Singapore, and Chile, just to name a few.

Ultra South Africa takes place February 28- 29 of 2020 with tickets on sale now.

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Jeffrey Sutorius makes amends with former Dash Berlin counterparts, assumes solo control of the project

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Jeffrey Sutorius makes amends with former Dash Berlin counterparts, assumes solo control of the projectDash Berlin Jeffrey Sutorius Solo

Former Dash Berlin frontman Jeffrey Sutorius has retaken control of the project—this time for good. The veteran dance collective, a joint effort between Sutorius, Eelke Kalberg, and Sebastiaan Molijn, experienced a tumultuous riff in 2018 that saw Sutorius expelled from the group he was the face of for more than a decade. Legal squabbling forced Sutorius to essentially restart his career without any Dash Berlin equity, launching a new solo single “Bad Days” in February of this year.

Now, in a new statement from Dash Berlin, all three members claim to have buried the hatchet, though the reconciliation comes at a price—Kalberg and Molijn will depart the project and leave Sutorius to helm Dash Berlin as a solo endeavor.

The departing two producers will go on to pursue other opportunities in the music industry while former frontman Sutorius resumes his position as the face of Dash Berlin. Read the group’s full statement below.

Dear friends, fans, promoters & press,

We are happy to announce that after a pretty challenging time for all of us, we succeeded in overcoming our differences and misunderstandings. At the end of the day, good communication is everything. After a sensational rollercoaster journey of more than 10 years with many highlights, we all have come to the conclusion that the chemistry between us is gone and that it is time for a change.

We all now look forward to a new chapter. Jeffrey Sutorius will set forth the legacy of Dash Berlin within his own vision. Founding members and music producers Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg together with Vanderkleij Agency have decided to end their part in the Dash Berlin project to focus on exciting new musical projects.
We all wish each other nothing but good vibes and success.
We thank everybody for the ongoing support.

Dash Berlin Members Finally End Feud

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Almost exactly 1 year after we found out about the turmoil inside of the legendary trance group Dash Berlin, it has finally come to an end. Read the entire press statement below and let us all rejoice that this feud is over, as it was doing nobody any good on either side. Dear friends, fans,

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Exclusive: Jeffrey Sutorius launches his rebranding chapter with his first solo release, ‘Bad Days’

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After more than a decade occupying the frontman role of the once-legendary Dash Berlin trio, Jeffrey Sutorius had his membership from the group abruptly and involuntarily removed last June after the original two members registered the moniker without him. Now, Sutorius is looking to officially turn a new page following the messy divorce as he ignites his complete rebrand under the Jeffrey Sutorius identity with the release of his first solo single on his new label.

“Bad Days” instantaneously proves Sutorius can proceed without the assistance from his fellow counterparts, as he delivers yet another uplifting and animated production. Utilizing his trademark concoction of infectious lyrics, signature synths, and progressive chords, Sutorius presents “Bad Days” in the only manner he knows how, providing auspicious glimpses into what his future holds.

While fans are only getting a initial taste of Jeffrey Sutorius music, more releases are certainly inbound as he reveals that “Bad Days” is the inaugural release on his new imprint, BODYWRMR. In speaking on the label’s launch and the background behind it, Sutorius elaborated on its meaning:

“The reason I decided to call my new record label BODYWRMR is threefold. You are heating up your body when dancing at a party. Secondly, electronic music allows us to bond in a PLUR state of mind when we are hugging each other on the dancefloor and making friendships for life, we are literally warming up each other’s bodies. And finally, I wish to thank everyone for their support in making my new journey as Jeffrey Sutorius possible: this truly warms my body by first warming my heart. My intention is to do the same for my fans with new music, whether it’s mine or coming from carefully selected talent from around the world. So in the end it’s all about what it has always been for me: for each other and with each other.”

With an upcoming appearance at Ultra Music Festival‘s A State of Trance stage under his new moniker, Sutorius will undoubtedly have a full arsenal stocked of new solo productions ready to be heard by the dance music world.

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Dash Berlin and Jeffrey Sutorius Go After Each Other On Twitter, Shedding Light On Break Up

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For millions of fans all over the world, Jeffery Sutorius is Dash Berlin. It still might even surprise some to learn that the group was actually made up of three producers even though Sutorius was the face of the project. In 2018, news broke that Dash Berlin and Jeffery had parted ways, and the remaining

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Remaining Dash Berlin members release cryptic video: ‘We’re breaking the silence’

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The sudden departure of Dash Berlin fan-facing member Jeffrey Sutorious from the three-man group shook the dance community in June 2018, and their breakup has proven to be quite ugly. Following swirls of legal battle rumors and passive aggressive jabs among the parties involved, Sutorious later sat down with DJ Mag for a tell-all interview that explained he felt he had to leave due to mental health concerns, and management/his other group members pushing him too hard on the tour circuit. The interview resonated with fans and onlookers alike, and justified the swift launch of the departed artist’s namesake solo project.

Despite starting off on a negative foot in part to the DJ Mag piece, original Dash Berliners Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn are determined to continue their legacy. At the end of the year, they announced on the group’s social media channels that remaining fans can expect more music from them moving forward. They’ve now taken to YouTube in what feels like a strikeback to Sutorious with a couple exposé-esque video clips. The clips, titled The Untold Story of Dash Berlin, follow the creation of one of their most iconic singles of all time, “Till The Sky Falls Down.” It describes Eelke and Sebastiaan’s longtime friendship and collaboration, ending with a message that they’re “breaking the silence” — a possible allusion to their incoming new music, or even their speaking out with their side of the Dash Berlin story.

A notable lack of Sutorious’ inclusion, further proves the rift caused in the outfit’s fragmentation.

 

 

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Dash Berlin Twitter confirms there will be new music from group’s ‘founders’ in 2019, despite Jeffrey Sutorius’ departure

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Dash Berlin Twitter confirms there will be new music from group’s ‘founders’ in 2019, despite Jeffrey Sutorius’ departureDash Berlin Founders

Those who have been following Dash Berlin this year know that the powerhouse of a group have been nothing short of a soap opera during the back half of 2018.  Jeffrey Sutorius, Eelke Kalberg, and Sebastiaan Molijn had a different dynamic than most electronic groups, with Sutorius being the face of the group and the solo touring artist, and Kalberg and Molijn allegedly being the production forces for the musical releases that came out of Dash Berlin.

In August of this year, Sutorius announced he would be embarking upon a solo career and would no longer be able to produce under the name Dash Berlin. The two non-fan-facing members, Eelke and Kalberg, had allegedly trademarked the Dash Berlin brand behind his back, leaving Sutorius to produce under his own name, despite him being the lone face of Dash Berlin for years. Sutorius then came out to tell his full account of the story in October, and Kalberg and Molijn have remained quiet through it all.

Throughout all of the legal battles and the public outpouring from Sutorius, many fans have questioned whether the alias Dash Berlin would continue releasing music at all. Kalberg and Molijn replied to a fan’s tweet on December 28, ensuring that there was more to come from “the founding members” of Dash Berlin in 2019.

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Ex-Dash Berlin frontman, Jeffrey Sutorius, finally speaks out about the split in new interview

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Ex-Dash Berlin frontman, Jeffrey Sutorius, finally speaks out about the split in new interviewDash Berlin

If nothing else, 2018 has brought to light the tremendous impact touring and spotlight can have on both mental and physical health. Longtime Dash Berlin frontman, Jeffrey Sutorius is the latest to join a stream of artists who decided they needed to step away from the intensity of touring in order to heal–away from a dizzying, demanding schedule. Physical pain accompanied mental burnout for the legendary artist, but his healing process has helped illuminate deep-seeded issues within the group and its management.

Many fans have been left wondering what was really going on behind the scenes of the Dash Berlin split–which has led Sutorius to sit down with DJ Mag in efforts to shed light on the ins and outs of his struggles and prevailing resolve over the course of the year.

According to Sutorius, as he was taking time off, he faced fierce pressure from management and Dash Berlin members Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn to get back on the road. In June of 2018, Sutorius announced he would be embarking on a solo project, citing “mismanagement.” He was then forced to start producing under his own name, as Kalberg, Molijn, and his management claimed official ownership of the Dash Berlin moniker.

Suturius accredits his inability to voice his concerns until now to his former partners allegedly silencing him by way of locking him out of Dash Berlin social media platforms:

I’ve always been open as who I am and how I feel. Not only as an artist but also as a human being. That is why it broke my heart when Eelke and Sebastiaan cut me off from my social media channels last June and that I could not share my feelings with the fans.

Sutorius also notes his latent understanding as to why his ex-colleagues would register the auspicious Dash Berlin masthead exclusively under their own names:

I have continuously asked questions regarding the financial matters of Dash Berlin, which are still unclear to me. All that time, I have not gotten facts nor answers. Eelke, Sebastiaan and Van der Kleij still are refusing to provide documents and information, and are forcing me to take them to court.

Ultimately, Sutorius shares he is convinced Eelke and Sebastiaan harbored ulterior motives from the very beginning of their partnership:

I believe they have never intended in sharing Dash Berlin with me. They even tried to portrayed me as an act that they invented, and that I was merely a puppet on a string that they could easily replace.

Read the full interview here.

via: DJ Mag

Jeffrey Sutorius Releases New Statement; Dash Berlin Members Cheated Him Out Of Over $1 Million

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One of the saddest and most unexpected developments in 2018 was the split of the trance super group Dash Berlin. The group’s frontman, Jeffery Sutorius took a leave from the group and explained his decision was due to poor management of the Dash Berlin entity. He words were quite vague about what had happened, and

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