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,
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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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, former member of Dutch trance group Dash Berlin, has announced that he will continue performing under his own name, with his first set dates arriving in October. The statement helps bring clarity to the group’s ongoing legal battle, at least in terms of future music and touring plans. Since first announcing his split from Dash Berlin’s resident producers and agents (Eelke Kalberg, Sebastiaan Molijn, and Erick van der Kleij ) in June citing “mismanagement,” Sutorius has received support from all angles. Both fans and industry professionals alike had expressed hope that the DJ would elect to continue performing. There’s currently no word as to whether or not the DJ will be granted the ability to perform under the Dash Berlin name in the future.
When news of the split went public earlier this summer, Sutorius was reportedly suffering from health concerns. Since then, he has taken the bulk of the summer to rest and plan the next steps of his career and future. The news that the DJ plans to perform under his own name is the best-case scenario for fans of his Dash Berlin project, which spawned massive hits like “Here Tonight” and “Till The Sky Falls Down.” Sutorius stated in a press release that the events of the past year have been the catalyst for fresh ideas, with a release date for new music on the hear horizon.
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Frontman Jeffrey Sutorius, of the popular trance formation Dash Berlin, will resume performing under his own name starting October. Sutorius made this decision because he misses his fans and wants to stay connected with them as he works through legal proceedings concerning the usage rights of the stage name Dash Berlin. “The fans and promoters
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