Trance and progressive electronic dance music is probably the most effective way to entertain a crowd. And I’m not just talking about the music that is played on New Year’s Eve,” says Jeff Sutorius, the frontman of progressive Dutch DJ trio, Dash Berlin. On his debut tri-city tour in India, Sutorius, who is ranked as world’s No 15 DJ, will attempt to change the people react to trance.
“The idea is to make people dance. It must not be induced, but should follow the rhythm of sound. I experiment ‘live’ while performing and can generally pick up on what people are jiving to and take it from there. That’s how I made ‘Sky falls down’,” says Sutrorius, referring to his 2007 chart-topping club anthem that became the new sound of trance. It was shot as a montage of black-and-white frames of Berlin.
For now, Sutorius who works with producers Pronti and Kalmani for Dash Berlin, is living in the moment and has set up his own indie label, Aropa. Under the label, he is collaborating with new artistes and is scouring for talent from India as well. “We have a lot of releases lined up. I’ve already collaborated with people like Jaren, Mitiska and Cerf for a track that won Best Trance Track at the annual Trance Awards last year. I hear good things about Indian EDM DJs. I would love to record some samples from here and take them home,” says Sutorius.
One of Dash Berlin’s most laborious productions has been a 42-minute long flashback YouTube video mix. He says,“I like to think of myself as a YouTube artiste. Releasing music online has a power of its own. It is unsigned and mostly free. Though I think a label is important, free music amazingly has worked more to my advantage in terms of reach,” says Sutorius, whose videos via Dash Berlin TV, have made it to an iPhone app as well.