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Jeffrey Sutorius releases second statement regarding Dash Berlin split

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Former Dash Berlin member Jeffrey Sutorius, has issued a second statement regarding his split from the longstanding trance group in June this year.

At the end of May 2018, the Dutch group in which Sutorius was frontman and DJ cancelled a string of dates citing health issues. However, the following month Sutorius released a statement via social media in which he outlined alleged mismanagement from Dash Berlin’s other founding members, Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn as well as the Vanderkleij Agency. Kalberg and Molijn, who along with The Vanderkleij Agency served as Dash Berlin’s bookers and management allegedly “registered the name ‘Dash Berlin’ in their own name”. As such, Sutorius would no longer be able to perform under the Dash Berlin monicker upon separating himself from the group.

This, along with being removed from his artist social media channels, burnout and an ensuing legal battle are further outlined by Sutorius in a new statement made exclusively in an interview with DJ Mag as well as his plans to return to the stage in the coming months under new management.

You can read the full statement below.


“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.”

“After the insane touring schedule of the past 10 years, at the end of 2017 I started to develop small pains around my body. Lower back, shoulders, heels, etc. And it didn’t recover that well. The pain just kept on bugging me. So I decided to take the first two months off in 2018 for a full physical check-up. During that check-up and recovery period, I was pressured by my booker to do a show in China [in January]. Mid February, I continued my tour doing a.o. mainstage Ultra 2018 and mainstage EDC 2018. Literally, just before the Ultra show my (now ex-) booker Van der Kleij cut off his communications with my tour manager (Borys). Eelke and Sebastiaan apparently supported that decision. From that day, my tour manager was only allowed to talk & discuss with the booking assistant, and only during Dutch business hours, from Monday to Friday from 9 to 5, which was weird seeing that I was travelling all around the world and through all time zones. ‘Good luck!’ he ended his message.”

“In the beginning of May 2018, there was a phone call between my tour manager, Eelke, Sebastiaan and Van der Kleij in which they discussed some upcoming shows. I was in the room when they spoke. My touring manager warned them that the touring schedule was too hard on us. The shouting from the management and booker towards him was so loud that by even not using speakerphone I could hear it on the other end of the room. They told him to think about the fans we would be disappointing and the money we would be leaving on the table.”

“This was the straw that broke this camel’s back. I knew it was time for action because this is simply not right. I couldn’t accept this, and I decided to stop working with the Van der Kleij booking agency.”

“All this happened against the background of questions regarding mismanagement. I kept running into a wall where management and booker weren’t open for any talks or discussions. Eventually we planned a meeting for the 29th of May this year. On the 28th I returned from touring and on 30th of May A State Of Trance Poland was on the bill, a country I missed a lot, and I haven’t been to in quite a while. When my tour-manager and I came home, the management cancelled the meeting because they ‘saw no relevance’ in having such a meeting to discuss.”

“This is where I broke down mentally. I get really emotional thinking about all this. Why do people do this to each other? On the day the meeting was planned I went to see a doctor who diagnosed me with a burnout and told me to take a break from touring. One of the first things I did was call Armin van Buuren notifying him that I just wasn’t able to perform on ASOT in Poland. In the weeks that followed I finally found time to think about all that happened in the past decade, and it came to me clearly that all these years I’d only been focussed on my physical health, and completely neglected the mental impact of travel, being away from home for months on end, a constant pressure to fulfil a killing tour schedule while disconnected from friends and family.”

“Like I said, one of the first things Eelke and Sebastiaan did was to freeze me out of the social media accounts. So the only way of communicating left to me to be able to inform the outside world about what was happening, was to release a press statement where I addressed the core of my decision. To add insult to injury, Eelke and Sebastiaan filed a claim against me that by not fulfilling the shows that were booked at that time, I was breaking a contract, and they wanted to force me to continue touring, or else I would have to pay a penalty of EUR 100,000 per day that I refused to do so. Eventually, the court denied that claim.”

“Coming back to my burnout. Some of my close colleagues, friends and family already had questions about my touring schedule for a long time. I didn’t see it as a ‘rough’ schedule because I always looked only at the physical health standpoint and I love interacting with the fans. People may know I have a sporting background playing soccer in The Netherlands for major soccer clubs. While touring I mostly kept myself in “health” with fitness (Man On The Run), and after a while, I actively started practicing Bikram Yoga. I thought I was healthy and fit. But that was clearly not the case.”

“So this summer I stayed at home, in The Netherlands, which was experiencing the hottest summer ever measured in our country. Other than that it’s been a blurry reality. I didn’t shave for months, and the only things I did was eating ice cream, watering the plants and walking my dog. It was one of the few things I could make myself happy with, besides doing nothing and trying to get out of misery and all blackness. Towards the point of deciding to continue under my own name and with lawyers going back and forth, my girlfriend Joyce and I got the opportunity to get married. A super small, intimate wedding but at the same time a super important step with my Joyce as my rock behind me, loving and supporting me all the way going into the future.”

“As to my health now, I think I am getting where I want to be. But this time I will take care to make it sustainable, and to keep my life balanced out. Obviously, I have to take care of the past emotionally and financially, but I am also really looking forward to connecting with my fans again.”

Have the reasons why Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn allegedly registered Dash Berlin under their own names become any clearer to you?

“No, unfortunately not. In the court case that was held in July, Eelke and Sebastiaan stated that they registered Dash Berlin under their own names in 2011 to protect it “against the outside world”. Which would make it logical to add me as part owner, but they did not do that, and they still refuse to do so. 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.”

Can you expand any further on the issues of alleged mismanagement that you outlined in your statement in June?

“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. As an example, all booking agreements are in my name (‘Jeffrey Sutorius as Dash Berlin’) but they refused to hand over those agreements, so the court had to force them to do so. It also appeared that Eelke and Sebastiaan signed a label agreement without me whereby they gave the label permission to use my picture, but they never told me about this, nor any other details of the agreement. The court forced them to also give me that agreement. Another example is that only in July 2018 Van der Kleij during the court case told me that he had received a huge amount – more than a million dollars (!) – in tax refunds in my name. They never told me that. I found out because it was part of their submission to the court. I think that if I had not started the court case, they would have never told me that and kept the money for themselves. So I am piecing together all this and other information so that I can make a reconstruction of the past 10 years and stage a final reckoning.”

How have these legal proceedings progressed? Do you still plan on one day being able to perform as Dash Berlin again or are you determined to start anew as Jeffrey Sutorius?

“There has already been one court hearing (in July) thus far. Seeing that they won’t give me any information, there are two hearings planned, both in October. Their whole attitude towards me has been extremely disappointing. So I am determined to continue my journey on my own as Jeffrey Sutorius. After all, that is who I am, and who I always will be. I miss my fans, and I want to return to the stage. The court said that we have to fight out who can use the Dash Berlin name in further proceedings, so using my own name was my only option basically. On the other hand, all the fans are behind me being Dash Berlin. I find this is something worth fighting for. I will continue this as long as I possibly can to maybe, eventually claim the stage again as Dash Berlin.”

What plans have you for the near future?

“I want to achieve things as Jeffrey Sutorius that Dash Berlin never accomplished. The world is my oyster. And I like oysters! I am making new music, and I am beyond thrilled to share this with the world, with the fans. To tell my story and to share it. And to make everyone understand, I am EDM: Emotional Dance Music. Keep an eye out on my socials for where my tour schedule will take me and for release information about my new music.”

Source: DJ Mag

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Real Trance Addicts Have A Listen! Chicane – Lost You Somewhere (Interstellar Remix)

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About a month or two ago, I posted on my social media that I had already established my favorite tracks of the year. After watching Interstellar – “Creations” Live @ Luminosity Beach Festival 01/07/2018, the duo brought back the real essence of trance music not only for myself but for countless others. Their second track consisted of a remix of the classic “Chicane – Lost You Somewhere” and it’s one of those tracks where you just take it all in and lose yourself in the music. Check out the video above and let me know what you think.

Stellar Collision = A coming together of two stars caused by gravity, gravitational radiation, and other mechanisms not well understood.

Apply this to trance with two creative talents and the result is Interstellar.

Andrew Alexandrov (The Noble Six) & Dan Willis (Neptune Project) are now well and truly embarked on their galactic journey in 2018 bringing you their special ‘Creations’ Set which features solely Interstellar only productions.

Heavily inspired by the likes of Chicane, Above & Beyond, The Thrillseekers, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Sander Van Doorn, Oliver Lieb, Airwave and many others, the Interstellar productions are reflective of a sound and production art seemingly lost in today’s trance, but still deeply desired from fans.

Expect driving bass, emotional breakdowns, nostalgia, goosebumps and most of all no creative boundaries.

The Dawn of a New Age Begins

‘Creations’ Summer 2018

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Trance DJ/Producer Maria Healy Gets A Once In A Lifetime VIP Treatment

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AerClub is celebrating its millionth member milestone! Maria Healy from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, became the millionth person worldwide to sign up to the programme.

As AerClub’s one-millionth member, Maria wins Platinum membership in AerClub, a €500 shopping trip and personal styling session from Kildare Village, a personal chauffeur to and from her shopping spree, courtesy of Devine’s Chauffeur Service, dinner at the five-star Merrion Hotel, and 240,000 Avios! That translates to Business Class return flights to the US or up to 30 flights from Ireland to Europe (excluding taxes, fees and charges).

Thank you Trance Sanctuary! What an incredible night! Highlight was back to back with Will Rees at the after party, what a buzz!

Posted by Maria Healy on Sunday, November 18, 2018

AerClub is the first Irish airline loyalty programme to give its members the opportunity to collect Avios ‘in the air’ each time they fly, ‘on the ground’ with partners such as SuperValu and Kildare Village, and ‘online’ via the AerClub eStore. The eStore is home to hundreds of top name brands including retail, hotels and car hire, across Ireland, Europe and North America, allowing members to collect up to 10 Avios for every Euro they spend.

AerClub has welcomed members worldwide, including 450,000 Irish members, 267,000 US members and 152,000 members from across Europe and the UK. Since the programme launched in November 2016, AerClub members have taken 2.4 million flights with Aer Lingus and flown approximately 2.58 billion miles – equivalent to 103,700 trips around the world!

The most frequently travelled routes by AerClub members include Dublin–Heathrow, Dublin–Gatwick and Cork–Heathrow. When it comes spending their Avios on reward flights, AerClub members are making the most of Aer Lingus’ Stateside destinations, jetting off to the popular US cities including New York and Boston, as well as locations a little closer to home such as Faro, Malaga and London.

AerClub is made up of four membership tiers – Green, Silver, Platinum and Concierge. Each tier has a unique combination of travel benefits which may include lounge access, priority check-in, priority boarding and bonus Avios earning. In recognition of each Aer Lingus flight taken, AerClub awards Tier Credits – the more Tier Credits collected, the quicker members will move up to the next membership tier and the more travel benefits they will enjoy.

For further information on AerClub and to sign up to the loyalty programme, visit www.aerlingus.com/AerClub.

Article first reported on AerLingus: https://blog.aerlingus.com/celebrating-one-millionth-aerclub-member/?fbclid=IwAR2GV7tvKFSKSpecTBtkDzB0kDP02H-duGC839cfsHXLRyoT5dxthcaAnMM

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What Is The Result When Two Trance Legends Form A New Project?

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Kicking of their debut act this coming weekend at Dreamstate is the debut and official anthem Insomianic’s future largest trance festival. Two legends of electronic dance music Scot Project & Mark Sherry showcase the versatility in “Feel My Love”. Each bringing their signature style to the table and the result is what any true fan expected. Future Classic!

Buy: https://www.beatport.com/release/feel-my-love/2439937

Dreamstate Records is proud to present ‘Feel My Love’ – a new single from Gentech. Gentech – Feel My Love,

Also Check Out Various Artists – Part of the Dream (Compiled by Liquid Soul) https://bit.ly/2PYahPm

Dreamstate has successfully transformed into a worldwide trance phenomenon bringing sold-out performances and new audiences to San Francisco, Mexico City, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York. Since embarking on its global tour, Dreamstate has also curated creative stages with genres ranging from uplifting melodic trance to psychedelic, progressive and tech trance at some of Insomniac’s largest festivals.

 

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Paul Denton – Formula One | November ’18 Track of The Month

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Paul flexes his trance versatility muscles once again to deliver an uplifting/tech hybrid in ‘Formula One’. Another massive feature in Sneijder’s sets all year. Early support from Aly & Fila, Sean Tyas & More.

Buy now – afterdark.choons.at/formulaone

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Solarstone pres. Pure Trance Vol.7 (Mixed by Kristina Sky, Solarstone & Lostly)

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Autumn… and as Pure Trance’s datebook runs, the end of its seventh year as a scene force. This, like the six before it, comes marked in the time honoured way through ‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance’.

From within” is where the architect-absolute of the movement, Rich Solarstone believes every Pure Trance-worthy track begins. “When you’re compiling these albums, you know within the first 90 listening-seconds, he says, whether it’s a producer pushing the physical or metaphoric buttons. Or, if it’s a musician truly making music that comes from within”. It’s the acid test each of 50 tracks on ‘Pure Trance VII’ have taken and passed.
Divine intervention perhaps, but latterly, with every 365 that goes by another two new Pure Trance proponents rise to co-mixing prominence, reckoning #7 being no exception. That said, the argument could be made that Kristina Sky’s been in contention far longer. Well-established darling of the US West Coast’s trance scene, she brings 15+ years expertise to her mix. Lostly however is the ne-plus-ultra of the above. Only 12 months ago a ‘one-of-many’, through an unstinting gig & music-making stream, the last 365’s seen Andre Frauenstein’s visibility rise to compilation mixing levels.

 

Naturally Pure Trance lives and breathes through its ability to discover and supply you with the very finest new audio from the freshest talent. As ever then, don’t expect a run of fare from the mainstream’s usual suspects. For every BT, you’re going to find a Dark Matter, for every Matt Darey, a Vadim Zhukov, or for every Scott Bond, an Everlight, a Sam Mitcham, an Astrosphere, etc, etc. Naturally, there’ is an abundance of newness from Lostly and Solarstone’s studios too, and even the usually DJ-booth-bound Kristina has headed into the studio for the album’s gleaming.

So, strap in, sign off those safety waivers and buckle up your dancefloor-pounding boots: Pure Trance is heading to seventh heaven!!!

Out November 9th  – Order Pure Trance VII Here: https://solarstone.co.uk/product/pure-trance-vol-7/

 

In it’s now destined manner, 2018’s ‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance’ follows the natural arc of a flawless clubbing night. Someone who’s blazed the opening set trail many times for Solarstone, Kristina Sky’s instincts couldn’t be sharper. Of her 20-strong track set, no less than 16 are drawn from the ranks of Pure Trance Recordings latest & up-comers. Frontend of that train, you’ll find producers like Mike Saint-Jules, Elfsong and Revolution 9 delivering purity in the form of ‘Parachuting’, ‘Crenshinibon’ and ‘Awakening’. Kristina’s Resurrection Mashup of BT vs. Attila Syah ‘Journey To Gravity’ marks the midpoint, while (respectively) New Ordinance, Shacada and Tim Verkruissen bring ‘calm-before-the-storm’ moments ‘Beyond Gravity’, ‘Sunset’ & ‘Radiant’. Carrying her set to its conclusion, she works in the Blizzard’s remix of ‘Like A Waterfall’, Solar Movement (aka Activa)’s newie ‘Where We Dream’ and her own latest stunner (alongside Roger Shah), ‘Ocean Flame’.

Remarking on her participation in the album, Kristina said: “I’m truly honoured to have been invited by Rich to contribute to ‘Pure Trance Vol. 7’. Solarstone’s music was a huge inspiration to me early on, well before I started DJing, and I’ve been so impressed and proud to watch him grow the Pure Trance movement over the years. He’s been a great friend and mentor, so to be able to mix this compilation with him has – hands down – been one of the biggest highlights of my career. I hope you all enjoy the music… and Vive la Trance!”

Solarstone catches the closing flow of Kristina’s disc perfectly and with his own Reconstruction mix of Vadim Zhukov’s ‘Heart Connected’ puts the release onto its main-set footing. Tracks like Dark Matter’s ‘When Faith Fades’, ‘False Memory’ from Finland’s Allende and his Pure Mix bring-back of Pink Bomb’s underground classic ‘Indica’ set the mercury rising. Neil Bamford rewire of ReOrder’s ‘Beyond Time’, Astrosphere (aka Driftmoon & Robert Nickson)’s ‘What Lies Between The Stars’, and Mr. Nickson’s remix of Solarstone’ ‘Motif’ each further its ascendance. That only leaves the likes of ‘Something Out Of Nothing’ from Bryan Kearney, Sam Mitcham’s title-apt ‘Whopper’ and Craig Connelly’s revision of Rich’s own epic ‘Jewel’ to shatter disc 2’s thermometer.
Of his co-mix picks for album #7, Rich said: “I’m delighted to have Kristina and Andre joining me this year. I first met Kristina at my Circus L.A debut some 15 years age. We remained friends ever since & I can’t overstate how much she has done for trance in the USA. I chose Andre aka Lostly for this year’s Disc 3 after he played for us in Thailand at the Unkonscious Festival. His energy blew me away, as did his exacting ‘pünktlichkeit’ during the compilation progress, which was absolute professionalism”.

 

Lostly currently reigns supreme”; “better with every track and remix”; “every release finds the net”; “yet more brilliance from Lostly” – just some of the plaudits that DJ Mag alone have placed at the German’s door of late. Whilst Andre Frauenstein’s enjoys an all-times-of-the-night DJing ability, for ‘Pure Trance VII’ he’s handling ‘the final set’. He wastes zero time in weighing in with recent voltage from Simon Bostock, Everlight, Sneijder, Liam Wilson, Indecent Noise and others. A man who always has a healthy resource of his own music to work with, he intermixes his disc with his own studio fare. Katherine Amy pairing ‘Forever’, Factor B union ‘Strandloper’ and (in solo-mode) ‘Reflection’ all land early craters. Latterly meanwhile, Scott Bond & Charlie Walker collab ‘Tides’, his own ‘Distant Shores’, and Allen Watts remix’s of ‘Trans Karoo’ likewise prevail.

 

Having compiled and mixed his disc, Lostly commented: “I wanted to find the right balance between showcasing a number of different artists while still keeping that Lostly sound. By approaching a number of artists to do collaborations, I felt it would be a great solution in yielding as many originals for the album as possible. Not only did I find myself growing personally as an artist but I also found it interesting working with others and seeing their workflow. Alongside these collaborations are originals by other artists of which I enjoy listening to as well as solo album-exclusive originals of mine, which have become near and dear to me”.

 

‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance VII’, mixed by Kristina Sky, Solarstone and Lostly is out November 9th.
Make it happen here: https://solarstone.co.uk/product/pure-trance-vol-7/

Pure Trance VII Tracklist:

  1. L_DG – Isle of Formentera (Ciree Remix) (3:24)
    10. Revolution 9 – Awakening (4:04)
    11. BT featuring JC Chasez vs. Attila Syah – Journey To Gravity (Kristina Sky’s Resurrection Mashup) (3:23)
    12. New Ordinance – Beyond Gravity (3:26)
    13. Shacada – Sunset (4:00)
    14. Danny Stubbs vs. Kindred Spirits – The View From Apollo D’Antan (Kristina Sky & Randy Boyer’s
    15. David Gradwell – Awakening (4:11)
    16. Tim Verkruissen – Radiant (3:39)
    17. Solarstone & JES – Like A Waterfall (The Blizzard Remix) (4:15)
    18. Solar Movement – Where We Dream (3:37)
    19. Alex Wright – Sueño (3:40)
    20. Roger Shah & Kristina Sky – Ocean Flame (3:49)

Disc 2 – Mixed by Solarstone

  1. Vadim Zhukov featuring Megan Sampson – Heart Connected (Solarstone Reconstruction) (4:04)
    02. Ibizarre – Underwater World (John O’Callaghan Remix) (3:39)
    03. Effen – Sinners [Aren’t We All?] (3:45)
    04. Allende – False Memory (4:08)
    05. Pink Bomb – Indica (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:44)
    06. EDU – Turbulence (4:00)
    07. Dark Matter – When Faith Fades (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:32)
    08. Matt Darey featuring Jonatan Bäckelie – Step Outside (Matt Darey Trance Mix) (4:04)
    09. ReOrder – Beyond Time (Neil Bamford Remix) (3:38)
    10. Astrosphere – What Lies Between The Stars (3:55)
    11. Solarstone – Motif (Robert Nickson Remix) (3:54)
    12. ReOrder – All Comes Back To You (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:57)
    13. Bryan Kearney – Something Out Of Nothing (3:26)
    14. Sam Mitcham – Whopper (Solarstone Edit) (3:47)
    15. Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Craig Connelly Remix) (3:48)

Disc 3 – Mixed by Lostly

01. Lostly & Katherine Amy – Forever (3:33)
02. Simon Bostock featuring Fisher – Without You (Instrumental Mix) (4:03)
03. Leroy Moreno – Paradigm Shift (4:07)
04. Factor B & Lostly – Strandloper (4:21)
05. Lostly – Reflection (4:32)
06. Everlight – Voyager (4:17)
07. Giuseppe Ottaviani – Carbon Paper (3:43)
08. Scott Bond & Charlie Walker vs. Lostly – Tides (4:45)
09. Sneijder – Back Home (4:29)
10. Liam Wilson – Remember Me (Allan Morrow Remix) (3:46)
11. Indecent Noise – One Step Back (3:57)
12. Lostly – Distant Shores (3:57)
13. Tempo Giusto pres. ToneArts – Together As One (3:23)
14. Lostly – Trans Karoo (Allen Watts Remix) (3:34)
15.  Lost In Noise – Cosmic Spirit (3:52)

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