The sun was shining in more ways than one during our first interview with Jeffrey Sutorius. The former Dash Berlin frontman was in a meeting of many firsts as it was Jeffrey’s first time attending Amsterdam Dance Event and apparently, the first sunny day in the history of ADE ever! Jeffrey summarized it perfectly with one simple word “Sunny.”
“I’ve been talking with so many people, and they say ‘is your first time really in ADE?’ And the sun is shining! I have to do this more often I guess.”
Sutorius has been on a rebranding campaign under his real name “Jeffrey Sutorius,” after he allegedly was locked out of the group for taking an unauthorized extensive personal leave from the production and touring.
The newly married DJ and producer, voiced that he’s finally ready to begin touring again. In fact, he’s already began releasing new music under his new name, but he also dropped a major hint that maybe the Dash Berlin project may not be entirely over just yet!
“It’s actually still in court proceedings, so I might become Dash Berlin again, who knows? Suspense, suspense in that matter!”Jeffrey Sutorius
Only time will tell if and when Jeffrey might return to the Dash Berlin group, but for now he emphasizes that it’s “all about Jeffrey Sutorius.”
I want to go back on stage. I want to go back to the fans, and I want to continue and move on with what I liked best, and that’s performing. So when people see Jeffery Sutorius on the bill instead of Dash Berlin, it will be basically still the same. And there’s so much love and support online, offline and many dedicated fans. The support was already crazy, really heartwarming it touches my heart so much that these people are really there for me!”
Jeffrey wanted to assure his fans that going solo wouldn’t impact his productions in the least, he said we should expect the same level of style and quality as his Dash Berlin releases.
“I’ve got five tracks ready, and some people have already heard bits of them, and they could confirm ‘this is you.’ And obviously I’m not working with partners like Eelke and Sebastiaan but I’m in full control of what’s happening on the music side right now.”
Jeffrey also shared some details over the fallout between him and his former Dash Berlin colleagues.
“I rolled into the situation about four and a half months ago as a ‘burnout.’ And I have a story to tell because in this burnout was also when the conflict happened obviously.This is something I want to share with my fans, with people who are willing to listen to my music. I think people will understand when they hear the music. I’m about vocals, and I will stay about vocals and they will help me translate my story.”
The topic of artist ‘burnout’ is not lost on us in dance music community. We lost a beloved Dance Music icon, Avicii, earlier this year. And at least two other high profile DJs are actively on “break” from touring due to the grueling EDM DJ lifestyle.
But unfortunately for Jeffrey, things did not go as smoothly as they did for other DJs. But despite all the drama in the last few months, Jeffrey has reenergized, and he’s eager to get back on stage and reconnect with his fans again.
“This will become very emotional for me on stage when I go back. That’s going to be exceptionally tough times for me. But you know, it’s part of the recovery process and it’s going to be so much fun because it’s real. It’s me and the fans and what we have is genuine.”
Learn more about Jeffrey Sutorius, the award-winning Dutch DJ formerly known as Dash Berlin. Listen along as he sits down with us for a candid interview in the Nexus Lounge Amsterdam during ADE.
The full audio interview below!