The ClubPlanet Interview: Dash Berlin

The ClubPlanet Interview: Dash Berlin

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
12.23.2014

It’s rare that an import album makes the chart in the US, but for Dutch dance trio Dash Berlin – it doesn’t come as a surprise.  Their long awaited followup to #musicislife, We Are (part 1) made the Top 200 Albums chart on the strength of strong singles like “Earth Meets Water,”  “Shelter” and of course “Underneath the Sky.”  Dash Berlin also had the unique honor of being one of the 5 Dutch DJs commemorated on an official stamp set (along with Hardwell, Tiesto, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren.)   At the stamp launch event during ADE, we had a quick chat which all the Dashers out there are going to love.

RS: Hi Dash, nice to meet you!
Dash Berlin: Nice to meet you too, where are you from?

RS: Nashville, Tennessee.
Dash Berlin: No way, did you know that I shot two videos there?

RS: Which videos did you shoot in Nashville?
Dash Berlin: “Better Half Of Me” and “World Falls Apart” with Jonathan Mendelsohn.

RS: Really? How is the new album coming along?
Dash Berlin: Fantastically, I have to say that I am amazed by the enthusiasm with the launch. We dropped on 29th of August and it went straight to #1 immediately all over the world in various countries. It shows that there is a lot of potential and a lot of demand for Dash Berlin music. We are already in the process of album number two; we have part one so we have to come up with part two. Currently we are working on new tracks for the second album that is going to come out sometime next year, it is very exciting times.

RS: When you say we, who is we?
Dash Berlin: I make music with two of my best friends for Dash Berlin. I always travel the world and DJ by myself but you can say I am the front man of the band. We are a threesome but you will always see me.


RS: Very cool. What is the next single going to be?
Dash Berlin: Probably the collaboration that I did with 3LAU from Vegas. The vocalist on that track is Bright Lights and the track is called “Somehow.” We had a fantastic video shoot for that in Vegas during EDC and it is going to be amazing.

RS: How did you hook up with 3LAU?
Dash Berlin: I had a show with 3LAU at the Marquee Las Vegas in the Cosmopolitan where I have been a resident for over 3 years now. He had a show there too so we met and I saw his set and thought that it was really cool. He is definitely one of the up and coming guys from the US. I am very lucky that I am able to work with him because he is going off like a skyrocket right now, he is really proving himself.

RS: Speaking about 3LAU he is so young, if you spoke to your 18 year old self what would you say? 
Dash Berlin: I would say go on the internet and watch tutorials and believe in yourself and get taught how to make great music which is the first step in becoming a DJ now always. If you get setbacks don’t be sad about it, it will happen your whole life but you just have to go for the ultimate goal that you want to reach.



RS: How did you react when you found out that you were going to be on a postage stamp? 
Dash Berlin: I was amazed and I am still amazed because not many people in the Netherlands know of Dash Berlin. I think that it turned out great and I really love the coloring, the beard is a bit heavy but I can grow that out.

RS: What is your take on the DJ list and how does that affect your career?
Dash Berlin: I think it definitely has importance and it is a mix of talent and popularity. You see a lot of experienced DJs like Hardwell and Martin Garrix who have paved the way for guys like me that are still on that list and that is not for nothing because they have a big amount of fans that are supporting them worldwide.  To be honest it gives you a certain status and the second part is how is your music is doing. Your music sets aside your status as a DJ in the DJ Mag and it helps each other. Isn’t the most important thing in the world but it can certainly help you as a DJ.

RS: What is the difference for you between festivals in Europe and festival is the US?
Dash Berlin: I think that the festivals in Europe are way more experienced because we have been parting in Europe a lot longer than the US. You can see that the US is really eager to learn and eager to do it the American way, bigger, bolder and better and they are achieving that.

RS: What do you see coming next with the sound because right now the new house thing is really big and is that affecting your sound?
Dash Berlin: Definitely, the US market has influenced my sound. EDM is huge and I like to call my style PDM which is powerful electronic music and I think it is a good thing because music has to evolve. I always say that when you are standing still you are walking backwards. House music and electronic music is so progressive and it constantly changes along with the ways of making music. It is amazing and fantastic to be a part of it all.

RS: What do you want to say to all of your fans out there?
Dash Berlin: It is so great to have so much support all over the world. I just hope that I have the time to do so much and to see everybody and create a fantastic time together.


Interview conducted during Amsterdam Dance Event 2014.  



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