While trance music may not have caught on as much in America as it has in other parts of the world, the trippy, uptempo electronic dance music genre still maintains a huge following here in the states. Tomorrow night, local trance fanatics will find sanctuary at INTL in Old Town Scottsdale when Dash Berlin performs at the club.
And it's a gig that EDM fans probably don't want to miss, considering that the Dutch-born DJ/producer is arguably one of the biggest trance acts in the world right now.
Berlin, born Jeffrey Sutorius, is currently ranked number 10 on DJ Mag's current Top 100 and is up for "Best Trance DJ" and "Best Trance Track" at next month's International Dance Music Awards in Miami. Those are just two of his latest coups, however, as he's racked up a slew of other awards and honors over the years, not mention a big bankroll and numerous festival and club appearances around the world.
If you're into EDM, you've probably heard Dash Berlin's remix of Krewella's "Live for the Night." Although Krewella definitely fits into an electronic/pop music style, Dash Berlin's sets are typically straight up melodic trance with sparkling synths and tons of vocal tracks, all of which are laced together with a high-energy tempo and uplifting breaks.
Dash's singles tend to be emotional songs with depth and an underlying message of love. It's all positive, melodic and just kind of flows.
This show will be a good break from the current, more mainstream, dance music line-up found in most Phoenix and Scottsdale clubs, which are highly saturated in banging, raging electro and house. Don't get us wrong, we love that ear numbing, grinding dirty electro/club shit, but sometimes it's nice to change things up and groove to something pretty.
All of his most noteworthy tracks include vocals and legitimate song lyrics. His first successful single, "Till The Sky Falls Down," put him on the map after Armin Van Buuren included it on his Universal Religion mix album in 2007. Recent original tracks by Dash Berlin include "Jar of Hearts" featuring Christina Novelli, "Steal You Away" featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn and Alexander Popov and "Fool for Life" featuring Chris Madin, all of which were released in 2013.
Dash Berlin's gig at INTL on Wednesday, February 19 -- which will feature Scottsdale's DJ Lujan performing an opening set -- is expected to sell out, tickets are still available as of this writing. Doors open at 10 p.m.
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