Unknown to many clubbers, Dash Berlin is in actually a group made up of 3 members: Jeffery Sutorius is the ‘frontman’ of the group and the only one who tours for live dj performances. Quite understandably, it its not widely know that the ‘group’s tunes are actually written in part by Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg who make up the 2 remaining members of Dash Berlin.
According to a statement posted below by Sutorius, he has not been happy with his management recently (stated as mismanagement and neglect per the statement below) and one can infer he was been looking into leaving to go solo. As a proactive measure, the two remaining group members as well as Berlin’s management team trademarked the name Dash Berlin to apparently be able to keep the name for their own use and not to allow Sutorius to go out on tour using the Dash Berlin name. One can infer that each side was basically attempting to protect their interests.
Sutorius publicly provided the statement regarding the issue:
“Through this statement I inform you that at the end of May I severed my ties with Vanderkleij Agency, Sebastiaan Molijn and Eelke Kalberg (booker and management of Dash Berlin). The reason for ending the relationship is mismanagement in the past several years and neglecting my interests. I recently found out that Molijn and Kalberg together with Vanderkleij Agency registered the name ‘Dash Berlin’ in their own name. I did not realize that as such it might not be possible for me to perform under my Dash Berlin name. I requested my lawyers to put this matter before the court, so that this matter can be resolved. All this has had a negative influence on my health, and I was advised to take it easy. I would have preferred to announce this through my own social media channels. However, after ending the relationship my access to the social media accounts was blocked. I hope that all this can be settled quickly and that I can continue to perform. I love my fans and I hope they will understand.”
It is unknow how this may play out. Fans of Dash Berlin associate the identity of the group as Sutorius hence if a new individual were to tour as Dash Berlin it would be somewhat awkward. On the other hand if this dispute is not resolved, one can see Sutorius touring as TAFKADB aka The Artist Formerly Known as Dash Berlin.