After notching up over twelve million streams with previous collaboration ‘Gold’ (feat. Jake Reese, Wacka Flocka & DJ Whoo Kid), Dash Berlin and DBSTF have once again joined forces. Now adding American talent Josie Nelson to the equation, the all-Dutch team-up presents a gorgeous record: ‘Save Myself’.
After seeing its acoustic version sparkle on part 2 of Dash Berlin’s album ‘We Are’, ‘Save Myself’ marks another signature Dash Berlin record embellished by the brilliant touches of DBSTF and American songstress Josie Nelson. One hundred percent mainstage material and ready to wow fans across the globe, this track sure is another stellar addition to its creators’ respective discographies.
The current #20 DJ in the world (according to DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll), Dash Berlin counts as one of the most popular dance music acts of his time. Throughout his long-lasting career, he has been responsible for innumerable acclaimed singles and remixes (including his recent festival-ready rendition of Lost Frequencies & Zonderling’s hit record ‘Crazy’), all the while continually playing the biggest stages in the world, from Ultra Music Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival and back.
Formerly known as D-Block & S-te-Fan, Dutch duo DBSTF consists of Dutchmen Diederik Bakker and Stefan den Daas. First breaking onto the scene in 2005, they conjured a load of acclaimed Hardstyle smashes before bursting onto the Electro House scene and have been a steady fixture in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll for years in a row, peaking at #40 in 2011.
Hailing from Minnesota, U.S., Josie Nelson is one of the most exciting talents to emerge in the past few years. Despite her young age (eighteen years), Josie managed to turn heads across the world with her original songs and covers, earning her a loyal following of over 40.000 fans on YouTube alone. Her marvelous contribution on ‘Save Myself’ is bound to prove another big stepping stone toward that which she’s already rapidly approaching: international stardom.
An awe-inspiring classic and wonderful record to boot, ‘Shelter’ still counts as one of the most beloved Trance songs ever made. Returning through colossal remixes from Solis & Sean Truby as well as Yoel Lewis, the Dash Berlin creation sets out to win the hearts of the new generation of Trance fans as well.
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Between dropping the second part of his ‘We Are’ album in March of this year and headlining festivals across the globe near incessantly afterwards, it’s hard to imagine Dash Berlin finding the time to craft up some more monumental singles. But with ‘Home’, an amazing link-up with American DJ/producer Savi and singer-songwriter Kaitlyn Olson (KO), Dash Berlin proves he remains ever-prolific and on top of game.
Spotlighting a different take on the signature sound of Dash Berlin, ‘Home’ takes the cake as far as magical collaborations go. Making waves through its fragile vocals, brilliant arrangement and perfect choice of sounds, it emerges as a remarkably intriguing song suited for mainstages and bedroom listening sessions alike. Now add the Club Mix in familiar Dash Berlin style and you know you’ve got a song that feels like ‘Home’.
A staple in dance music for over a decade, Dash Berlin is the current #17 DJ in the world according to DJ Mag’s annual poll and the supplier of some of the most iconic songs in dance music history. From headlining the most prestigious clubs and festivals (e.g. Ultra, Electric Love, etc) around the world to being touted the grandmaster of remixing hit singles (e.g. Lost Frequencies’ ‘Are You With Me’, Alan Walker’s ‘Faded’, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s ‘Symphony’, etc.), Dash Berlin keeps proving his skill and musical brilliance on all fronts and has done so again with ‘Home’.
Coming from reputable collaborations with NERVO on radio smash ‘Forever Or Nothing’ and Cedella Marley on ‘Could You Be Loved’, Electronic Music star-to-be Savi has been winning the hearts of music lovers at every turn. Currently seeing his highly-acclaimed remix of The Chainsmokers’ ‘Honest’ buzz across the globe, Savi can count on his work for ‘Home’ to earn him a spot among dance music’s finest.
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This brand-new offering of Dash Berlin is where the amount of heart-felt emotion goes off the charts. Built on soul-nourishing chord progressions, enchanting melodies and songstress Haneri’s tear-drawing vocals, ‘We Don’t Belong’ is what the whole world can both relate and dance to.
Listen to “WE DON’T BELONG” here
Emma Hewitt doesn’t need any introduction, her very recognizable voice and distinctive style, made me fall for her the very first time I heard her singing; after so many big collaborations (Cosmic Gate, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin..to name a few) and the great success of her album Burn the Sky Down, she is now back with another stunning tune in cooperation with Mark Sixma,called “Restless Hearts”.
I am so excited to share this interview with you guys,she’s not only an amazing trance singer and song writer, not only a beautiful woman, but also a wonderful soul, so kind-hearted and down to earth, and I am feeling really blessed she made the time to support my blog!!
J: Hello Emma,
thank you for supporting my blog with this interview 🙂
E: Hey Jess, it’s my pleasure! 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂
J: I know you started to sing when you were really young, so would you tell me
how did it all start?
E: It was never really a conscious decision, I just always wanted to sing and
be involved with music in some way. I started singing in bands when I was
still in school. As soon as I finished school my brother and I were saving
to record demos and send them to anyone who would listen. Through this
process, and constant writing and learning, we went in and out of different
record and publishing deals, different managers, many moves to different
countries and a lot of trial and error before we came to where we are now,
in electronic music.
J: What is the difference between being in a band and being a trance singer ?
E: The songs are all still written in the same way, on an acoustic guitar or
piano. The main difference for me is the freedom to travel around the
world either alone or with one other person and perform. With a band there
was always 6 of us and a sound guy, so travel and shows actually became
quite expensive. I must say it was a lot of fun having so many other
people to bounce off though. I really enjoy both worlds to be honest.
J: What inspires you the most when you write your lyrics?
E: Always life. The stories of the people around me. My own emotions.
Songwriting is a very therapeutic exercise and for me allows me to express
emotions and nostalgia that I probably wouldn’t otherwise express.
J: What is the most emotional gigs you remember?
E: Most of them actually become emotional in some way. There is often so much
energy from the crowd and I am always trying to give as much energy as I
can back. I think perhaps for me, the first solo sets I did at some of the
big festivals were kind of a milestone for me, as for a while people told
me only djs could do that.
J: Who would you like to work with in the next future ?
E: Anyone who writes a fantastic song and has a great sound…and of course is
a good person too 🙂
J: in your album Burn the sky down (that I adore) there is also a cover from
Placebo, This Picture, can you tell me why did you choose that tune ? (I am
a huge Placebo fan too)
E: Oh you are? Awesome! I am a huge fan of 90’s rock and industrial music.
I grew up with this darker kind of music, so I wanted to give a nod to that
J: What are the ups and downs of your job?
E: The ups of course are probably too many to list. I get to do what is
absolutely my passion, for this I count myself very lucky. Seeing places
all over the world that I would never otherwise have the chance to visit is
a wonderful perk, meeting people and making friends from other countries,
the crowds and energy of the shows…
Perhaps the only downside, which I would never complain about still as I am
grateful to do what I do…but I would have to say it would be missing out
on spending time with family and friends. Also perhaps the instability and
not particularly belonging anywhere. But I am happy to continue being a
traveling gypsy as the goods far out way the negatives!!
J: Any new project on the way?
E: Many! I have quite a few new collaborations lined up and I am also looking
at releasing a solo ep or album early next year. I took some time out from
releasing music for a while to gather fresh inspiration. Now I am fully
inspired and writing like crazy! 🙂
J: How did success affected your life ?
E: I guess it is difficult for any of us to really gauge our own success or
see ourselves as successful. For me I am always looking to the next
project or the next thing I want to achieve. I wouldn’t consider myself
successful until I have achieved all I want to. And I think if I ever
achieve all I want to I will become stagnant…there is so much more I want
to do before I would say I have reached success though.
J: You travel a lot, what are the things you always carry with you?
E: Always my kindle…I read a lot on flights. Black mascara is always a
must…without it I look like I have no eyes…if I stand in front of a
white wall you can’t see me. I always have my TC Helicon voice live vocal
effects so that I can create delays and reverbs for my live vocals,
ultimate ears in ear monitors so I can hear myself onstage…My
laptop…some giant shoes so I can pretend I am taller onstage :):)
J: Do you have a lucky charm?
E: Not a lucky charm so much, but I do travel with a few crystals that fit in
my pockets for good vibes and protection.
J: Are you coming back to Italy any soon?
E: I truly hope so! Italy is one of my favorite places in the world to
visit!! I absolutely LOVE the people…and the food!!!! Fingers crossed I
get to visit soon!
Thanks again Emma, really loved you find the time in your extra busy schedule for this lovely chat, and hope to see you again very soon 🙂
Here you can find her latest masterpiece with Mark Sixma “Restless Hearts”
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