Dixon (DJ)

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Dixon
Birth name Steffen Berkhahn
Also known as Dixon
Born (1975-12-21) 21 December 1975 (age 42)
Anklam, Germany
Genres House, tech house, deep house, techno
Occupation(s) DJ, Producer
Years active 1991 – present
Labels Innervisions, Sonar Kollektiv, Get Physical Music, WMF Records
Associated acts Âme, Recondite, Marcus Worgull, Henrik Schwarz

Dixon (born Steffen Berkhahn; 21 December 1975 in Anklam, Germany[1]) is a Berlin-based house and techno DJ, producer and label manager. He has been the number one DJ on Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJ Poll every year since 2013.

Life and work[edit]

Berkhahn grew up in East Berlin and was aiming for a career as a professional footballer or a long-distance runner, an ambition that was thwarted due to injury.[1][2][3][4][5]

In the early 1990s he began DJing under the name Dixon in Berlin clubs such as Turbine, Tresor, E-Werk and WMF.[4] For several years he held a weekly residency at WMF with Mitja Prinz, which he describes a key experience in his formative years as a DJ.[1] His residencies at Tresor, WMF and later Weekend Club all involved playing long sets.[1] In a city known in particular for techno music, Dixon established a reputation as a deep house DJ.[6][1][7]

Dixon's global prominence as a DJ has grown over the years through appearances at clubs and festivals worldwide.[8][9][3] He was voted No. 1 in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJ Poll in the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16] In terms of style, German newspaper Die Welt credits Dixon with "bringing back vocals, drama and grand emotions to the dancefloor" after the electronic dance music scene was dominated by minimal techno for several years.[17] Die Tageszeitung agrees that Dixon and Innervisions "changed the sound of Berlin."[4]

Dixon first began record label and A&R work at the Sonar-Kollektiv sublabel Recreation Recordings.[18] In 2005 he founded the label Innervisions with Kristian Rädle and Frank Wiedemann from Âme.[19][20] Initially a sub-label of Sonar Kollektiv, it became independent in 2006.[6][21] British magazine Mixmag says the label has had "an astounding influence on the global house scene."[22]

As a producer, Dixon has released several EPs in collaboration with artists such as Georg Levin, Derrick Carter, Henrik Schwarz and Âme.[23][24][21][25] Dixon often creates his own edits of other artists' tracks for use in his DJ sets.[6]

Berkhahn lives with his wife and son in Berlin.[17][3]

In 2018, Dixon was added into Grand Theft Auto Online as a nightclub DJ as part of the After Hours DLC.[26]

Discography[edit]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • 2005: Wahoo presented By Dixon and Georg Levin – Holding You (Sonar Kollektiv)
  • 2006: Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon feat. Derrick L. Carter – Where We At EP (Sonar Kollektiv, Innervisions)
  • 2008: Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon – D.P.O.M.B. EP (Innervisions)
  • 2009: Dixon – Temporary Secretary – Dixon Edits (Innervisions)
  • 2010: Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon – A Critical Mass Live EP (Innervisions)
  • 2014: Guy Gerber & Dixon – No Distance EP (Rumors)

Mixes and compilations[edit]

  • 1999: V.A. – Off Limits (Recreation Recordings)
  • 2000: V.A. – Off Limits 2 (Recreation Recordings)
  • 2001: Dixon and Mitja Prinz – Audio Video Disco (WMF Records)
  • 2002: V.A. – Off Limits 3 (Recreation Recordings)
  • 2007: DJ Dixon – Body Language Vol. 4 (Get Physical Music)
  • 2009: Dixon – Temporary Secretary (Innervisions)
  • 2009: Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon – The Grandfather Paradox (BBE)
  • 2010: Dixon – Five Years Of Innervisions Compiled & Mixed By Dixon × Air (Lastrum)
  • 2011: Dixon – Live At Robert Johnson Volume 8 (Live At Robert Johnson)

Remixes (selected)[edit]

  • 2007: Tokyo Black Star - Still Sequence - Innervisions Version - Âme & Dixon (Innervisions)
  • 2007: Will Saul - Mbira Wahoo - Dixon Remix
  • 2009: Atjazz - Harmony - Dixon’s Late Night Mix (Atjazz Record Company)
  • 2009: The Machine - Fuse - Dixon Remix (Innervisions)
  • 2012: Matthew Dekay, Lee Burridge - Lost In A Moment - Dixon Rework (Innervisions)
  • 2013: The XX - Tides - Dixon Remix (Young Turks)
  • 2013: Mano Le Tough - Everything You’ve Done Before - Dixon Remix (Permanent Vacation)
  • 2013: Matthew Jonson - Level 7 - Dixon Remix (Crosstown Rebels)
  • 2014: Claude VonStroke - Urban Animal - Dixon Dub Mix (Dirtybird)
  • 2014: Joy Wellboy - Before The Sunrise - Dixon Remix (Bpitch Control)
  • 2015: Plastikman - EXhale - Dixon’s Just A Different Mixdown Version (Mute Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "DJ History - interview with Dixon".
  2. ^ "Dixon - Hall Of Fame, Dixon and Emanuel Satie, Pete Tong - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  3. ^ a b c "DIXON | Crack Magazine". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  4. ^ a b c Rapp, Tobias. "Die DJs mit der Goldkante". die tageszeitung. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  5. ^ "Dixon et le football, une occasion ratée". Trax magazine (in French). Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  6. ^ a b c Advisor, Resident. "Innervisions: Lost in a moment". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  7. ^ Rapp, Tobias (2012-09-17). Lost and Sound: Berlin, Techno und der Easyjetset (in German). Suhrkamp Verlag. ISBN 9783518733950.
  8. ^ Advisor, Resident. "RA: Dixon tour dates". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  9. ^ Janson, Gerd (2014-05-09). "INNERVISIONS Über das Auflegen". Groove. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  10. ^ "RA Poll: Top DJs of 2013". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  11. ^ "RA Poll: Top DJs of 2014". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  12. ^ "RA Poll: Top DJs of 2015". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  13. ^ "Resident Advisor Reveals Its Top 100 DJs of 2015". www.billboard.com.
  14. ^ Advisor, Resident. "RA Poll: Top DJs of 2016". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  15. ^ "Dixon Tops Resident Advisor's 2016 Top 100 List". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  16. ^ "Dixon Tops RA's 2016 Readers Poll for the Fourth Year | Thump". Thump. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  17. ^ a b "Vergessen wir, was Montag bis Freitag war". Die Welt.
  18. ^ "artist | Dixon | cocoon.net". www.cocoon.net. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  19. ^ "Innervisions Co-founders Âme and Dixon To Record b2b Essential Mix in April | Thump". Thump. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  20. ^ "Watch a documentary profiling Dixon and Âme's Innervisions label". Mixmag. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  21. ^ a b Voice, Ibiza. "Dixon - Sound and InnerVisions". www.ibiza-voice.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  22. ^ "10 Essential Innervisions Tracks". www.mixmag.net.
  23. ^ "Dixon". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  24. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg,. "POP: Minimal ist besser - DER SPIEGEL 12/2009". www.spiegel.de. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  25. ^ Patel, Amar. "BBC - Music - Review of Wahoo - Take It Personal". Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  26. ^ Donnelly, Joe (7 August 2018). "GTA Online invites real-world DJ Dixon to Los Santos, adds new plane and music". PC Gamer. Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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