Steffen 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. In the early 1990s he began DJing under the name Dixon in Berlin clubs such as Turbine, Tresor, E-Werk and WMF. 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. His residencies at Tresor, WMF and later Weekend Club all involved playing long sets. In a city known in particular for techno music, Dixon established a reputation as a deep house DJ.
Dixon’s global prominence as a DJ has grown over the years through appearances at clubs and festivals worldwide. He was voted No. 1 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ Poll in the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Dixon first began record label and A&R work at the Sonar-Kollektiv sublabel Recreation Recordings. In 2005 he founded the label Innervisions with Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann from Âme. Initially a sub-label of Sonar Kollektiv, it became independent in 2006. British magazine Mixmag says the label has had “an astounding influence on the global house scene.