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Poll 2021: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “QG — don’t ask, you’ll hear all about it soon.”

They’re “the world’s most energetic house duo.” At least, that’s what their Facebook page tells us. However, the Dutch duo (real names Sunnery Gorré and Ryan de Lange) had to spend a chunk of the past 18 months in what was for them an odd position — as homeschooling dads. “But we also had a lot of time in the studio, so we were able to explore, and venture into many different genres,” the pair tells DJ Mag. “And since we’ll pick up touring again, you’ll get to hear much of it soon."
We wouldn’t expect those new genres to be all that far removed from Gorré and de Lange’s self-described “body-rocking tribal house filled with drums and vocals” — after all, that’s what’s kept them going since they debuted in the late-’00s, and that’s why their legions of fans love them. The pump-action thrust of 2011’s ‘Tribeca’, the syncopated squelch of 2018’s collaboration with Armin van Buuren ‘You Are Too’, or the melodic grandeur of last year’s ‘Life After You’ — those are the songs that got them onto the Top 100 DJs list, and that’s the kind of music that will undoubtedly keep them there.


How was your first gig back after lockdown?
“Can’t describe it. Being amongst great people, doing the thing you love the most… we needed that.” 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
“We bought a SPHERE from Mischa Jacobi.”


What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
“Blxst ‘No Love Lost’.”



Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-12 10:10

Bigroom house
Best known for: 
Sexy By Nature events and radio show
Tune of the year: 
“The Tom Staar remix of our track ‘Amanzi’.”

Poll 2020: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
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Like most of us, Sunnery and Ryan have been keeping their actions closer to home of late. Featuring singer (and fellow Amsterdammer) RANI, ‘Life After You’ brought the summer some pulse. Release-wise, the boys swiftly doubled down with ‘Devotion’, before acing a remix of Oliver Heldens & Kiki Bun’s ‘Break This Habit’ in September.

The duo has also been using their label as a lightning rod for new talent, launching their first SONO Music challenge in June. Budding producers competed to secure a release on the label, with Italian duo Twolate first past the post a couple of months later. Further talent building has also occurred through their online DJ Strategy and Performance course (in tandem with the e-learning platform School Of House). “We've heard many inspiring stories from people who followed the course while being in quarantine,” they say, “and that’s been a really good feeling.”

Sexy By Nature, their radio show, marked its sixth broadcast year in 2020, while they’ve also been filling the show gap with some visually arresting live streams. 

What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?

“Family, friends and music.”


What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?

“We need to act more as one big family. We're all in this together and we need each other to get through this. Everyone plays a part in our industry’s ecosystem and to get back where we left it we need to really look after each other, both physically and mentally.”


What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?

“The first step is most important and that's acknowledging it is an issue in our industry. Only if we accept this can we work towards solutions. But please never forget house music is built on inclusiveness. And that's the way it should be.”


What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?

“It's important we keep talking about this topic with each other, especially amongst industry peers. Find solutions together. That's where change starts. Our culture has been built on inclusiveness so we should all embrace that again.”


What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?

Sunnery: “Joe T Vanelli ‘Get It On’.”
Ryan: “Oxia ‘Domino’.”



Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-19 14:05

“Body rocking tribal house filled with drums and vocals.”
Best known for: 
“Rocking clubs and festivals around the world with our signature drums! SONO Music and our Sexy By Nature events and radio show.”
Tune of the year: 
“Sofi Tukker, Novak, Yax.x ‘Emergency’.”
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