Energetic DJ duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano chat about performing overseas, their upcoming residency in Atlantic City, and more.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano met in Amsterdam back in 2006, when they worked at a clothing store. After realizing they had similar passions for music and deejaying, the pair began to focus on making music together—and it's history from there on out. Now, their signature tribal house music brings crowds to their feet, and continues to sell out shows—and it's recent releases like "Red Moon," "Salute," and "Come Follow" that keep their fans engaged and highly loyal to the musical duo.
As they plan on their upcoming summer residency at Haven Nightclub with an epic kickoff performance on April 30, we sat down with the pair to talk about what they're inspired by, who they'd love to collaborate with, and more.
Is it different performing overseas versus performing in the US? SUNNERY JAMES & RYAN MARCIANO: Every country is unique when it comes down to the atmosphere and vibes during a performance—that’s what makes touring all over the world so special! We have had crazy shows everywhere, and met so many great people in the States as well as overseas.
Do you have any favorite cities you like to visit when you're stateside? SJ&RM: That’s a difficult question! We always really enjoy being in the States, but the ones that are definitely standing out are New York, LA, and Miami.
Do you have anything special planned for your performance at Haven in Atlantic City? SJ&RM: We are full of surprises for our 2016 residency. We’re obviously not going to tell you anything about it right now, you will just have to come and see for yourself!
Fair enough! What inspires your funky house sound? SJ&RM: We’re always looking for new sounds to use: We prefer some techy synths, drums, and warm vocals. When it comes to combining the darker, progressive/tech house sound and the melodic warm house sound, we always try to push the limits. We’ve also always loved the drums and really soulful sounds—we think those are the main things that inspire our funky house sound.
Who do you guys look up to and get inspired by? SJ&RM: DJ Roog from Hardsoul is one of our biggest inspirations. He’s also one of our teachers—we went to every show of his. Also, Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler are two of our biggest heroes. They really stayed with the pure, old school house.
Finally, if you could work with anyone, who would you like to collaborate with? SJ&RM: Working in the studio with an Ibiza legend like Carl Cox would be sick! It’s a little bit out of the box, but we’d also love to work with Pharrell Williams or with Kanye West on a dance track—they’re insanely creative.