May 17, 2012
interview
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are a pair who have been on the lips of a growing number of industry influencers & fans alike in recent months. The guys chatted with us at ETD.Pop about their famous Tiesto cover & upcoming tracks with Nervo & Steve Angello.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - Tribeca (Original Mix) [Subliminal]
LessThan3: What’s the story behind your Lethal Industry remix?
Sunnery: It’s actually not a remix—it’s a cover. We had a similar version of the track and we didn’t know what to do with it. One day we found this specific synth in Sylenth that sounded amazing so I recorded the melody from Lethal Industry on it, added it to the track, and then we started playing it in our sets. Then we sent it to Tijs (Tiesto), and he said “you know what, let’s make a cover. Not a remix, a cover.” It was huge for us. He said a lot of people had been trying to do it, but we were the first he liked. Specifically, one of “the Swedes” tried to cover it and it just wasn’t that great. He wouldn’t tell us who, though.
LessThan3: What avenues do you guys use to pick up new tracks for your set?
Sunnery: Friends and deep techno parties. Luciano, Dennis Ferrer, and Marco Carola are huge inspirations for us. When I’m off and go out, I’m going to techno parties. We’re going to Ibiza soon, and we can’t wait to take advantage of their scene. We’ll also be playing at Amnesia, Pacha, and Space while we’re there.
LessThan3: What workstation do you use for production?
Ryan: Ableton. We were using Logic a lot, but Ableton is the sh*t so we completely switched. I can’t wait for Version 9 to come out. We don’t use it to DJ though; we moved from vinyl, to CDs, and now we’re on USB sticks.
LessThan3: Any upcoming collaborations we should know about?
Sunnery: We have a track with Steve Angello that we did a year ago, but he’s waiting until the time is right to release it. Steve can wait a while to release tracks, but he always picks the best time for it to come out.
Ryan: We also just did some business with Nervo in their dressing room, so hopefully a collaboration will come of that. We are possibly going to have them on our upcoming single Finally Here, though it could be called Finally You depending on the vocals.
LessThan3: What is the collaboration process like for you?
Sunnery: We have a studio in Amsterdam that we work out of with other artists sometimes, but nowadays you can work anywhere–even on your laptop. You just have to have a studio and a club to test it in. Axwell made his remix for In My Mind on his laptop.
LessThan3: Who are the artists you’ve been keeping an eye on over the past several months?
Sunnery: Nicky Romero. He’s already big, but we got to see him develop his sound in Holland in his earlier years, so it’s amazing to see him explode worldwide now. We always believed in him. Jaz Von D from Holland is another guy we’ve been bragging about for a while. I’m convinced Madeon is the next big thing. Considering he’s 17 years old, the sky’s the limit.
LessThan3: What do you think is the biggest obstacle for an artist to break into the top echelon?
Sunnery: A lot of artists are doing very similar sounds, especially in the “big room” scene. Because there are so many of them, it’s hard to get your foot in the door, especially when the focus is on a small number of artists.
LessThan3: What are some shows on your radar that you’re excited about?
Ryan: We’re playing the mainstage at EDC in New York City, and we’re playing EDC Vegas as well. New York is doing some crazy shows these days, as is Insomniac.
LessThan3: Are there any clubs or events companies that you particularly enjoy working with?
Sunnery: The people who run Playhouse in LA are great. We also really enjoy working with the guys at TAO Group and Marquee in Vegas.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Sunnery: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.
Ryan: The Ghetto by George Benson.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Sunnery & Ryan: Sexy, Groovy, Bangin’.
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