From Amsterdam, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano met in 2006 in the clothing store where Sunnery worked, and where Ryan applied for an internship. While working together they noticed a lot of similar interests, and started working on some music together. From that moment on the two never stopped doing what they love most and they’ve created a big name for themselves since then. Now, excited about their music as ever, the duo will be starting their residency at Hï Ibiza June 20th. If on the island, be sure to check them out there, as well as have a listen to their latest track, “Savages,” with Bruno Martini and featuring Mayra embedded below.
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SunCity Paradise: Focusing in on Ibiza, what really stands out and makes it special to you? Where would you send a first-time visitor to get a real sense of the island?
Sunnery James: The parties! Ibiza has the best parties. We come back for work every year and we just love the island. The people are always really nice, and there is a really good vibe on the Island.
Ryan Marciano: So, I think a first-time visitor should come see our show at Hï on [every] Wednesday [during the summer]!
SCP: Describe your first experience on the island. When was it? Was it sensory overload taking it all in? Or, did you just feel right at home?
SJ: My first time on Ibiza was back in 2003. I was invited by a promoter I knew to do a last-minute show on the island. When I started, there were about nine people in the club, so it wasn’t really a big deal. But, the DJ who played after me didn’t really have the right vibe, so the promoter asked me to take over. The venue was sold out by that time, so that was one of the best experiences of my life!
SCP: Bringing it back a bit, what was your first real exposure to music? How did you both get inspired to create your own and eventually pursue it as a career?
SJ: Ryan and I worked together and always liked to go out together in Amsterdam. At some point we had been to every party there was in Amsterdam and wanted to host our own parties, but we didn’t make a lot of money and the DJ’s were too expensive. That’s when we decided to start DJing ourselves, so we wouldn’t have to pay for the DJ. It really came from a passion for music and a lot of luck, as well.
SCP: You are now going to be residents at Hï Ibiza, the newest club on the island, starting June 20th. As a club that’s tabbed as being built specifically with the clubber in mind, how do you foresee the facility taking club-going to the next level? Describe your excitement to take the decks there.
SJ: We are so excited! We love Hï. Clubbing there is next level, they even have a dj booth in the bathroom! They also have teepees as greenrooms in their garden.
SJ: Not always. Of course, you are always looking for new tracks you can play in your set, but I also like to listen to different music styles. I’m a huge fan of Kanye West!
RM: Yeah, dance music equals partying and work for us, so it’s good to listen to different music sometimes and to relax. I also like listening to hip-hop and R&B.
SCP: Lastly, what else is coming up over the next couple of months that you’d like to highlight?
SJ: We have so many exciting gigs coming up this summer! We have several appearances at Tomorrowland, on both weekends, including our own Sexy By Nature stage. We host our own Sexy By Nature stage at other big festivals, like Mysteryland, Parookavile and Creamfields too.