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’.”