Lunar Lunes: Anti Up deliver ‘Concentrate,’ Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T create ‘Hustler’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Anti Up deliver ‘Concentrate,’ Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T create ‘Hustler’ + moreDestructo Boom Single

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo have delivered some fresh heat via their first Anti Up release of the year, “Concentrate.” Destructo, DARKO, and Ice-T have cooked up a sultry new single, “Hustler,” and RAC has released his remix of Elohim and Whethan‘s “Sleepy Eyes.” Diplo flexes his house music muscles on “Hold You Tight,” and No Mana unveils his new mau5trap single with Winnie Ford, “House of Cards.” The Knocks bring the party to Blu DeTiger‘s “Mad Love,” and Bishu reveals his full Monstercat EP, Hali 2 Cali. The latest release on Tchami‘s CONFESSION comes from Andrea Marino in the form of “The Plug,” and Freak On takes to The Prescription Records for the Feel Like This EP. Khåen brings two new tracks to Lane 8‘s This Never Happened, and Zomboy and MUST DIE! make a formidable team on “Revival.” JayKode teams up with The Zealots vocalist Micah Martin on an intense new single, “Apocalypse.” Doctor P packs plenty of bass into “Death Anxiety,” and Codeko shows off a new remix of Two Friends‘ “Take It Off.” Don Diablo and CID bring “Fever” to the former’s own Hexagon, and Tropix and LAV8 drop their debut original song, “Fallin’.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Saturday Night Session 016: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano talk making it work as a musical duo and the meaning behind their ‘Sexy By Nature’ brand

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Saturday Night Session 016: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano talk making it work as a musical duo and the meaning behind their ‘Sexy By Nature’ brandSJRM Press Photo

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Sunnery Gorré and Ryan de Lange have come quite a long way since the pair met by chance working retail in Amsterdam in 2006. Now internationally renowned electronic music producers, label owners, and clothing line founders, retail is only a fraction of what keeps them busy thanks to their creative flair and infectious personalities. More popularly known as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, the duo’s music career is what pushed them into notoriety, and it all started with a release in 2009 on Chuckie‘s Dirty Dutch imprint. After cementing a strong fanbase in The Netherlands, James and Marciano began to grow a steady following internationally thanks to their unique sound and high energy productions. A decade in, their career is as vibrant as ever.

All of the different elements of James & Marciano’s creativity fall under the master brand they have made for themselves, ‘Sexy By Nature.’ Inspired by confidence, they speak about what the brand means to them, and how it shapes their approach to life, stating, “We think being sexy is all about attitude and confidence. In our opinion every single person can be sexy in their own way. For us it’s not so much about the way you look or dress, but the way you present yourself. Being sexy is being comfortable with who you are and that is why it’s so important to us and why we started our ‘Sexy By Nature’ brand.”

Brands, labels, and songs aside, it is no secret that being a part of a music duo or a group can be taxing and ultimately career ending due to interpersonal conflict and differing of directions. James and Marciano are still going strong after a decade, and they speak on why they have been able to make it work, saying, “Besides working together, we’re best friends. We were already best friends before we started our DJ career. We get along so well, so we never ever fight. We spend so much time together, the only thing we do separately is sleeping haha.”

The product of their friendship and stellar working relationship, the duo have a truly distinctive sound, which isn’t something many of the electronic music artists in the current commercialized landscape can say. James and Marciano blend elements of house, tribal, techno, and electro all rolled up with some Latin flavor. All of these elements are displayed throughout their hour long Saturday Night Session, which takes the listener on a ride of club music and recent hits by the artists.

When asked what kind of a Saturday night the mix would get listeners’ ready for, James and Marciano unsurprisingly note it will be a ‘sexy and funky one!” The mix is the perfect representation of their dynamic soundscape bundled into one high energy set, and it’s the perfect backdrop for a club night.

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It can be tough being a duo/group in music, and we’ve seen a lot of breakups. How do you guys make it work?
Besides working together we’re best friends. We were already best friends before we started our DJ career. We get along so well, so we never ever fight. We spend so much time together, the only thing we do separately is sleeping haha.

What can we expect from you guys in 2019? Any exciting new projects?
Last month we released a new track with Bruno Martini and Mayra called “Shameless.” Besides this release there is a lot of new music on the way. We’re also playing a lot of cool shows and festivals like Tomorrowland, Balaton Sound and Mysteryland, where we also host our own stage with Sexy By Nature. And of course we have our own residency again at Hi Ibiza, every Wednesday together with Armin van Buuren.

What is the best and conversely worst part about this career?
The best part is that we get to see the world and we get to meet so many cool and inspiring people all over the world. What we dislike the most is the fact that we’re away from our families a lot.

How did you guys decide on ‘Sexy by Nature’ as your brand name/thematic?
We think being sexy is all about attitude and confidence. In our opinion every single person can be sexy in their own way. For us it’s not so much about the way you look or dress but the way you present yourself. Being sexy is being comfortable with who you are and that is why it’s so important to us and why we started our ‘Sexy By Nature’ brand.

Is this a career you would encourage your kids to pursue?
We always encourage our kids to do what they love. If they have the passion to become DJs we will support hem in every way we can, but of course we will warn them about the side effects and the fact that it’s a quite intense profession. It’s not for everybody.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix going to get us ready for?
A sexy and funky one!

Tomorrowland releases second wave of artists, featuring Martin Garrix, CamelPhat, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano + more

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Tomorrowland releases second wave of artists, featuring Martin Garrix, CamelPhat, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano + moreDimitri Vegas Like Mike Tomorrowland 2018 EP

Less than a day after releasing their first wave of artists, Tomorrowland has released its second wave of artists for the 2019 iteration of the powerhouse festival. The Tomorrowland organizers are planning on releasing sporadic waves of artists throughout the week, so for those who are either attending or considering attending the event, the festival’s social channels are the best way to keep up with the various artist drops throughout the week.

As usual, the festival retains its usual mystique, captioning their second artist wave on Instagram with, “Welcome to these wonderful artists, ready to guide you through a magnificent new tale: The Book of Wisdom – The Return.” The next wave of artists include AAA acts including Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and more. The first wave included acts such as The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, and more.

Tomorrowland Second Wave

  • Aly & Fila
  • Armand Van Helden
  • CamelPhat
  • Claptone
  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
  • Flux Pavilion
  • Lost Frequencies
  • Martin Garrix
  • Nervo
  • Oscar and the Wolf
  • Radical Redemption
  • Robin Schulz
  • Solomun
  • Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
  • Tale of Us
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Welcome to these wonderful artists, ready to guide you through a magnificent new tale: The Book of Wisdom – The Return

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Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano detained at Romanian airport

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Superstar duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano seemed to be in high spirits following their appearance at Romania’s Afterhills festival — apparently too high, per the allegedly concerned customs officials who detained the pair at Lasi airport as they moved to fly to their home of The Netherlands. Further inspection yielded suspicion of drug possession, due to some odd-looking pills found in their luggage that were presumed to be ecstasy.

A statement from their team notes, however, that this was all a simple mixup; the pills were in fact special vitamins that Sunnery takes, and they were let go after tests deemed them innocuous.

“Here’s what happened: Sunnery was carrying vitamin pills with him that looked suspicious to one of the custom officers and therefore we were taken with them for an extra check. They wanted to test the pills before letting us leave the country. The lab results showed that there were, of course, no drugs involved so we got back on a flight home. Please everyone, stop speculating. No arrests or charges were made. We are OK!” – Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s team

Local network BZI captured them on film leaving the airport as well, concealing their faces.

 

 

Featured image taken from Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s Facebook

Insomniac fills out robust 2018 EDC week with over 25 artists and 14 new shows

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Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment. 

In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.

Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.