Size In The Park 2 Gallery & Review + Interview With Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano
Photo: Warren Whitmore courtesy of RPM Presents.
Celebrating its second year in New York City this past Friday and Saturday, Size in the Park Day 2 took over Rumsey Playfield with the likes of Tim Mason, Trent Cantrelle, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and of course Size Record’s very own Steve Angello. Living past expectations across the spectrum, fans were in for an unforgettable night as the whole roster played new tracks alongside nostalgic tracks.
With their latest single “S.O.T.U.” released today via Size Records, it was only fate that the audacious Dutch duo known as Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and fellow collaborator Nicky Romero both perform in NYC this past weekend. Having had the opportunity to come back to SITP this year, the duo’s performance was nothing less than prodigious.
Before the duo was set to perform, we were able to talk about their latest release, family matters, and the boom that is Dance Music.
How long have you guys been in the city for?
SJ: I flew in two days ago.
RM: I flew yesterday and slept 19 hours straight! I woke up a few hours ago and I’m ready to go.
How do you guys feel about playing at SITP2?
SJ: It’s crazy! It’s always great to play with the Size family. I mean Steve Angello is one of the reasons we’re able to travel around the world. He picked us up and he did a lot of good things for us. It’s always nice to be here and play with the Size family, especially in New York. We love NY! It’s the first city that we really blew up in the United States.
It’s great to see that you guys have really taken off, it was especially noticeable during MMW this past March!
SJ: In America for some reason, it happens so fast!
You guys have a new single “S.O.T.U.” with Nicky Romero coming out on Monday. Speaking of, he’s actually playing at Governor’s Island tonight as well!
SJ: Yeah, it’s great! It’s nice to have the whole Size family in town, Nicky’s here, we’re here, Steve’s here! It’s a big celebration! Our new release comes out on Monday September 30th! It’s a big track for us, I mean everybody’s playing it...not even the right version though haha! It originally started out as a joke. Well, not necessarily a joke. It was just originally a track with beats, then we thought maybe we should put some vocals on it. That’s it.
“S.O.T.U.” wasn’t a track you planned to happen?
RM: It was effortless!
What do you guys think about the crowd outside?
SJ: I can’t wait! It’s a special thing with New York, always!
RM: It’s New York, we already know it’s going to be a great time!
What else do you guys have coming up?
SJ: We’re working on a lot of new things: tracks, producing for labels, some things on Hardwell’s label, a lot of shows, studio time, collaborations with Sander van Doorn, Steve Angello, Fedde le Grand. It’s going to be a busy two, three, four, five years for us because we’re not going to stop. Sky is the limit.
What do you guys think about these paintings behind you?
SJ: It’s crazy! Overwhelming!
RM: They were painted by a friend; He always comes to our shows in California, every show! He told us he was going to make us a present and he brought these over to us!
One of those pictures is of your son, that’s incredible!
SJ: Yeah it is a picture of my son. I almost wanted to cry, it’s an amazing painting.
RM: When I saw these I wanted to put an offer on them. They mean so much.
It’s great to see how family oriented you guys are.
SJ: It’s our base. You have to find a foundation of people you trust and can be yourself around. Dance music is so much fun, but you still have a find a place to relax...our family.
RM: It’s essentially how we started. We didn’t start off as magicians or artists, just best friends. We’ve been grateful to have had the opportunity to build a little family around us.
Dance culture has exponentially grown over the past years, what are your thoughts on that?
SJ: It’s just the beginning. It’s fun because what we saw this year is how people get educated so fast in America with different styles of “EDM”. I don’t really want to call it “EDM”, I prefer Dance music. You can see how Techno is coming up and how the real grassroots of House are receiving a lot of attention now. When America jumps on something, the whole world is watching.
RM: It’s funny because we know a lot of artists from Holland, who told us “I don’t know if you want to go do this whole Dance Music thing.” But, now that EDM has blown up, now everyone wants to get in on it.