SJ-RM. To the eye of your average human being these letters mean absolutely nothing. In the constantly evolving and emerging EDM game, however, these letters are well-respected: they stand for Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. As we’ve seen over and over, Holland plays home to some of the world’s biggest production and DJ talents and this rising Dutch House duo is no exception.
Originating out of Amsterdam, SJ-RM began their production careers in 2008 with the release of a song called “Pina”. However, it was the launch of their “Amazone Project” in February of 2010 where they were instantly received at the famous Sensation White event in front of 50,000 people inside the Amsterdam Arena. During the same year they teamed up with the Swedish House Mafia to join them at Pacha Ibiza for a summer full of heart pounding shows. Religiously touring all over the globe and keeping true to their studio time, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have remixed tracks by artists such as Tiesto, Kaskade, and Afrojack, while destroying night clubs night after night.
I had my first opportunity to see SJ-RM in full effect January 1, 2012 at about 2:30AM at Pacha NYC. The duo arrived to the club after finishing their set as the official DJs for MTV’s New Years Eve festivities where the ball dropped in Times Square (just as Laidback Luke was finishing his final track to ring in the New Year). Showing up wearing matching white shirts and ties, you could tell they had been waiting all night to get back to a club environment. With their soulful vocals and fast pumping house, they skillfully built up each song, acknowledged the drop, and continued to transition into the next track for a solid 2 hours. The two Dutchmen have a great style of dancing to the beat, with Ryan Marciano’s hair bouncing up and down to each booming kick drum. Oh yeah, and I should mention Sunnery James happens to be married to Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes….
To experience the full effect, I highly recommend finding an opportunity to see them live, but in the meantime these tracks should get you bumping: