There was no such thing as “Walking Alone” at Pacha NYC on Friday night, 11-11-11. Advanced tickets were sold out for this special date, double-header show, and the excitement leading up to it was unbelievable.
I arrived at Pacha with David Guzman around 11:30pm and the line outside was not too bad but from the moment we walked into Pacha it was hard to navigate around, even where the ticket booth was. There was another crowded dance floor for opener Carl Kennedy (who also opened for Thomas Gold back in October), whose popularity is certainly starting to grow. The crowd was hyped up enough for Dirty South and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Kennedy’s set just added more anticipation and energy for everyone there who waited for Dirty South to come on next.
Around 12:15 we met up with Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano while they did their meet-n-greet with the fans who won their twitter contest. It was really nice of the guys to take the time to do this, and we were happy to observe. The lucky winner took pictures with them, had some champagne and shared some laughs. Even Dragan Roganović, (better known as Dirty South), stopped by for a few minutes before his set. After the contest winners got to spend time with SJ&RM, we sat down with them for a quick interview. We got a chance to discuss some of their amazing track releases, some of their most memorable gigs of 2011 and upcoming news for the upcoming year (video interview coming soon).
After our chat with the guys it was time to head down straight to the main floor for Dirty South. He had already started spinning and the main floor was closed at this point (keep in mind it was only about 1:30). It was definitely an adventure just trying to make our way around with all our gear! We made it down and the first track I heard was the ultimate banger, “Tung!” by Deniz Koyu. As promised by a tweet from Dirty South, he premiered his upcoming track with Thomas Gold and vocals by Kate Elsworth. The track will be titled “Eyes Wide Open” but there’s no release date just yet. His latest release “Walking Alone” made a huge impact on the floor. The crowd already knew almost every word to it even though it was just released about a month ago!
Dirty South kept the crowd energetic by playing songs such as “Around the World” by Arty, “Antidote” by Swedish House Mafia, “Raise Your Head” by Alesso, “I Can’t Help Myself” by Lucid (Tim Mason Remix) and even “Levels” by Avicii. He also mashed the vocals of “Phazing” with “Calling” by Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso. My favorite mash-up of the night had to be “Epic” by Sandro Silva & Quintino with “Coming Home” by Diddy ft. Skylar Grey (Dirty South Remix). One of the most memorable parts of the night had to be when he dropped “Sweet Disposition”. I don’t think there was a person in there that wasn’t singing along to it!
Dirty South may have left some speechless, but Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano left us completely stunned. They opened with one of my favorite tracks made by the boys themselves, “Tribeca“, mashed with the vocals of “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. The track alone has such an energetic sound it made everyone go nuts when they came on with it. Next up was “The Trumpeter” by Ray Foxx (Chocolate Puma Remix), transitioned into “Camorra” by Nicky Romero. The guys have actually just finished a new track with Romero, which I will be anxiously awaiting. “Paris Luanda” by DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Remix) was also played.
Starting to really get into things, they mashed “Astana” by Funkagenda with the vocals from “Levels” by Avicii. They did a nice bootleg by Koen Groeneveld called “Sky and Sand” by Paul Kalkbrenner ft. Fritz Kalkbrenner with lots of sirens to make the builds even bigger. Everybody went bananas as they played “Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia right into Afrojack & R3habs “Prutataaa”, followed by “Kalifornia” by Norman Doray (David Tort Remix). If that wasn’t enough, they mashed the acapella of “Work by Masters at Work” with their track, “Pina”. It was an unbelievable set!
It is rare to see such a wide variety of different tracks in a DJ set, but not for SJ&RM. Now usually on Friday nights Pacha closes at 6am. Well Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano just couldn’t stop and kept the party going an extra hour longer! There was still a large crowd in the place around 6am and the beats were still thumping through the speakers as if it were only 2am. Their latest take on “Lethal Industry” (due out December 12th) set the place on fire with the acapella of “Feel What You Want” by Kristine W.
The guys just kept the party going with songs like “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine (Mark Knight Remix), Tiesto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes “C’Mon” (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Remix) and their take on “Dynasty” by Kaskade ft. Haley. I loved when they started with the vocals from the classic “You’re Free” by Yomanda with their remix of “Dynasty” and then transitioned the vocals for Dynasty back in and let it play. Amazing!
I’m not sure how anyone could’ve left mid-set. SJ & RM had the crowd going till around 7am and still it seemed no one wanted to leave, but we had no choice. The guys could have easily kept on going for another 4 hours straight with no problem! Walking out around 7:30am Saturday morning, I had every reason to believe what success lies ahead for these two talented DJs. You could tell they were having nothing but fun all night in the booth. SJ&RM have a flow and chemistry when DJ’ing together, which is not always easy to develop. They are some of the few rare duos who based all of their success not only on their talent, but most importantly on friendship! I can’t wait to see them rock Pacha NYC once again New Years Eve for the Super You & Me party. If you don’t have plans yet I highly suggest you see what this dynamic duo can really do live!
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-Review by: MCee – Photos by: David Guzman
Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano played along Dirty South on Friday 11/11/11 with opening set by Carl Kennedy. It was a great night that lasted until 7am! the floor was packed and people never stopped dancing all night long! amazing indeed.