As today’s fledging house revival attains new heights so does the difficulty in standing out amid its thriving pool of talents, however Sonny Fodera continues to scale the mounting hierarchy whilst making it look easy. Renowned for his smooth technical mixing, Fodera has played at some of the world’s greatest clubs such as Air, Ministry of Sound, DC10, and Booom! His journey as a producer began at age 16 when he was making Hip Hop, but it was not until the likes of Derrick Carter, Inland Knights and James Curd visited his homeland that his passion for four-four took firm shape. Fast forward in time and the 27-year-old has stood shoulder to shoulder with his inspirational heroes, all of whom credit him for his dexterity behind the decks and in the studio. Fodera receives praise from some of the genre’s most established veterans, from Cajmere to Derrick Carter, to the “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles.
According to Fodera, highlights have been “playing with David Morales and Simon Dunmore at Defected’s party at Ushuaia Tower, DJing at DC10 in Ibiza, getting signed to Defected and also releasing an album on Cajual Records”. These are all remarkable feats for any artist his age and require immense work ethic and passion, traits which Fodera has in spades. Now in the age of the popularisation of electronic music, the young breakthrough producer is a reminder of a stronger than ever underground scene as he continues to showcase his true-house sound to every corner of the globe. Sonny Fodera aims to persist with the fervour and integrity that has got him this far, forming a bright and promising future where he will undoubtedly be looked up to by future generations himself.
Walker & Royce started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. As things usually go, it was a bit of luck that got them off the ground: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus noticed one of their very first releases, a remix of SAARID’s “Future Lately”, on Nervous Records. He began playing it in all of his sets and reached out to the duo for more. The result was the Crosstown Rebels EP “You’re Not Welcome” and with that, Walker & Royce was launched into the dance music mainstream.
Around the same time, Walker & Royce released a track on an OFF Recordings compilation that started as a sleeper but went on to become a house anthem: “Connected”. The song quickly became a mainstay in Solomun’s performances. This and subsequent releases, such as those on Moda Black and Pets Recordings, have set the stage for a diverse range of sounds from the pair. Since then, Walker & Royce’s music has been supported by Sasha, Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Catz N Dogz, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Jaymo & Andy George, Maxxi Soundsystem, Hector Romero, Jozif, Kolombo, Treasure Fingers, and Waifs & Strays, to name a few.