Launched by Tiësto in 1999 and subsequently helmed by Richard Durand and most recently Markus Schulz, the ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ series is now within touching distance of its milestone 20th. Its third phase has been defined by a dynamic between its DJs. In Markus Schulz, you have your lynchpin, and then in close support genre progressives like Jerome Isma-Ae, Kryder, Gabriel & Dresden & last year Matt Fax, and classists including Kyau & Albert, Sunlounger, Andy Moor & Orkidea.
‘Sunrise’s dynamic is completed in 2023 by Ilan Bluestone, and Daniel Wanrooy – a man who’s recording career reaches almost as far back as ‘ISOS’ itself. Alongside Markus, they’ve picked up the mix-mantle and auditioned tunes by the hundred, apparently all the while asking themselves but one question: ‘... is it Sunrise?’
As ever, that quest starts in their own backyards, with the three bringing much radiance from their respective studios. There’s been a fair degree of crate digging too, looking for inspirational deeper-cut tracks to melodically and harmonically remix into ‘Sunrise’s realm.
The trio have also screened the latest from kindred studio spirits, all of which has been mixed into three-hours and forty minutes release of music on Black Hole Recordings.