Check it! The debut record from Sunrise Highway, consisting of Tim from DD, Nick Chacona and Amy Douglas, out today on Tensnake’s True Romance.
Sunrise Highway – Sunrise Highway EP
OUT NOW on True Romance Records
Distribution: WordandSound/Kontor New Media
A five track masterpiece of pure 8o’s influenced pop/funk/boogie from New York. Mastered by Herb Powers (Sade, Eric B. & Rakim, Sharon Redd, Evelyn Champagne King etc.)
"I think the mission ultimately, was to be song focused. To create pop music, that does in fact make you want to move and groove, but to focus on the timelessness of great song craft, and be musicians again." -Tim Wagner- Dither Down Records
It’s mildly comical, that Tim Wagner and Amy Douglas, two former Long Islanders would choose Sunrise Highway as the name for their venture, but one listen to the music, and it’s clear as to why they chose such a lofty and expansive name. Sunrise Highway is atmospheric, sophisticated, broad, and most importantly a return to the song as king. Inspired by the juggernaut pop albums recorded at Compass Point, Sunrise Highway blends Pop, Jazz, R+B and House Music into a melange that is modern, but familiar.
The three members could almost be described as a “dance music supergroup” considering their collective pedigree. Tim Wagner is one of NYC’s most potent producers, having earned his stripes with the boogie electro-funk driven 33HZ, and then building upon that legacy to create Dither Down Records, one of NYC’s hottest tastemakers, releasing dance records with artists as diverse as ORTHY, Eli Escobar, Walker & Royce and Galaxians. Ask anyone who’s anyone in dance music about Nick Chacona and they’ll tell you he is one of the best, a DJ’s DJ, but he’s also a producer’s producer. With a CV boasting hits on labels such as Mood Music, Buzzin Fly, Bearfunk, his collaboration with Roy Dank, Beg To Differ, and as a columist for XLR8R Magazine, Nick has been bringing it to audiences on dance floors around the world and delighting all his music touches. Amy Douglas, has been called “the Queen of Nu Disco” by some, as in the last 4 years, she’s made her mark, as feature vocalist for some of dance music’s biggest bangers, with artists as diverse as Juan MacLean,Treasure Fingers, KON, Eli Escobar and DJ Sega. She’s also front person for hard rock band FEINTS when she’s not supplying grease for dance hits round the world.
When Tim and Amy met at CMJ in 2011, they found they had an immediate kinship, “we both loved SONGS so much, and both missed actually sitting down and playing them. We’re so perverse we actually sent videos of each other playing AM Gold hits on our respective keyboards to each other and cracking each other up.” Tim and Amy started to write songs with an ease rarely found, and when Nick heard what was cooking in the lab, he wanted in. “I really missed music that lasts long after the night is over, songs that would stand the test of time, produced really elegantly, with tons of layers, and when I heard what Amy and Tim were doing with the songwriting, I really felt like I had a place in it, and a compunction to get involved.”
One listen to their results by rising star, Tensnake, was all it took, and the trio was instantly signed to his True Romance label. Sunrise Highway make their international debut on May 5th.