Having come up through the ranks at a startling rate, Australian Sonny Fodera is now leading from the front. Over the last couple of years, the man originally turned on to the dance by Derrick Carter has fomented his own groove-driven brand of house that now resonates around the world. His most complete artistic statement to date came in the form of his excellent debut full-length, Moving Forward, in 2014. Featuring a heavyweight selection of collaborators and coming on Green Velvet/Cajmere’s tastemaking Chicago label Cajual Records, it paired plenty of bouncy bass with lush synths, fresh vocals and feelgood melodies that veered from the dancefloor to the beach and back again.
Keeping up the pressure in 2014, that LP was followed up with compilations on Deep Down and Defected that found Sonny adding his remix flair to a bunch of classics, and after that came sophomore effort After Parties & Aeroplanes. Again a collaborative affair featuring the likes of Doorly, Gene Farris and Cajmere, it was a more jacking, sharp-edged treat designed for maximum dancefloor impact, but was also stuffed with unforgettable vocals that again saw Sonny stepping up his game.
As well as these high-impact works, Sonny has also turned out a consistently excellent string of EPs on labels like Suara, Defected and Farris Wheel Recordings, as well as his own Beatdown, that continue to win him ever more fans around the globe. Never was this more true than with “Let Go,” a collaboration with Cervendos that sat pretty in the Beatport Deep House Top 10 for no less than 12 weeks in 2014. Though inspired by peers such as Dusky and Claude VonStroke, Sonny has his very own modern house sound that is refreshingly out on its own and puts to good use the music technology and electronic production courses he took at the University of Adelaide as a youth.
As a result, of course, Sonny is a hugely in-demand DJ. It was his smooth technical skills in the booth that first won him the affections of Green Velvet, and nowadays he weaves his tight, seductive sets featuring all colours of the house spectrum everywhere from Footwork Toronto to Warung in Brazil, Cielo in New York City to Pacha, Sankeys, DC10 and Ushuaia Tower in Ibiza, as well as We Are FSTVL and many others. The future is just as bright as the past for Sonny, who was born in Adelaide, Australia, and has lived between there, Ibiza, the USA and the UK since, though he is currently settled in London. It means he is fully focussed on the next chapter, which already promises to be a thrilling one for his fans, with a new album due on Cajual, as well as more EPs on influential labels Visionquest and DIRTYBIRD.