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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:10

Progressive house
Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Our breakout song, 'Reasons' with Andrew Allan.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
DubVision and Matisse & Sadko.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Thomas: "To make other superhero powers!" Ryan: "Just flying."
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
Ryan: "A little bit of both." Thomas: "You basically are part of the crowd. Everyone's on the same level."
What does EDM mean to you: 
Thomas: "Music that evokes feeling."
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Thomas: "Who has the right to make that call?" Ryan: "Anything drawing attention to the scene is eventually going to benefit the people that are better at it."
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Ryan: "No." Thomas: "I was playing a super housey set at this redneck bar! My boss came up and was like, 'What the hell are you doing?'"
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Ryan: "Counting to four isn't what makes a DJ! It's the journey of a set." Thomas: "I don't think it matters."
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Thomas: "Probably the North Pole."

When DJ Mag catches up with Thomas Shaw and Ryan Henderson, the Canadian duo have just headlined Lavo and closed Pacha in New York, met with Sony Music and been told they've made our Top 100 list. Their rise as Project 46 has been similarly dramatic. "It's pretty surreal, pretty awesome," says Ryan.

"Our first release was a year ago, so it's happened really fast." Just two years ago, Thomas was DJing in a pub, but now he and Ryan have topped the Beatport chart with 'Reasons', bootlegged Deadmau5 and remixed Kelly Clarkson.

It's all thanks to a mixture of hard graft, social networking and, erm, pancakes. "Every single Friday we give our fans a mash-up, original or bootleg," explains Ryan. "It started off as a joke and we called it Pancake Fridays'." Thomas says of 2012, "It just keeps getting better. The highlight of the year was getting the email saying DJ wanted to do this interview!" The way their career is going, you can bet they'll be getting the call again in 2013.