If mainstream dance music has the Swedish House Mafia, then the next closest thing the underground has to an all-conquering three-man band is Apollonia. The Paris-based DJs - Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky -
Back in the beginning, it was Dyed and Shonky that rolled together and who would frequently play at Dan Ghenacia’s notorious Paris after-hours, Freak N’ Chic. The trio discovered that they had lots in common and increasingly began hanging out, sharing music with each other and jamming in the studio. When the shelf-life of Freak N’ Chic came to a natural end, the three brothers would find themselves at a stage in their careers where - individually - they were all a part of the set-up at DC10. With fate thrusting them together, it seemed inevitable that a collaborative project would be next on the cards. Thus Apollonia as we know it was born.
Although they were already regularly playing back-to-back-to-back, the formalisation of the studio partner under the banner and the namesake label would follow in 2011. Dyed would describe their unique sound as the convergence point of where white and black soul music meet. Shonky would be the first producer to grace the label, with his Minneapolis Touch EP, but it would be the collective second release - a collab between Dan Ghenacia and Shonky - that shot them to the stratosphere. Close To The Edge became a crossover success, and it announced Apollonia to the world.
After years of taking the bragging rights at other parties, including DC10’s Circoloco, Music On and HYTE, Apollonia embark on their own Ibiza residency for the first time. Each year it seems they’ve been rumours that the three-piece were starting a project, but now it’s finally happened. Taking on The Lab at Octan (formerly Sankeys) on Sunday night, Apollonia share the night with Steve Lawler’s Warriors who takeover the Basement. Tribal tech house downstairs under the neon lights, and groovy house in the airy warehouse space next door - perfect. The name of the party is Planet Claire (perhaps a reference to the B-52 record of the same name, who knows?) All we do know, is that musically this party is going to deliver. And with Apollonia likely to be playing plenty of their famed all night long sets, this is definitely one not to miss for fans of the outfit.
On UK soil, we got our Apollonia fix by indulging in their 3 hour set at Junction 2 this past June. Headlining the Sonus hosted Stretch stage on the Saturday, Apollonia closed the day in impeccable fashion. Whether you were there with us or whether you missed out, our friends at Resident Advisor have done the honourable thing and uploaded five of the best sets from the weekend, including Apollonia’s! Featuring music from H2H, Luca Cazal and fellow J2 act Gene On Earth, here’s a lesson in French - featuring the trio’s trademark groove.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long until they return. Leeds’ stronghold Mint has been a fertile ground for the outfit, and they formed a special bond with the crowd and promoters in the city, playing the club, warehouse and festival. On Saturday 28th September, Dan, Dyed and Shonky play for the massive FUSE x system. stage at Mint Festival, taking place at RAF Church Fenton, Leeds East airport. They line-up alongside Seth Troxler and the FUSE residents in Area 51. Always bringing their A-game when they play this city, this is one not to be missed.
Other acts on the bill include Patrick Topping, Darius Syrossian, MK, Elvin Zedo and Sam Divine.
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