22Bullets’ rise to prominence over the last decade arguably mirrors South-East Asia’s emergence as a dance music powerhouse region, and the Thai capital one of the scene’s major focal points. Having narrowly missed out on placing in the Top 100 DJs poll for the past two years (charting at No.146 and No.134 in 2018 and 2019 respectively), the Bangkok player — real name: Varun Sony — has secured a spot for himself this time.
Refusing to take his foot off the pedal at any point over the past 12 months, albeit with less physical mileage involved, tracks like ‘Looking At The Moon’, ‘SIAM’ and ‘Crazies Do’ all landed over summer to big reception, alongside ‘Queen Of The Desert’, made with Mexican EDM-violinist Mariana BO. Just one from a number of recent collaborations, which also include work with Timmy Trumpet and Dash Berlin, it’s all proof that good things come to those who wait.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Staying positive and always trying to invest in time to improve your craft. I have been spending more time learning how to improve my music production skills.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“There is never a secure situation in life so always prepare and live to the fullest, always chase your dream — don’t wait until tomorrow.”
What steps need to be taken to address racism in the dance music scene?
“There is no wall between music, we are all connected no matter where you are from but we are all human and have equal rights. So it’s essential to treat each other with respect.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“I have been experimenting a lot with the traditional Thai sound, as you can hear on one of my recent releases on KSHMR's label. I also want to showcase some of the local home-grown artists who I believe in that can do great things.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Paul van Dyk's ‘For An Angel’ always gets me moving.”