Both living in Zurich, and each independently performing as DJ’s, hailing from the “sates of Balkan”, it was almost inevitable that Ilona Maras and Sanja meet in 2010 and become long-term friends and collaborators.
Overlooking the unavoidable, the core of any and their great connection and play is how one perfects the other. Sanja, who became the official face of the Street Parade 2013, was playing all around the world, while hosting her own party label in Zurich. After years of globetrotting, she took a break in 2014 to dedicate herself to motherhood for a while, which brought many changes nowadays in her music bringing new feel for deep and profound, yet groovy and electric undiscovered sounds. Meantime Ilona perused her career in Dubai, and gravitated more towards the studio. Her first releases led her to playing a serious amount of guest slots and residencies in the city of sand. DJ Mag rated her as “Top 6 Artists to Watch Out For”. The energetic duo reconnected on several holiday occasions in order to blend and share their music emotions in the studio.
Their first collaboration “Existe” was signed by German mega imprint Get Physical Music. The track was such a success that numerous people in the industry began to take notice of Ilona and Sanja.
After their great success with Existe, they came with another deeper journey “Curve Of The Horizon” on Dear Deer Records, inviting Billie Fountain on the vocals. Melodic yet bass led original, was complemented by Marc De Pulse and Quivver remix, keeping the EP strongly in the top 20 Beatport Charts for several months in the late 2017.
After Ilona moved back to Zurich, Sanja started slowly to get back behind the decks playing with her back to back around Switzerland, Italy and more. She says that Ilona’s support and inspiration encouraged her to go back to the booth and start mixing again.
Even though they come from similar roots and upbringing, Ilona and Sanja merged from completely different basis, which contributed to their honest music work, their delicately selected tunes whether deep and dark, or groovy and techy, and simply their reflective energy that brings the audience breathless on the dance floor.
Their new journey under the alias AANN starts in 2019 with the line of new residences in their adopted home country Switzerland followed with a busy schedule of international shows and new releases.