Project 46 was formed in June 2011 after Ryan and Thomas met through a mutual friend via Skype. Their first collaboration came in the form of an unofficial bootleg ofSwedish House Mafia’s “Save The World,” which they produced from opposite sides of the country. From there Project 46 built a loyal fanbase by releasing a new original, bootleg or remix every Friday on their Soundcloud, which they jokingly called “Pancake Fridays.” The name stuck and is still used by the pair to this day.
Project 46’s first official release was a collaboration with 15grams titled “Dreaming” featuring Matthew Sartori on and came out on September 17, 2011. The track broke Beatport’s Top 100 and marked the start of their fruitful career with Canadian label Monstercat. Multiple Top 100 hits followed on Monstercat before Project 46 made their first undeniable impact on the dance music scene with their breakthrough release “Reasons” featuring the vocals of Andrew Allen in April 2012. Within a week “Reasons” shot past Tiesto’s remix of “Somebody I Used To Know” to take the #1 spot on Beatport overall, and was the first of their tracks to garner radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM. That same year Project 46 debuted at #100 on the DJ Mag Top 100 list, joining Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 as the only Canadian DJs to make the poll.
Project 46’s career took off in 2013 as world-renowned producers started to take notice of their talent. Their first big-name collaboration was in February with dance music legend Paul Oakenfold on “Higher” featuring Daphne, which they released for free download and saw support from the likes of Gareth Emery, Thomas Gold and 3lau. The well-received single was followed by two Beatport Top 10’s, both within the space of a month, for “You & I” with DubVision featuring Donna Lewis on SPINNIN’ and “No One” featuring Matthew Steeper on Monstercat.
In September 2013 Project 46 put out their biggest hit to date, a collaboration with top producer Kaskade titled “Last Chance” that was featured as the opening track on his Grammy-nominated album Atmosphere.”Last Chance” saw heavy radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM, and its official music video was added to MTV Clubland’s rotation. The pair wrapped up the landmark year jumping 30 spots on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll to #70 before being commissioned by popular act Krewella for an official remix of “United Kids of the World.”
Project 46 kicked off 2014 releasing a collaboration with Laidback Luke titled “Collide” featuring Collin McLoughlin on Luke’s MixMash label. The track hit the Top 20 Overall on Beatport, received radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM, and saw support from big names like Tiesto, George Acosta, Danny Howard, R3hab and more.
Following the release of “Collide” the duo took on a heavy touring schedule, but still found time to release their Beatport Top 10 collaboration with fellow Canadian producer Bynon titled “Eyes,” garnering play from the likes of Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, EDX, Gareth Emery, Afrojack, Benny Benassi & more. On November 21 they put out their last track of the year, and second collaboration with Laidback Luke, called “Memories.” In May 2014 Project 46 signed a deal with Ultra/Sony for their debut album, which was released on July 10, 2015 and went to the number four spot on itunes dance.
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