|The first time world knew about the "Sunstroke Project" was when their first single "No Crime" was released. The band participated with it in the preselection of Eurovision in Moldova. The team received their first fans very quickly. The popularity of "Sunstroke Project" was growing. Soon they released such singles as: "In your eyes", "Rain", "Summer", which are very popular. The group took place between many famous collectives.
So what was before that? In the beginning Anton Ragoza and Sergey Stepanov were making their own compositions only for two instruments (Anton Ragoza – composer, violinist; Sergey Stepanov – saxophonist, co-author). In 2007, being in the service of the military orchestra, they united in a duet called "Sunstroke". They tried to do remixes of popular songs, imposing live instruments on them. This duet have conquered the public's hearts.
Next step to the fame was "Evolution Party". "Sunstroke" participated in it with such famous stars as: Lexter, Michell Shellers, Fragma, Yves La Rock.
In 2008, was accepted the decision of connecting the symbiosis of two instruments with the vocal, on the equal terms. That's how the group met new member – Pasha Parfeny. In November of 2008, "Sunstroke Project" became the ambassadors of the festival "Dance 4 life", made by the famous star of trance music – DJ Tiesto.
In July of 2009, they officially release "In your eyes" and "Summer". The producer of these tracks was Alex Brashovean, who was earlier working with "O-Zone". Tracks were straight getting in the hot rotation on all radios of Moldova. Their first tour on the cities Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Russia have started. Also they made remixes on Axwell, Yves La Rock, and other famous artists.
In the end of July of 2009, Pasha's contract have ended, so he decided to start his solo career, and he left the group. The casting on the post of new vocalist have been declared. Between many of them, Sergey Ialovitsky was chosen. Almost immediately they've made the new version of "In your eyes".
In the end of 2009, "Sunstroke Project" decided to try their luck again, on the Eurovision. With Olia Tira they've released their new track named "Run Away", which won the selection in Moldova, causing the start of new chapter in history of "Sunstroke Project" – The Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.
In 2011, YouTube caught a new virus, called EPIC SAX GUY! A 10-hour video, of the saxophonist playing his solo got 11 000000 views. Fans made thousands of remixes and parodies, making Epic Sax even more popular. Also in 2011 "Sunstroke Project" concluded a contract with "Lavina Digital", after what, giving over 200 concerts throughout many countries in Europe. In 2012 "Sunstroke Project" are planning to release their first album, and to film a clip on the single "Play with me".Summer 2012, Sunstroke project are winning a gold medal on the WCOPA, LA. They became the best instrumental-vocal project of the world. In the end of 2012 «Walking in the rain» and «Epic Sax» songs have got in the first chart places of the largest radiostations in Russia – DFM, and Radio Record. Sunstroke project's tracks have been used on the various TV shows in Russia. Today, Sunstroke project are having many tours in CIS and Europe. In the beginning of 2014 Sunstroke project have surprised their public with their new work – «Amor». This song is a little bit different from those from before, but as the musicians themselves say: «We are always trying to experiment, and to surprise our fans with something new.»
The band is preparing to release several new singles with Russian and Romanian superstars, so soon the world will get a lot of fresh and new Sunstroke project's creative work.
Position within the band: Vocalist
Date of birth: February 18, 1987
Place of Birth: Chisinau, Moldova
Currently Lives in: Chisinau, Moldova
His musical family have predetermined his fate from early childhood. Being a little kid he already took part in competitions, performed at school and extracurricular activities. A key factor in the development of vocal career in Moldova was the contest "Star rain ", in which Sergei enters the cultural and sports center "Elat". The activities of the creative team for five years have included many performances and competitions. During this time, Sergei gains experience needed for a professional singer, so, having a casting, he becomes a singer on sea cruises.
An integral part of the program were the staging musicals, famous worldwide, such as «Cats», «Joseph and amazing grease», «Phantom of the Opera» , etc. In three years, he was in thirty-five countries on four continents: South America, Africa, Europe, and even Antarctica.
On his return to Moldova, gets in a young and progressive team called “Sunstroke Project”.
Position within the band: Violinist, composer, arranger.
Date of birth: January 6, 1986
Place of Birth: Tiraspol, Moldova.
Currently Lives in: Chisinau, Moldova.
This man is a great fan of music. He has graduated Transnistrian Musical College, in the city of Tiraspol, becoming violinist, violist, and conductor. Being in Tiraspol, Anton spent much time as composer of “SpeX” – a band of trance-instrumental music. But after this, he went to military service. There he met Sergey Stepanov. Trying to give a new sounding to their instruments, they have started experimenting with sound. When their duo became more and more popular, they have started thinking how to name themselves. This is where the “Sunstroke” begins.
In not much time they release their first album, called “Don’t word more…”. Anton's musical taste was formed on the first albums of “Scooter”, “Prodigy”, and “Moby”. Anton has never sought popularity, he always liked to stay in the background and just write music that touched people’s hearts. Interest in the violin was imposed on him by his father. He got in music school at very late age, being already 13, but then he realized that music is the only thing what he wants to do in his life. Among all the members of the group, is allocated by the original appearance, constant mobility and crazy behavior on stage.
Anton loves to spend time with his family, loves to play soccer and traveling. He is afraid to fly. Currently, Anton is working on their first album for "Sunstroke project".
Position within the band: Saxophonist , composer
Date of birth: September 3, 1984
Place of Birth: Tiraspol , Moldova
Currently Lives in: Chisinau, Moldova
Jazz education has left a deep imprint on his performing style and musical thinking. Sergey (friends and family called him STEPA) finished the Transnistrian Musical College in Tiraspol. In Tiraspol during the passage of military service he met and began collaborating with composer and arranger Anton Ragoza. They have formed a group "Sunstroke", which is today known to the public as "Sunstroke project".
His musical taste was formed by jazz artists such as David Sainborn, Eric Morienthal, but subsequently added to the list such modern DJ-s as David Guetta, David Vendetta and Tiesto. As a teenager, he played in the school musical groups and dreamed of becoming a famous saxophone player. His interest in jazz saxophone music manifested in the creation of "Sunstroke project", where he usually enriches the sound of saxophone themes. Among all the members of the group, he probably the only one who never forgets that music is created not by just sitting behind a synth... It must be the breath of life . Still, his way to move during the game makes him a cult figure on the. He does this professionally! On stage, he is sometimes awkward, but his graceful movements, lead the audience in raptures.
He loves movies and food, gym and table tennis. And, despite his manly forms, he is afraid of dentists.