In the highly challenging world of Djs and producers, the name Sultan is one that has made its mark and is here to stay. Launching his international career in 2003 with the release of four of his original productions on “Global Underground 25, Toronto mixed by Deep Dish”, Sultan has continued to impress not only as a producer but also as a DJ. With releases and features on world renown labels and compilations including Yoshitoshi, Shinichi, Bedrock, Tiesto’s “In Search of Sunrise 4”, Paul Oakenfold’s Creamfields, Dave Seaman’s “Renaissance Masters”, Deep Dish’s “George Is On”, Sharam’s “Global Underground 29: Dubai” and Armin Van Buuren’s ASOT amongst may others, Sultan continues to evolve and set musical trends in the dance scene today.
Signing on to Bullitt Bookings in the winter of 2006, Sultan has proven that production is just one half of the talent that he is. Having toured the world, playing the world’s best clubs including Space (Miami), Pacha (Ibiza), Ministry of Sound (London) and Warung Beach (Brazil) while maintaining a residency at Stereo (Montreal), Sultan released his debut worldwide compilation “Yoshitoshi Montreal” in 2007, which made its way to number 4 on the Itunes Top 10 Dance Album Charts.
Pressing forward, Sultan launched his monthly radio show “Connected Live” in 2007 which has featured special guests including Sharam, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, Danny Howells, Desyn Masiello to name a few, and is currently one of the most listened shows syndicated to over 20 internet and FM radio stations.
Continuing on his reign of successful underground and mainstream releases including “Deep Dish vs Dire Straits – Flashing for Money” (Sultan Club/Radio Mix), hailed as being the worlds first ever legally cleared mash up/remix garnering praise from the electronic dance scene as well as rock legends Dire Straits and Sting, Sultan embarks upon 2008 with even bigger projects and releases that are sure to turn heads on dance floors this summer. With the highly anticipated release of his remake of Olivia Newton John’s classic 80s hit “Lets get physical”, which made its way to number 19 on coolcutz charts and is on rotation on FM and Satellite radio worldwide, Sultan has also worked closely with Nadia Ali (formerly of IIO) writing and producing four songs on her forthcoming album, as well as touring with Nadia playing guitars for her live show
To top it all off, Sultan has also recently launched his own record label, Harem Records, with production partner Ned Shepard. Already having released 3 consecutive releases, which have all made their way to the top ten progressive chart on beatport, Harem hails to be a record label that Is sure to stand out amongst the leaders in today’s digital scene.
With summer a few months away, you can catch Sultan on tour in North America, South America and Europe. Also keep an eye out for future releases from Sultan including “Jeopardy” on Shinichi which was a smash hit at the WMC this year, Sultan & Ned Shepard’s Remix of Julie Dennis’s cover of the classic “Fever” by Peggy Lee on Harem Records, “Did We” on Paul Van Dyk’s Label “Vandit” and Sultan & Ned Shepard’s Remix of Nadia Ali’s “Crash and Burn” already heavily supported by David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren.
As a Producer, DJ, remixer, songwriter, and musician, Ned Shepard has much
to offer to the world of electronic music. Playing piano from the early age of
5, Ned has become known for his songwriting touch, crafting songs that stay with
you well past the first listen. In the fall of 2000, he met Marcus Bacalis and
the two formed Digital Witchcraft. The next three years saw the duo release
groundbreaking melodic breakbeat tracks, most notably “Fingerpaint” on Proton
Music and The “Snowday” E.P. on Institution Breaks.
In 2002, Ned began working with Sultan, and their first project, entitled
“Strange Dimensions”, was released by John Digweed’s Bedrock Breaks label under
the name Jiva. Since then the two have released dozens of original productions
and remixes on numerous labels across the UK, Europe and North America. In 2006,
Ned joined Sultan as a regular artist on Deep Dish’s renowned Yoshitoshi Records
with “Connected” and the guitar-laden “Together We Rise,” both included on
Sharam’s highly successful “Global Underground 029: Dubai” CD’s, Armin Van
Buuren’s State of Trance and Dave Seaman’s Renaissance Masters compliation.
In 2008, Ned and Sultan launched their label, Harem Records, where their
original productions continue to top the charts and receive prasie from DJ’s of
all different styles around the globe. Ned and Sultan have turned out a string
of successful singles including a cover of Olivia Newton John’s 1 hit “Let’s Get
Physical,” “Block Party” and the vocal anthem “Jeopardy,” In addition Ned has
become in high demand as a remixer, reworking tunes from the likes of Dirty
Vegas, Cedric Gervais, Paul Harris & Cevin Fisher, and Second Sun. Ned and
Sultan also host Harem Sessions, a radio show which airs quarterly on
Never one to focus only on club music, Ned co-wrote and produced four tracks for
the upcoming debut solo album for renowned vocalist Nadia Ali (formerly of IIO)
as well as remixing her first two singles “Crash n Burn” and “Love Story.” In
addition, Ned has joined Nadia on tour, as her official opening DJ as well as
playing keyboards during the live show. The last two years has seen them play
shows across the Middle East, Europe, and South America, from the Arctic Circle
to the desert. In addition, Ned continues to DJ in Montreal and around the
world, having already played alongside top DJ’s such as Tiesto, Deep Dish, Paul
Van Dyk, and Sander Kleinenberg.
Whether it’s behind the decks, in the studio or at a keyboard, Ned is always
dedicated to delivering quality music to fans and clubbers around the world.