Sultan + Shepard
Written by Andy Pulzar on May 16, 2018
After a chance meeting in a club in Montreal in the mid 2000’s, Ossama Al Sarraf and Ned Shepard quickly discovered that they had a natural musical chemistry. They soon began collaborating on original songs, remixes, and songwriting, signing their first song to John Digweed’s label Bedrock and officially forming Sultan + Shepard in 2010. From collaborations with revered EDM artists such as Kaskade, Tiesto, and Fedde Le Grand to remixes for major pop acts like Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, the duo established themselves as one of dance music’s leading partnerships. The 2012 release of their anthemic single “Walls” vaulted them on tour across the globe with stops at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and a residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas. In 2013, their remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” earned them a Grammy nomination. In 2015 the duo received the Canadian songwriters SOCAN Music award for International Song of the Year for “Bad”, the multi-platinum single which they co-wrote alongside David Guetta, Showtek and Vassy.
In the spring of 2016, the duo inked a deal with Armada Music. and reunited with singer Nadia Ali to release the folk inspired dance anthem “Almost Home” also featuring NYC based songwriter Iro. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts and was nominated for a JUNO for Dance Recording of the Year. In 2019, they released their debut double album, “Echoes of Life” showcasing their unique songwriting abilities as well as a return to their roots of deep-progressive music.
In 2020, they signed with Lane 8’s label This Never Happened, releasing “The Kochi EP” to much critical acclaim. They also launched a new radio show “Dialekt Radio”, in partnership with Insomniac Radio, to present progressive and deep, melodic music.