A group that has become synonymous with the progressive house sound and have really taken to presenting it to the masses is none other than the production/DJ duo ; Sultan and Ned Shepard. Named the “Kings of the Progressive scene” by Beatport, this duo of talented producers can cater their DJ sets to any crowd from a festival to a club. They’ve extensively toured around the world on the tour circuit and have held down their own residency at XS Las Vegas, an honor that only a very select few in the DJ community are given. Their recent releases include a collaboration with Dillon Francis and The Chain Gang of 1974 as well as an official remix for none other than one of the most famous bands in the world, Coldplay. The remix contains chilling vocals from none other than Chris Martin with the soothing progressive sounds of Sultan and Ned which blends two worlds into a perfect harmonic progressive beat. We got to catch up with Sultan and Ned and discuss a little about their recent releases, and the future of Sultan and Ned Shepard, check it out!
Voice from the Undrgrnd:
What’s one thing you love about playing in New York?
Sultan: Well he grew up here in Manhattan.
NED: It’s the craziest crowd in the world, there’s no place with the energy that’s here.
SULTAN: And I love that I get to come play in my homies hometown ha-ha.
Your most recent release, the official remix done for Coldplay, how did that come about?
SULTAN: They basically hit us up, and they asked us to have a remix done in a week, so we got it done.
IT was a great for us, to work with Chris Martin’s vocals and get all the stems, it was a dream come true because they’re definitely one of our favorite bands.
Another recent release you guys just dropped with Dillon Francis, can you tell us about that collaboration? How was it working with Dillon?
SULTAN: Well we wrote the song originally with The Chain Gang of 1974 and it was a lot more indie the version that we had. Dillon heard it and was like “Man I love this track, I have a cool idea for it” and we finished it up together. It was cool to work with Dillon because A. he’s an awesome dude, and B. because he does so many styles so we were curious what he would do with this one. We had a really good time.
How do you feel about Soundcloud being bought out by the major record labels?
SULTAN: It depends on what they plan to do with it.
They pulled off a lot of Kaskade’s tracks, and even official remixes that Plastik Funk did.
SULTAN: Yeah they pulled some of our records too, but I think it’s just at turn around point that’s why. Once they realize what they’re actually doing they’ll come back around.
Which D.A.W. are you currently using?
SULTAN: We’re using Pro-Tools.
Do you guys plan to explore with different genres/bpm?
SULTAN: Maybe 110 ha-ha.
NED: Maybe we should talk to Dillon about that ha-ha.
What are some upcoming artists you guys are really into at the moment?
SULTAN: Paris and Simo are really good, Toris and Savelli, Dean Cohen.
What’s a genre that you guys are really into right now?
SULTAN: Indie rock!
Do you have any collaborations that you can announce?
NED: Let’s just say we have a collab coming out with a really big indie-band.
SULTAN: We have a collab with The Futuristic Polar Bears; we’re shopping around for that release at the moment.
What’s the future of Sultan and Ned Shepard looking like?
NED: Definitely an EP.
Our website name is UndrgrndSound, what comes to your mind when you think of UndrgrndSound?
SULTAN: Underground music and underground will live forever baby!
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