To get to know the pair that call themselves Sultan + Shepard we sat down with these funny dudes to learn what goes on behind the music and more about who they are as people. Coming to play two huge shows in Cincy and Columbus in early December, let’s get excited by hearing what they have to say about working with Dillon Francis and what artists they would love to make a song with in the future…
What was your favorite part of working with Dillon Francis on “When We Were Young?”
Dillon is hilarious so every conversation and session was really fun. Shooting the video was the best. We had so much hanging with Dillon and Kam (from The Chain Gang of 1974) and the Fat Jew. There was a bouncy castle, and we basically we were just cracking up the entire day.
If you could make a song with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
Prince, Michael Jackson and Slash. All on the same song.
If you weren’t producers/DJs what would you be doing?
Sultan would be an interior designer for sure. He’s got serious skills in that department. Ned would probably be working in a record store that also sold books, telling people what his favorites were. Or maybe he would be a monk.
What are your favorite songs?
Sultan: Maxi Priest – I Wanna Get Close To You. It was hard to get access to a lot of music growing up in Egypt and so we only had access to a random selection of music. For some reason this tune made its way across the ocean and I loved it.
Ned: Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure. This is probably the greatest collaboration ever. All collaborations bow down to this. Lyrically, musically and production wise it’s just the best.
What is one goal you have set for yourselves that at the time seemed unachievable, but later you achieved it?
It’s funny because in the beginning just the idea that someone would pay you to travel to their country and DJ seemed crazy, but then it started happening. Everything is sort of like that. It’s hard to imagine that it’s really happening. Recently, being nominated for a Grammy was totally surreal. Rubbing shoulders (literally) with Madonna and Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar and other amazing artists felt crazy.
What is one of your most memorable performances?
Probably playing in Goa at Sunburn with Nadia Ali in 2011. It was so much fun to be there with Nadia, cause she’s our sister and the performance was broadcasted live and our friends were watching it at home. It was on the beach and just magical.