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Sultan

Name: Ossama Al Sarraf
Styles: House, progressive, techno
Performed at: Stereo Nightclub, Sona,
Record labels: Harem, Global Underground, Ultra, Nettwerk, Great Stuff, Toolroom, Yoshitoshi/Shinichi
Website: www.djsultan.com
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Biography


From the desert heat of his country of origin to the winter rigours of Canada, Sultan has travelled a road quite out of the ordinary. After living in Kuwait, Cyprus and Egypt, Sultan moved to Montreal, Canada in 1996 to pursue an education in Mechanical Engineering and Business. Inspired by the vitality of the nightlife and his passion for music, he quickly immersed himself into the house scene of his adoptive city. Little by little, his interest for structures irrepressibly shifted from engineering to music.

In 2000, his reputation took root in solid ground when Montreal’s Mix 96 radio station assigned him the 12-3 a.m. slot every Sunday night. And In July that same year, Sultan became the weekly Level resident at club Living, opening and playing alongside such DJs as Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Danny Howells, Saeed and Palash, Max Graham, Nick Warren, Lee Burridge and many more.

Following his graduation from university in the summer of 2001, and in the wake of his DJ success as resident at the internationally renowned Stereo Nightclub and Sona after hours, Sultan created his own studio in order to unleash his talent as a producer. Once again, the results were tremendous. His first-ever production, “Primal Instinct” was signed to Chug Records that same year and garnered much appraise. The door had opened and with great enthusiasm Sultan quickly establishes himself as one of the most innovative and respectable producers in the house/progressive scene. With releases on various labels including Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi label and John Digweed’s Bedrock Breaks Label, Sultan now has more than 70 titles under his belt with releases under the aliases of Soul Tan and Jiva (Sultan and Ned Shepard), as well as numerous collaborations with Tone Depth (The Greek), TommyBoy, DJ Tarkan and Ned Shepard.

In 2003, international recognition became imminent whereas four of Sultan’s productions (including a remix) were featured on “Global Underground 25: Toronto” mixed by Deep Dish, which made its way to number one on the Billboard Dance Album Charts. In 2004 Sultan began to make his mark on the international music scene playing over thirty international tour dates across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa while maintaining a solid consistency in his productions and remixes.

2005 and 2006 have seen Sultan rise to the next level with more compilation appearances including Tiesto’s “In Search of Sunrise 4”, Dave Seaman’s “Renaissance-Masters Series Vol. 7”, Deep Dish’s “George Is On” which features “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 most recently “Global Underground 29: Dubai” mixed by Sharam which features three of his productions including Sultan & Ned Shepard’s latest releases “Connected” and “Together We Rise” on Shinichi Records.

In September of 2006 Sultan joined world class DJ agency, Bullitt Bookings. With tour dates in cities across the World, Sultan has proven to be one of the most exciting and technically sound performers in the DJ scene today.

In early 2007, Sultan began working closely with good friend Nadia Ali (Former singer of IIO). The two, alongside Ned Shepard, spent the month of January co-writing and co-producing songs for Nadia Ali’s forthcoming solo Album to be released later this year. Recently both Sultan and Ned Shepard have joined Nadia on tour with Sultan playing guitars and Ned playing keyboards for her Live Show.

Keep an eye out for Sultan’s monthly radio show “Connected Live” the last Monday of every month on DI.FM and check out Sultan’s schedule as he embarks on a world tour to promote his first solo compilation “Yoshitoshi: Montreal”, the latest volume in a popular CD series to come from legendary dance music label Yoshitoshi Recordings.


Events


Date Event Venue
Aug 30th 2014    Sultan & Ned Shepard, Ummet Ozcan, Emma Hewitt, Stadiumx New City Gas
Feb 22nd 2014    Sultan & Ned Shepard New City Gas
Oct 05th 2013    Sultan & Ned Shepard, Deniz Koyu New City Gas
Mar 31st 2013    Bal en Blanc 2013 (19th Edition) Palais des Congres
Mar 30th 2013    Sultan & Ned Shepard New City Gas
Oct 06th 2012    Sultan & Ned Shepard New City Gas
Jun 07th 2012    Tiesto New City Gas
Mar 16th 2012    Sultan & Ned Shepard, Paris FZ & Simo T Club 1234
Apr 24th 2011    Bal en Blanc 2011 (17th Edition) Palais des Congres
Apr 08th 2007    Bal en Blanc 2007 (13th Edition) Palais des Congres

Music



Radio Show Podcast


Sultan - "Connected Live" on the last Monday of every month on DI.FM

Videos


Sultan - Stereo Nightclub, Yoshitoshi Montreal Tour