Sultan + Shepard Interview: Canadian duo talks forthcoming album & analyze today’s music scene
V1. 1. Let’s start with your most recent track on Armada Records, “Where Are You?”. How would you describe the song and what makes it so special?
V2. You collaborated with Andreas Moss on the vocals, who did an excellent job. How did you meet and when did you decide to work together on this track?
V3. What tools, instruments or programs did you use for recording the song. Maybe you could tell us a little bit about your work in the studio in general when you’re recording your own songs.
Sultan + Shepard: Pianos and wurlitzer were the main feeling, but we also used a lot of string patches to give it that symphonic feeling. There’s also a bit of live bass that Sultan played just to give the low end a little more feeling. We usually put down chords and start writing the vocal around that. Once we have a rough vocal then we’ll build the track around that, sometimes changing everything that was there when we recorded the vocals. In this particular case, Andreas’ melody was perfect over the original chords, so we just added the bass and drums. Once we had that we felt like something was missing, so we added the strings and that made it feel done for us.
V4. What do you have planned regarding releases and songs for 2019? Anything you can already reveal to us?
V5. 2018 is almost over, so we would like to know if you have any standout moments or events, if you look back at the whole year and the work you’ve done in the studio and during live events?
V6. What’s your favorite song or album from another artist this year? Something that really stroke you in 2018 that you would like to mention?
V7. How do you feel about the electronic music scene in general nowadays? Are there things that you like or maybe dislike when you think about the genre as a whole or maybe even the music business in general?
Sultan + Shepard: It’s a pretty wild landscape out there to be honest. Up until about three years ago, the electronic scene, at least on the club side was much more cohesive. There was always the under-
ground and the commercial sides but most of those DJ’s all knew each other and within those scenes everyone was pretty friendly. But the EDM explosion really created so much interest in producing and DJ’ing that now there are just so many new producers and DJ’s and so each part of the scene is more fragmented and there’s just more people out there.
On the music level this means there’s a lot more stuff to go through and you just don’t have time to hear most of the music- but there’s tons of great stuff being made, especially by really young people which is awesome. Electronic music is reaching more and more people every day and it’s really become a permanent part of the musical landscape, especially here in the US which is really great- the only downside of something getting so huge is that does lose that family vibe, but that’s how it is and we can’t complain because we get to do what we love everyday and we’re grateful for that.