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[One Track Mind]

Sultan + Shepard find strength in different sonic ideas

Canadian DJ duo Sultan + Shepard returns to Intrigue Friday night.

The two DJs that make up Canadian electronic duo Sultan + Shepard depend on their varied musical interests—and the point at which those creative perspectives converge—to drive their own sound. And they learn a lot about themselves and what things sound like when they play in Las Vegas.

“We just released a song called ‘Damn’ that has a slower tempo. It still has a house beat to it but it’s more of a pop record,” says Shepard. “One thing I realize especially when we play in Vegas is how electronic music has really merged with pop in a good way. The Vegas audience, as much as they want to hear club music, they want to hear things they know, too. It’s all about the song, and now you have club records coming out that are very diverse, lots of different styles.”

The audience is okay with that, and so are Sultan and Shepard, who resume their Wynn Nightlife residency at Intrigue Friday night.

Of course, we have to ask them each about the current track they’re obsessed with. For Sultan, it’s the Vintage Culture and Slow Motion remix of “Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker, “a real dope record with kind of an indie-dance vibe to it.”

After you check that one out, dig into Shepard’s pick, fellow Wynn resident David Guetta’s remix of Fat Joe banger “All The Way Up.”

“You put that record on and everyone just goes off,” Shepard says. “We did a cool mashup with that remix that’s been a staple of our sets for the last couple months.” Sultan + Shepard at Intrigue at Wynn, April 14.

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