Dance Tea w/ Sultan + Shepard

Whether touring the dance music globe while serving up their their own dance floor fires, collaborating with high profile music guest stars (David Guetta, Benny BlancoTegan and Sara) or snatching Grammy nods (that remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Outta Heaven,” though..) the dynamic pairing of Canadian DJs Sultan + Shepard has certainly shown no signs of slowing down since they joined forces a decade ago.

And judging from the way they pretty much destroyed Montreal with their non-stop live beat shop that was on fine, fiery display on New Year’s Eve, they’re more than ready to turn it all the way up in 2017.

Lucky for us, they took a little time out of their insane schedule to spill some dance music tea with Philly Mixtape, in which they broke mugs about the industry, those upcoming grooves, and like, life and stuff.

Let’s dance.

And for much more Sultan + Shepard dance music truth, peep it on up right here. 

Let’s get right to the bat and spill about the ever changing dance music scene. What is maybe one positive and one negative of the ever changing industry that you guys see?  S:On the positive side, there’s so much more emphasis on the songs and the producers who make the songs. Electronic music has finally been accepted in the US as a real genre and so it’s great to see the power shift from a few DJ’s and clubs to artists and fans. On the negative side, there are so many people making music that as soon as a song or sound becomes popular, everyone tries to copy it. And because the community is no longer a small, tight-knit group, there’s no sense of trying to be unique and a lot of people are just doing whatever they can for likes or plays or whatever. Hopefully, there will be more emphasis on quality in the near future.

Since those blessed live music moments can’t always be perfect, what is one moment that you guys felt didn’t go so right but that you ended up learning from in the end? N:To be honest, there’s a lot of stuff that happens on the backend side of the business that can be really shady. People often tell you things that they will do and then they don’t end up delivering. For us, the most important thing is to focus on the positive side, the creative side. If people want to be shady with their business, then we usually don’t work with them again. We try to be really transparent and up front with people about what we’re expecting from doing a deal or a song and it’s important for us to openly communicate on that level. We’ve learned that the more that you’re up front in the beginning, the more things stay cool over the long run.

Each of you shout out that one album you can’t live without…

N:Underworld/Born slippy S:Greece 2000/Three Drives (on vinyl)

Any favorite places you’ve guys have toured through?  N:India, Peru, Colombia.

Anything you can spill about what’s coming on the 2017 horizon? More singles! And then an EP next year on Armada which we’re really stoked about. It’s our first EP so we’re excited to finally do one. Plus some killer remixes and some more surprises coming along..

One last spill, what words of advice would each of you give to any dude or diva who just picked up a pair of headphones for the very first time? S:Be unique! Do your own thing. It’s important to be inspired by other artists, but don’t try to imitate anyone (at least who’s currently around!). Take inspiration but try to add something original to the conversation.


2017 Philly Winter Concert Calendar

What do Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Babyface, Lionel Richie, The Disco Biscuits, Mariah Carey, The Knocks, Erykah Badu, Morgan Page, Frankie Valli and Ariana Grande all have in common?

Read on to find out and be sure to click on the links to grab those tickets all winter long.

Because there’s no denying now that we all need something to take the 2017 edge off.

And be sure to check back on Philly Mixtape for any updates and for any–hopefully not in Ms. Carey’s case–cancellations.

Saturday, January 21st 

Sevyn Streeter/The Foundry 

Cloakroom/Boot & Saddle 

Cold Cave/Underground Arts 

Robbie Rivera/Haven Nightclub 

Fruitcase/Phiso/Disctrict N9ne 

Public Access T.V./Milkboy Philly 

Lolly & Yo Yo/World Cafe Live 

Sunday, January 22nd 

Umphrey’s McGee/Penn’s Peak 

Plaid/Underground Arts 

Inside Voices/Boot & Saddle 


Monday, January 23rd 

Dashboard Confessional/PPL Center

Night Raids/Kung Fu Necktie 

Philly Rising Open Stage/Word Cafe Live 

Tuesday, January 24th 

Dashboard Confessional/TLA 

Twenty One Pilots/PPL Center 

Daniel Bachman/Boot & Saddle 

Spafford/Milkboy Philly 

Rubber/Kung Fu Necktie 

Killam Shakespeare/Silk City 

Wednesday, January 25th 

Eric Church/Wells Fargo Center 

Citizen Cope/Tin Angel @ Serrano (also Thursday, Friday) 

Dizzyride/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday, January 26th 

Love City Djs/Silk City 

Kim Waters/South Jazz 

Adam Ant/Keswick Theatre 

G Jones/The Foundry 

Friday, January 27th 

OMB Deep/Voltage Lounge 

Austra/Union Transfer 

The Peace Creeps/Boot & Saddle 

Bronze Radio Return/World Cafe Live 


Max Vengali/Rumor

Saturday, January 28th 

Falling in Reverse/The Fillmore 

G. Love & Special Sauce/Electric Factory 

Chris Paterno Band/Bourbon & Branch 

3LAU/Haven Nightclub 

Morgan Page/Premier Nightclub 

Sunday, January 29th 

Warren Haynes/Michael McDonald/Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center 

The Royal Noise/Kung Fu Necktie 

Felix Jaehn/Coda 

Monday, January 30th 

Cloud Nothings/Union Transfer 

Eric Roberson/Warmdaddy’s 

Tuesday, January 31st 

Parquet Courts/Union Transfer 

Great Good Fine Ok/The Foundry 

Darla/World Cafe Live 

LOLO/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday, February 1st 

Greensky Bluegrass/Union Transfer 

Birds of Chicago/.World Cafe Live 

Eric Bazillian/Tin Angel 

John D/The Dolphin Tavern 

Thursday, February 2nd 

Bear’s Den/Underground Arts 

Aaron Lewis/Trocadero 

J Boog/The Foundry 

Charlie Hunter Trio/World Cafe Live 

The Disco Biscuits/The Fillmore 

Keiko Matsui/South Jazz 

Friday, February 3rd 

Dwight Yoakam/Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs 

Railroad Earth/Union Transfer 

Chad Valley/Milkboy Philly 

Saturday, February 4th 

Cash Cash/District N9ne 

Alter Bridge/Electric Factory 

iHearts80s w/Taylor Dayne, Stacey Q & Brittany Lynn 

DNCE/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Sunday, February 5th 

Kasador/The Fire 

Philly Reggae Band/The Barbary 

The Okee Dokee Brothers/Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Monday, February 6th 

Nothing/Union Transfer 

Tuesday, February 7th 

Blue Roots/Washington House Restaurant 

Lina Tullgren/All Night Diner 

Wednesday, February 8th 

Busty and The Bass/World Cafe Live 

Mister F/Silk City Diner 

Lauren Grande/Liacouras Center 

Thursday, February 9th 

Savoy/The Foundry 

Kingfisher/Bourbon & Branch 

Talib Kwali/Styles P/TLA 

Shy Girls/Boot & Saddle 

Friday, February 10th 

Meek Mill/Wells Fargo Center 

Saturday, February 11th 

Erykah Badu/Tyrese/Boardwalk Hall 

Rick Astley/Electric Factory  

BoomBox/Union Transfer 

Sunday, February 12th 

Red Hot Chili Peppers/Wells Fargo Center 

O-Town/The Foundry 

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Monday, February 13th 

Jake Miller/MAX/TLA 

Tuesday, February 14th 

The Radio Dept./Union Transfer 

Wednesday, February 15th 

July Talk/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday, February 16th 

Brad Paisley/Mohegan Sun at Casey Plaza 

Friday, February 17th 


Saturday, February 18th 

Daya/The Trocadero 

Alcest/The Foundry 

Sunday, February 19th 

Less Than Jake/The Fillmore 

Monday, February 20th

Tove Lo/Electric Factory

We The Kings/The Foundry 

Tuesday, February 21st 

Dropkick Murphys/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Wednesday, February 22nd 

Marcia Ball/World Cafe Live

Thursday, February 23rd 

Black Joe Lewis/Union Transfer 

Friday, February 24th 

Japandroids/Union Transfer 

Dorothy/The Foundry 

Saturday, February 25th 

Misterwives/Saint Motel/Wells Fargo Center 

Sunday, February 26th 

Ro James/The Foundry 

Monday, February 27th 

KT Tunstall/Sellersville Theatre 

Tuesday, February 28th 

ZZ Top/Penn’s Peak 

Wednesday, March 1st

Ariana Grande/Wells Fargo Center 

Juicy J/Project Pat/The Fillmore 

Thursday, March 2nd 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 

Friday, March 3rd 

Leroy Sanchez/The Foundry 

Saturday, March 4th 

The Flaming Lips/The Fillmore 

The Knocks/The Foundry 

Frankie Valli/The Music Box @ The Borgata Hotel Spa & Casino 

Ganja White Night/Coda 

Sunday, March 5th 

The English Beat/Underground Arts 

Monday, March 6th 

Eisley/Civilian/The Foundry 

Tuesday, March 7th 

Passenger/The Fillmore 

Wednesday, March 8th 

Kevin Abstract/Voltage Lounge 

Thursday, March 9th 

Agnes Obel/Union Transfer 

Delicate Steve/Underground Arts 

Friday, March 10th 

Chris Paterno Band/Bourbon & Branch 

Saturday, March 11th 

Sting/Joe Sumner/The Fillmore 

Vanessa Carlton/World Cafe Live 

Sunday, March 12th 

Amorphis/Underground Arts 

Monday, March 13th 

Regina Spektor/The Fillmore 

Tuesday, March 14th 

Devendra Banhart/Union Transfer 

Wednesday, March 15th 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo/World Cafe Live 

Thursday, March 16th 

The Magnetic Fields/Union Transfer 

Friday, March 17th 

Save Ferris/Underground Arts 

Florida Georgia Line/Boardwalk Hall 

Saturday, March 18th 

Lionel Richie/Mariah/Wells Fargo Center

Tennis/Underground Arts 

Sunday, March 19th 

Candlebox/Sellersville Theatre 

Monday, March 20th 

Philly Rising Open Stage/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, March 21st 

Red Elvises/Kung Fu Necktie 

Nails/Toxic Holocaust/Underground Arts 




That One Album, Though…

So, that one album, though…

We’ve all got that one.

That one record that not only defines us, but indeed helped us get where we need to be and most likely still does…..especially now more than ever.

It’s that one album that just fucking makes us feel it, man. 

And while each of the albums listed below by a beautiful buffet of Philly entertainers is more different than the next, Ms. Madonna said it best…”Music makes the people come together.”

Enough said. Now, listen up.

Andrew Johns/First Class singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and everything else/Now currently taking over the West Coast It would have to be Silverchair’s Neon Ballroom. It made me listen to albums in a different way. It got me into bands like Radiohead and Nirvana, also making me pursue music as a guitarist and producer. It still sounds as fresh, bold and unlike any other piece of music today..and I wouldn’t be as far along in such a career without it. It was the final spark that lit the flame and keeps on glowing.

HoneyTree Evil Eye/Philadelphia Burlesque Goddess/Agitated Co-hostI’ll forever be grateful for Janet Jackson’s 1993 Janet. I was really young when it came out but her ability to communicate sensual, fierce, empowered sexuality was palpable to me even then. It’s full of danceable pop hits, including “If,” which remains, to this day, one of the greatest choreography videos of all time.” 

Bastion Carboni aka Pilar Salt/Agitated! Co-host/Playwright “Hands down: Santigold’s first album. It has been one of my art-making soundtracks for years and is what I listen to when I get into face. It calms, centers, invigorates, and inspires me and reminds me why I make the art I do. I fucking adore her.

Doreen Taylor/Dazzling Chanteuse of ‘Happily Ever After’ “Besides my own (lol!) mine is Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I don’t think there has ever been an album that has made such an impact on the mainstream pop music industry as that one. Every song was a bona-fide hit, beautifully produced and truly a musical work of art.”

Eric Jaffe/World Ukulele Champion/One-third of Haus of Ham I’m gonna go with Up From Below by Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This album is most known for the track, Home, but there are so many gems. This band always takes me to my happy place, and you’re likely to see my lip syncing most of their music down Walnut St on any given day!

Cyoni Darling/Freeze Diva “Hands down Madonna’s Erotica. It’s my favorite album by her that I can listen to from beginning to end! There simply isn’t a bad song on it! It was ground breaking and breathtaking! She pushed every boundary that she could, sexually! It paved the way for girls like myself to embrace their beauty and sexuality. She was at times so androgynous and other times, so feminine! It was also released two days before her SEX book.. So I’ll leave you with that.. “I’m gonna change your life, I’m like a poison flower” M. 

DJ Carl Michaels/Reigning Gayborhood Beat Master Dragonette Royal Blues – this album is nearly perfect and it dropped at the exact time I needed some joy in my life.” 

And as far as my favorite album? Let’s just say that I know now why entertainers I spill music tea with fucking hate when I ask this question being as I can speak for a lot of you music kids when I say that my music mood changes by the second. 

But if I had to pick one, it would absolutely be Madonna’s Ray of Light. It makes you think. It makes you feel. It makes you dance. It makes you groove. It helps you make sense of yourself and a world that’s not god damn perfect. It’s everything. 

And for one final listening party, let’s hand it over to the hilarious Bev who might have misunderstood the assignment. Maybe she’ll tell you what her favorite album is tomorrow night at 9pm at Tabu for the 3rd anniversary of her big ol’ Bitchfest…

“Happy Thanksgiving Philly! May your 3AM Gobbler Bowl be as great as the meal your mother will have slaved over for hours the next day. I’m thankful for family, good friends, numerous amazing opportunities I’ve been given, and most importantly… A liver that just won’t quit.”

The end.