MAKJ & Sultan + Shepard partying poolside Saturday, May 19, 2018 at RELEASE Season 2018 at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort!
MAKJ—real name Mackenzie Johnson—was first exposed to DJing as a teenager racing cars professionally in China, and upon his return to the United States after two years abroad, he was determined to learn the craft for himself. MAKJ taught himself the basics thanks to YouTube and a set of used turntables, and after joining Los Angeles’ Icon Collective production school and learning to mix records from the late, legendary DJ AM, Johnson embarked on a series of successful collaborations with some of the hottest names in the DJ and EDM world, including Hardwell (“Countdown”), the Bassjackers (“Derp,” 2014), and Andrew W.K. and Timmy Trumpet (“Party Till We Die,” 2016). Although Johnson maintains his passion for performing live as an open-format DJ, he has expanded of late into producing original music for artists outside of the EDM world in which he first gained recognition. His style focuses heavily on incorporating elements of hip-hop and other musical genres, and his next major solo track, “Too Far Gone,” features [vocals from] Chicago singer-songwriter Matt Santos and bridges the gap between Johnson’s early career and his return to his hip-hop and pop roots.
After a chance meeting in the after hours club scene in Montreal in the mid 2000's, Ossama Al Sarraf and Ned Shepard quickly discovered that they had a natural musical chemistry. They soon began collaborating on original songs, remixes, and songwriting, officially forming Sultan + Shepard in 2010. From collaborations with revered EDM artists such as Dillon Francis, Tiesto, and Fedde Le Grand to remixes for major pop acts like Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, the duo established themselves as one of dance music’s leading partnerships. The 2012 release of their anthemic single "Walls" vaulted them on tour across the globe with stops at Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, and a residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas. In 2013, their remix of Bruno Mars’ "Locked Out Of Heaven" earned them a Grammy nomination. More recently the duo received the Canadian songwriters SOCAN Music award for International Song of the Year for "Bad", the multi-platinum single which they co-wrote alongside David Guetta, Showtek and Vassy.
In the spring of 2016, the duo inked a multi-single deal with Armada. Love Me Crazy," the first single under Armada, was released in summer 2016. Most recently, the duo reunited with singer Nadia Ali to release the folk inspired dance anthem "Almost Home" also featuring NYC based songwriter IRO which has 12 million Spotify streams and counting. Closing out 2017, Almost Home hit #1 position in the US Media Base Chart and peaked at #4 on the Billboard dance charts. This was followed by the melodic "Bloom" featured as the opening track on Armin Van Burren's A State of Trance Ibiza. 2018 is already shaping up to be another massive year for the duo with tons of new music and touring.
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