As a Producer, DJ, remixer, songwriter, and musician, Ned Shepard has much to offer to the world of electronic music. Playing piano from the early age of 5, Ned has become known for his songwriting touch, crafting songs that stay with you well past the first listen. In the fall of 2000, he met Marcus Bacalis and the two formed Digital Witchcraft. The next three years saw the duo release groundbreaking melodic breakbeat tracks, most notably “Fingerpaint” on Proton Music and The “Snowday” E.P. on Institution Breaks.
In 2002, Ned began working with Sultan, and their first project, entitled “Strange Dimensions”, was released by John Digweed’s Bedrock Breaks label under the name Jiva. Since then the two have released dozens of original productions and remixes on numerous labels across the UK, Europe and North America. In 2006, Ned joined Sultan as a regular artist on Deep Dish’s renowned Yoshitoshi Records with “Connected” and the guitar-laden “Together We Rise,” both included on Sharam’s highly successful “Global Underground 029: Dubai” CD’s, Armin Van Buuren’s State of Trance and Dave Seaman’s Renaissance Masters compliation.
In 2008, Ned and Sultan launched their label, Harem Records, where their original productions continue to top the charts and receive prasie from DJ’s of all different styles around the globe. Ned and Sultan have turned out a string of successful singles including a cover of Olivia Newton John’s 1 hit “Let’s Get Physical,” “Block Party” and the vocal anthem “Jeopardy,” In addition Ned has become in high demand as a remixer, reworking tunes from the likes of Dirty Vegas, Cedric Gervais, Paul Harris & Cevin Fisher, and Second Sun. Ned and Sultan also host Harem Sessions, a radio show which airs quarterly on friskyRadio.
Never one to focus only on club music, Ned co-wrote and produced four tracks for the upcoming debut solo album for renowned vocalist Nadia Ali (formerly of IIO) as well as remixing her first two singles “Crash n Burn” and “Love Story.” In addition, Ned has joined Nadia on tour, as her official opening DJ as well as playing keyboards during the live show. The last two years has seen them play shows across the Middle East, Europe, and South America, from the Arctic Circle to the desert. In addition, Ned continues to DJ in Montreal and around the world, having already played alongside top DJ’s such as Tiesto, Deep Dish, Paul Van Dyk, and Sander Kleinenberg.
Whether it’s behind the decks, in the studio or at a keyboard, Ned is always dedicated to delivering quality music to fans and clubbers around the world.