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Talented Artist Zahed Sultan Performs at the Shubbak Festival in London
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Talented Artist Zahed Sultan Performs at the Shubbak Festival in London

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Updated: 12 December 2015
We were given the chance to interview talented Kuwaiti multimedia artist, Zahed Sultan, whose music has been licensed for the United States and France. He has been featured on MTV, O2 Academy TV and the Red Bull Music Academy. Now, this up-and-coming musical and visual innovator is performing his art for audiences in Europe. Read on to find out what to expect from his July 2015 performance at the Shubbak Festival in London.
Zahed Sultan | © Zahed Sultan
Zahed Sultan | © Zahed Sultan

When did you know that you wanted to pursue music?

Music has always played a role in my life, from adolescence to the present – whether consciously or subconsciously. It only took precedence several years ago as a path to intentionally pursue.

What inspires you?

Vulnerability inspires me. Raw human emotion inspires me.

What do you think about the Shubbak Festival?

It is admirable that a group of individuals would take on the colossal task of altering the narrative in regard to the perception of Arabs and Muslim culture within the cosmopolitan city of London. I am honored to be have been selected to take part in this dialogue.

Can you tell us about your upcoming performance for the festival?

In collaboration with The Barbican and Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station’ project, I will close out a five-day residency in the Art Gallery with a fully immersive audio-visual performance developed throughout the week. Drawing on themes of invisible borders and fractured identity, my performance combines live music, dance and physical theater, as well as visuals and light manipulation – thus blurring the lines between what is real and what is perceived.

What is the importance of combining visual arts and music?

Mediums, such as art and music, are merely vehicles for expressing the world through my eyes. I don’t differentiate one from the other, I merely make use of them as tools to achieve a given outcome.

What message would you like to convey with your art?

I don’t have a say as to how my desired expression at any given point in time will resonate with an audience – it is solely up to them to process and relate, or not relate. In simple terms – I aspire to evoke emotion. I aspire for a person to feel.

Check out Zahed Sultan’s album, Eyeamsound, and more of his work on his website.

Learn more about the Shubbak Festival here.

By Biya Haq

Biya Haq has an extreme case of wanderlust that has brought her to London for the summer of 2015. She loves all things cultural, edible, musical, and did she mention edible? Going into her fourth year at Rutgers University in New Jersey, she is a journalism and media studies student with a passion for writing, travelling and eating.