Trailblazer: DJ Fabian Alsultany
Today's Trailblazer is DJ Fabian Alsultany, groove supplier for four of our upcoming summer fests! For over 20 years DJ Alsultany has performed his tribalistic musical alchemy at major festivals, world class nightclubs and venues, conferences and yoga/retreat centers across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, India, the Caribbean, and North and South America. Read on to learn about how this "World Music Impresario" integrates his yoga practice with making music and his other passions!
WL: What aspects of yoga / meditation / spirituality do you bring into your work?
DJA: I believe that the benefits of one's practice stretches into most aspects of one's existence. There is no specific thing from the practice that I bring to my work: aspects of focus, calm, energy, flexibility show up everywhere in my day to day, but it is not something I look to bring, it's already there, it's embedded, and is present more and more with the continual regularity of the practices. In the core of the definition of yoga is yuj, which we know means 'to join'. Be it the practices of yoga, prayers, playing an instrument, engaging in a sport, lifting weights, etc - regularity of just about anything creates a union, creates a harmony between the mind, body and spirit with that which is in focus, be it locking into the rhythm of heart beat and breath while twisting, or locking into the pulse and rhythm of a DJ set. Ultimately our practices get us deeper into the zone.
WL: How did you get involved with yoga?
DJA: In 2000 my close friend Josh Neuman took me to a Jivamukti yoga class. I will never forget that experience, it absolutely pulverized me. I was dressed in heavy sweatpants and other things that made the room even hotter than it probably was. Russell Simmons was practicing a few mats away. I remember him engaging with his Blackberry for a lot of the class and at one point in the middle of the class he got up with his mat and walked out of the room; I kind of followed him out and exited the class quickly. A year later, 2001, my first DJ compilation 'Earth n Bass' came out, and I over saw the production and direction of what was the first Krishna Das remix for 'Baba Hanuman (Dub Farm remix). I was suddenly DJing a lot of yoga events. A few years later, in 2003 I had spent about 5-6 in India on business and for traveling. I reconnected with a yoga teacher friend of mine on that trip, Ms. Vanessa Kudrat. I helped her ship some items back from India in exchange for some privates. Around that time I became a partner in a party in NYC called Body Temple that had yoga classes, trance dances, raw foods, along with myself and being the one of the resident DJs (the cats being dj Haj and Derek Beres). I was suddenly immersed in this yogic ecstatic dance scene and was starting a practice. Around 2005 my big record company executive job came to an end. My girlfriend at the time urged me to take a teacher training with her to clear my mind. I dove in for a 300 hour TT at Atmananda in NYC to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding the practice of yoga. Yoga kept on showing up in my life, some months I'm deep in asana, some months I am not. It's the ebb and the flow of it all.
WL: What's your favorite pose?
DJA: In my daily morning practice, I do Salat (Islamic ritual prayers). When I'm on my yoga mat and I fall into Pigeon, it for me is my favorite position as my body is gotten to such an open point that when I fold over on the ground to that extend, I feel I am in absolute surrender and gratitude. Pigeon, and so many of asanas are a continuation of my salat.
WL: What's feeding your wanderlust today?
DJA: What is feeding my Wanderlust today? The desire of wandering, and exploring, and traveling is what comes to me. I've been in my studio recording a lot of music with the intention that with it's release I will be traveling a lot more in 2014. Music is what feeds my wanderlust, for through music I will get to see more and more of the world. It is one of the greatest gifts music has given me.
WL: If you could leave one legacy for your community what would it be?
DJA: I wish I can answer with only one, but my life is focused on two. One being music, and leaving a deep library of my original music; a mission I'm very much in the middle of completing right now. The other legacy, is the annual gathering I birthed with my business partner Tommy Rosen called the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. Both the body of my music, and the festival are the greatest of offerings I can create in my present existance.
PRE-WANDERLUST VT : GLOBESONIC ON THE HUDSON 9
If you are in NYC on SATURDAY JUNE 15TH, (one week before Wanderlust VT), join DJ Alsultany and our friends at FlavorPill for the 9th Annual GlobeSonic on the Hudson, a free 8-hour DJ dance party spinning World Music to EDM right on the Hudson River. See here for more information.
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Wanderlust Tahoe Pool Party's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djalsultany
In the summer of 2013, Alsultany will be releasing a new reggae-inspired dance single entitled 'The Stars, They're Aligning' featuring Bay Area vocalist Rocker T, as well as a collection of well crafted original songs mixing electronica, reggae grooves and alternative rock under the name Imperial Highness with Los Angeles vocalist Rafe Pearlman. In late July, a DJ Alsultany remix by legendary Pakistani singer, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will be released on Peter Gabriel's record company "Real World". He will be DJing festivals throughout the US, including all four Wanderlust Festivals.