Denis Sulta, né Hector Barbour, is a Scottish DJ and producer making vibrant house music with an underground feel. His music is vibrant and melodic but with an underground sensibility. With a growing following and a unique style, Denis Sulta is one to watch.
Barbour was born in Glasgow in 1993 and found dance music at a young age. He began his music career at Rubadub, a well-known record shop in Glasgow. Here, he learned to produce and DJ with his colleagues, who shared a passion for the Glasgow scene. Barbour started promoting after-parties in obscure locations and eventually earned regular sets at Sub Club around the corner from the record shop.
His co-worker Dan Monox, who also happened to be the owner of the record label Dixon Basement Avenue Jams, discovered his early productions and helped Barbour release his debut EP, then using the name Atlus.
His early tracks had a dark tone, but as he played, his music turned upbeat and energetic. To reflect this change in style, he adopted the new name Denis Sulta. He would go on to release EPs with Glasgow-based label Numbers before founding the label and brand, Sulta Selects. He took the brand on a global tour, which proved so successful that it led to curating his edition of FLY Open Air Festival, held at Hopetoun House just outside of Edinburgh.
Sulta's music has evolved over time, incorporating different styles and themes. In 2019 he released his biggest work to date, the EP Aye Spoake Te Sumwuhn & They Listenhd. The release riffs on self-discovery, and the music is varied and surprising. In recent years, Sulta has earned a Mixmag cover and DJ support from Four Tet, Peggy Gou, and Bicep. He even joined the ranks with Jayda G and Charlotte de Witte when he hosted the BBC Radio 1 Residency.
As a respected figure in the Scottish music scene, Denis Sulta continues to push the boundaries of dance music with his unique and infectious style.