Zedd (musician)

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Zedd at the film premiere of Divergent on 18 March 2014
Background information
Birth name Anton Zaslavski
Born (1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 24)
Saratov, Soviet Union
Origin Kaiserslautern, Germany[1]
Genres Electro house, progressive house, complextro, dubstep
Occupations Producer, DJ, musician
Years active 2002–present
Labels Interscope, OWSLA, Dim Mak Records
Associated acts Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Hayley Williams, Matthew Koma, Foxes, Miriam Bryant, Lucky Date, Nicky Romero, Dioramic
Website zedd.net

Anton Zaslavski (born 2 September 1989), known primarily by his stage name Zedd, is a Russian-German musician, electronic music producer and DJ.[1][2] He primarily produces in the electro house genre,[3] but has branched out, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music. Zedd grew up and began his career in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Zedd's best known production to date is the song "Clarity" featuring Foxes which charted at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one of the US Hot Dance Club Songs. He also won a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for the same song.[4]

Life and career beginning[edit]

Zaslavski was born in Russia.[2] He is a classically trained musician,[5] born to two musicians,[6] and began playing the piano and drums at the age of four. In 2002 he began playing for the German band Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records. Zaslavski's interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing by electronic duo Justice.[7] He began producing electronic music in 2009.

Music production[edit]

Under the name 'Zedd', Zaslavski has produced a wide variety of remixes and originals. He first made waves in the scene when he won two different Beatport remix contests; his first original release, "The Anthem", broke into the Beatport Electro house Top 20. His remix of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" broke into the Beatport Electro House Top Ten charts, coming to rest at number 2. He has since produced remixes of well-known artists of the likes of Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Skrillex, and more. Zaslavski creates his music using the Cubase suite of music production applications, and takes advantage of different plug-ins including the Sylenth1, Nexus, SynthMaster 2.6, and Omnisphere synthesizers, and the Kontakt sampler.

In 2011, Zedd's remixes of Lady Gaga's tracks "Born This Way" and "Marry the Night" appeared on the special edition of her third studio album, Born This Way (2011). In September, Zedd's single "Shave It Up" was premiered as a thirty second teaser on Skrillex's YouTube page, this being Zedd's first release on OWSLA records.

From left: Porter Robinson, Zedd, and Skrillex performing at SXSW on 16 March 2012.

In 2012, Zedd signed with Interscope Records[8] and released his debut single from the label, "Spectrum", with vocals by Matthew Koma. He then produced the Eva Simons song, "I Don't Like You", which was also released on Interscope. He also produced and co-wrote the third single "Beauty and a Beat" with Max Martin for Justin Bieber's third studio album, Believe.[9] The single charted at number 5 in the U.S. this being Zedd's highest charting song.

In 2013, Zedd produced three songs on Lady Gaga's 2013 album, Artpop.[10] He also produced "Heaven" from Namie Amuro's album Feel.[11]

On 26 January 2014, Zedd released the single "Find You" featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant, which is included on the soundtrack for the film Divergent.


Main article: Zedd discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Recipient Category Result
2013 Popdust Zedd Next Pop Superstar of 2013 Nominated[12]
2013 MTV Video Music Awards Zedd Artist To Watch Nominated[13]
2013 American Music Awards Zedd Favorite Electronic Music Artist Nominated[14]
2014 Grammy Awards "Clarity" (feat. Foxes) Best Dance Recording Won[15]
iHeartRadio Music Awards "Clarity" EDM Song of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Zedd Top Dance/Electronic Artist Nominated[16]
"Clarity" Top Dance/Electronic Song Nominated[17]
Clarity Top Dance/Electronic Album Nominated[18]



  1. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Allmusic: Zedd (Biography)". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b O'Malley Greenburg, Zach (14 August 2013). "Zedd Ahead: Meet The Next Big Star Of Electronic Music". Forbes. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "ELR™ Exclusive Interview w/ Zedd | EasyLove Records™ | Electronic Music Blog". Easyloverecords.com. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zedd & Cedric Gervais Take Home First Grammys". Billboardy. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Zedd Exclusive Interview". The Worst Guy. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "[Interview] Zedd – ‘The important point of the actual music is being neglected a bit’ | Upcoming-Soon | Welcome To Coming Soon World". Upcoming-Soon. 5 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "An Early Christmas Gift! An Interview with Zedd. « 310 Electro". 310electro.com. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Zedd Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved 11 M arch 2013. 
  9. ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Justin Bieber Didn't 'Convince' 'Beauty And A Beat' Producer Zedd At First". MTV. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lady Gaga Has 'A Lot Of Work Left' On ARTPOP Songs EDM producer Zedd updates MTV News on his yearlong collaboration with the Mother Monster.". MTV. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Namie Amuro: News". Namie Amuro Official Site. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "VOTE NOW! Help Decide The Next Pop Superstar of 2013!". popdust.com. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Video Music Award Nominations: Get The Full List!". MTV. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "‘American Music Awards’ 2013 nominees, winners – complete list". 
  15. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations, Dance Genre". 
  16. ^ "2014 Winners". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  17. ^ "2014 Winners". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  18. ^ "2014 Winners". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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