Zedd at the film premiere of Divergent on 18 March 2014
|Birth name||Anton Zaslavski|
2 September 1989 |
Saratov, Soviet Union
|Occupations||Producer, DJ, musician|
|Labels||Interscope, OWSLA, Dim Mak Records|
Anton Zaslavski (born 2 September 1989), better known by his stage name Zedd, is a Russian-German music producer and DJ. He primarily produces in the electro house genre, 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 and "Break Free", a song which has peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, becoming his first song to do so. He also won a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for "Clarity".
Life and career beginning
Zaslavski was born in Russia. He is a classically trained musician, born to two musicians, and began playing the piano at the age of four and drums at twelve. 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 French electronic duo Justice. He began producing electronic music in 2009.
Under the name 'Zedd', Zaslavski has produced a wide variety of remixes and originals. He won two Beatport remix contests in 2010; his first original release, "The Anthem", entered the Beatport Electro house chart in the top 20. His remix of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" also entered the Beatport Electro House chart, peaking at number 2. He has since produced remixes of well-known artists, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, and others. Zaslavski creates his music using the Cubase suite of music production applications, and uses plug-ins such as the Sylenth1, Nexus, SynthMaster 2.6, and Omnisphere synthesizers, and the Kontakt sampler.
In 2011, Zedd's remix of Lady Gaga's track "Born This Way" appeared on the special edition of her third studio album, Born This Way (2011). In September, Zedd's single "Shave It Up" premiered as a thirty second teaser on Skrillex's YouTube page, this being Zedd's first release on OWSLA records.
In 2012, Zedd signed with Interscope Records 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.
- Clarity (2012)
Awards and nominations
|2013||Popdust||Zedd||Next Pop Superstar of 2013||Nominated|
|2013||MTV Video Music Awards||"Clarity" (feat. Foxes)||Artist To Watch||Nominated|
|2013||American Music Awards||Zedd||Favorite Electronic Music Artist||Nominated|
|2014||Grammy Awards||"Clarity" (feat. Foxes)||Best Dance Recording||Won|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||"Clarity"||EDM Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||Zedd||Top Dance/Electronic Artist||Nominated|
|"Clarity"||Top Dance/Electronic Song||Nominated|
|Clarity||Top Dance/Electronic Album||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||"Stay the Night"||MTV Clubland Award||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Zedd||Best Push Act||Pending|
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- Vena, Jocelyn. "Justin Bieber Didn't 'Convince' 'Beauty And A Beat' Producer Zedd At First". MTV. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Lady Gaga Has 'A Lot Of Work Left' On ARTPOP Songs". MTV. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
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- "‘American Music Awards’ 2013 nominees, winners – complete list".
- "Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations, Dance Genre".
- "2014 Winners". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- Frith, Vanessa (25 August 2014). "MTV VMAs 2014 'Clubland' Winner Is Zedd For 'Stay The Night'". ENSTARS. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- "MTV EMAs 2014: Katy Perry sieben, Ariana Grande sechs Mal nominiert". Musikmarkt (in German). 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
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