Zedd (musician)

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Zedd
Zedd 2014 Divergent Premiere (cropped).jpg
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, 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 French electronic duo Justice.[7] He began producing electronic music in 2009.

Music production[edit]

(L to R:) Porter Robinson, Zedd, and Skrillex performing at SXSW on 16 March 2012.

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 Justin Bieber, 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.

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 movie Divergent.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[12]
US
Dance

[13]
UK
Dance

[14]
SWE
[15]
Clarity 38 2 21 32
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
The Anthem (Remixes)
  • Released: 25 February 2011
  • Label: Big Fish
  • Formats: Digital download
Autonomy
  • Released: 28 March 2011
  • Label: Bugeyed
  • Formats: Digital download
Shave It – The Aftershave
  • Released: 8 November 2011
  • Label: OWSLA
  • Formats: Digital download
Stars Come Out (Remixes)
  • Released: 13 February 2012
  • Label: Dim Mak
  • Formats: Digital download
Spectrum
  • Released: 31 July 2012
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: Digital download
Clarity (Remixes)
  • Released: 12 February 2013
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[16]
AUS
[17]
AUT
[18]
CAN
[19]
IRL
[20]
JPN
[21]
NLD
[22]
NZ
[23]
UK
[24]
US
[25]
"The Legend of Zelda"[26] 2011 Non-album singles
"Dovregubben"[27]
"Shave It"[28] Clarity
"Slam the Door"[29] 2012 Non-album singles
"Shotgun"[30]
"Spectrum"
(featuring Matthew Koma)
80 30 4 Clarity
"Clarity"
(featuring Foxes)
94 13 17 39 81 13 29 8
"Stay the Night"
(featuring Hayley Williams)
2013 15 11 12 20 8 85 20 2 18
"Find You"
(featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant)
2014 68 Divergent
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Changes"
(featuring Champions)
2011 OWSLA Free Treats Vol. 1
"Codec" 2013 Now You See Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Into the Lair"[35] 2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack

Production work[edit]

Year Artist Title Release date Album
2012 Eva Simons "I Don't Like You" 26 Mar 2012 N/A
Justin Bieber
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
"Beauty and a Beat" 12 Nov 2012 Believe
2013 Namie Amuro "Heaven" 10 Jul 2013 Feel
Lady Gaga "Aura"
"G.U.Y"
"Donatella"
"Swine"
11 Nov 2013 Artpop

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Title
2010 Arbre Blass "No Regrets" (SL Curtiz & Zedd Remix)
Armand Van Helden "Witch Doktor"
B.o.B
(featuring Bruno Mars)
"Nothin' On You"
Dan Thomas
(featuring MAB)
"This Year"
David May
(featuring Max Urban)
"Facebook Love" (Zedd Remix) &
(Zedd Instrumental Remix)
Erick Decks "Nasty" (Zedd Dub Remix) & (Zedd Vocal Remix)
Fatboy Slim "Weapon of Choice"
FLX "I Feel Untouched" (Zedd's Bigroom Remix)
Frowin Von Boyen "Speedy P"
Lucky Date "Ho's & Disco's"
Moussa Clarke "Love Key 2010"
Periphery "Icarus Lives!"
Skrillex "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"
Skrillex
(featuring Sirah)
"WEEKENDS!!!"
SL Curtiz & Radio Jack "Kid Yourself"
The Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)"
Wolfgang Gartner "Latin Fever"
2011 Diddy – Dirty Money
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
"Ass on the Floor"
Lady Gaga "Marry the Night"
"Born This Way"
Swedish House Mafia "Save the World"
2012 Skrillex & The Doors "Breakn' a Sweat"
2013 Zedd
(featuring Foxes)
"Clarity" (Zedd Union Mix)
Miriam Bryant "Push Play"
Empire of the Sun "Alive"
2014 Zedd
(featuring Hayley Williams)
"Stay the Night" (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Release date Label
2011 "Shave It"[36] Sean Stiegemeier 1 Nov 2011 OWSLA
2012 "Slam The Door"[37] Justin Nizer 12 Jan 2012
"Spectrum"
(featuring Matthew Koma)[38]
Petro 15 Aug 2012 Interscope Records
"Stache" [39] Roboto 2 Oct 2012
2013 "Clarity"
(featuring Foxes)[40]
Jodeb 11 Jan 2013
"Stay the Night"
(featuring Hayley Williams)[41]
Daniel Cloud Campos 23 Sep 2013
2014 "Find You"
(featuring Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant)[42]
Jodeb 16 Mar 2014 Interscope Records

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Nominated work Category Result
2013 Popdust Zedd Next Pop Superstar of 2013 Nominated[43]
2013 MTV Video Music Awards Zedd Artist To Watch Nominated[44]
2013 American Music Awards Zedd Favorite Electronic Music Artist Nominated[45]
2014 Grammy Awards "Clarity" (feat. Foxes) Best Dance Recording Won[46]
Billboard Music Awards Zedd Top Dance/Electronic Artist Pending
Clarity Top Dance/Electronic Song Pending
Clarity Top Dance/Electronic Album Pending

References[edit]

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  39. ^ "Zedd - Stache". YouTube. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
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  41. ^ "Zedd - Stay The Night ft. Hayley Williams". YouTube. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  42. ^ "Zedd - Find You ft. Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant". YouTube. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
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  46. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations, Dance Genre". 

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