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Zedd (musician)

Zedd

Zedd in Los Angeles at the film premiere of Divergent, 18 March 2014

Background information

Birth name

Anton Zaslavski

Born

2 September 1989 (age 25)

Saratov, Soviet Union

Origin

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Genres

Electro house

Occupation(s)

  • Producer
  • DJ
  • musician

Years active

2002–present

Labels

  • Interscope
  • OWSLA

Website

zedd

.net

Anton Zaslavski (Russian: Антон Игоревич Заславский; born 2 September 1989), better known by his stage name Zedd (/ˈzɛd/), is a Russian-German musician, 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 productions to date are the songs "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".

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 2002–11: Early beginnings
    • 2.2 2012–14: Clarity
    • 2.3 2015–present: True Colors
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life

Anton Zaslavski was born in Saratov, Russia on 2 September 1989.

He moved to Germany at three years old and grew up in Kaiserlautern.

He is a classically trained musician, born to two musicians. His father Igor Zaslavski is a guitarist and schoolteacher and his mother is a piano instructor.

He began playing the piano at the age of four and drums at twelve.

He has an older brother named Arkadi.

Career

2002–11: Early beginnings

In 2002 Zaslavski 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.

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

2012–14: Clarity

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.

In 2013, Zedd produced "Aura", "G.U.Y.", and "Donatella" on Lady Gaga's 2013 album, Artpop.

He also produced "Heaven" from Namie Amuro's album Feel.

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.

On 3 July 2014, Ariana Grande released a song with Zedd entitled "Break Free",

which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.

The song was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards in the category of "Break-Up Song".

2015–present: True Colors

On 23 February 2015, Zedd released his collaboration with Selena Gomez, titled "I Want You to Know".

The song is cowritten by Zedd, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, and KDrew.

It was announced on 8 April 2015 that Japanese singer Namie Amuro would release an album entitled Genic. It was then also revealed that Zedd would produce music on the album for the singer, making it the second time Zedd has worked with Amuro on music since 2013 when he produced "Heaven" from her album Feel.

Zedd released his second studio album, True Colors, on 18 May 2015.

Discography

Main article: Zedd discography

  • Clarity (2012)
  • True Colors (2015)

Awards and nominations

Year

Ceremony

Recipient

Category

Result

2013

MTV Video Music Awards

"Clarity" (feat. Foxes)

Artist To Watch

Nominated

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

Teen Choice Awards

Zedd

Choice Music – Electronic Dance Music Artist

Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

"Stay the Night"

MTV Clubland Award

Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

Zedd

Best Push Act

Nominated

DJ Awards

Zedd

Best Electro DJ

Nominated