Zedd- a Russian-German DJ, record producer and songwriter is one of the top DJs in the world today, who has made a great contribution in bringing EDM closer to the audience, becoming part of mainstream music. Here are 10 interesting facts about this handsome, talented DJ that you may not know.
1. Anton Zaslavski
Did the above name make you tongue-twister because it’s hard to read? It seems our DJ feels the same way, so instead of using his real name, he chose the stage name Zedd which is easy to read and remember. “Zed” is the letter Z in the alphabet, while the “d” is only added to make the name look cooler.
2. His music was inspired in the childhood
Zedd was born in Russia and raised in Germany. His parents are both well-trained classical musicians who inspired music into his life since he was a child. Zedd himself also started playing the piano at the age of 4 and began composing at the age of 5. At the age of 12, he started learning to play drums and joined a rock band with his brother.
3. Ever dreamed of becoming a pianist
From a young age, Zedd had once dreamed of becoming a pianist until he happened to listen to Justice’s album and was immediately fascinated by the ghostly sound of electronic music.
Despite turning to a different genre of music,Zedd still shows much love for this instrument. Recently, when being asked if he could only play one instrument, what he would choose, he answered that it was nothing but piano.
4. Started producing electronic music since 2009
In 2011, Zedd performed the remix of “Born This Ways” by Lady Gaga. The singer liked the remix so much that she decided to include it on the album of the same title.
Currently,the DJ is pursuing electro house, progressive house, dubstep and classical music.
5. The witch behind a series of big hits
Zedd has collaborated with many stars and written some of the biggest hits in recent years, including “Clarity” (ft. Foxes), “Stay the Night” (ft. Hayley Williams) and the latest “Break Free” (ft. Ariana Grande). He also produced 3 songs for Lady Gaga in the album “Artpop” (2013).
6. Discovered by another famous artist
Zedd owes a debt of gratitude to the electronic music star Skrillex for helping him come closer to his dream. “I saw a link to a Skrillex song on Facebook, and I think the song I’m working on has many similarities with this song,” he replied on MixMag. “I thought I could bring something new, so I texted Skrillex on My Space, but I never thought he would reply.”
And Skrillex answered his message indeed! Skrillex loves Zedd’s song so much that he took Zeed with him on his next tour. Currently, the two artists are very close and share the same management and production team.
7. Winning a Grammy Award at the age of 24
In 2012, he released “Clarity” (featuring Foxes), which propelled him to mainstream success, reaching the 8th position on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards.
8. Famous friends
Few people know Zedd also has a good relationship with many famous artists in the music industry including: Jared Leto, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Skrillex … and the indispensable once rumored girlfriend Selena Gomez. .
9. Love with Selena Gomez
In 2015,Zedd and Selena Gomez were caught hand in hand at the Golden Globes post-ceremony party. The two often posted photos together on Instagram, even collaborating on the song “I Want You To Know” and Selena herself once revealed that they really have a special affection. Yet this love ultimately went nowhere. Although the couple no longer meet each other often, they still give much attention and support to each other.
10. Zedd is a Vegas Resident DJ at Hakkasan, Omnia, JEWEL, Wet Republic
At just 23 years of age ,Zedd had a residency at LIGHT, a nightclub at the Mandalay Bay resort in Vegas, in 2013.