I’ve heard plenty of people pointing out (and not incorrectly) how Zedd has made the transition to mainstream much more gracefully/easily than someone like Afrojack. While the list of reasons why these two are drastically different from eachother, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it’s just due to the quality of music. Zedd’s melodies and music in general is rooted in his experience as a classically trained musician and most of his work is a transcription of something written on piano. Afrojack’s music on the other hand, while nothing to scoff at and unbelievable in proper context, doesn’t quite make the transition to casual listeners. You certainly won’t see Afrojack playing a stripped down version of any of his tracks on late night TV, that’s for sure. Be sure to purchase the full song on iTunes!
I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m past my days of loving electro but that doesn’t mean I don’t like myself an absolute rave weapon like Lucky Date’s remix of the Zedd throwback track The Anthem. This is being given out for free by the label who released the original project over 3 years ago so this is definitely a cool opportunity to look back on what was hot that long ago. There’s some pretty awesome sound design on the first build and this has some crazy wobbles all throughout. Highlight is at 3:07 when it finally eases into that familiar chant from the original that borders on euphoric and then dives back into the gritty electro drop. Must have if you’re trying to get the room moving.
Well this is just a great surprise for the day. Since releasing his hit album Clarity on Interscope earlier this year, it’s been a bit quiet from electronic music’s hearthrob Zedd. Today, he broke the silence with the release of his first new material as a remix of Empire Of The Sun’s new single Alive that we brought you a while back. The song will have its official release on 5/21 and I can say that I truly am excited for this one. The opening minute or so brings all sorts of quirky complex electro elements before the original shines through into a beautifully uplifting breakdown.
Empire Of The Sun – Alive (Zedd Remix)
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I stand by the fact that it is reeeeeeeally easy to make a really bad mashup but there’s some serious skill that involves making legitimately good mashups. We’ve featured CHANGE. on numerous occasions (most recently for his remix of Summit) and this time he comes through with a track that perfectly combines elements of 5 different artists…from his mouth below:
If you’ve been following my Music for some time now, you’ll know I started off doing what every other person trying to make it in this business did/does – Mashups. I try to think my style of doing these repetitive things separates me from the rest of the storming herd. Anyway, I hope you you enjoy this blend of amazing original tunes from my personal favorite collection.
Arriving to a packed ballroom at Webster Hall on Thursday, 2/28, Zedd rose to cheers and cries from hundreds of adoring fans. Originally a one night gig, a second night was added due to the overwhelming fan response. Both nights quickly sold out and Zedd, along side Tommie Sunshine and Alex Metric made Webster Hall quake, clarifying exactly why these shows sold out in only a few hours.
By the time the 23-year-old Russian Anton Zaslavski (Zedd) hit the stage, Webster Hall was teaming with sweaty bodies ready to unleash havoc as the youngster dropped his first track.
Zedd – Spectrum ft. Matthew Koma
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The ballroom erupted into a cluster of thrashing bodies as he played a wide “spectrum” of tracks (pun intended), dropping everything from trap to dubstep into his mix. Combined with a stellar light show (courtesy of Production Club’s Gabe Damast – whom we have an interview that’s soon to come) and superb delivery, Zedd confirmed that he is a larger than life talent and performer.
Atmospheric bliss erupted as the crowd swayed and sang their hearts out to Zedd’s number one hit “Clarity”.
Zedd – Clarity ft. Foxes (Zedd Union Mix)
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Spinning a two-plus hour set, Zedd finally wrapped up around 1 a.m., but not before an epic encore in which he instructed everyone to “sit the fuck down” before his final drop.
And despite what could’ve been considered a “run of the mill” set list, there was not a single person in Webster Hall who was not entertained. It was visceral, raw, and fun – everything a show should be… We just hope that Zedd shows his face around New York City a little more often – I’m positive nobody will be complaining.
ZEDD | 2 Nights at Webster Hall | 2/28/13 & 3/1/13 SOLD OUT!
First off, happy Wednesday to all the readers who make this blog a blast to write for! Secondly, we got somethin’ big to inform you guys about! The one and only Zedd will be headlining a show both tomorrow (18+) and Friday (19+) at Webster Hall in NYC. Not that he needs much of an introduction, but in the last year or so, Zedd has taken the EDM scene and flipped it on its head. After the unfortunate cancellation of his tour with Lady Gaga (who has a hip injury that restricts her from performing), Zedd is continuing about the country to hit some of the biggest venues with some of his biggest tracks. If you’re still yet to hear his full-length EP Clarity, I’d strongly advise you to do so. Although we give it much praise here at TNJ, allow the amount of charts it’s topped and accolades it’s received to speak for us.
Opening up for the big-man will be both British powerhouse Alex Metric and long-time mainstay Tommie Sunshine. Despite both having their own styles, explaining what you should be expecting from these two might best be done as a tandem. Both Tommie Sunshine and Alex Metric are masters at keeping your feet moving, with club-destroying tracks like Metric’s Rave Weapon (posted below) or Tommie Sunshine’s Barbarians. But despite a huge arsenal of bangers, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear either one bust out some tracks with an old-school influence, especially Tommie Sunshine. If you’re headed to Webster tomorrow or Friday, the best thing to expect from these two would be the unexpected!
Tickets to both nights are currently sold out, but for the hopefuls out there who are still trying to snag a ticket somehow, here’s the link. There are still VIP table availability for Friday which you can check here and keep your eyes peeled for the #Cryptix Instagram contest where you can find a flyer somewhere in NYC through Webster Hall’s image clues that will win you a pair of tickets to the Friday show. If you plan on being there, tweet at @thatnewjam or post on our Facebook to let us know!
A massive Clarity Remix EP came out on Beatport today, which you can buy right here. There were a lot of great remixes but the best one had to be Torro Torro’s rendition. While still keeping the vocals in full force maintaining the passion of the song, they give it an amazing hard intro. This intro immediately captivates your attention and gets you amped up for the rest of the song. Before any vocals come, they immediately go into the drop, which has that infamous Torro Torro sound. Finally the vocals arrive, and the song just comes together as a whole with the vocals,the intro beat, and then of course the unbelievable drop that just makes you want to go crazy all tied together. A really great song by a really great artist. This may be their best remix yet. Hopefully later today I’ll post a download link, but for now enjoy the full song on one of UKF’s Youtube channels.
From an industry perspective, Zedd is poised to be one of the most influential artists of the whole “EDM” thing. The job that Jimmy Iovene has done since bringing Zedd on to Interscope is nothing short of astounding. The German’s debut album Clarity reached the #1 spot on iTunes in almost every category and he’s been the first electronic artist to play live on The Late Show with David Letterman backed by a string section and Alvin Risk singing backup vocals. This Union Mix from Zedd expands on this performance by adding what sounds like a full orchestra and a studio-perfected/on-key vocal from Foxes. The entire Clarity Remix EP comes out on iTunes 2/12 with remixes from names like Tiesto, Brillz & Dyro.
Love it or hate it, the electronic music phenomenon is in it for the long haul. Turns out that the people at Cirque du Sole are on board to help Skrillex begin his residency at newly opening Las Vegas nightclub LIGHTS in the Mandalay Bay hotel on April 26th. Moving from the main stage of major music festivals to the cutting edge of club life will be an adjustment for Sonny Moore but thankfully he doesn’t have to go it alone. The Vegas club is also bringing in 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia in Sebastian Ingrosso and up & coming superstar Zedd who has been helping Lady Gaga on her upcoming Artpop album. In the Rolling Stone article that you can see in the hat-tip below, Skrillex is described as “cautious” of using the Cirque du Sole dancers as a part of his show:
“It’s not about having acrobats for my set,” he says. “For me, personally, the objective is to have something based around your music and something you want to dance to, not something you want to stare at the whole time. But how do you make the environment completely immersive? I think that’s the goal for my show, at least.”
Zedd goes on to add that his time working with Lady Gaga has really brought him to think of the live performance of his music in a different way:
“Gaga’s a really great example. We’ve seen all sorts of production in dance music, but when I personally watched her production for the first time, I was reminded of how much there is we did not think of yet, and one big part of it is maybe the human touch,” he says. “We can have the brightest lights and everything we want to have, but what I liked about Gaga’s show was [that] there’s a lot of humanity; there are a lot of dancers and it’s almost like a theater play with music. I could see parts of that in the whole LIGHT concept.”
Regardless, this is just another huge step in the world of electronic dance music and further proof that it’s traction in the mainstream and business lights is here to stay. Sound off in the comments with which DJ you’d wanna see get a residency in Sin City!
It looks like the highly acclaimed song Clarity by Zedd is getting its very own remix EP. Recently announced by Zedd, one of those remixes is a trap one made by Brillz which was recently aired on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on February 2nd. This remix definitely puts a nice twist on Clarity that you don’t want to miss. More updates on the release date of the EP when known.