Born Anton Zaslavski, Zedd was raised in Kaiserslautern, Germany by two classically trained musicians. He began playing the piano at the age of four and built up his knowledge of the Classical repertoire throughout his childhood, at times writing a song a day. At age twelve, Anton learned to play the drums and, soon after, he began performing with the post-hardcore/metal trio Dioramic. As a preteen he was already composing and producing numerous rock songs in his band's own studio. As the aughts progressed, Anton's awareness of other genres widened, and in 2009 his interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing the French electronic duo Justice. With his gift for musicality and background in composition, instrumentation and production, the move into the realm of electronic dance music was seamless.
2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest". These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including Interscope, mau5trap and EMI.
In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd's hit singles 'Shave It' and 'Slam The Door' (released on OWLSA) held the top spot on Beatport's charts for multiple weeks at a time. In the same year, his remix of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night" appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar's latest album Born This Way and his remix of "Born This Way" appeared on Born This Way: The Remix. In addition to his own compositions and re-workings of songs by other artists, Zedd has had fellow electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more.
Zedd signed with Interscope Records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarity in October to much critical acclaim. The album's first single, "Spectrum," featuring Cherrytree Records recording artist Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention, soaring to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and ultimately being named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes "Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012.
In addition to racking up original production credits for artists including Eva Simons' "I Don't Like You" and Justin Bieber's "Beauty And A Beat," Rolling Stone named Zedd an "Artist to Watch" for 2012, and more recently, MTV deemed him an "Artist to Watch" for 2013. Zedd has performed at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York.
Zedd made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in October of 2013 where he turned his signature style upside down performing a stripped down version of his new single "Clarity" - showcasing his classical training by playing piano alongside a string quartet and vocals from Foxes. In early summer of 2013, he went on to again perform the track on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, this time accompanied by The Roots. The performance culminated in an unprecedented DJ performance replete with LED grandeur that simulated the festival performance experience for the first time on national television.
In the following months, "Clarity" ascended the radio charts and garnered spins on Top 40 radio stations across the country, propelling the single to the #2 song in the country. The single was certified platinum in August of 2013 and continues to dominate the airwaves while the accompanying video garnered Zedd an MTV "Artist To Watch" VMA nomination for that year. The smash single would later go on to earn Zedd a 2014 Grammy award for "Best Dance Recording".
"The Moment of Clarity" tour in support of the album immediately sold out major venues across the country, establishing Zedd as one of the premier touring acts of the year and landing him another appearance at Coachella 2014. Just as it seemed the attention surrounding the young producer had reached a fever pitch, he unleashed another monstrous single, "Stay The Night" featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore. The track debuted at #8 on iTunes and sold over 78,000 copies the first day, eliminating any doubt about his ability to consistently craft hit songs with substance. Similarly, Zedd delivered another home run at the top of 2014 with the release of "Find You", Ft. Matthew Koma and Swedish vocal powerhouse Miriam Bryant. The trio performed the smash single live on the outdoor stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 3rd, 2014.
Zedd's stellar development is undoubtedly linked to his unique and highly recognizable style of composition which stands out in a crowded field. His meticulously detailed and carefully produced tracks are remarkably distinct, drawing from his complex musicality and diverse background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house. Already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm, Zedd's originality continues to fuel his momentum, propelling him forward with every beat.
Multi-award winning brother-sister duo BROODS (Caleb and Georgia Nott) are one of the most celebrated young bands to emerge out of New Zealand in recent times. Announcing their arrival with glossy synth-pop ballads 'Bridges', 'Never Gonna Change' and their self-titled debut EP, they've gone on to release two full length albums and tour the world.
Over an ever-growing itinerary of performances across the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, their sound and live show has become increasingly crucial. Along the way they've sold-out headline tours, and played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Groovin the Moo and Clockenflap, to name a few. They've shared stages with Ellie Goulding, Haim, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, and supported breakout English pop star Sam Smith on his sold-out US tour.
In August 2014, things went white hot for them with the release of their Joel Little produced debut album Evergreen, debuting at #1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, #5 on the Australian Albums Chart and top 50 in the US.
'Bridges' was nominated for the APRA AMCOS 2014 Silver Scroll Award, and they won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. That particular title was to foretell their success at the 2015 awards, where they took out four accolades; including Best Group, Best Pop Album, Highest Radio Airplay for 'Mother & Father' and the coveted Album of the Year award.
After a period of writing for their next album, BROODS burst back on the scene on 1st April 2016 with their single 'Free'. As an “anthem for the underdog”, 'Free' quickly achieved Most Added at Alternative Radio in the US, Most Added at Australian Radio, #1 on iTunes in New Zealand, top #10 on Spotify's US Viral Chart and top #15 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart. It currently sits at over 17 million plays worldwide and has gone Gold in Australia and New Zealand.
Their sophomore album CONSCIOUS was released on June 24th worldwide, holding the #1 spot on the NZ charts for four weeks, and debuting at #2 on the ARIA charts. Joel Little serves as Executive Producer on CONSCIOUS, and produced many of the tracks. Additional production is by BROODS, Alex Hope, and Captain Cuts. The new album features a duet with Tove Lo and a song the band co-wrote with fellow New Zealander Lorde.
BROODS recently wrapped up their album tour which spanned across Australia, New Zealand and 23 dates across North America and Canada. They performed several songs live on MTV's debut episode of 'Wonderland', supported Two Door Cinema Club on their North American tour in November, and are supporting Tove Lo on her March European tour. BROODS will also be performing at Coachella in April.