Zedd Clarity: Deluxe Edition on 2LP
Zedd started with music in his daily routine from early childhood on. Born Anton Zaslavski in Russia and 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 instrumentation, composition 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 mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI.
In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd's hit singles "Shave It" and "Slam The Door" (out through OWLSA) both 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 reworkings of others' songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more.
Zedd's debut studio album Clarity was released by Interscope Records in October of 2012. Clarity climbed to #3 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic albums chart fueled by the success of "Spectrum," "Stache," and the title track. The single "Clarity" climbed to #3 at Top 40 radio, went Top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Spotify singles chart, and has been certified platinum. The video, which led to a 2013 MTV Video Music Award nomination for "Artist To Watch" for Zedd, has racked up more than 20 million views on YouTube.
"Stay The Night" is the highly anticipated next single from the multi-platinum artist - a collaboration with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. "I love building a track around a vocal," explains Zedd. "It enables me to marry the melodies and harmonies together so they fit like a glove which is what I tried to do with "Stay The Night." Hayley sounds amazing on the record, she really brought it to life with her emotion and attitude. I'm extremely excited to have her on the song and can't wait for both of our fans to hear it."
"Stay The Night" will be available on the Clarity – Deluxe Edition which also includes "Push Play," featuring Miriam Bryant, a Zedd remix of Skrillex and The Doors' "Break'n A Sweat," and a Zedd remix of Aussie electronic duo Empire of the Sun's "Alive."
Zedd Clarity: Deluxe Edition Track Listing:
1. Hourglass (feat. Liz)
2. Shave It Up
3. Spectrum (feat. Matthew Koma)
4. Lost At Sea (feat. Ryan Tedder)
5. Clarity (feat. Foxes)
8. Fall Into The Sky (Lucky Date & Zedd) (feat. Ellie Goulding)
9. Follow You Down (feat. Bright Lights)
11. Stay The Night (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)
12. Push Play (feat. Miriam Bryant)
13. Alive (Empire of the Sun & Zedd)
14. Break'n A Sweat (Skrillex & The Doors) (Zedd Remix)