We can’t say enough how long we were waiting for his debut album – since we first heard “Spectrum”, we think. That track alone spun over 2,000 remixes by various aspiring DJs/producers. Yes. 2,000. Count them. (Source)
Would it surprise you if we told you that Anton Zaslavski aka Zedd is only 23 years old?
The German electro-house producer was born into a family of musicians and is a classically trained musician himself. He began playing the piano and drums at a tender age of four. Imagine that!
However, it was French electronic duo, “Justice”, that got him interested in producing electronic music and by 2009, Zedd was doing just that.
His first big breakthrough came when he was rewarded that very same year with two Beatport remix contest wins.
Three years later, he’s dominating dance floors, headlining music festivals, touring, and working with international artistes such as Lady Gaga, Eva Simons, and more recently, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber:
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On 6th October 2012, Zedd officially announced the release of his debut full-length album, “Clarity“. Enter, his entire portfolio of fiery tracks that, if he should ever play live, will not give anyone room to breathe. Not you, and certainly not us. It’s that amazing, and we can testify to that.
Starting with none other than the semi love song-ish lead single, “Spectrum”:
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Breathing you in when I want you out, finding our truth in a hope of doubt,
Lying inside our quiet drama.
Wearing your heart like a stolen dream, opening skies with your broken keys,
No one can blind us any longer.
We’ll run where lights won’t chase us, hide where love can save us,
I will never let you go.
Those are killer lyrics and they’re laced with incredibly powerful vocals by Matthew Koma. Toss all of that together and you get really solid, groundbreaking electronic dance music (EDM) stuff from both Zedd and Matthew. Who’s Matthew, you ask? Oh, just a really talented singer-songwriter.
More recently known as Carly Rae Jepsen’s boyfriend.
But back to “Spectrum” for a bit – Zedd also released a video of a piano version of the track, with him on a grand piano:
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Yes, pick your jaws off the floor please.
Next, “Clarity“. We can’t go without talking about this one. Heck, it’s like an explosion in your face. Zedd proves that he creates and then tunes his tracks into perfection, coupled with an awesome taste in his choice of vocals to go with it. Using Foxes‘ painfully emotive voice to sing the following words?:
Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why.
If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?
And finally, both “Shave It Up” and “Stache“. Our honest opinion? They’re yummy and we can already see ’em make their way into the “club bangers” list. So stand up and pay attention already!:
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Excuse us while we turn up the volume on this one.
“Clarity” is available for purchase on iTunes. Go get!