Zedd has barely spent a minute out of the headlines this year, winning Best Dance Track at the MTV Video Music Awards, taking home $52K at the 2017 PokerStars Championship in Barcelona and releasing his own range of headphones in partnership with Japanese tech company Double Zero. Musically, it’s been much the same for the Russian-born German-raised US-based artist — known to the taxman as Anton Zaslavski.
With a follow-up to 2015 album ‘True Colors’ still in the works, Zedd dropped a pair of huge singles in 2017, with Liam Payne-featuring cut ‘Get Low’ and Alessia Cara collab ‘Stay’ both smash hits.
His Huge Echo world tour has also made stops across the globe, but it’s his American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) benefit show in April that created the biggest headlines of Zedd’s year, where he called on numerous artists to join him in a show rallying against President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration ban. Skrillex, Macklemore, Tinashe, Imagine Dragons, Incubus and more joined him at the benefit, which Zedd said he was inspired to hold as he felt a "personal connection" to Trump's travel ban. It’s this desire to use his status for positive change, as well as a penchant for huge hits, that’s pushed Zedd up six places in DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll this year.