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Poll 2018: Zedd


From: Born in Russia, raised in Germany, based in the US
DJ style: Dance-pop

A mainstay in the Top 100 since 2012, the Russian-born, German-raised, US-based artist Anton Zaslavski — best known as Zedd — continues to dominate big billings. He’s been commanding a fair old chunk of airwaves too, as this year has been characterised by some of his most significant and highest charting hits since his commercial breakthrough ‘Stay The Night’ in 2014.

Kicking 2018 off the way he intended, his track ‘The Middle’ with super-producer Grey and country singer Maren Morris became a global hit, scoring a cool No. 7 in the UK Top 40 and a record-breaking 28 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Dance Electronic Songs. Zedd then followed this up with another sparkly, poppy airwave charmer this summer in the form of ‘Happy Now’ with singer Elley Duhe. Another heavily emotive singalong piece that continues to compound Zedd’s skills as a versatile musician and songwriter, it’s been on radio rotation ever since its August release.

Speaking of things in rotation; Zedd’s DJ performances still remain a big drawer as the 29-year-old is resident at Omnia, one of Las Vegas’ most illustrious venues, and continues to play select shows around the world. He also headlined a number of key summer festivals such as Germany’s Airbeat and Poland’s Music Power Explosion, and even hosted his own al fresco sesh — Zedd In The Park was the first electronic music event in LA’s State Historic Park in five years. Naturally for a man of his command, it sold out quicker than you can recite your A to Zedd.


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 12:18

Poll 2017: Zedd

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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. 


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 13:03