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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

Poll 2015: Zedd

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We think Zedd must have been destined for success from an early age; born to a guitarist father and pianist mother, young Anton was classically trained in several instruments. Having a deeper understanding of his craft results in Zedd leaning far more towards musicality and groove than many of his Top 100 comrades. 

Last year, dance-pop poster boy Zedd — real name Anton Zaslavski — clocked in at No.22 in our poll, but had decided to shut himself off from the musical world (it is a job after all) and couldn't answer our questions. Now charting again, DJ Mag were hoping to hear from the Russian-German producer, but alas, this year he's in similar predicament — although for a contrasting reason. Unfortunately for us (although thoroughly exciting and exhausting for him, we're sure), Zedd is deep into his US tour and a strict time schedule requires his full focus. 

Zedd's year hasn't just been all about touring, however; back in May, he dropped his second studio album, ‘True Colors’, via internationally renowned label, Interscope. The record features the likes of Jon Bellion and Selena Gomez, the latter of whom appeared on lead single 'I Want You To Know'. The song won Choice Theme Song at the Teen Choice Awards and secured the No. 1 slot in the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart — a feat the album would later go on to replicate in the Dance/Electronic Albums rankings. In fact, despite what some might call a mixed critical reception, ‘True Colors' made it to No.4 in the overall Billboard 200. Not bad for a 26-year-old who's only been producing since 2009.

BEN HINDLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-12 15:20

Style: 
Electro-house/dance-pop.
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Saratov, Russia/Kaisterslautern, Germany

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