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Poll 2022: Zedd

From: Saratov, Russia

DJ style: Emotive bangers.

Best known for: Dance-pop anthems.

It’s been another year of high-profile collaborations for the man born Anton Zaslavski, who in the past has worked with bold-face names like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. But many of the classically-trained producer’s more recent studio partnerships have seen him hewing a bit closer to the dance-music realm — he’s acknowledged Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’, as a huge influence, and has stated that Justice’s ‘Cross’ "is still probably the best-produced electronic album of all time” — via collabs with artists like Disclosure and Martin Garrix.

The former (the frothy pop-houser ‘You've Got To Let Go If You Want To Be Free’) and the latter (the buzzy electro-house cut ‘Follow’) are just two of the Russia-born, Germany-raised and LA-based DJ’s recent highlights. It’s been a season of high-profile gigs for the avid gamer, including dates at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, his own Zedd In The Park in LA, and a recent 10-year anniversary celebration of his Grammy-winning ‘Clarity’, which saw the ever-youthful artist performing with a 50-piece orchestra at the Dolby Theatre. Not a bad year, we’d say.