Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tasty Crushie Tuesday: Anton Zaslavski a.k.a. ZEDD

Anton Zaslavski (born September 2, 1989) known primarily by his stage name Zedd, is a Russian-German electronic music producer and DJ. He primarily produced in the electro house genre, but branched out, drawing influences from progressive house, complextro and dubstep.

Albums:  Clarity, Stars Come Out, Clarity Remixes, Autonomy EP, The Anthem Remixes
Record labels:  Interscope Records, OWSLA, Dim Mak Records
Nationality:  German, Russian

Some of his famous singles are:

The Anthem
The Legend of Zelda
Shave It
Stars Come Out
Slam the Door

* More info and photos after break... oh btw, there are shirtless photos! :P

Life and career beginnings

Zaslavski was born in Russia. He is a classically trained musician, born to two musicians, and began playing the piano and drums at the age of four. In 2002 he began playing for the German band Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records. Zaslavski's interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing † by French electronic duo Justice. He began producing electronic music in 2009.

Music production

Under the name 'Zedd', Anton has produced a wide variety of remixes and originals. He first made waves in the scene when he won two different Beatport remix contests; his first original release, 'The Anthem', broke into the Beatport Electro house Top 20. His remix of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" broke into the Beatport Electro House Top Ten charts, coming to rest at #2. He has since produced remixes of well-known artists of the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Skrillex, and more. Anton creates his music using the Cubase suite of music production applications, and takes advantage of different plug-ins including the Sylenth1, Nexus, SynthMaster 2.6, and Omnisphere synthesizers, and the Kontakt sampler.

In 2011, Zedd's remixes of Lady Gaga's tracks "Born This Way" and "Marry the Night" appeared on the special edition of her third studio album, Born This Way (2011). In September, Zedd's single "Shave It Up" was premiered as a thirty second teaser on Skrillex's YouTube page, this being Zedd's first release on OWSLA records.

In 2012, Zedd signed with Interscope Records and released his debut single from the label, "Spectrum", with vocals by Matthew Koma. He then produced the Eva Simons song, I Don't Like You, which was also released on Interscope. He also produced the track "Beauty and a Beat" with Max Martin for Justin Bieber's third studio album, Believe.

He is producing Lady Gaga's upcoming album, ARTPOP.

He is also the one who produced "Heaven" from Namie Amuro's album FEEL.


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