This 20-year-old talent has been touted by his peers (read Tiësto, Skrillex and Deadmau5) as one of the nu-breed saviours of electronic music, and having only experienced the limelight for a short amount of time, his achievements paint the picture of a bright future.
2011 saw Porter achieve what some do in an entire career. He provided tour support to Tiësto and Skrillex, as well as debut appear
ances at Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo that led to him entering DJ Mag’s Top 100 and the Billboard Top 21 Under 21 chart. His Spitfire EP, which crashed Beatport’s servers on release, smashed its way to the #1 position in the process and held fort for 2 weeks solid. Add in a couple official remixes for Lady Gaga and Avicii, and one would think things could not get bigger for the young musician.
However, 2012 saw Porter growing even further with appearances in top-billed slots on those same festivals plus Coachella, Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Lollapalooza. He began residencies at XS and Surrender in Las Vegas, made a European headline tour debut, spun a live Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, and released the hit single “Language” to great acclaim and constant radio spins around the world – not to mention #1 spots on the Beatport Overall and iTunes Dance charts.
As Porter wraps up his summer North American headline tour, he looks forward to scheduling a new batch of releases – including a slew of exciting collaboration tracks – and the rest of what is sure to be a thrilling year.
Zedd is an electro-house DJ and record producer from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Born Anton Zaslavski, he was surrounded by a family of musicians, he began playing the piano at the age of four. After several years of learning to master the piano, Anton began playing the drums in a band, and composed and produced numerous rocksongs in his band’s own studio.
In 2009 he began producing electronic clubmusic, to much and quick acclaim. After a period of only few months he attained a remarkable level and participated in Beatport’s “Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest”, which he went on to win. This opened up a number of new possibilities for Zedd, and only shortly after, he won his second contest on Beatport, the “Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest”! This was the foundation for several cooperations with artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, P. Diddy, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden and labels like mau5trap, Interscope, Atlantic, Strictly Rhythm or Skint Records. His first release “The Anthem” entered the Beatport charts top 20, and even made it to the second place of Track It Down charts. His remix for Skrillex’ ‘Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites’, released on ‘mau5trap recordings’ climbed up the charts to #4 on Beatport and #2 on Beatport’s Electro House charts.
Zedd released his single “Shave It” on October 4th 2011 via Beatport under Skrillex’s new label OWSLA. “Shave It” is Zedd’s first single with OWSLA. One of the reasons for this rapid development is undoubtedly Zedd’s unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out as very detailed and carefully produced Electro House, very playful and the same time remarkably catchy.
Zedd is definitely an artist to look out for in the future…