Anton Zaslavski (born 2 September 1989), known professionally as Zedd, is a German DJ, record producer, and songwriter who was born in Russia. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music. Zedd grew up and began his music career in Kaiserslautern, Germany. His stage name, Zedd, was derived from zed, the Non-American English name for the letter Z, the first letter of his surname. In 2012, he released “Clarity” (featuring Foxes), which propelled him to mainstream success, reaching the 8th position on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards. Later in 2012, he released his debut studio album Clarity, with the hit single “Stay the Night” (featuring Hayley Williams) appearing on the 2013 deluxe edition of the album. In 2015, his second studio album True Colors was released, supported by its lead single “I Want You to Know” featuring Selena Gomez. Subsequent well-known songs include “Stay” with Alessia Cara, peaking at number 7, “The Middle” with Maren Morris and Grey, and, as a featured artist, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande, peaking at number 4 in the US. Here are all of Zedd’s albums ranked.
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2. Clarity (2012)
“The first verses seem to deal with the relationship ending, though both people are fighting the ending. Their love is a tragedy and insanity, but she knows there was good in the love they shared.’ The second verses are her actually leaving, and hoping he doesn’t pull because she wants the strength to leave, not to fall back to him and the fights they keep having, which would be a red parade of pain. The fact that she is asking these questions goes deep into her thoughts. She wants to know why, despite everything that has happened, she continues to love, to desire this someone a remedy and clarity.”
1. True Colors (2015)
“The Zedd fandom seems to be extremely split. Some prefer his electro-house influenced material in his early EPs, singles, and the album Clarity, while others prefer his pop sounds in the album here, True Colors. I have to say that while I love his experimental shades in Clarity, True Colors takes it home for me. The album blends new ideas with electronic music and pop artists seamlessly, creating a new style for Zedd that I’m completely down with.”