Back in July, Zedd’s breakthrough hit “Clarity” achieved platinum status in the US before reaching the #1 spot on US radio in September. Now less than 6 months later, the talented producer who recently contributed to Lady Gaga’s Artpop, see his penultimate hit cross over into double platinum territory. In order to reach this milestone, the anthemic radio-crossover sold over 2 million copies — an achievement held by very few of his peers.
While the bright synths of Zedd and Hayley Williams’ ”Stay the Night” may have dominated the airwaves and dance floors across the world this autumn, winter is coming. With the cold leading people inside, the time has come for a producer to step in and shake the walls with this fall smash. Thankfully, Mercer has done just that. Maintaining the original vocal’s eagerness, the Parisian producer incorporate menacing electro synths and enough grinding bass to suit the largest of rooms. Continuing his fantastic run of releases, Mercer shows his prowess through his ability to turn even the most gentle of tracks into ferocious beasts with the aspects you crave from a Mercer production.
There is no doubt that Anton Zaslavski can create chart-topping hits – turn on any top 40 radio station and you’re likely to hear his incredibly catchy production work booming through your speakers. Today, the artist commonly known as Zedd returns to his classical training by stripping down six tracks for an iTunes studio session. Using powerful piano melodies and the raw talent of vocalists Matthew Koma, Hayley Williams and Miriam Bryant, Zedd transforms his big room hits into more intimate productions. Showcasing four familiar hits, an Adele cover and Clarity Deluxe Edition’s “Push Play,” the iTunes Session EP is available now.
Through the prism of an electronic music fan, the term “crossover” often receives a negative connotation, and in many cases, that pessimism is fair. The Pitbulls of the world haven’t done any favors for EDM’s move into popular culture, and most public figures’ latching onto the trending genre do so with little respect for the music. In fact, these cases are oftentimes being mislabeled as crossovers — there is nothing being crossed-over, only stolen; the mistreatment of the source material normally results in a blatant mess. If anything, I’d call them clashovers. However, there are a select few artists that have integrated electronic elements into their music, making for a natural crossover. Most notably in today’s climate, that artist is Lady Gaga.
Zedd’s “Stay The Night” has received so much positive reception that for artists all over the world, getting their hands on the original production has proved an irresistible opportunity. Joining the ranks of Tiësto, Nicky Romero, DJ Snake and Schoolboy, Henry Fong is the latest to reveal a rendition of the track, which has been played out by both the Russian-German DJ/producer himself and Australian dub duo Knife Party. Melodic synths replace Zedd’s delicate piano playing while Fong uses a new framework to gently weave in Hayley Williams‘ ethereal vocals. The percussive buildup leads into deeper, stabbing electro synths reminiscent of “Hot Steppa,” but with additional rapidness and flare. Released with the official remix package, Fong’s electro take rounds out the start-studded offerings.
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Skrillex’s passion project record label OWSLA is notorious for its role as a hotbed of up-and-coming stars of dance music with a unique take on the genre. To celebrate the addition of one such rising star to the label, OWSLA brings Yogi’s remix of Zedd’s “Stay the Night” hit with Hayley Williams. Serving more as a mash-up than a remix, the rework takes a different perspective on trap by toning it down while still bringing a deeper, darker intensity. Yogi flows from Hayley’s crystal vocals to a haunting bass rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.” The London-based act intertwines the sample with a subtle synth hint of Hayley crooning “Are you going to stay the night?” and returns to his powerful bass line. Though no release date has been announced, look out for future news from Yogi and OWSLA.
Nicky Romero felt it was opportune time to drop his take on Zedd‘s smash hit “Stay the Night” during his Protocol Recordings Label Night set at ADE. Set to be released on November 5th, the remix manipulates Hayley Williams’ elegant vocal through a progressive tailspin of bouncy basslines and high-flowing energy. As with most Zedd singles the remix package is shaping up to be quite a release. Nicky’s take complements Tiesto‘s version previewed earlier this month and second rendition from French trapper DJ Snake. So which version will have you staying the night?Posted by
Though it has been just five weeks since Zedd gave us a new vocal anthem, his “Stay The Night” collaboration with Hayley Williams is quickly following in “Clarity’s” footsteps with a host of remixes from across the dance spectrum. Tiësto may have been first to jump on the tune, but DJ Snake’s newly teased version seems to have a bit more character. Dedicating the first 30 seconds of his preview to the original’s glossy qualities, the French trapper attacked the remainder of the snippet with a vengeance, bashing out a build before changing the back beat with a dastardly thump. While fans will have to wait until October 29th to hear the rework in its entirety, we’re betting it gives a pretty loud argument against turning down.Posted by
Zedd, Dada Life, Laidback Luke, Kaskade and more auction off custom CDJs for VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Many of dance music’s biggest names have teamed up with VH1′s Save The Music Foundation to raise money for the advancement and sustainment of music education programs. Twenty-six custom CDJ-2000nexuses from the likes of Kaskade, Zedd, Dada Life, NERVO and more are all being auctioned off via CharityBuzz.
Zedd produces Lady Gaga’s ‘Aura,’ calls it ‘one of the most interesting and unique electronic songs ever’
In a recent interview with MTV, “Clarity” producer Zedd, calls his collaboration with Lady Gaga “Aura” one of the “most interesting and unique electronic songs ever.” Featuring a wide range of styles, including arena rock guitars, electro drops and minimal kicks, “Aura” is definitely a strange crossroad of pop sensibilities, artistic expression and electronic aggression. The young producer, who also recently collaborated with Hayley Williams, hopes that “Aura” will be one of ARTPOP’s singles:
“I obviously, I would love for it to be a single, but there’s so many great songs on the album. She will make the right decision.”
Featured in the upcoming movie Machete Kills, the track has gotten an official lyric video that doubles as a trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s latest grindhouse gore fest. Is it really the most unique electronic song ever? You be the judge and watch the video after the break.