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.
If Zedd’s latest radio-friendly collaboration with Paramore’s Hayley Williams didn’t have enough big room kick to satisfy your appetite, Tiësto serves up just what your looking for on his rendition of “Stay the Night.” Approaching the pop dance hit with the peak time club punch that Musical Freedom is known for, the dance music kingpin allows Williams’ gorgeous vocals to share the stage with his propulsive electro house. Mix in Zedd’s silky smooth piano sections and melodic undertones and you’ve got another guaranteed dancefloor sensation from one of dance music’s most iconic frontmen.
Last week Deadmau5 took Pharrell Williams on a coffee run, a thirty-minute joy ride for a cup of joe packed with informative and entertaining conversation. If you enjoyed that ride, delve into Joel’s previous journeys and find his trip to Tim Hortons with Zedd. The comical history between the two artists can best be summed up by their Ultra appearance where Zedd crashed Deadmau5‘s Ultra set wearing nothing but a bow tie and undergarments. While on their coffee run, however, they reveal their relationship is deeper than such jokes. Tune in for a conversation between two of the genre’s greats.
Zedd’s latest dance-pop masterpiece “Stay the Night” enlisted the help of pop-punk princess Hayley Williams to follow up the incredible success of “Clarity.” Has the prolific producer succeeded? quite possibly, creating a track with far more energy than his smash hit but without sacrificing any of its radio friendly appeal. The music video has a similarly mainstream vibe and features an interpretive dance love affair with some skillfully implemented visual effects.
Following up “Clarity” achieving #1 status on US radio, Zedd returns with his latest vocally-driven output, this time employing the incredibly talented Hayley Williams of Paramore for vocal duties. The fiery redhead joins Zedd for what promises to be his next smash hit. Shying away from the radio-friendly pianowork of “Clarity,” Anton returns to his complextro roots, blending the soaring vocal style that made his Foxes collaboration so successful with the chirpy electro chops that made us start paying attention in the first place. Striking a balance between the style his original fans expect and the radio-friendly appeal that landed him at the top of the charts, “Stay the Night” fires on all cylinders as both an approachable and infectious electroclash hit.
Just before the release of his upcoming single “Stay the Night” with Paramore singer Hayley Williams, Zedd’s “Clarity” has achieved number 1 status on US Radio. Edging out Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Zedd joins the exclusive club of artists whose dance tracks have topped US radio charts. The Clarity Deluxe Edition will be available for pre-order tomorrow.
Following up the success of his smash hit “Clarity” is no easy task, but Zedd rises to the occasion alongside Paramore’s Hayley Williams on “Stay the Night.” Teased yesterday via Twitter, Zedd follows up in the form of short minute and a half snippet. Less symphonic and more energetic than his collaboration with Foxes, “Stay the Night” is as crisply produced as one would expect from the critically acclaimed producer. Coming alongside his Moment of Clarity World Tour, the track is set to be released on September 24th as part of the Clarity Deluxe EP.
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Zedd has a talent for taking female top lines to new heights with his deftly produced blend of pop electronica. Following the success of “Clarity,” Anton Zavlaski returns alongside fiery-haired Paramore front woman Hayley Williams for “Stay the Night.” Already earning production credits on Lady Gaga’s latest, the multi-talented producer continues to bridge the gap between pop and electronic music this time tapping the early-2000s pop punk demographic with Williams’ vocals in tow. Stayed tuned for release information.
Boston.com reports a tragedy at The House of Blues last night with one of Zedd’s last tour stops of August. It’s been reported that police responded to calls of drug overdoses at 12:42 after the venue’s on-site medical unit transported patients to local hospitals. One female was subsequently pronounced dead while one male and one female both remain in serious condition as of this morning. Zedd’s second appearance had been canceled Wednesday night and The House of Blues will reopen for the weekend. A spokesman for the club:
“As always, the safety of our guests is our top priority. Last evening, there were guests at our venue in need of medical treatment during the performance. They were assisted by Boston EMS as well as on-site emergency medical personnel and then transported to local medical facilities. One individual has unfortunately passed away and our thoughts go out to their family and friends for their loss. This matter is under investigation and we are continuing to work with local officials.”
Despite MTV’s recent MTV Clubland outlet, dance music stars were snubbed of awards at last night’s VMAs. There was Zedd being beat out by Austin Mahone for the fan-voted Artist to Watch, Calvin Harris falling short to Pink for Best Collaboration and to Justin Timberlake for best editing, A-Trak & Tommy Trash being toppled by Ryan Lewis & Macklemore for Best Cinematography, and both Skrillex and Duck Sauce taking a back seat to Capital Cities for Best Visual Effects.
While Daft Punk was ousted by One Direction for Best Song of the Summer, the duo made their first public appearance since the Random Access Memories craze, presenting the award for Best Female Video alongside Pharrell and Nile Rodgers following a teaser for their follow up single “Lose Yourself To Dance.” Other dance music mainstays may not have taken home a moon man, but instead served as the DJs for the red carpet. Of course, that was the Nervo twins spinning the pre-show as stars and starlets entered the Barclays Center.
Surprisingly, the program’s commercial interludes included tracks such as Baauer and Just Blaze’s “Higher” and Disclosure’s “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” When all said and done, however, dance music has certainly had a stronger presence in VMAs past with performances from David Guetta and Deadmau5. MTV’s 2013 award show was electronic friendly, it just wasn’t actively electronic.