Nervo and Zedd have both withdrawn from Creamfields this weekend due to a scheduling conflict with the MTV VMA Awards, taking place the same weekend in the US. The VMAs have switched their show from early September to August this year. Nonetheless, due to performance needs and award nominations both artists are required to attend. In order to fill their time slots, Nicky Romero will play for an extended two hour time period on Saturday August, 24th from 17:30 -19:30 BST, and UK-based Major Look will play in place of Zedd from 18:00 – 19:00 BST.
Both artists send their apologies to Creamfields attendees and look forward to being in the UK soon.
Is there anything Zedd can’t do? Leaving no stone unturned for his campaign as one of the most innovative and multi-faceted artists today, the soon-to-be 23-year-old is leaping past his smash hit “Clarity,” the looming production credit for Lady Gaga, and is finding himself in Hollywood. Scoring his first movie soundtrack ever (as he had revealed on Twitter last month), his latest production has become the music that accompanies a key scene in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. Titled “Into The Lair,” his work clocks in at just under two minutes but fits the film’s described genre perfectly: “American-German action adventure fantasy.”
“We didn’t try to make an EDM album – but, at the same time, we didn’t try not to make an EDM album,” Zedd summed up his collaborative studio time with Lady Gaga. Going outside the box with the pop star for ARTPOP, he warned us that the forthcoming album will be “pretty fucking cool.” Without drawing any lines between pop and dance, Zedd described the resulting sound with an open-ended “whatever is dope is dope.” Fans got a first taste of the Queen of Pop’s newest demeanor last week when a duel-face track speculated as “Burqa / Aura” leaked with production from Infected Mushroom and Zedd himself.
Lady Gaga reacted furiously to the leak of the unmastered demo and in result pulled the trigger on her ARTPOP agenda, letting loose the album’s lead single today, one week ahead of schedule. “Applause” comes produced by Paul Blair, the man behind Born This Way who has since ventured into EDM as DJ White Shadow, with co-production from DJ Snake. Although not produced by Zedd, “Applause” features the unbounded electro energy he tried describing; an organic segue from mainstream pop to creative electronica. Expect Lady Gaga (along with her producers) to lead a new chapter of commercial dance success with ARTPOP slated for November 11th and “Applause” currently on its way to American radio stations.
Back in October, a Twitter thread nearly revealed one of the records Zedd had produced for Lady Gaga. Calvin told Gaga he was excited to hear the her work with Zedd, and following a shout out from the producer himself, Gaga responded; “Were all good [Zedd] miss you buddy been listening to **rq* all day.” The five-letter word could only be assumed as a track title with three hidden characters, but it seems to finally have been revealed as a demo from Lady Gaga’s forthcoming ARTPOP has leaked. The track is dubbed “Burqa,” revealing October’s cryptic tweet. The leaked tune reveals Zedd sticking to his artistry for Gaga’s newest work, a polished sound that would fit in with Clarity. But that’s only the half of it, literally….
While the demo is also rumored to be a duel record with a two-part title, it’s believed that Infected Mushroom are responsible for the second half known as “Aura.” Their contribution had been originally posted to SoundCloud one year ago without a name and could be found here.
Hordes of Los Angelenos returned for the second and final day of HARD Summer 2013 — ready for another twelve hours of frolicking in cool tents, woodchipped stage grounds, and dusty lawns areas of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. For diehard fans of Ed Banger Records and Dirtybird, the two labels owned their own stages on Sunday (on the Summer Stage and Underground Tent, respectively). Bromance fiends got sets from both Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, and those prone towards the “HARDer“ sounds soaked in the grinding basslines of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Baauer, and Clockwork. Click through to read more about our highlights from the festival’s closing day.
It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.
If this year’s VMA nominations are any indication, dance music is increasingly beginning to find its place in mainstream media. In past years similar nominations have been heralded as major accomplishments and milestones, but in 2013 the shock is beginning to wear off. Although DJs are by no means dominating the VMA nominations, their presence is much more pronounced than in year’s past. Zedd, A-Trak & Tommy Trash, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris (x2) have all garnered nominations, which you can view in full below. Head here to place your vote.
In May, “Clarity” went Gold, and in just one month managed to double its sales to reach coveted Platinum status. While Zedd isn’t the only dance music artist to achieve this milestone, he is among a tiny and elite group of DJs that includes Afrojack (“Take Over Control”), Martin Solveig (“Hello”), and Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”). Zedd’s achievement may have been aided by his promotional performances on Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, both of which were well-received.
In the last year, Zedd has gone Gold and Platinum, broken genre barriers with his live TV performances, helped produce Lady Gaga’s album, seen coverage by Glee, and is set to score a scene in an upcoming feature film. With all of these achievements already in his back pocket we’re curious to see what he lines up next.
Zedd continues to maintain his impressive trajectory with another career milestone, this time checking “score a movie” off his forever-shortening bucket list. Following up the incredible success of “Clarity,” as well as collaborating with Lady Gaga on her latest album, Zedd now finds himself lending his talents to a scene in the upcoming film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film is due out on August 21st.
Zedd’s popularity has escalated in recent months following success of hit “Clarity” leading to an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, cameo in the new mySpace commercials and announcement of world wide tour. To help you remember his meteoric beginning, we give you “The Anthem” released back in 2010. The track was Zedd’s first Beatport Top 20 single, created after winning two of Beatport’s noble remix competitions. Shortly afterwards, he caught Skrillex’ ear who signed him to his new OWSLA label in which he released “Shave It” and “Slam the Door.” This led to Interscope’s A&R bigwigs signing him for official remixes for artists like Lady Gaga and P.Diddy, while the rest is history.