In European parlance, “zed” is the last letter of the alphabet. (In the mid-’70s, I became a fan of a British band known as Fischer-Z. It wasn’t until I heard the name pronounced on a respected import music radio program during my college years that I was schooled to the fact that the band was actually Fischer-Zed.)
German Progressive/Electro House DJ Anton Zaslavski, whose profile has risen to stratospheric levels as Zedd, is the latest to appropriate the caboose of the alphabet for his moniker, perhaps indicating that he is the be-all-end-all in EDM culture, perhaps just an allusion to the initial in his surname. (He also tacked on an additional “d” for style points.)
Musically inclined toward piano at an early age, Zedd broke from his classical training at 12 to become the initially untrained drummer in his older brother’s Muse-ish Metalcore band, a position he held for nine years
Last year was Zedd’s biggest so far; he signed with Interscope, released the album Clarity (which spawned a huge hit with the title track), co-produced the song “Beauty and a Beat” for Justin Bieber and is a producer on Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album, ARTPOP.Regardless of the implications of his professional name, there doesn’t seem to be any immediate end in sight for Zedd.
ZEDD plays Tuesday, Sept. 10 with Oliver and Alex Metric at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.