Zedd Talks Being Discoverd By Skrillex & Why EDM Doesn't Inspire Him
German-Russian mega producer Zedd just released his sophomore album True Colors, and the hype surrounding his new music has been insurmountable. As the producer shies away from being viewed as a DJ and more as a musician, he opened up to Rolling Stone about what his true inspirations are and how a random interaction with Skrillex skyrocketed his career.
“To be completely honest, I'm not very inspired by EDM at all,” he explains.
Despite being one of the biggest names in the EDM world, Zedd says he draws more influence from rock music then he does from other EDM producers. He goes on to name drop a few of his biggest inspirations, including The Beatles, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age. It was Justice and Daft Punk who really got him interested in the expansive sounds of electronic music. “I bought [Discovery] and listened to it hundreds of times. I was obsessed with it.”
Zedd goes on to describe how he met Skrillex by chance and how he became instrumental in the start of his career. He messaged the Scary Monsters producer, who by chance checked his messages a few moments later and gave a listen to the track Zedd had just sent him.
“He heard it, was like, 'Dude, this is so awesome, send me the full song. I'm gonna play it tonight.'” That lucky interaction would go on to boost his career as Skrillex ended up becoming his mentor.
The producer has enjoyed his status as a rising star in the EDM game, as it has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a more diverse range of artists, from Lady Gaga to Ariana Grande to his recent song with Selena Gomez.
“Every single person I worked with trusted my vision...It was like, just trust me. I'm not gonna do anything that's not great.”