Friday Night Spotlight: The Dark and Mysterious World of Rezz
What can you expect at a REZZ set?
You’ll first see the glow from the young Canadian producer’s LED goggles; her illuminated circular frames tucked under the brim of a black cap and a flow of tied-back hair, bouncing to the heavy groove of her infectiously-hypnotic tunes.
The crowd moving synchronously to her sinister production, you’ll see the growing and loyal fan base developed around the burgeoning 21-year-old, Isabelle Rezazadeh, and her signature dark electro sound.
Most importantly, you’ll see the same musical vision that elicited comparisons to Gesaffelstein and Trent Reznor and attracted attention from industry icons deadmau5 and Skrillex.
Since first opening up Ableton in 2013, REZZ has eclipsed a number of monstrous milestones on her ascent to the upper tiers of electronic music.
Releasing her debut project, Insurrection, on OWSLA/NEST in 2015 and last year’s pair of EPs Something Wrong Here & The Silence is Deafening on mau5trap, to playing stages at Ultra, Shambhala, Tomorrowland, and Movement, REZZ has kept the momentum rolling into this year.
Along with making stops at Beyond Wonderland, Wobbleland, and Festival Panoramas in France, showcasing her distinctive brand of dark and heavy industrial grooves, REZZ started 2017 off embarking on the Something Wrong Here Tour. This marked her first solo headlining venture in support of her most recent EP – which featured a powerful line-up of spooky tracks each distinctly different, but all pulled from the REZZ sound melting pot.
From early tunes like her first mau5trap release “Serenity” to the recently dropped collab “Fourth Impact” with K?D, REZZ displays her penchant for concocting eerie, head-bobbing records.
She also put together a hair-raising “Silent Hill” track inspired from playing the survival horror video game of the same name. Her ghostly lead work on this mid-tempo record perfectly captured Silent Hill’s unearthly vibe, in a form most palatable for the headphones or the main stage. (That being said, I’m waiting on her to drop a Rezzident Evil tune).
Praised for her powerful sound design prowess that delivers a haunting vision of dark electro, each track feels like a trip down the rabbit hole. From minimal tunes crafted with clever synth work, to heavier speaker-thumping techno rhythms, REZZ forms dark and dangerous, viscerally-moving soundscapes. Equally as impressive as designing all her own music, she mixes and masters it, too.
And while some may assume her talents and success are the products of luck or overnight magic, REZZ has been putting in the work. According to her Soundcloud bio, she summited audio production’s steep learning curve by dedicating 14 hours a day to her craft. The tenaciously-driven producer offers her music free, and is growing a loyal, cult-like fan base.
April tour dates for REZZ include the Something Wonderful Festival in Fort Worth, with stops in Winnipeg, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City at Webster Hall.
Later on this festival season catch her at Bonnaroo, Shaky Beats, Summer Camp, What The Festival, Electric Forest (both weekends), and Dead Rocks with Zeds Dead.
Tickets available here.