In late April, Kesha joined Zedd on stage at Coachella for a surprise performance of his song, “True Colors”. If you’re not familiar with Zedd (real name Anton Zaslavski), we have 5 fast facts about this award winning DJ in our Weekly Spotlight! Read on:

 

1. Zedd was born in Saratov, Russia, but spent his childhood growing up in Kaiserlautern, Germany. His parents were classically trained musicians, and he is as well.

 

Zedd

 

2. The name Zedd came about when he was in middle school. He sat in class next to someone who also had the name Anton. To make it less confusing, they began calling each other by the first letter of their last names. FYI – “zed” is “z” in the German language. He added the extra “d” for some flair.

 

 

3. He’s written and/or produced songs for many famous artists. Among them: Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” and Ariana Grande’s “Break Free”.

 

 

4. He won a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for “Clarity”.

 

 

5. Want to see him live? Here’s a listing of his upcoming shows:

 

MAY 14
1:00 PM
EDC NEW YORK
MASPETH, NY, USA

JUN 5
7:00 PM
EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL
KITCHENER, CANADA

JUL 3
7:00 PM
FVDED IN THE PARK
SURREY, CANADA

AUG 6
7:00 PM
OUTSIDE LANDS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA

SEP 4
7:00 PM
NORTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016
CHICAGO, IL, USA