Zedd opens up on creative influences, only cares about one letter in the ‘EDM’ debate
Zedd has done the seemingly impossible in a relatively short period of time: taken electronic music into the pop world without a sour taste. With his sophomore album True Colors primed to drop in less than two weeks, the poster boy of commercial dance aspirations sat down with UK broadsheet The Guardian to chart some of the factors that have undoubtedly led to his meteoric rise.
Casting aside some of the ‘cut-and-copy’ notions associated with the genre, his eight-point guide dug into the mentality that has seen his festival sized sound bridge gaps between the dance floor and global charts like few others of his time. Advocating albums as a full-length work rather than a collection of singles, Zedd resonates that an encyclopedic knowledge of electronic music has been no factor in his undisputed success. He explained: “There was something about this type of music that was interesting to me even though I was listening to metal and rock at the time. I knew nothing about electronic music or club culture because I never went to clubs, so I bought Discovery and listened to it hundreds of times.”
To top it all off, the German superstar had a pretty solid sense of one particular letter that folks should be focussing on amid the wrath of the ‘EDM’ handle:
“EDM has a stigma. If I hear EDM, the first thing I think of is the main stage at a festival and glow sticks and rave, but really that’s not what it means. Electronic dance music is what I am. I make dance music for the most part and it’s mostly electronic so I shouldn’t feel weird about that genre but it feels like it’s been narrowed down to some very simple repetitive music where everyone steals from each other and barely uses any music, just sounds. I want to be just M. Just music.”
As fans patiently await True Colors May 19 drop date, there is little denying the noble head carried by one of Europe’s most highly evolved dance artists of the time.
Via: The Guardian