Zedd: “There is no good reason not to speak up” on the nation’s political climate
In the spotlight now perhaps more than ever before as he prepares to embark on a fifteen-date North American tour with his second double-platinum certification in his back pocket, Zedd isn’t shying from the limelight to voice his beliefs confidently and without reservation as millions watch and listen.
The Russian-German producer has been forthright about his feelings on political motion in the country, organizing “Welcome,” a benefit concert for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hosted in April. Featuring performances from a variety of artists ranging from Skrillex to Incubus, the event was a direct response to President Trump’s attempted travel ban. The ban struck particularly close to home for Zedd, the producer having stated on multiple occasions that his ability to stay in the US is enabled solely by his possession of a visa.
“No matter how big the scandal is, no matter how insane a [Trump] tweet is, it just keeps going. You feel powerless, and that’s terrible to me,” Zedd remarked. Zedd has maintained an assertive, and at some times even surprising transparency of his political stance, consistently arising as one of the most politically outspoken producers in the music industry. “They [other DJs/producers] don’t want to lose fans” Zedd states, conscious that his tendency to speak out sets him apart from many figures in the music industry, rather than aligning him with them. “I understand where they are coming from, but I disagree with that being a good reason not to speak up.” Zedd has doubled as a major hit engineering entity and political rights activist for quite some time, frequently voicing concerns via his Twitter account.
H/T: DJ Mag