The making of the hits: Zedd talks creative process behind career-defining singles like ‘Clarity’ [Watch]
The Recording Academy’s recent announcement of the 2019 Grammy Award nominees brought favorable news for Zedd. The classically trained producer garnered the most Grammy nominations of all fellow electronic entities to receive nominations, gracing the “song of the year,” “record of the year,” and “best pop duo/group performance” categories for his collaborative work with Grey and Maren Morris on summer playlist staple, “The Middle.” Zedd’s multiple Grammy Award nominations for the 2019 awards season speak to the caliber of the True Colors album-maker’s sonic influence in 2018, but as fans familiar with Zedd’s catalog know, “The Middle” is but one of many acclaimed Zedd productions.
Zedd recently sat down with GQ Magazine to take a stroll down musical memory lane. Zedd recounts the creative process behind the construction of career defining hits like “Clarity,” “Spectrum,” “Stay the Night,” “Break Free,” “Stay,” “True Colors,” and his most recent offering, a vibrant remix of Shawn Mendes’ “Lost in Japan.” Zedd also discusses his work as a producer on Justin Bieber‘s viral Nicki Minaj feature, “Beauty and a Beat,” a fan favorite that ignited “Bieber fever” among listeners in the early stages of Bieber’s career.