Electronic music sensation Zedd will bring his True Colors Tour to the Bryce Jordan Center on Oct. 9.
Zedd’s music career began long before kindergarten.
“I started making music when I was about 4 years old — at least that’s when I remember starting to make music,” the Grammy-winning artist said. “My parents started recording my songs on video tapes, and I’ve never stopped. I started with classical music then went on to play jazz and funk fusion with my brother until I was about 12 years old. Then we formed a band that was a little bit more rock. Then, over the years we transitioned more into metal and hardcore, and then I made the transition into electronic music.”
With a rich background in music, Zedd is able to cross genre lines and bring several different elements into his electronic music.
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“My roots, which are technically in the piano, I use every day to write my music,” Zedd said. “I still write my music as piano music, and then I start producing it electronically. I don’t really have a lot of time to play the drums anymore. At first, I was trying to balance both being in a band and being Zedd, but when you’re on tour 350 out of 365 days a year, it’s pretty rough to be a part of a band at the same time.”
An international sensation, Zedd has played to audiences all around the world. He notices stark differences in the throngs of concert-goers not only from country to country, but on a regional level as well.
“For me, personally, the biggest audiences are probably in Asia at the moment, especially Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, India, etc. Those markets are the biggest for me,” he said. “The fans there know every single song from every album that I’ve ever put out. Then, obviously in the states, it’s huge. I’m playing the biggest tour of my life right now in America. There are a lot of fans who know the music.”
Zedd describes life on the road as very busy, with few moments of true downtime.
“That doesn’t happen a whole lot,” Zedd said, laughing. “When I do get (some free time), I like to be in a pool and chill with my friends, and probably just do the most normal things: Doing nothing, staying home all day and eating good food.”
Fame and success have not changed Zedd as a person, but they certainly have changed many aspects of his life.
“I don’t really get to see my family and friends a lot anymore since I’m traveling pretty much all the time. That’s a rare thing,” Zedd said. “To mention something positive — I’ve always dreamed of making collaborations with artists that inspire me and that’s not possible way more than ever because I’m suddenly able to reach those artists.”
Not content to simply re-tread the same artist collaborations, Zedd has set his sights on more and more artists with whom to work.
“There’s a million artists that I’d like to work with,” he said. “Bands like Radiohead and Silverchair to artists like George Benson to current artists like Katy Perry or Adele or the Weeknd or Sam Smith. There’s so many amazing voices out there, and I’d love nothing more than working with those amazing singers.”
Zedd believes his current show, headed to a sold-out crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center, is one of the best in the world.
“I think I currently have one of the most interesting shows in electronic music, period,” he said. “I worked on the show for a very long time. It’s very different from a usual DJ set. It’s way more about the show — the visuals, the lighting, the special effects, the story that we’re telling. The setup I have will take you to a different world every single time I change my song. You will feel like you’re in a different environment.”