"When you release a first album, no one really expects anything. After your first album, everybody has a certain expectation," he says. "Half of the world wants you to do the same thing again, half of the world wants you to do something completely different because they don’t want to hear the same thing."
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Although the German superstar admits he was "definitely nervous" about the release, the LP soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums, surpassing Clarity, which peaked at No. 2.
"I wanted to show all sides of me and make music that’s not just 128 bpm," he adds.
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Following the project’s release, he embarked on a headlining arena tour that touched down in North America, Europe and Asia. Special guests included Madeon, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers and many more. Watch the aftermovie below:
With respect to Zedd’s latest collaboration, "Candyman" with Aloe Blacc, both were approached by M&M's to recreate “The Candy Man” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, in celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary.
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"I thought Aloe was a perfect fit because he’s one of the best singers out there right now," he says, "It was a perfect chance for me to show a different side of me."
"Candyman" is Zedd’s first track of 2016 and first release since the LP. For the remainder of the year, he hopes to collaborate with more artists behind the scenes.
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"I spent most of last year making my own records and had to say 'no' to a lot of collaborations that I would have absolutely loved to do. I’m not rushing to release new music this year. I’m not going to release a new album this year, mostly because it takes me more than one year to make one. I want to produce more music for other people. Definitely have some interesting projects lined up that were beyond what I could’ve dreamed of…some of the most iconic things anyone could have ever wished."