“She’s extremely relatable,” the producer says of his “Stay” collaborator Cara.
Zedd is making headlines this month for both his chart-crashing new singles and his socially conscious endeavors. As “Stay,” his new single with Alessia Cara, debuts on the Billboard Hot 100, the EDM luminary is also organizing a star-studded concert to benefit the ACLU, which will take over the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Apr. 3. Welcome!: A Fundraising Concert for the ACLU will feature performances from Camila Cabello, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Skrillex, Bebe Rexha, Tinashe and more.
"It was triggered by the immigration ban,” Zedd tells Billboard of the upcoming benefit. “I saw some of the tweets, I looked into what happened, and I couldn’t quite believe that it was done the way it was done… I wanted this to be a statement. As soon as we booked Staples Center and the date, I started hitting up all of those artists that initially weren’t available — their management would say, ‘It’s a great idea but I don’t think we can make it happen' -- and suddenly, it was possible... people were willing to do it.”
Zedd points out that, because all proceeds from the concert will go to the ACLU, fans should think of the experience as “money you’re donating, and in exchange, you get a free concert.” As someone who was born in Russia and moved to Germany at a young age, the 27-year-old producer says that he feels personally affected by President Trump’s proposed immigration policy, and wants to make a difference on this and several other issues.