As soon as Zedd hit the scene, folks knew a star had been born. He made a big splash with his Legend of Zelda theme remix in 2011, kept the ball rolling with “Shave It,” and found himself regularly releasing on Dim Mak at 21.
It wasn’t long before he was tapped for even greater things. His LP Clarity saw him shot into the mainstream stratosphere. The title track alone peaked the Billboard Dance chart and reached No. 8 on the Hot 100. It’s no surprise he’s been recruited to work with some of the biggest pop stars in the world, but which songs he was behind may be news to you.
Justin Bieber – “Beauty and a Beat”
Remember when everyone freaked out about Bieber’s supposedly stolen laptop and the personal footage that was going to be released to the public, but it ended up being a giant publicity stunt to promote the “Beauty and the Beat” music video? Zedd remembers, because it became the first giant pop production crossover hit of his career.
Lady Gaga – “AURA”
This is one of the weirdest Lady Gaga songs ever recorded, and none other than Zedd is responsible for its tension-filled, Mexican stand-off griminess. He’s taking it back to his dubstep roots with these textures. It was a controversial jam due to lyrical content and it’s hard-to-catch rhythm. Whether you hate it or love it, it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Dance charts.
Lady Gaga – “G.U.Y.”
Zedd was all over Gaga’s Artpop, and he appears here again as the producer behind the much more palatable “G.U.Y.” It only reached No. 76 on the Hot 100, but it did make it to No. 4 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, which exemplifies how dance floors react to Zedd’s power in the studio.
Ariana Grande – “Break Free”
Alright, this one isn’t too surprising. Zedd is straight credited in the tune and appears in the playful video as an interstellar DJ/space ship commander. Still, it’s a massive pop jam and deserves a shout out. That closing part is the ish.
Lindsey Stirling – “Love’s Just A Feeling”
Zedd’s latest hit comes with a lot of strings. Lindsey Stirling opens herself emotionally to Zedd’s luscious instrumentation. He pairs it down a bit, giving the EDM treatment to actual violins backed by a beat that is energetic but not overwhelming. The song was released earlier this month, and we have a feeling audiences around the world are about to fall in love.