On Friday, May 8, Zedd hosted a surprise event at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where 50 lucky fans got the chance to meet the EDM superstar and were treated to an early listen of his upcoming album True Colors (out May 18). See exclusive photos of the fans participating in a citywide scavenger hunt, the pop-up party and what Zedd had to say about the experience.
Left, Zedd fans scrambled to take selfies at locations throughout downtown Chicago: The first 50 to complete the scavenger hunt were whisked away to the private event at the Shedd Aquarium.
It’s a sweet feeling for two Ze...
It’s a sweet feeling for two Zedd fans as they reached the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park, snapping the day’s final selfie. Many fans drove several hours simply to have the opportunity to participate in the True Colors event madness.
Contest winners settled in at the She...
Contest winners settled in at the Shedd Aquarium and get a first listen to Zedd’s True Colors track “Beautiful Now,” featuring singer-songwriter Jon Bellion. “I wanted to make sure the first people who hear it hear it in a really special way,” Zedd told Billboard about his new album.
Standing in front of the aquarium&rsq...
Standing in front of the aquarium’s massive whale tank, Zedd answered fan questions about his bold new album, which he said was “my way of showing people what I’m about.”
Breaking down his music for and engag...
Breaking down his music for and engaging with fans is thrilling for Zedd: “Just hearing the feedback from everyone who gets here is very overwhelming," he explained.
The Shedd Aquarium was decked out in ...
The Shedd Aquarium was decked out in magenta -- the color Zedd associates with the song “Beautiful Now” -- on Friday night. “They’re super pros,” he said of the team assembled to help bring his ambitious vision to fruition.
Answering fans’ questions in a ...
Answering fans’ questions in a one-on-one fashion is essential, Zedd said, to the True Colors experience. “I think people really appreciate every aspect of this night,” he said.
As the “Beautiful Now” be...
As the “Beautiful Now” beat kicked in on fans’ headphones, a curtain dropped behind the Shedd's whale tank revealing a serene portrait of Lake Michigan. “We would pick locations that are really amazing and see if we can match them with a song,” Zedd explained of the process behind the nationwide promotion. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Zedd, flanked here by the backdrop of...
Zedd, flanked here by the backdrop of downtown Chicago, said he's still adjusting to his massive success. “I feel like a normal person,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing what you achieve by sitting in your parents' basement and making a song. It’s really awesome.”
The Shedd Aquarium employees -- inclu...
The Shedd Aquarium employees -- including the deep-tank divers -- were decked out in full Zedd regalia on Friday night. “This is my life that I’ve put into music," Zedd said of True Colors, “and now I get to share it with everybody.”
Meeting people whose lives he's affec...
Meeting people whose lives he's affected never gets old for Zedd. “It’s cool to talk to fans,” he said. “Sometimes when you work on something for too long you kind of lose perspective.”
Zedd spent hours at the end of the ni...
Zedd spent hours at the end of the night signing autographs and posing for countless pictures with fans. “I see artists that out of nowhere blow up and suddenly don’t even want to talk to you because they’re so big in their own mind,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of those.”
Going into detail about True Colors i...
Going into detail about True Colors is exhilarating for Zedd, who took time to answer even the most detailed of questions from fans. “I loved the experience of making an album,” Zedd said, “and to be able to express much more than I could ever express with one song.”
Zedd knows his music is prime for get...
Zedd knows his music is prime for getting rowdy. “Lots of the songs will be perfect to play out live,” he said of his new album. “This is music you can listen to on the beach and also listen to in the club."
Getting instant feedback on his new m...
Getting instant feedback on his new music from fans is both a fun and nerve-racking experience for Zedd. “It’s a mix of excitement, of course,” he said, “but also you’re scared because you just never know how people will react.”
After hanging with Zedd, fans raged t...
After hanging with Zedd, fans raged to the DJ’s music and partied deep into the night. “I wanted my fans who did go through hell to get here to to get something they will never forget,” Zedd said. “One of the best nights in their lives.”