At 23, Zedd isn’t much older than Robinson, but he has been pursuing a music career for years. He trained in classical piano as a child and played in the German metal band Dioramic as a teenager, where he got a feel for production from working in the studio.
But it wasn’t until he bought the Justice album “Cross” that he fell under EDM’s spell. “It reminded me in a way of the first album I ever bought, which was Daft Punk,” Zedd says. “I had to try it out.”
Much like Robinson, Zedd began by releasing electronic mixes on Beatport. Within a few months, he had won a few of the site’s remix contests and caught the attention of Skrillex, who also comes from a metal background.
“The first gig I ever had was at the end of 2010, December or so. It was a little party I made myself,” he recalls. “Four or five months later I went on tour with Skrillex [and Robinson]. And it was from watching him that I learned most of what I know now about DJing.”