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We think Zedd must have been destined for success from an early age; born to a guitarist father and pianist mother, young Anton was classically trained in several instruments. Having a deeper understanding of his craft results in Zedd leaning far more towards musicality and groove than many of his Top 100 comrades. 

Last year, dance-pop poster boy Zedd — real name Anton Zaslavski — clocked in at No.22 in our poll, but had decided to shut himself off from the musical world (it is a job after all) and couldn't answer our questions. Now charting again, DJ Mag were hoping to hear from the Russian-German producer, but alas, this year he's in similar predicament — although for a contrasting reason. Unfortunately for us (although thoroughly exciting and exhausting for him, we're sure), Zedd is deep into his US tour and a strict time schedule requires his full focus. 

Zedd's year hasn't just been all about touring, however; back in May, he dropped his second studio album, ‘True Colors’, via internationally renowned label, Interscope. The record features the likes of Jon Bellion and Selena Gomez, the latter of whom appeared on lead single 'I Want You To Know'. The song won Choice Theme Song at the Teen Choice Awards and secured the No. 1 slot in the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart — a feat the album would later go on to replicate in the Dance/Electronic Albums rankings. In fact, despite what some might call a mixed critical reception, ‘True Colors' made it to No.4 in the overall Billboard 200. Not bad for a 26-year-old who's only been producing since 2009.


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