Zedd’s EDM pop party showcases astute, emerging genre master

Past the traditionally roots-driven Austin Ventures Stage, through the football tent and adults playing cornhole in a sandbox, the Zedd party voters converged. The 25-year-old, German-born DJ and producer (real name Anton Zaslavski) dropped an hour of EDM and electro house Sunday night to close the tab on the Miller Lite stage. His set casually reflected the top of the pops.

He’s had a hand in a series of massive singles that feature headliners, and so for songs like the Grammy-winning “Clarity,” the pogo party boat docked for singalongs.

Zedd also fueled the party with remixes to suffocatingly huge singles like Bastille’s “Pompeii,” Sebastian Ingrosso’s “Reload,” and Disclosure’s “Latch.” That powered a bounce house of young, hungry dancers. Flags waved (props to the giant “aqui pendejo” banner), promotional balloons bounced, green fireworks whirled, an onslaught of stage flames heated along the rail. This one particular bass drop after the Bastille lyric “but if you close your eyes” was luminous and moving.

In a plaid button down shirt, facial scruff, and sipping a red Solo party cup, Zedd played nonchalant hipster. When he’d share some of his hits (“Break Free” features Ariana Grande, “Stay the Night” Hayley Williams), he was basically humble bragging. He could afford to close with an Empire of the Sun remix, because the ocean of cell phones and fireworks did his work for him.


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