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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Zeds Dead – #46

Posted on 26 February 2012 by admin

 

 

From Wikipeida.com

Background

Zeds Dead is an Electronic duo from Toronto, sale Ontario composed of DC and Hooks. DC and Hooks have been producing together since 2004, pharm formerly as Mass Productions.[1] Taking influence from the digging in the crates sampling school of hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It is their first and only release to date.

In the summer of 2009 DC and Hooks launched Zeds Dead. [2]

Zeds Dead played their first live set at The Social in Toronto on June 11, 2009. In September 2010, they founded a weekly party at the Toronto venue, 751 called Bassmentality, alongside The Killabits. Bassmentality moved to Wrongbar in November 2010. It became renowned for hosting the top international talents, and weekly performances from zeds dead and the killabits. Other past guests include Nero, Skrillex, Borgore, Mary Anne Hobbs, Plastician, Netsky, Breakage, 12th Planet, 16 Bit, Mat the Alien, Doctor P, Gemini, KOAN Sound, Hatcha, N-Type, Toddla-T, Untold, Pearson Sound, the top local talents, and countless others.

Despite their heavy touring schedule, Zeds Dead is still very involved with Bassmentality.

Release History

Kissy Sell Out has called Zed’s Dead “the future of genres…flipping genius”,[3] and in November 2010, his label “San City High” released the band’s first official single, Rudeboy. A vocal featuring Omar LinX, a Toronto-based rapper who has worked on several of Zeds Dead’s releases and is rumoured to be working on an EP with the duo, was put out in March 2011. Zeds Dead’s many productions have garnered millions of views on YouTube, topped the charts on Beatport, and earned them the support of the worlds top DJs.

Zeds Dead gained international popularity long before their first official release by offering free downloads of their many productions. they continue to do so today. Their first self-released free song was “Journey of a Lifetime”, which was offered to fans as a free download in June 2009. since Journey of a Lifetime, they have self-released nearly 20 productions at no cost. They are at the forefront of a new generation of artists who continuously release free music to the general public and their fans (a technique that was popularized by Radiohead and their 2007 album, In Rainbows).

Kissy Sellout and Skream were two of the first to take notice of the duo, featuring their remix of Blue Foundation‘s “Eyes on Fire”[4] on their radio shows, on BBC Radio 1 and Rinse FM, respectively.[5] Soon after releasing their remix of Eyes on Fire, Zed’s Dead linked up with Dragonette for an official remix of their 2010 release, “Volcano”.[6] Zeds Dead’s original self-released “1975” was featured in GQ Magazine’s 2010 Video Shoot with Russian Supermodel Irina Shayk[7].

2011 saw Zeds Dead release Bassmentality ft. The Killabits, a track made as a tribute to the friends and fans who were involved in their Toronto weekly party of the same name. On October 4, 2010, Zeds Dead released Rumble in the Jungle on the popular electronic label Mad Decent. The b-side of the 2-track EP entitled “Undah Ya Skirt” features vocals from the Jamaican Dancehall superstar and Grammy Award Winning artist, Mavado. The a-side which takes the EP’s title is a tribal breakbeat that reached #1 on the beatport breaks charts. Following Rumble, [Zeds Dead] released “Ruckus the Jam” on Steve Aoki‘s LA-based label, Dim Mak.

Tour History

  • Zeds Dead began touring in September 2010 in the United Kingdom. They have since returned twice, once to tour with Kissy Sell Out, once independently in summer 2011.
  • On December 1, 2010 they began their first official North American Tour, playing over 40 dates throughout Canada and the USA.[8]
  • In July 2011 they began “The Rumble in the Jungle Tour” playing summer festivals in North America and the UK.
  • Zeds Dead launched “The Graveyard Tour” September, 2011, boasting over 70 dates throughout Canada and the USA.
  • Their first Australia and New Zealand tour is scheduled to begin sometime in January, 2012. Dates are TBA.
  • Starting in February 2012 Zeds Dead and Omar Linx will going on a North American tour called “The Living Dead Tour”, this time bringing along artists such as: Araab Muzik, XI, Memorecks, Mat the Alein and Knight Riderz
  • In June 2012 Zeds Dead will be appearing alongside country star’s Garth Brooks and Kid Rock for a sold out performance in Baghdad, Afghanistan.

Miscellaneous

The name “Zeds Dead” comes from the duo’s actual names, Zack and Dylan (Z & D), but it is also a reference to a line from the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction.

Discography

Albums/EPs

Other Productions/Releases

  • Zeds Dead – Journey of a Lifetime
  • Barletta – Panther (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Summer Grime
  • Fenech-Soler – LA Love (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Dark Side Dub
  • Radiohead – Pyramid Song (Zeds Dead Illuminati Remix)
  • Noob & Brodinski – Peanuts Club (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Wakeup ft. Omar Linx
  • Foo Fighters – The Pretender (Zeds Dead Ruckus Remix)
  • Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Here Comes The Boom
  • The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Out For Blood ft. Omar LinX
  • Zeds Dead – 1975
  • Zeds Dead – White Satin
  • Zeds Dead – The Twilight Zone
  • Jason Falkner – Only You (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Coffee Break
  • Zeds Dead – Rudeboy Feat. Omar LinX
  • Sabi– Wild Heart (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Dragonette – Volcano (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Jeuce – Kiss (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • DJ Vadim & The Electric – Toot Toot (Zeds Dead Remix)
  • Zeds Dead – Oh No
  • Zeds Dead – Hit Me
  • Zeds Dead – Rumble In The Jungle

 

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