Revo Radar: Zeds Dead

“Zeds Dead, baby. Zeds Dead!”

In this case, I’m not just reciting the infamous line from Quetin Taratino’s Pulp Fiction. I’m talking about the Canadian duo that goes by Zeds Dead. After sampling that quote in their song “White Satin”, this has become their trademark saying for fans wherever they go.

Not to be mistaken for the popular newcomer Zedd, Zeds Dead has been around since 2009 dropping some of the filthiest tunes EDM has to offer. The pair comprised of producers DC and Hooks were the first to get me into the wub wub wobble zone that we call dubstep. I can’t seem to get out but who’s mad at that? Not I.

Their diversity is hard to come by as many EDM artists tend to stick to the one sound works for them. Zeds Dead experiments with genres like hip-hop, electro house, glitch, and even dancehall. They attach all that to their signature dubstep platform that fans have come to know and love.

They just recently wrapped up “The Living Dead Tour” with frequent collaborator rapper Omar Linx. The tour racked up over seventy performances just from the US and Canada alone. These two hard-hitting go getters aren’t stopping anytime soon even if they are yet to signed under a record label. However, they have made plenty of appearances under big name labels like Ultra and Dim Mak. Their song “Rumble in the Jungle” that was released under Mad Decent reached to #1 on Beatport’s breakbeat chart. Personally, I feel like them being unsigned is part of what makes them so awesome. They have always caters to their fans from the very beginning. They constantly put out unofficial releases, bootlegs, and free downloads for their fans, which is part of the reason why they are successful and have gained a loyal following.

Look out for their new EP coming out this fall and an new album soon after. With the EDM movement that’s quickly taking over the music world, they’re hoping to work with more songwriters, singers, and rappers.

They’ve come a long way since I first saw them a couple years ago at the itty-bitty venue at The Middle East in Boston. They just played at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago and headlined at the Mad Decent Block Party. Up next, they’ll playing at the Electric Zoo festival in NYC. You know I’ll be there raging along. The only difference is that this time, instead of just a couple hundred fans, I’ll be surrounded with thousands upon thousands of them. I can’t wait because I already know they’re going to put on a face-melting performance while we all scream out “Zeds dead, baby. Zeds Dead!”

By Yujing Li

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