If you’ve ever seen the 1994 cult classic, Pulp Fiction, you know the significance of the name Zeds Dead. You’d also know that Bruce Willis plays one BAMF in the film. Dylan Mamid AKA DC, and Zachary Rapp-Rovan aka Hooks formed their incredibly popular electronic duo Zeds Dead back in 2009, and we’d like to think they embodied the badass-ness of Bruce Willis’ character, in the form of music.
Since the duo’s larger beginnings of being discovered in 2009, to include hosting their own party “Bassmentality,” which featured weekly performances from ZD themselves, along with local talent, and even growing to host up-and-comers such as Skrillex, Nero, and Borgore just to name a few. After gaining traction, they went on their first tour in late 2010, playing 40-some shows across Canada and the USA. After a European tour with a large string of dates, they did their first tour on a large scale for the duo, called “The Graveyard Tour” in 2011, hitting over 50 dates between September and December.
This followed with many more tours, festival appearances, and releases from Zeds Dead. From the Victor EP in 2012, which featured Omar LinX and his raspy, spitfire raps, including a music video for the song “You and I” which has over 16 million views. Next came The Living Dead EP in 2012. Also releasing a music video for the album’s title track, featuring Peter Greene, who played the character Zed, in the movie that inspired their name, Pulp Fiction. 2013 saw the coming of their 3rd EP, Hot Sauce. One of the singles from the album, “Demons,” was featured in the hugely popular video game Saints Row IV, and the film Step Up: All In. The single was also matched with an incredibly well choreographed music video, directed by Benjamin Millepied, the man who choreographed the controversial film Black Swan in 2010. Don’t forget to checkout the dope music video below! The following EP, Somewhere Else also features some of ZD’s biggest tracks and huge collaborations to include Big Gigantic and Dirtyphonics to name a few. The album charted over a multitude of billboard charts on it’s release. In 2015 they announced their 2 night stand tour, and their plans for a new album in 2016. The tour went off without a hitch, and the album we now know as Northern Lights was dropped on October 14th, just over a month ago. Huge tracks like “Blame,” featuring Diplo and Elliphant, “Frontlines,” featuring NGHTMRE and “Where Did That Go.”
Below we’ve thrown in some of our favorite tracks from the Bass duo, some from the new album, and some of our favorite ZD classics.
“Where Did That Go” is one of our favorite tracks off ZD’s new album Northern Lights. It’s got a down tempo flow, with a great deep house feel, reminiscent of their huge collaboration they did with Oliver Heldens, “You Know.” Yet another track showing Zeds Dead’ diversity and hit making tastes, no matter the sub-genre.
Next up is another from the new debut album, “Frontlines.” It’s a collab with NGHTMRE.. So you know damn well it’s good. A great synth-pop feel, with some deeper female vocals from GG Magree. This is an upbeat and fun song to get the crowd moving.
Now for a classic or two. “Collapse” is an all time favorite of ours from 2014, that just never gets old. You know the track, and you know we’re right. If you haven’t.. Well we’ll let the beautiful track and vocals do the talking.
Last but not least, a real ZD throwback. “White Satin” is quite an old track from ZD, and utilizes a perfect sample from an even older track by The Moody Blues called “Nights in White Satin.” The sped up vocals from that sample fit so perfectly into this track. Even including a little snippet at the first drop from Pulp Fiction. This track is the embodiment of where Zeds Dead has come from, and what an amazing Dubstep track should sound like.
The duo is slated to play Friday December 30th, day one of an incredible two day weekend event in Colorado that you’ll be sorry you missed. Don’t sleep, Grab your tickets ASAP before they sell out!
Also check the full lineup here.