What better way to kick off the New Year than being in the Windy City with the one and only, Zeds Dead? The Aragon Ballroom and REACT Presents threw one hell of a show last Wednesday night to ring in the 2015 New Year. The night was a “Space Oddity” themed voyage led by our fellow astronauts, DC and Hooks.
If there is one things Zeds Dead can do, it’s make you dance. Dropping originals new and old, ZD has also been known to pay homage to their respected and inspirational influences.
The shows was a great salute to 2014, with only one minor complaint: I felt the music didn’t necessarily have a logical flow. One minute I was listening to “Eyes on Fire,” the next it was Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic.” While I favor their passion and exquisite taste in track selection, I would have liked to see more thoughtful transitions and better care with jumping from track to track.
The Year in Zeds Dead
Growing bigger and bigger each year, 2014 was a great year for the hip-hop inspired duo. They released their successful Somewhere Else EP on Mad Decent, which kicked off a great year to the festival season.
Their studio time has been spent producing mind-blowing collaborations, including noteworthy tracks such as “Blink” with Perry Ferrell of Jane’s Addiction, “Stoned Capone” with Big Gigantic and fellow hometown hip hop artist and long time friend, Omar Linx.
Most recently, their collaboration with Oliver Heldens has earned them a lot more credit for being so versatile within the realm of EDM. It truly asserts that there isn’t anything ZD won’t try and they are certainly not afraid to bring a ruckus of followers when they do it. They research, analyze and reinvent sounds that have helped shape what music is today.
The pair are setup for a great year with the potential to evolve not only EDM, but all other possible genres. I believe there truly is no one more versatile and accepted in the EDM world than Zeds Dead.
So gear up for 2015 folks! The music festivals are starting to release lineups and Zeds Dead will be there to bump your bass all summer long.