Meet Zedd Ahead – next big star in electronic music. A lot has been quick for Zedd, the electronic dance music master né Anton Zaslavski. Born in Russia and raised in Germany, he got his start in music at age 4 when his parents, classical music performers and teachers, taught him the piano. Later he learned to play guitar. Clarity, his surprise summer hit, came on the radio virtually every 15 minutes and peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100. He’s also whipped up magic on original tracks with Justin Bieber and Paramore’s Hayley Williams and remixes for the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga.
Over the past 12 months Zedd Ahead’s played more than 150 shows as a DJ, pulling in somewhere around $20,000 per show; he’s also produced tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber (Beauty and the Beat) and Lady Gaga’s upcoming album, ARTPOP, which is set for a fall release—cementing his reputation as a go-to producer for major pop acts hungry for EDM-flavored production. . FORBES estimates he earned $3.5 million last year. It’s not bad for the guy who was unknown two years ago.