September 15, 2014


Zedd Hopes To Work With Hayley Williams, Muse & Silverchair On New Album

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Zedd has been headlining tons of festivals and touring the globe pretty much constantly since Clarity came out in 2012, and the DJ/producer is finally dishing about what's coming up next as far as new music is concerned.

After spinning a surprise set in Brooklyn on Friday night, Zedd told Billboard that he's got a few people on his collaboration "wish list" for the next record: Muse, grunge gods Silverchair and old pal Hayley Williams, who provided the vocals for "Stay the Night," the hit off the deluxe edition of Clarity.

"I talked to Hayley Williams about doing another song together and we definitely want to, it’s just a matter of finding the right one," he revealed to Billboard. "Aside from that, I’d love to work with Muse and Silverchair, because I grew up in bands and they really inspired me. But nothing is confirmed, that’s just my wish list."

Does that mean the next Zedd album will have a rock-heavy feel? Maybe! Either way, it doesn't look like we'll be getting our hands on these tracks anytime soon. 

"It’s hard to find time to sit down and focus on [the new album]," he continued. "I’ve written most of the songs but the production process is long for me – making them sound the way I want them to sound, finding the right vocalists, and so on. I might put out a single or two in the next six months or so, but I need to get off the road for a little while. The plan for the second half of this year was to play less shows and do more studio work. I do a lot of Vegas shows and I literally stay in the studio until 9 p.m., hop on a plane and fly over to get on stage by midnight. That way I can still get a full studio day in. Anyway, I'm hoping that by early next year, it will be wrapped. But we'll see."

Though his collaborations have kept him busy in addition to his insane touring schedule, Zedd went on to say that he's only working on the records of other stars when it's a perfect fit, like his feel-good dance smash "Break Free" with Ariana Grande.

"I barely have enough time to finish my own stuff," he said. "Whenever I do something, I have to love it. Ariana [Grande] is a great example of that. We played a show together a few months ago and I just loved her voice. It was amazing. So when the opportunity to do something came up, we jumped. That was a no-brainer."

Zedd will be touring North America through November 2, and will be playing sets at TomorrowWorldACL Fest, the Voodoo Music Experience and more.