Anton Zaslavski (Антон Заславский; born 2 September 1989), better known by his stage name Zedd, is a Russian-born German record producer, DJ, and musician. He primarily produces electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music. Zedd grew up and began his career in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Zedd's best-known productions to date are the songs "Clarity" featuring Foxes which charted at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one of the US Hot Dance Club Songs; and "Break Free", a song which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, becoming his second song to do so before "I Want You to Know". Zedd won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording at the 56th Grammy Awards for "Clarity".
Anton Zaslavski was born in Saratov, Russia. He grew up in Kaiserslautern after his family moved to Germany when Anton was four years old. He is a classically trained musician, born to two musicians. His father Igor Zaslavski is a guitarist and schoolteacher and his mother is a piano instructor. He began playing the piano at the age of four and drums at twelve. He has an elder brother, Arkadi, and a younger brother, Daniel. In 2002, Zaslavski began playing for the German deathcore band Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records. Zaslavski's interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing † by the French electronic duo Justice.