by Mixed Kidd on June 30, 2014

iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas 2013 - Day 2

Birth Name: Anton Zaslavski

Place of Birth: Saratov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)

Date of Birth: 2 September, 1989

Ethnicity: Russian, possibly other

Zedd is a Russian-born German record producer, DJ, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He is a Grammy Award-winner.

Zedd was born in Saratov, Russia, then in the U.S.S.R., to musicians, Marina Vladimirovna Zaslavskaya and Igor Zaslavski. He moved with his family to Germany as a child. He grew up in Kaiserslautern there.

Zedd’s surname, Zaslavski, is often Jewish, but it is not clear if Zedd is of Jewish origin. Zasławski can also be a Polish surname. Most Russians who live in present-day Germany are of Jewish or ethnic German background.

Zedd speaks fluent Russian, German, English, and a little French.

He is a classically trained musician, and began playing the piano and drums at four. In 2002, he joined the German band Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records. His interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing † by French electronic duo Justice. He began producing electronic music in 2009.

One of Zedd’s grandmothers’ names is Margarita.

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neiltennant February 11, 2018 at 7:23 am


it is confirmed that he is jewish !!!!!


Im September 1992 wanderte seine russisch-jüdische Familie nach Deutschland aus

in september 1992 his russian jewish family migrated to germany

follers February 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Added there based on a poor source. I’ll try and remove it.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

UNFORTUNATELY nearly nobody knows him in germany

he made a couple of interviews via radio where he talked about his russian roots

he belongs to GERMAN-RUSSIANS … his ancestors include many germans but also russian

he has also said that he is part jewish but an atheist


follers June 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Where did Zedd say that he is of part Jewish descent?

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:54 pm

on a radio show SWR3 or something

neiltennant February 11, 2018 at 7:24 am

Im September 1992 wanderte seine russisch-jüdische Familie nach Deutschland aus

in september 1992 his russian jewish family migrated to germany

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:51 am

What’s wrong with being Jewish? Looks like somebody is jealous and hard-pressed.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm

He is definitely an Ashkenazi Jew from Russia.

He knows of the Jew hate so I can see why he’d hide it.

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

yes, he’s quite dark for a ‘russian’

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

dark ??? are you stupid or what ?

why he is dark ?

he has very clear green or blue eyes and a very pale skin

bearboy September 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

No I wasn’t suggesting that. Sorry meant to ask if his father or grandfather was Jewish.

follers September 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Well it could be his mother…

bearboy September 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

About my idea, yes or no?

follers September 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

How do you know he’s not Jewish? Since his family are Russians living in Germany, he would pretty much have to be of either Jewish or ethnic German descent, and I doubt he’s German. It isn’t trolling to say he’s Jewish, although they don’t seem to have a source.

bearboy September 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

So it’s possible that his father or paternal grandfather is the one that practices Judaism?

follers September 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm

“practices Judaism”?

bearboy September 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I’m confused why that was quoted with a question mark. But more importantly please consider my idea.

follers September 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I’m confused why you said “practices Judaism”? Are you saying they converted from Russian Orthodox to Orthodox Jewish (thus breaking the law in Czarist Russia at the time)? Or did they convert after the Russian Revolution (this probably breaking a different law)?

neiltennant May 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

all 4 grandparents were Jewish


ashash September 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Of course he’s Jewish. He’s very dark, exotic, and Lebanese-looking.

neiltennant July 9, 2017 at 12:42 pm

please can somebody delete those stupid comments !

its ridiculous and im losing my religion because of those stupid comments

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

probably jew, doesnt look russian AT ALL. too dark.

sarahle September 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

I know russians who are darker than him ( darker skin, black hair and dark eyes). and he is definitely not dark at all.

lelo4 September 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm

No ethnic Russian has black hair or dark skin, and only 5% have dark brown eyes. If you are not blue/grey-eyed and your hair is darker than light/light-medium brown you are going to stand out A LOT.

lelo4 September 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

And Zedd surely stands out.

ashash September 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

No ethnic Russian has hair darker than light-medium brown or brown eyes? Natalie Wood and her family beg to differ.

Also, Zedd could have Jewish ancestry, but he still isn’t “dark.” Not by a long shot.

You sound like a delusional white supremacist to me.

neiltennant July 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

i hate those stupid comments

he does look very russian

there is no dark thing about him

his eyes and shape of face scream RUSSIAN

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 1:57 am

i know most people think all or most germans are blonde and blue eyed but thats only partly right

russians and poles belong to the ”whitest ‘ europeans.
And there is a distinction between central europeans and russians

i swear i do live in germany and we do have a lot of those JEWISH RUSSIANS and/or GERMAN RUSSIANS whose ancestors where germans and had been in russia for years and came back

believe me they have german names like KEIL, KRANZDORF, JANZEN etc. and first names like JOSEF, DETLEF etc. and no accent

but there is something at them which is non german. Mostly the eyes and face structure

the same thing ZEDD

J420 September 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

Russians are definitely not the Whitest Europeans. Lighter features has nothing to do with being more White. That is called Nordicism. Europeans are of many different hues and are just as White as each other.

neiltennant July 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I HATE Those stupid comments and false claims

swedes and russians are the whitest people on earth

and don’t come with any stupid theoretical stuff

J420 September 29, 2015 at 9:59 am

Many Mongolians and blonde haired and blue eyed, but are they White? no. Melanesians can have blonde hair too, but are they White as well? no. Genetic mutations like being fair haired and fair eyed has nothing to do with being more White, at all.

lelo4 September 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Russians and Baltic peoples are genetically more Northern European than Scandinavians even. But yes, they are just as white as the Maltese.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 5:56 am

he is jewish that was indeed mentioned in several shows

Freerk May 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

He looks more German than Russian. That’s no proof, but a matter of probability: By far the most “Russians” in German are ethnically (Russian) Germans or Jews. When he has the German citizenship, he is definitely of (at least partial) German or Jewish descent, despite his Russian/Polish name.

I’ll try to check this.

Freerk May 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

The town where he was born – Saratow – is often called “the home of the Volga Germans”; during the 1980s, many of them migrated back to Germany.


neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

german with those eyes ?

no chance

he looks very slavic.

i would have guessed POLISH or ukrainan
and i was right

plus he is of jewish background, that was said on german tv

ann May 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

His full name is Anton Igorevich Zaslavski. Anton’s parents were Igor Zaslavski and Marina Vladimirovna Zaslavskaya. One of his grandmother’s name – Margarita.

sarahle September 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

on german tv they mentioned him being jewish, they’ve interviewed him.

follers September 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Can you be more specific, where and what they said?

ann September 28, 2014 at 2:58 am
follers September 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

The surname doesn’t necessarily originate in Poland.

The tweets don’t really mention whether or not he is Jewish. Russian Jews refer to themselves as Russian all the time, especially immigrants (i.e. Mila Kunis, Anton Yelchin, etc.).

Of course, maybe you can come up with his genealogy…

Betta Franka September 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

His Russianess is the only good thing about him. As a producer, I find him beyond borign.

fuzzybear44 July 6, 2014 at 6:37 am

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