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.