iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas 2013 - Day 2

Zedd in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

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.

34 Responses

  1. madman says:


    If so, his paternal grandfather was named Dmitri.

  2. follers says:

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

  3. follers says:

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

  4. phaedra says:

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

  5. Capricious says:

    He is definitely an Ashkenazi Jew from Russia.

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

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