I've always been invested in music, but in a sense where I've always been plugged in to my iPod and singing along to my favorite songs, live music was never that compelling to me. I attended a few concerts growing up, Ke$ha and Rihanna, but both are mainstream artists who were / are popularized through the media. It was hard for me to feel connected to either artists, despite knowing nearly every song they performed, because it felt that their live shows just consisted of choreography synced up to their music rather than an extension of their artistic visions as musicians.
A few years later I began writing for Sacramento Press, which gave me the opportunity to preview and review concerts happening locally which exposed me to bands who passed through Ace of Spades which somewhat restored my faith in supporting musicians at their live shows. However, it wasn't until last year when I went to Zedd's first headlining tour, Moment of Clarity, where I did in fact find some clarity for why I love music so much. Despite the stigmas of drugs, raging partiers and skimpy outfits, that come with electronic dance music shows, I knew I wanted to see what his live show had to offer because of the large emphasis in live visuals he included.
Today I think it's important for musicians to do more than simply create music that can appeal to audiences whether the way sounds are combined to evoke an emotional feeling or accompanied with relatable lyrics. Now, it's more important for these artists to produce immersive live shows and connect with fans through the Internet. I think Zedd, or Anton Zaslavski, does a great job of this where his live shows are extremely visual. After being inspired by the French electronic duo, Justice, Zedd has focused even more on his live visuals by hiring a VJ, Gabe Damast, and changing up his live sets with every new show he puts on. However, his lifestyle seems extremely tiring where he's always working on the road because he spends most of his time on the road touring rather than being settled in one place working in the studio. You can check out what his life is like behind the scenes in a music video he released almost a year ago for the acoustic rendition of "Stay the Night."
Next week on December 18, the musician will be releasing a documentary from his international Moment of Clarity tour where you'll get an in depth look on what his life was like in 2013. He's a great example of a musician who quickly rose to fame that produces live shows that have captured the hearts of millions. You can watch the trailer on his YouTube channel and stay tuned for the full length feature dropping next Thursday!