Zedd, Oliver, Alex Metric

Mon Sep 30 2013 - Tue Oct 1 2013

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane

919 W. Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

All Ages

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Knitting Factory Presents
Zedd featuring Oliver / Alex Metric

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  • Zedd

    Zedd

    Dance

    Zedd started with music in his daily routine from early childhood on. Born Anton Zaslavski, Zedd was raised in Kaiserslautern, Germany by two classically trained musicians, he began playing the piano at the age of four and built up his knowledge of the Classical repertoire throughout his childhood, at times writing a song a day. At age twelve, Anton learned to play the drums and, soon after he began performing with the post-hardcore/metal trio Dioramic. As a preteen he was already composing and producing numerous rock songs in his band's own studio. As the aughts progressed, Anton’s awareness of other genres widened, and in 2009 his interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing the French electronic duo Justice. With his gift for musicality and background in instrumentation, composition and production, the move into the realm of electronic dance music was seamless.

    2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest". These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI. 

    In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd’s hit singles 'Shave It' and 'Slam The Door' (out through OWLSA) both held the top spot on Beatport's charts for multiple weeks at a time. In the same year, his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s latest album Born This Way and his remix of “Born This Way” appeared on Born This Way: The Remix. In addition to his own compositions and reworkings of others’ songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more.

    Zedd’s stellar development is undoubtedly linked to his unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out in a crowded field as meticulously detailed and carefully produced, very playful and at the same time remarkably catchy despite the complex musicality drafting it up. Drawing from his diverse musical background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house Zedd’s music not only draws from uncommon sources but also has the ability to appeal to an audience outside the realm EDM.

    Zedd signed with Interscope records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarity in October to much critical acclaim. The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention climbing into the the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart and holding on to the #1 spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks. The track then soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and was ultimately named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes “Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012. 

    In addition to racking up original production credits for artists including Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat,” Rolling Stone named Zedd an “Artist to Watch” for 2012, and more recently, MTV deemed him an “Artist to Watch” for 2013. Zedd has performed at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Nocturnal and in 2012, he performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York. Zedd made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in October where he turned his signature style upside down performing a stripped down version of his new single “Clarity” -showcasing his classical training by playing piano alongside a string quartet and vox from Foxes. The performance is a prime example of Zedd's true musicianship beyond the realm of EDM. Zedd was also chosen to be the only opening act for the Asian leg of Lady Gaga's world stadium-tour "The Born This Was Ball”, and will rejoin her for the American leg in the spring of 2013. 

    A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars.

  • Oliver

    Musicals

  • Alex Metric

    Alex Metric

    Pop

    Big Life are very proud to welcome the mega talented Alex Metric into the fold. Known for providing some of the most banging club anthems of the last few years, whether in remix form or his own productions, Alex is continuing to build on his reputation as one of the UK’s hottest young electronic producers.

    It's all about the song for Alex Metric. Whether it's an original track, a remix or producing a band, there has to be a personal connection. If he doesn't feel it, why would anyone else? "It's always about making something with real emotion," says the London-based DJ/producer. "My core philosophy is to do whatever's right for the song and to try and make it have some meaning to me. I put so much love into everything I do."

    Nowhere has this been more apparent than on his 2011 album for Virgin,Open Your Eyes. Across 14 tracks, Alex compiled his own original productions, those for other artists, and a selection of the remixes that have brought him so much attention these past two years. Gorillaz,Depeche ModeN.E.R.D.Ellie GouldingBloc PartyLa Roux—the list of the acts he's remixed gives a clear idea of the level at which Alex has been operating. Then there's Phoenix. Alex cites his anthemic electro house version of the band's "Lisztomania" as his favourite remix (not least because they're his favourite band) and the group have similarly said that it's their favourite ever rework of their material.     

    "To have Ian Brown walk into the studio was pretty mental." Alex is discussing working with the legendary Stone Roses frontman, who provided vocals for his collaboration with Steve Angello, "Open Your Eyes."  With its marriage of Brown's iconic vocals and the pair's dancefloor aesthetics, the track speaks to Alex's desire to give a "totally different feeling to the standard house vocal." It may not have been club-focussed, but the Open Your Eyes album was rounded-out in similarly forward-thinking fashion by "End Of The World", a cut which saw Alex team with up-and-coming vocalist Charlie XCX for a melancholy mixture of broken beats and soaring synths. Although it was a departure of sorts for Alex, the same inherent sense of purpose and feeling seems to colour all of his work—even for other people. Alex lists producing an album for UK act Infadels (which included the standout single "Black Sky") as one of his proudest moments to date.   

    Producing other people's records is the realisation  of a dream, but even as a teenager growing up in the countryside, it was something Alex wanted to do. He could sing and learnt the keyboard at an early age but never warmed to the idea of being in a band himself. Initially an indie kid, his conversion to dance music came when he once missed the bus home and decided to kill some time in a record shop. Fatboy Slim's 1996 album Better Living Through Chemistry was playing at one of the listening posts. "I was blown away. There were guitars, these big broken beats and this mad energy. I bought it there and then. It was a massive turning point."

    After studying music at college in Guildford, Alex released a string of singles on a series of dance labels—a mix of progressive house, breakbeat and techno. His break came in 2006 when he signed to Adam Freeland's Marine Parade label. "I'd been making proggy, breakbeaty stuff and I was doing OK at it," he remembers. "But one night I was DJing in Russia and I realised right there on stage that I didn't like the records I was making. I had an epiphany. I thought: What's the music I love? French house, rock music, electro. Why don't I chuck everything I love into one record?" The result was his 2007 single "Whatshewants", the starting point on the journey towards his current position as one of dance music's most exciting new talents.

    Metric is already part of the DJing elite. Over the last few years he has seen his demand rise from UK festivals to Europe and latterly, the United States has become a very fertile stomping ground for him. In 2011 alone he played key slots at Creamfields, Glastonbury, Wireless, Oxegen, Rockness, iTunes Festival, Secret Garden Party, Global Gathering, Sunwaves and Electric Picnic. He ended the year with a pan Australasian tour and headed to the States for a triumphant set of dates, culminating in the party fest that is Winter Music festival 2012. A definite recent highlight of the last few months was when he stepped up to play in front of 9000 people at the Swedish House Mafia's Alexandra Palace show in March. Earlier that month, Pete Tong had personally invited Alex to play his 20th anniversary show at the BBC's hallowed Maida Vale studios in London.

    Looking back on the past year, Alex sees Open Your Eyes as a timely encapsulation of his recent production work to date. His focus recently has been to concentrate on what he does so well, making banging club records for clubbers and DJs alike. As demonstrated so beautifully by the release of the mighty “Rave Weapon” in April this year. A self released club monster that got dance floors heaving and Radio 1 hot under the collar as well. It laid down the gauntlet for his producer contemporaries and set the standard for his own future work.

    And it’s the bar he’s continuing to raise for himself. His recent remix ofMiike Snow's "Devil's Work" climbed to #3 in the Hype Machine Popular chart and he’s currently remixing Scissor Sisters and Oz tipsters The Presets and juggling the demands of his hectic DJing schedule. So far in 2012 he has DJed to packed clubs all over the world, both as a headline acts and supporting  the mighty Miike Snow and Deadmau5. The summer will see him hit the European festival trail with confirmed appearances in Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and of course there are countless confirmed dates at house music’s spiritual home of Ibiza.

    In March of this year he had a hugely successful tour of America, playing gigs across the country including the legendary Popscene at Rickshaw Shop in San Francisco, LA’s Avalon Room and the Webster Hall in New York. He was a feature at the 2012 Winter Music Festival in Miami, playing the Delano and National hotel parties, plus a feature appearance at Ultra’s massive music festival at Bayfront Park. And we are proud to announce that Metric’s last single ‘Rave Weapon’ has now been used by the America’s Hard festival promotions team as the soundtrack to the official trailer for Hard festival in August, which Alex has been invited to come and play, alongside heavyweights Skrillex,Calvin Harris and A-Trak.

    His production work has taken a more collaborative twist of late and a recent studio encounter with Big Life’s own Jacknife Lee has lead to some very exciting sessions. First Jacknife drafted him in to ad his flavour on the stunning Snow Patrol singles “Called Out In The Dark” and very recently “Lifening” but also Alex has been out in LA collaborating with Jacknife on tracks from the hugely anticipated forthcoming Robbie Williams album.

    But never far from Alex’s thoughts is his artist career which will see him focus in 2012 on his first full artist album. "For the last year I've been figuring out how I want to sound," says Alex, summing up his game-changing last 12 months. "It's all clicking. I think it's important to figure out what you want to say before you say it. Now I have and it feels fantastic."

Knitting Factory Presents

Zedd featuring Oliver / Alex Metric

Mon Sep 30 2013 8:00 PM - Tue Oct 1 2013

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane Spokane WA
Zedd, Oliver, Alex Metric
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