WATCH: Zedd and Maren Morris finally perform their hit ‘The Middle’ together for the first time

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The stars are aligning. After months of radio play ZeddMaren Morris, and Grey’s hit collaboration, “The Middle,” has finally received its highly anticipated live rendition.

On Saturday, April 28, Morris joined Zedd onstage at the OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas and absolutely stunned the crowd with her verses, later commenting on Twitter that it was her “first time hearing the song this loud.”

“The Middle” is currently sitting at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been on the charts since its January debut.

2:30 a.m. vibes. @Zedd , you throw a damn good party! : Joe Janet

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The genealogy of a hit: the complex crafting of Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ [Watch]

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From his Grammy-nominated Alessia Cara feature to his comparatively more recent release, “The Middle,” Zedd makes music production look easy. The mastered singles that infiltrate radio air waves, though, bespeak layers of complexity that are not immediately perceptible to listeners. “The Middle’s” seamless amalgamation of Maren Morris’ vocals with chord progressions outside of Morris’ country aesthetic effects a smooth pop listening experience that has resonated with many listeners, even those who normally eschew electronic music. Yet the fluidity of “The Middle” masks an intricate developmental process leading up to the single’s official release, one that notably almost never reached conclusion.

In what might arrive as a surprise to fans of the Zedd/Morris collab, “The Middle’s” origins extend well beyond Zedd’s studio. “The Middle” that listeners both know and belt in perfect synchronicity today was originally conceived as a demo by the Monsters and the Strangerz, a Los Angeles studio group and 23-year-old songwriter, Sarah Aarons. Aarons’ name doesn’t appear alongside Zedd or Morris’ on the track, but it was Aarons who would type out the lyrics and melody to “The Middle” on her iPhone. She then headed into the booth to record the demo of the song, which would later fall into the laps of electronic, silver haired duo, Grey. Adding what they call a “medieval axe whipping noise” to the demo — in other words, the sound that you hear in between the lyrics “baby” and “why don’t you just meet me in the middle?” — Grey would then forward the still unfinished track to Zedd.

“They played it for me they were like what do you think, and I thought if done right, this could be a huge smash,” Zedd said of the demo. To be “done right,” the track necessitated the right vocalist, and tracking down the choice voice for the song was quite the feat.  “There were months where we almost gave up, because we couldn’t a vocalist,” Zedd revealed. 14 demo vocalists later, including the likes of Bebe Rexha and Demi Lovato, “The Middle” had found its vocal match in Maren Morris. “I had never heard her music until I heard her demo,” Zedd noted, “I was like who’s Maren Morris? She sounds really good.”

“The Middle” currently enjoys the success that an approximate year of production effort, and a team of “no fewer than eight collaborators” warrants, but as the making of “The Middle” video clearly conveys, crafting a hit single is anything but simple, and oftentimes requires some meeting ‘in the middle.’

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Ryan Browne smashes remix of Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey’s ‘The Middle’

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When Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey‘s “The Middle” came out at the beginning of the year, it quickly garnered millions of plays and views across platforms. The sugar-sweet dance/pop original featured Morris’ charming vocals over catchy production from Zedd and Grey, making for a surefire hit for all three artists.

Over the months since its release, countless remixes have surfaced on SoundCloud — but perhaps none as heavy as this latest one from drummer Ryan Browne. Browne has been making a name for himself by doing percussion-infused takes on songs like Krewella‘s classic “Alive” and Alison Wonderland‘s “Messiah.” With accompanying videos to demonstrate the hard work that goes into these remixes, Browne’s multi-instrumental skills shine. His remix of “The Middle” is backed by hefty guitar riffs and bass and is led by a fast-paced drum & bass rhythm. He’s taken the tidy pop elements of the original and worked them into a more rugged, passion-packed remix.

It’s nearly impossible to sit still for this one.

Zedd reconvenes with Grey for first single of 2018, ‘The Middle’

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After a 2017 led by the smash success of his double-platinum, Alessia Cara-assisted single, “Stay,” 2018 holds high expectations for Zedd. “Stay” held a consecutive six-week residency at the #1 spot on Top 40 radio in the US, and “The Middle” looks primed to be another contender for the top of the charts.

The track also sees Zedd reprise his collaborative efforts with Grey, the electronic duo memorable for their earlier collaborative work with Zedd on “Starving.” In additon, Grammy Award winning country music singer Maren Morris supplies vocals.

With each successive “Z” stamped single released, Zedd further solidifies his stature as one of the biggest stars in popular music. Morris’ vocal contribution serves as the track’s backbone, complemented by a subtle clock ticking that establishes the underlying beat line while keeping rhythm, percussive elements that aid the song’s eventual ascension, and the metallic synth work that have become characteristic of a Zedd single.

A release situated directly within Zedd’s electro-pop wheelhouse, “The Middle” signifies that Zedd long ago hit his stride in the studio, rendering each ensuing release one that hits just the right sonic sweet spot.