Last week, Matthew Koma accused DJ and producer Zedd of ripping him off by taking credit for writing the hit songs “Spectrum” and “Clarity,” both of which were included on Zedd’s 2012 debut album Clarity. Koma says he wrote “every word and melody” on the songs. The EDM world is, I guess, up-in-arms. More »
After “Clarity” and “Spectrum” writer, Matthew Koma’s head-turning testimonial against Zedd and their seemingly tumultuous professional dynamic surfaced earlier this week, the music community has been avidly awaiting a response from the Russian-German DJ/producer.
Zedd took to Twitter Friday to respond to Koma’s assertions that his former partner had exhibited “toxic” and “self-serving” behavior throughout their time working together, as well as shedding light on Zedd’s purported attempts to publicly suffocate and undermine Koma’s contributions to some of Zedd’s most decisive works.
Zedd, however, took the opportunity to issue something of a blanket denial of all Koma’s statements against him, maintaining he supported Koma “in every area I had control over.” He went as far as to wish Koma well and thank him for the impact he’s had on his music and career throughout their professional relationship.
Matt, I am sorry you feel this way. I don’t feel the same, nor do I agree with your description of our history together. I supported you in every single area I had control over as I do with any and all of my collaborators.
— Zedd (@Zedd) June 7, 2019
I will forever be grateful to you and your contributions to my career. I continue to wish you all the best.
— Zedd (@Zedd) June 7, 2019
Anton Zaslavski, otherwise known as Zedd, has become a household name the world over through his smash-hit successes “Clarity,” “Stay the Night,” and “Break Free.” But it is turning out that the Grammy award-winning producer may not be who he is cracked up to be. Matthew Koma, the American singer-songwriter who wrote “Clarity,” and “Spectrum,” has
Matthew Koma worked with Zedd on his hit singles “Spectrum” and “Clarity.” Today, seven years since the release of “Spectrum,” Koma decided to speak out about working with the DJ/producer. Zedd allegedly took credit for writing the songs, even though Koma claims to have “[written] every word and melody.” He also said Zedd delayed his … More »
A less widely known artistic ingredient, but a contributing factor nonetheless in the rise of now radio-ravaging producer, Zedd, Matthew Koma has shared a lengthy Instagram post. In it, he accuses his former partner of denying him due credit, and of displaying overall “toxic and self-serving” behavior.
The statement includes Koma’s assertion that Zedd not only took years to pay him for his work on the latter’s watershed 2012 single “Spectrum,” but that Zedd continued to publicly discredit Koma for his work on a number of projects carrying the Zedd emblem—including the undoubtedly decisive, Grammy-certified anthem, “Clarity.” Koma retains official writing credits on both singles. Koma also notes that during the making of the True Colors documentary tracing Zedd’s rise to stardom, he was the only collaborative entity of the time neither invited to be interviewed nor attend the premiere.
“The blows started small – him giving interviews about ‘the lyrics he wrote’ (I wrote every word and melody) with no mention of my name…”
Koma goes on to ascribe Zedd’s behavior to an “inferiority complex,” stemming from a supposed gap in instrumental know-how, particularly on the piano.
“I came to find out he could only play piano in the key of C and the keyboard wouldn’t transpose,” Koma writes. “Sort of contradicted the whole ‘genius classical pianist’ persona.”
Koma goes as far as to suggest Zedd is hardly any longer involved in the production and writing process of his own tracks. The ostensibly severe statement finds its place among a number of other inflammatory existing claims against the Russian-German artist, including a longstanding feud with Diplo.
Zedd has yet to respond to any of Koma’s accusations. This story is still developing. Dancing Astronaut will update existing coverage as the story progresses.
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Audien and Echosmith have teamed up for new release “Favorite Sound,” and after listening to the infectious vocals paired with the euphoric drop, it’s hard not to imagine the track living out its title in the ear’s of many listeners. Sydney Sierota of Echosmith immediately captivates with a punchy vocal line that builds anticipation. The anticipation culminates with a high pitched buildup that is undeniably an Audien construction. Those who enjoyed the producer’s recent “Leaving You” featuring Michael S will find something to love in this new release.
This is not Echosmith’s first time collaborating with electronic music greats, having previously collaborated with Zedd for track “Illusion.” Audien is known for dabbling with commercial crossover releases thanks to his history of working with Lady Antebellum, Matthew Koma, and more. The release is out now via Cranberry Records.
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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.
Electronic artists have blessed out eardrums once again with heavy-hitting percussive projects, sultry harmonies, catchy melodies, and crisp vocals. Fatboy Slim‘s festival classic, “Praise You,” receives a funky edit from Purple Disco Machine. Hotel Garuda lends his crafty melody-chop work alongside Imad Royal and Kiah Victoria, while Taska Black continues to show why bitbird is bending boundaries in the future bass space. Midnight Kids and Tritonal do what they do best with uplifting atmospheres and infectious melody drops. Former member of Krewella — Kris “Rain Man” Trindl — caresses Vikki Gilmore’s vocals amongst bouncing guitars and driving harmonies on “Take It Closer.” JayKode and ORIENTAL CRAVINGS go hard on their projects for Flux Pavillion & Doctor P‘s Circus Records imprint and a remix of Alison Wonderland‘s single with SLUMBERJACK, “Sometimes Love,” respectively.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
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