The son of two musicians, German-based electronic DJ Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) received his start in music at the age of four, training classically as a pianist and drummer.
By the age of 13, Zaslavski had moved behind the drum kit for the German hardcore band Dioramic, eventually turning his interests to electronic music in 2009.
He started making waves in the States after his remix of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” climbed the charts and his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” appeared on the special edition of her “Born This Way” album.
But it was his 2012 debut, “Clarity,” that catapulted the rising DJ to mainstream success, thanks to collaborations with Ellie Goulding, Ryan Tedder, Bright Lights and Foxes. The eponymous single rose to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Zedd will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. The show is for ages 16 and over.
Call 577-6989 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Ivan Neville began absorbing music from birth.
The son of Aaron Neville and nephew to Art, Charles and Cyril of the Neville Brothers, Ivan seemed destined for music before he even knew what it was.
After years of playing with the Neville Brothers and the New Orleans Social Club, the young Neville has embarked on a new endeavor with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.
Remaining true to his funk, soul and R&B roots, Neville continues to show the world that his prodigious talent simply runs in the family.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk will perform Monday at The Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Road. Tickets are $15 for ages 21 and up, $20 for those under age 21, and are available at the door or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Go to BrickHouseKitchen.com or call 406-4655 for more information.
Thomas Wynn and The Believers
There’s an endless crowd of working bands and singers out there, a virtual sea of musicians and singers bobbing in the waves of obscurity, most never to be noticed by the masses. It takes something special, or some incredible good fortune, to stand out.
But when a band or artist does come along with that “thing,” they can be found, for a time, in small clubs, bars and restaurants that make for memorable performances before the masses catch on.
Thomas Wynn and The Believers is that band, the proverbial beacon shining through the surrounding darkness.
Relatively new to the scene, the band consists of siblings Thomas and Olivia Wynn and a cast of veteran musicians. The group’s independently released debut came out in 2009 and helped land the band on stages alongside acts such as Drive-By Truckers, Gov’t Mule, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Charlie Daniels.
Crowds happily welcomed the band, purchasing more than 2,000 copies of its debut and lining up in and around the group’s native Florida to catch a glimpse of its widely acclaimed live show.
The style is nothing new: Southern rock with a lot of soul and plenty of blues, but the execution is what sets the group apart.
Thomas Wynn’s gut-wrenching growls ascend into perfectly pitched high notes, while sister Olivia softens the rawness with hallowed-like harmonies that soar sweetly above the pain in her brother’s roars.
The band is touring in support of its sophomore album, “Brothers and Sisters,” released last year.
Thomas Wynn and The Believers will perform Thursday at the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door or online at Etix.com. Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.