Yesterday, a human who calls himself Zedd used his Instagram account to post a photo that would launch a thousand blog posts. It was a black and white shot of another human who calls herself Selena Gomez, wrapped up in blankets and having a laugh while Zedd’s face hung on the top left corner, signaling a late night—or early morning—Facetime session. Gomez had already been spotted holding hands with the 25 year old Zedd, who was born Anton Zaslavski and is actually a Russia-born DJ and producer, which sparked whispers that the two were dating. Those whispers grew to indoor voices when Gomez posted a selfie with Zedd in the background along with the caption, “missing la and this punk, just a little tonight ☺️ shooting starts soon!! Eeeeekkkk --Fundamentals of Caregiving!!”
For Zedd’s photo, which raised those indoor voices to decibel-shattering shrieks, the musician captioned ”‘Oh hi derrling…’ – The Room #TheRoom #theRoom #THEroom #theROOM.”′ This led some Gomez scholars to speculate that the duo are collaborating on a project together that will probably have the words “The” and “Room” somewhere in the title. That, or they’re huge fans of Tommy Wiseau’s notoriously disastrous 2003 movie of the same name (whose creation story is currently being turned into a film by Seth Rogen and James Franco).
Anyway, who is this Zedd character and is he worthy of Selena’s love? Let’s examine:
+ Like so many kids who came of age in the mid-aughts, Zedd first fell in love with electronic music through the French duo Justice, specifically their seminal album, †.
+ He doesn’t shy away from remixing some of the biggest names in pop music. Zedd has put his spin on songs from the likes of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and The Black Eyed Peas. Him and Gaga in particular have a special relationship. His remix of “Born This Way” appeared on the special edition of the album of the same title, she once performed with him at his SXSW set, and he produced three songs on ARTPOP.
+ Last year, Zedd, who in case you couldn’t tell is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in electronic music, produced Ariana Grande’s hit “Break Free,” which made it to #4 on the Billboard 100.
+ He’s currently number 22 on DJ Magazine’s list of the top 100 DJs in the world.
Our conclusion: sure, why not!