la times zhu feature

It’s Grammy weekend and many of the music industry’s biggest names have started to gather in Los Angeles for Sunday’s awards ceremony. They call it “music’s biggest night” for a reason and as dance music has made a larger impact on mainstream American society, electronic music’s stars will be well-represented on the red carpet. This time last year, however, the wider world had no knowledge of the mysterious artist Zhu. Now, the LA-based producer is up for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording against Basement Jaxx, Clean Bandit, Disclosure and Duke Dumont. Last spring, his breakout hit “Faded” caught everyone’s attention as did his cloaked anonymity, and the track received stunning remixes from some of the industry’s most talented artists including Odesza, The Magician & Steve James.  His six-track The Nightday EP was released in September and he made his North American live debut at HARD Day of the Dead in early November but he still remained anonymous.  In the digital age, Zhu showed the music community less could be more and focused attention solely on the music and his mystique, rather than his personality, looks or social media presence.

However, this week Zhu finally revealed a little bit about himself in an interview and photo shoot with the LA Times.  As the LA Times notes, he had previously been interviewed by Australia’s triple j but had never formally sat with any American press.  The 25-year-old Zhu (real name: Steven Zhu) and his team sat with the LA Times and allowed semi-veiled photos to be taken.  With signature mystery, Zhu stated he may or may not be at the Staples Center on Sunday for the Grammy Awards.  Read the full piece in the LA Times for more about dance music’s man of mystery.

Photo Credit: The LA Times