Zeds Dead on Joining the Mad Decent Label and the Post-Genre Future of Dance Music

Producers Hooks and DC started out their careers sampling hip-hop as the duo Mass Productions in 2004. However, after competing their first album, they found themselves drawn to the intensity and bass of dance music, particularly dubstep. Renaming themselves Zeds Dead in 2009, they have since toured tirelessly (twice in Europe and now for the second time in the U.S.), while releasing mixes and EPs, most recently on the Mad Decent label. Although primarily known for their dubstep productions, their versatility remains a prominent factor in their success: There was a remix of dreamy pop group Blue Foundation's “Eyes on Fire,” and even an homage to to their hip-hop roots with an Aretha Franklin sample in “Coffee Break.” The duo spoke with All Shook Down about the release of their newest EP, and why they think people dislike dubstep. They play The Regency Ballroom this Thursday with Big Chocolate and DJ Audio One.

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