“Spectrum” – Zedd ft. Matthew Koma
Deemed by my friends and I as a future classic, Spectrum is one of the best produced songs to come out of the recent EDM pop music scene in the past year. Anton Zaslavski (born September 2, 1989), known primarily by his stage name Zedd, is a Russian-German electronic dance music producer and DJ from Kaiserslautern, Germany. He primarily produces in the electro house genre, but has branched out, drawing influences from progressive house, complextro and dubstep. He was born to two professional musicians and began playing piano and drums at age four. He began producing electronic music in 2009.
Spectrum came out on June 4th, 2012. The track was a crossover hit. It still plays on top 40 radio stations today.
The track features several key elements that make it great in my mind.
- Matthew Koma’s voice is crystal clear yet still has a soft grit or throatiness that creates an interesting contrast and makes his voice genuinely interesting to listen to.
- The chord progression is based on typical pop chord progressions, but it modulates to major before returning back to the original minor idea carried in the melody.
- The vocals are easy to sing along to – making it easily accessible to a popular audience.
- The dynamic range (soft to loud) within the track is so well balanced, that the loud parts stand out just as they should in comparison to the softer more dramatic sections.
- He uses syncopation beautifully when the chorus is first introduced.
- Finally, who doesn’t love a sweet wailing (somewhat 80’s) synthesizer solo???
Enjoy Spectrum, and listen to Zedd’s newest album, Clarity – cuz he’s going to be around for a while.