Photo by Andrew Munoz.
DC and Hooks perform as Zeds Dead at their own Deadbeats Tour at Navy Pier in Chicago on Oct. 21.
Canadian DJs Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan come together as DC and Hooks to create one of EDM’s most iconic dubstep duos: Zeds Dead.
The DJ duo performed at Navy Pier on Oct. 21 on their Deadbeats Tour with Ghastly, Ghostface Killah, K?D, Eprom and Diskord opening.
After being introduced through mutual friends back in 2004, the duo quickly formed a bond over graffiti art and, more importantly, music production. Their first time playing live as Zeds Dead was in the summer of 2009 at The Social Bar & Nightclub in Toronto, which launched them into superstardom. Over the past eight years, the pair has certainly made a name for themselves as, arguably, the best house music/dubstep team in the entire electronic dance music world.
What makes the two so ingenious is their ability to implement their multifaceted ideas into their music. Dubstep, by nature, is not intended to be calming and smooth. It’s intended to be loud, obnoxious and rather dissonant.
Their unique music style was portrayed through their life performance with eclectic images being shown on the monitor while performing. With images of outer space, vibrant colors and heavy light production fueling their live performance, it was hard not move along to the beat and get in the right mindset to fully experience the artistry that Zed’s Dead portrays.
With their distinctive music design, the duo is able to incorporate a melodious rhythm into much of their sound, best exemplified in songs like “Collapse (feat. Memorecks),” “Where Are You Now (feat. Bright Lights),” “Blink (feat. Perry Farrell)” and one of their classics, “Shut Up & Sing their classics, “Shut Up & Sing V2.0.”
The duo has been touring the world since their latest album, “Northern Lights,” which is arguably some of their greatest art work yet. Featuring soft, emotional melody as well as heavy bass and rapid beats per minute, Zeds Dead even seems to take on their own version of a music style called “riddim” (a non-standard spelling of “rhythm,”) implementing drum patterns over a prominent bass line. Their single “Woman Wine” is a rather marvelous example of their take on “riddim.”
Words are not sufficient to describe the mental and emotional experience some of their listeners swear by, but those who are curious can live the experience by visiting either their Spotify, which has risen to over 1.3 million monthly listeners or their SoundCloud, which has over 6.5 million subscribers.