Toronto's Zeds Dead are Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan, two friends who came together ten years ago over a shared interest in making beats and cultivating an unpretentious bass scene in their hometown.
Since their weekly party Bassmentality blew up back in 2010, the duo, who go by DC and Hooks, have garnered international attention for their productions and remixes, eventually getting signed to notoriously out-there dance label Mad Decent, headed by Diplo. And while they may have been lumped into the all-encompassing EDM genre, their tunes are anything but generic. A unique mix of hip-hop, drum 'n' bass, dubstep, jungle, house, and even touches of dancehall, the Zeds Dead sound is a welcomed breath of fresh air in a world of mass-produced throw-away bangers.
This Saturday, Zeds Dead perform at the annual, and sold out, Mad Decent Block Party, set to take over downtown Fort Lauderdale at the Revolution Live complex. They also headline the after-party at the same location later that night. Between tour dates, Rapp-Rovan, a.k.a. Hooks, took some time to chat with us from his hometown of Toronto about Zeds Dead's earlier productions, his thoughts on the state of EDM, and what we can expect from their shows tomorrow.