It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the “Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest” and the “Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest”.
These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label.
He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI.
Zedd signed with Interscope records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarity in October to much critical acclaim.
The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention climbing into the the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart and holding on to the #1 spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks.
The track then soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and was ultimately named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes “Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012.
A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars.
這兩次大賽的勝利是Zedd在眾多嶄露頭角的新晉音樂人中突圍而出的關鍵，Skrillex 亦因此而在網上發掘到Zedd的才華並邀請他加入其公司OWSLA label。
Zedd 其後得到Interscope A&R 的Dave Rene及Interscope Geffen A&M的主席Jimmy Iovine的賞識，成功正式發行多首重混單曲。Zedd為多間唱片公司如mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI製作單曲，當中包括知名歌手(音樂人)，包括Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia 和Skrillex的作品。
專輯的首支單曲、由唱作人Matthew Koma演唱的《Spectrum》全球聲名大噪，在iTunes 舞曲排行榜位列前十，更連續近三個星期在Beatport Worldwide排行首位。
此曲其後在Billboard Dance Club Song 排行榜飆升至首位，終成為Billboard Dance Club的年度舞曲，以及iTunes 2012年度突破專輯(舞曲)。