Zeds Dead and GRiZ‘s long awaited collaboration and ID, “Ecstasy of Soul,” is finally here! Originally, the festival showstopper debuted in September of last year during their first B2B set at GoldRush Festival in Phoenix, AZ. Out now via Deadbeats, the new single marks the 5th and 10th official release by Zeds Dead and GRiZ, respectively.
“Ecstasy of Soul” begins with the classic theme song of the western The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The misdirection intrigues the listener further into the sonic space as the operatic vocalizations and oscillating risers induce tension. Then, the atmosphere drops out and ominously begins: “What is something you people are not ready to hear?” And, we all know what comes next: “GRiZ… Yeah… Zeds Dead!” The menacing electro-driven dubstep drop with epic proportions. As a thematic festival anthem, “Ecstasy of Soul” has been the most fan-requested song for Zeds Dead and GRiZ in 2022!
Regarding the inception of the “Ecstasy of Soul,” Zeds Dead share:
We were doing a big back to back set in Arizona and wanted to create something super epic for the intro. We tossed around a few ideas and finally decided to try something with a version of the Good The Bad and the Ugly theme. Something about the Wild West and the new frontier seemed to be calling our name. GRiZ is the best and this was a lot of fun to work on, it brought us back to our old remixing days. We’ve been playing it at every show since and it’s gotten the most insane reactions. Stoked to finally put it out!”
GRiZ just finished his 9th annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS, a charity program and event series that has raised $500,000+ since 2014. On the road, Zeds Dead headlined at Ultra, The Brooklyn Mirage, B2B sold out nights at Red Rocks, and label takeovers across the U.S. With 2022 at a close, GRiZ takes over Hampton Coliseum for 2 nights of Space Camp, while Zeds Dead have a 2-night run in Chicago!
More about Zeds Dead
Zeds Dead has helped define vintage dubstep sound in America; popularizing the genre in the late 00s out of Toronto. Generations of artists count the Canadian duo among their biggest inspirations, fueled by the creation of the Deadbeats and Altered States labels. Deadbeats has become a widespread home for the idea of North American dubstep. This openness to explore culture trends and work with its creators led to Altered States.
The modern festival landscape with tens of thousands of people grooving to ground-shaking drops has become so well-known that the intensity of the music should now be rendered benign. Still, the radical sonic possibilities and permutations remain limitless. At the forefront of the scene since 2009, Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks), aka Zeds Dead, are acutely aware that the genre craves innovation. That’s why the Toronto-based producer/DJs finally took time off from headlining festivals. The result: a debut album full of dynamic, forward-thinking songs that defy and disrupt musical foundations.
This past year, Zeds Dead revamped their influence and acclaim with marquee performances, releases, and their latest nationwide Deadbeats label tour. The Deadbeats tour—the most unique, diverse electronic road shows around—stopped at iconic venues across the country such as Masonic Temple in Detroit, WaMu Theatre in Seattle, The Shrine in LA, The Brooklyn Mirage in NYC, and more.
Further cementing their status, Zeds Dead took over Denver 4th of July weekend for a 5-set, 3-night run in unofficial bass capital of America. The annual event not only included sold out, back-to-back nights at Red Rocks, but an outdoor Jamboree and 2-set gig at the renowned Mission Ballroom.
More about GRiZ
Over the course of seven albums, countless collaborations, and sold-out events, GRiZ continues to be one of electronic music’s most celebrated and inspiring artists. 2022 has seen the release of GRiZ’s celebrated Chasing The Golden Hour 4 LP, the return of his Bangers.Zip EP series, and imaginative collaborations with LSDREAM (“Funkonaut”), Big Gigantic (“Open Your Mind”), CloZee (“Color Of Your Soul”), and TVBOO (“Bass Music”). A charismatic performer, GRiZ’s live set has evolved into an enchanting and unparalleled audiovisual experience, displayed throughout his headline festival performances and iconic curated multi-day events, like the debut edition of ‘Triple Rainbow’ at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre and the sold-out return of ‘Another World’ at Colorado’s 1st Bank Center. GRiZ will close out the year with ‘Space Camp’ at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum, and ‘12 Days of GRiZMAS’ charity event and GRiZMAS concerts at The Masonic Temple in his hometown of Detroit.
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HiJinx (Philadelphia, PA) — Zeds Dead b2b GRiZ — December 29
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Space Camp (Hampton, VA) — December 16 + 17
Echostage (Washington, DC) — December 27
Big Night Live (Boston, MA) — December 28
Lights All Night (Dallas, TX) — December 29-30
HiJinx (Philadelphia, PA) — December 29-30
Decadence NYE (Denver, CO) — December 30-31
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (Sunshine Grove, FL) — March 2-5