Seven years ago, Canadian Electronic wizards DC and Hooks joined forces to create a formidable musical aggregation they dubbed Mass Productions. In 2007, the Toronto, Ontario, duo dropped their impressive sampledelic debut, Fresh Beetz, an independent album so good the pair decided against a follow-up. As an alternative, DC and Hooks reconfigured themselves (maybe they changed places on stage and in the studio?) and reemerged with a new name: Zeds Dead.
Since then, Zeds Dead (an oblique reference to the duo’s actual names, Zack and Dylan, and a line from Pulp Fiction) has toured relentlessly, released a number of acclaimed EPs and scattered tracks, including a crazy helium-drenched spin on the Moody Blues’ classic, titled simply “White Satin,” which is closing in on five million plays on YouTube, and the gutteral Electronica noir joint “Rude Boy,” the group’s first officially released single. The twosome also founded a weekly party in Toronto called Bassmentality and has done a number of high-profile remixes for everyone from The Rolling Stones and Radiohead to Foo Fighters and Massive Attack. In the process, Zeds Dead has become one of the most revered Dubstep outfits on the planet.
Although Zeds Dead signed a deal with respected Electronica label Mad Decent, the duo is probably most renowned for distributing their tracks free through their website and beyond, starting with “Journey of a Lifetime” in 2009, continuing with “White Satin,” “Coffee Break” and their recent hit “Bassmentality,” featuring the Killabits, friends and co-founders of the weekly club party that lent its name to the single.
Zeds Dead’s summer Rumble in the Jungle Tour took its name from the pair’s No. 1 tribal Breakbeat smash, a circuit that saw them hitting festivals throughout North America and the U.K. Set your pacifiers and glow sticks to stunned.
ZEDS DEAD plays the Southgate House Wednesday, Nov. 9. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.