“Our favorite little raver @SuhaniDoctor has sent in her review for Zedd’s gig in Mumbai, India! Its quite a heartfelt one and is sure to touch a chord in your hearts! Excuse the length of the post, because there is no word limit to a girl in love ”
It all started on 17th March (UMF Weekend 1), when Zedd replied back to my tweet asking him whether his set was going to be streamed. Though his reply was ‘hopefully not.’ it yet got streamed for 20 minutes which made my night (other than the fact that he replied back to my tweet!). Because of this, Rhia and I decided to make a @ZEDDIndia twitter handle to get his attention and make him come to India for a tour. Within a day we got around 100+ followers and Nikhil Chinapa acknowledged the account which helped us majorly. On 11th April, at 6PM an official announcement was made by @Submergemusic and @WMSonline about the ‘Zedd India Tour’, a 3 city tour and we couldn’t contain our excitement one bit. The tour was going to kick off in Delhi on 31st May, Bangalore on 1st June and Mumbai on 2nd June. The following weeks, our interactions were filled with people counting down the days for the tour to kick off and people sharing their excitement and favourite tracks of Zedd with us.
We weren’t sure if we would get to meet Zedd but yet decided that we just had to give Zedd something special to remember this tour. So we started working around mid-May on a poster to gift him .We won Submerge Music’s meet and greet contest and can’t thank them enough for this. May 31st arrived and our timeline on Twitter was filled with hash tags like #ZeddDelhi #ZeddIndia. #ZeddBangalore and #ZeddMumbai even had countdowns. @KittySu_Delhi’s tweets from the venue and live tweets from fans there led to some sleepless nights. On 1st June, Bangalore got to witness the best night of their lives. Zedd too had a blast because he tweeted about the Bangalore gig- he never tweets about gigs. He had Twitter conversation with Ryan Shanahan (@EngineerSkinny) about how America should step up their game to get to India’s level because it was that amazing (Way to go Bangalore!). Zedd also replied to Funkagenda’s tweet about India being the only country that gives him so much love, to which Zedd replied ‘AGREED’!!!!. Having read these conversations, it moved me, because seeing DJs tweet about how supportive the crowd is here just makes me proud being a part of it.
Finally the day dawned for Mumbai to witness Zedd live. The gig started with the resident DJ of Kitty Su DJ MASH, playing his set from 4PM to 6PM after which our very own favourite #TGTR co-host DJ Nawed took over the decks from 6PM to 8PM (which was probably the best opening sets I’ve ever witnessed). More importantly, THIS was the day Rhia and I met Zedd. We went to meet him at 7PM in his hotel room and couldn’t believe that he was standing just a few feet away! A 4-dimesnional Zedd stood before us, not just the 2-dimensional Zedd that we were so used to seeing on the screen! We heard his voice in reality and not on some YouTube video. Without exaggeration, this moment was the highlight of my 21 years of existence. Hermit Sethi, Submerge’s director told us to breathe and relax; it was very sweet of him to calm us down because I think we would just pass out any minute. When we met Zedd, we handed him the poster and he couldn’t stop thanking us. We were completely awestruck because he was such a humble person and he had absolutely no attitude though he is such a massive artist. We also gave him a kurta, so that he would remember this tour and would come back soon. We couldn’t speak much to him because we were tongue tied. Rhia on one hand would burst into tears any minute because she was shivering when she met him and I on the other hand, was trying to contain my excitement because if I didn’t, I would just hug him and never let go. While exiting, people outside the room who were waiting to meet him asked us how it was and all we could say was ‘WOW!’. It still hasn’t sunk in that we actually met him and are completely love struck.
At around 7.30PM we entered the dome and made our way right ahead so that we could clearly watch Zedd in action. When Nikhil Chinapa came on stage to tell the eager crowd that the next two hours would change our lives- the crowd roared agreeing with the fact. He came up to the console 20 minutes prior to Zedd’s set announcing how much time is left and did after 5 minutes till the countdown was 0 minutes.
At 8.43PM, Zedd came on stage and played the Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner ‘Knights’ Remix of ‘Spectrum’ and that moment you could hear the crowd singing along. The visuals during his set were out of the world with the occasional ‘1 2 3 JUMP!’ flashing across the screen. During the set, not once did we feel that he was tired becuase there was enough energy to blow the roof. The irresistible smile on his face was just adorable because he looked so happy playing for us, we couldn’t ask for more. The highlights of the set would be him playing a mash up of his track ‘Slam The Door’ and Skrillex’s ‘Cinema’ (Don’t Slam The Cinema); Tujamo’s ‘WHO’ mashed up with ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’; his tracks: ‘Clarity’ (obviously), ‘Shotgun’, ’Legend Of Zelda’ , ‘Codec’ ; and his remixes of The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ and Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Alive’. The crowd erupted when he played Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Ni**as In Paris’ mashed up with Knife Party’s ‘Internet Friends’ ; and Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ which made everyone literally do the harlem shake (if it were video recorded it would be the best Harlem Shake video out there). The night couldn’t have got any better and he ended his set perfectly by playing ‘Spectrum’ asking us to sing along. It was a euphoric experience for all of us present and this night was going to be remembered not only in our minds but also in our hearts.
After the gig ended he tweeted about Mumbai, saying that it was an unbelievable experience. Deadmau5 tweeted Zedd (See the picture below), which means we’ll be seeing Zedd again pretty soon and hopefully with many other DJs with him. That same night, at 2.10AM he tweeted a YouTube link of the Mumbai crowd singing ‘Clarity’ which went viral within minutes, thus proving that he had an absolutely lovely time playing for the India crowd.
In the end, I would like to thank Nikhil Chinapa, Hermit Sethi, Akshat Kumar, Sharan Behl and everyone at @Submergemusic @WMSonline @KuttySu_Delhi for making this ‘Zeddendary’ tour possible.
Tracklist (no particular order):
Zedd ft. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner ‘Knights Remix)
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Feat. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Psy – Gangnam Style (snippet)
Baauer – Harlem Shake
Zedd ft. Foxes – Clarity
Zedd ft. Mattew Koma – Spectrum
Chuckie ft. JunxterJack – Make Some Noise
Sander van Doorn – Joyenergizer
Tujamo – WHO vs. Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out
Swedish House Mafia – Save the World (Zedd Remix)
Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
Daft Punk – One More Time (Mike Candy & Jack Holiday Remix)
Kaskade ft. Haley – Llove (Dada Life Remix)
Skrillex – Breakin’ A Sweat (Zedd Remix)
Zedd – Slam the Door vs. Skrillex – Cinema
Zedd – The Legend of Zelda
Zedd – Shotgun
Zedd – Codec
Zedd – Stache
Zedd – Stars Come Out
Empire of the Sun – Alive (Zedd Remix)
The Black Eyed Peas – The Time (Dirty Bit) (Zedd Remix)
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload vs. Zedd ft. Bright Lights – Follow You Down
OneRepublic – Apologize vs. Nari & Milani – Atom vs. Otto Knows – Million Voices
Jay Z ft. Kanye West – Ni**as in Paris vs. Knife Party
Zedd – Shave It vs. ‘I Like To Move It’
Diddy ft. Skylar Grey – Coming Home vs. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic vs. Hard Rock Sofa – Quasar
Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic
Martin Garrix – Animals
Dada Life – Kick Out the Epic Motherf*cker
Dog Blood – Next Order