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Rezz

Isabelle Rezazadeh,[1] (born March 28, 1995; Ukraine)[2] known by her stage name Rezz (stylized as REZZ), is a Canadian DJ and record producer from Niagara Falls, Ontario.[3][4][5] She released her debut EP, Insurrection in 2015 through Nest HQ. In 2016, she signed with Deadmau5's record label Mau5trap, and released follow-ups The Silence is Deafening and Something Wrong Here. On August 4, 2017, Rezazadeh released her debut studio album, Mass Manipulation, with its follow up, Certain Kind of Magic, released in 2018.

Rezz
Rezz @ Bonnaroo 2017 (cropped).jpg
Rezz in 2017
Background information
Birth nameIsabelle Rezazadeh
Born (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995 (age 23)
Ukraine
OriginNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsDigital audio workstation
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteofficialrezz.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Ethnically a Persian-Ukrainian, Rezazadeh was born in Ukraine and was raised by her Ukrainian mother and Iranian father, before moving to Canada at a young age.[6] While attending high school, she worked at Hard Rock Cafe at Niagara Falls. She was fired from her job after skipping work on weekends to attend festivals.[citation needed] She traveled to Toronto infrequently, and attended dubstep shows by artists like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Zeds Dead, amongst others. Rezz's involvement in the Toronto scene helped grow her gritty style. Events like Bassmentality and older shows at The Guvernment nightclub helped shape not only Rezz, but an era of electronic music producers who became inspired from early DJ college tours.[7]

Rezazadeh began DJing at the age of 16, playing music by other artists until she became inspired by a Deadmau5 concert to create her own. She was noticed on a blog by Skrillex, who then followed and sent her a message on Twitter.[8][9][10]

CareerEdit

2015–16: Extended playsEdit

In 2015, Rezazadeh started producing songs on her laptop in her home in Niagara Falls, Ontario,[11] and uploaded them to SoundCloud. She released Insurrection on OWSLA subsidiary, NEST on July 20, 2015. Later that year, she released music on Deadmau5's record label, Mau5trap and her track "Serenity" was featured on the 2015 compilation album We Are Friends, Vol. 4.[12][13][14]

In 2016, Rezazadeh announced her first EP on Mau5trap, The Silence is Deafening, which released on January 22, 2016. This was followed by a second EP release on Mau5trap later that year, Something Wrong Here, on October 7, 2016. The EP charted in the United States, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Dance Charts.[15]

2017–present: Mass Manipulation and Certain Kind of MagicEdit

In 2017, Mau5trap announced Rezazadeh's debut full length studio album, Mass Manipulation. On July 7, 2017, A music video for "Relax" was released on Mau5trap's YouTube channel to promote the album's release. A month later, Mass Manipulation was released on digital download stores on August 4, 2017,[16] and on vinyl on October 6, 2017.[17]

In 2018, Mass Manipulation was named the best Electronic Album of the Year at the Juno Awards.[18]

On June 1, 2018, Rezazadeh announced her second studio album, Certain Kind of Magic.[19][20] The album was released on August 3, 2018 through Mau5trap.[21] Its lead single, "Witching Hour", was released on June 4, 2018.[22] The album's second single, "Hex", was made in collaboration with 1788-L and released on June 29, 2018.[23]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Information Peak chart positions
US
Dance
[24]
US
Heat
[24]
US
Ind.
[24]
Mass Manipulation 16 14 30
Certain Kind of Magic
  • Released: August 3, 2018[26]
  • Label: Mau5trap
  • Formats: Digital download, vinyl
12 8 19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

Title Information Charts
US
Dance
[24]
Insurrection
  • Released: July 20, 2015
  • Label: OWSLA / NEST HQ
  • Formats: Digital download

The Silence is Deafening
  • Released: January 22, 2016[27]
  • Label: Mau5trap
  • Formats: Digital download

Something Wrong Here
  • Released: October 7, 2016[28]
  • Label: Mau5trap
  • Formats: Digital download

18

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

Title Year Album
"Alien"
(with Raito)
2016 Non-album singles
"Fourth Impact"
(with k?d)
2017
"I"
"Silent Hill"
"Relax" Mass Manipulation
"Diluted Brains"
"Premonition"
(with knodis)
"Drugs!"
(with 13)
"Witching Hour"[22] 2018 Certain Kind of Magic
"Hex"
(with 1788-L)[23]
"Flying Octopus"[29]

RemixesEdit

Title Year Original artist(s) Album
"This Is the New Shit" 2015 Marilyn Manson Non-album remixes
"Without a Trace" 2016 Kill the Noise
"Slip" Deadmau5
"Clear" 2017 No Mana (with Zashanell)
"I Could Be Anything"[30] 2018 The Glitch Mob (featuring Elohim)
"Divinity"[31] Porter Robinson

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director(s) Album
"Paranoid" 2016 Alison Honey Something Wrong Here
"Relax" 2017 Tyler Hynes Mass Manipulation
"Premonition"
(with knodis)
Luis Colindres
"Flying Octopus" 2018 Aoífe Doyle and Stefan Grambart Certain Kind of Magic

Awards and nominationsEdit

Juno AwardsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
2018 Juno Awards Electronic Album of the Year Mass Manipulation (studio album) Won [18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rezz Is The New Queen Of The Dark Techno Scene". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  2. ^ "Rezz on Twitter "It's my birth now"". Twitter. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Meet the 20-Year-Old Producer from Niagara Falls Dubbed the "Female Gesaffelstein"". Thump (Vice). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Rezz Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ Sheban, Molly (2017-03-30). "Exclusive Interview with Rezz". EDM Chicago. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  6. ^ "Dark Star: REZZ Is Moving On Up". The Nexus of All Things DJ. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  7. ^ "Dark Star: REZZ Is Moving On Up". Rezz explains her Canadian influences in electronic music [Interview + Show Review]. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  8. ^ nurun.com. "Niagara's Rezz a rising EDM star". Niagara Falls Review. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  9. ^ Chakravorty, Sanj (2017-03-16). "Things We Learned from Rezz's First AMA on Reddit - EDMTunes". EDMTunes. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  10. ^ "Key To Happiness: Discover Your Passion and Don't Let Anyone Rain On Your Parade [Rezz Exclusive Interview]". Stoney Roads. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  11. ^ "Catching Up With REZZ, Magnetic's No. 1 Emerging Artist for 2015 - Podcast Interview". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  12. ^ "Interview: REZZ - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  13. ^ "Watch Young EDM Prodigy Rezz Bring the Real Talk in New AMA [VIDEO]". EDM.com. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  14. ^ Hancock, Luc (2016-03-03). "Aspire to Inspire 119: Rezz". Your EDM. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  15. ^ "Why Rezz Traded Partying for Producing Dark, Deadmau5-Influenced Dancefloor Beats | Village Voice". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  16. ^ "REZZ: Interview with EDM's rising star". Monsters and Critics. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  17. ^ "mau5trap on Twitter "surprise: we did."". Twitter. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Junos 2018: the complete list of winners | CBC Music". CBC. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  19. ^ "REZZ announces her second album 'Certain Kind of Magic'". Mixmag. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  20. ^ "REZZ Announces New Album 'Certain Kind Of Magic'". Magnetic Mag. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  21. ^ "REZZ shares details, release date for sophomore album, 'Certain Kind Of Magic'". Dancing Astronaut. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  22. ^ a b "REZZ unveils the sinister 'Witching Hour'". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  23. ^ a b Bein, Kat (29 June 2018). "Rezz & 1788-L Get Real Weird on 'Hex': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 30 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d "Rezz - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  25. ^ "Mass Manipulation by Rezz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  26. ^ "Certain Kind of Magic by Rezz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  27. ^ "Something Wrong Here from mau5trap on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  28. ^ "The Silence Is Deafening EP from mau5trap on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  29. ^ Fleisher, Grace (19 July 2018). "DA Premiere: REZZ hits the feels in cute new animated video for latest single, 'Flying Octopus' [Watch]". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  30. ^ Cooper, Michael (2018-04-13). "REZZ puts an engrossing spin on The Glitch Mob's 'I Could Be Anything'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  31. ^ Bein, Kat (2018-11-28). "Porter Robinson's 'Divinity' Gets a REZZ Remix: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.

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