A Zedd and John Mayer Collab Looks Like It Will Be in The Works Soon
“Zedd” and “John Mayer” are two names that don’t necessarily correspond in a musical context, but that doesn’t mean an association between both might be forged regardless.
The powerhouse electronic dance music producer took to Twitter on April 16th to reach out directly to Mayer: “can we pls get in the studio soon and write some music together,” Zedd wrote. Mayer, currently immersed in the world tour for his seventh studio album, “The Search For Everything,” responded immediately with a favorable “you know I’m down [butterfly emoji].” It’s safe to say Mayer has a bit of a thing for emojis, given the title of one of his latest songs, “Emoji Of A Wave,” a track as raw in its lyrical content as it is cleanly produced.
“I’ll hit u next week and we’ll jam,” Zedd finished, leaving the duo’s next exchange to assumedly take place with a little more privacy than a major social media platform, and accordingly, leaving the rest of us to wonder at what pace this future Zedd/John Mayer team up will occur.
While the pairing might seem disjointed given the artists’ respective musical specialties—Mayer only further dominates the pop/blues genre with each successive release, the Connecticut native active in the scene since 1998, the origin of his commercial success rooted in the early 2000s when he launched his first album, “Room For Squares” in 2001—those familiar with Zedd’s perception of dance music production will know that the coupling isn’t as farfetched in theory as it perhaps may appear. The “Clarity” hit maker notably writes the chords of his songs on a piano prior to turning to a synth, a process that the DJ acknowledges to cause the music to “feel more musical” in a 2015 article with Complex Magazine. In an interview with Rolling Stone from the same year, Zedd recalls a rock phase in his early years of production, citing “jazz, funk, [and] rock” as key influences.
Despite the stylistic differences of Zedd and John Mayer, both remain musicians of their own kind. As for Mayer, "The Search For Everything" just might include a bit of dance music.