Zedd Announces Phase 1 Lineup, Location of ACLU Benefit Concert

            If anything must be said about Russian/German DJ and producer Anton Zaslavski—better known by his stage name, “Zedd”—it’s that the “Clarity” hit maker follows through on his promises.

            By far one of the most politically outspoken names in dance music, Zedd took to Twitter on Thursday, January 28th to solicit Sia, Camila Cabello, Grimes, and Macklemore in the interest of combining the artists’ individual talents to create a roster of celebrity performers willing to participate in an ACLU benefit concert. An acronym for the “American Civil Liberties Union,” the ACLU identifies itself as an organization that works to “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

            The concept of a benefit concert to raise funds that would be directly attributed to the ACLU arose after President Donald Trump’s recent 90-day immigration ban, a ban that prohibits the entry of Syrian refugees into the U.S., in addition to anyone arriving from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran. Self identifying as an “immigrant” on Twitter, Zedd spearheaded the concert as an act of resistance against President Trump’s newly instated ban.

            The benefit concert, called “Welcome,” will be hosted at LA’s Staples Center on April 3rd. While ticket info is forthcoming—as are future phase announcements—phase one of Welcome includes Skrillex, Tinashe, Macklemore, Incubus, Halsey, Daya, Imagine Dragons, and of course, Zedd himself. Imagine Dragons emphasized "Welcome's" goal of solidarity, accepting "every race, religion, culture, ethnicity, and sex." The EDM scene has long been recognized for its unconditional acceptance of all dance music enthusiasts, making the space a social representation of not just tolerance, but celebration. Zedd's role in leading the ACLU benefit concert is demonstrative of that acceptance.