Zedd ft. Aloe Blacc – “Candyman” – Zedd officially jumped into the EDM/Dance scene back in 2010 after remixing Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” track. Originally from Germany, Zedd is actually a classically trained musician. Both of his parents were musicians with his father playing the guitar and his mother playing the piano. At age 4, Zedd began playing the piano and by age 12 he moved to playing drums and creating his own music. Thanks to his exposure to music at an early age, in 2002 he joined a deathcore band in Germany playing the drums. Zedd remained with the band until 2009 when he heard a song by a French electronic due named Justice. It was at this time that Zedd stepped away from his band and decided to move into the EDM/Dance genre. Zedd sky rocketed to success in 2012 with the release of his debut album Clarity. This album had a string of hits that appeared on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs including:  “Clarity”, “Spectrum” and “Stay the Night”. Upon the success of this album, Zedd was a highly sought after producer and worked with Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and various others. In 2015, Zedd dropped his second album True Colors, which also featured a string of hits for Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs. After wrapping his True Colors tour in November 2015, Zedd was approached by the candy company M&Ms to modernize their theme song “The Candy Man” which was originally sung by Sammi Davis Jr. Zedd brought in Aloe Blacc to help with the vocals and together the two of them revamped the song into a catchy dance tune. This track goes in a different direction than what Zedd is normally known for; it’s not as gritty or as hard as a standard dance tune would be. Instead it is lined with some sweet synths, tight 808s, a touch of the piano and some kick drums. All in all, the beat flows nicely with Aloe’s soulful voice and brings a new lift to the theme song. Although the lyrics aren’t exactly the same as the original, they bring in a feel good vibe that hits its goal of resonating with M&Ms target audience.   

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