If you ask yourself which EDM artists are most likely to survive the impending EDM apocalypse that’s on our scene’s forecast this year – and you’re honest with yourself – chances are ZHU will come to mind. His heavily instrumental, genres-be-damned fusion between hip-hop and house music somehow boldly defies the status quo while retaining uncanny mass appeal. Case in point: His Coachella Weekend 1 2016 performance.
A producer whose shadowy marketing mystique lends itself to his enigmatic blend of styles, ZHU kicked off his Neon City tour with a set at Coachella’s Sahara Tent this weekend that carries the listener on a seamless journey. In addition to fan favorites like “Faded” and his Skrillex collaboration, “Working For It,” the mix really picks up steam when ’90s rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Trombone Shorty came onstage to assist in his performance of “Hold Up, Wait A Minute.”
Fortunately for those who want more of what ZHU put together for his set, his second date on the Neon City tour is on April 23rd. As he’s known to release music in a cryptic and layered manner, keep a close eye on the L.A.-based producer as the rest of his tour unfolds.