Zedd, the Russian-German music producer and DJ, performed at the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center this past Tuesday as a part of his True Colors tour.
“The minute Zedd came on I could feel the positive energy in my body from everyone in the Ryan Center,” said Steven Leone, a sophomore at URI. “He united so many people with just music, and I find that incredible.”
Zedd’s True Colors tour kicked off on Sept. 4 in San Francisco and will continue to travel across North America until Oct. 31. EDM DJs Alex Metric and Dillon Francis opened Zedd’s show, providing the audience with an electric vibe.
Metric’s one-hour set included his own mix of songs “Lean On” by Major Lazor and “Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis.
Francis took the stage next with his wild, humorous videos as he played various tracks of his own, as well as remixes of other DJ’s tunes. He appeared on stage wearing a Rhode Island basketball jersey and joked around with the audience the whole time. His set included mixes of songs by DJ Skrillex, “Lean On” by Major Lazor, “Get low” [Aazar Remix] by DJ Snake and “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.
“Dillon Francis stole the show,” said Trent Anderson, a sophomore at URI. “He had great music and awesome visuals to go with it.”
Francis displayed visuals on the giant LED screens behind him as he played. Some of those included his face and other artists that he remixed. He ended his performance with his song “Coming home” featuring Kygo.
Finally, Zedd closed out the show with a two-hour performance. He opened with one of his most recent songs, “Beautiful Now.” Zedd mixed popular pop songs such as “No Place I’d Rather Be,” “Rude By Magic” and “Where Are You Now.”
Zedd also played a variety of his older songs, such as “Clarity,” “I Want You To Know,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Find You.”
Freshmen Kyle Booker and Jake DeMarco had the chance to experience their first concert at URI. Both said the show was truly amazing. DeMarco said all three artists did a great job and kept the audience interested through its entirety.
“I actually listen to a lot of EDM and Zedd is definitely one of my favorite artists,” Booker said. “I bought my ticket the first day they went on sale. Overall, I think he puts on a very good show. The visuals were unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I’m glad that this was my first concert at URI.”
Zedd ended the show with his song “Alive,” and thanked everyone who attended the show as well as the security personnel who took care of members of the audience.
“This show was unreal,” said Elana Rivkin, a sophomore at URI. “The atmosphere was incredible. Everyone was just dancing and didn’t have a care in the world. The music was amazing, and the light show was crazy. [It was] such an awesome experience to be apart of!”
Next Wednesday, Oct. 14, the indietronica band Passion Pit will perform in the Ryan Center, hosted by the Student Entertainment Committee. Tickets are available at the Ryan Center box office or the Memorial Union box office. Student tickets are $15 and non-student tickets are $25.