Zhu is the kind of artist who prefers to let his music do the talking. Mysteriously and seemingly out of nowhere he appeared in 2014 with a mashup of OutKast songs called Moves Like Ms. Jackson. In short time it was followed by the huge hit Faded and eventually we learned that the real name of this enigmatic electronic musician is Stephen Zhu, who grew up in San Francisco but these days is living in Los Angeles. Soon Zhu had another global smash with Working For It, a collaboration with Skrillex and They. His debut album Generationwhy from 2016 was the top streamed new album the week of its release. Last year he followed it up with album number two, Ringos Desert, which instantly hit the number one position on the iTunes Electronic Albums Chart.
Before he become an internet figure, Zhu had been making music in a more traditional way for years: playing piano and horns as a kid, jazz bands and orchestral practice at school, music studies, all this led to him dropping a track a week on SoundCloud and some low-key releases. Over the years he has collaborated with diverse artists such as Tame Impala, AlunaGeorge, Trombone Shorty, A-Trak and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.