I’ve never been to the observation deck at the Empire State Bulding. Not that I’ve never wanted to, just not worth the hassle of dealing with all the tourists, and let’s be honest I have Google, so I have a pretty good idea of how the NYC skyline looks. When asked if I’d like to attend a private listening party for electronic recording artist ZEDD’s new release, True Colors, on the 86th Floor Observatory of the Empire State Building, I thought it couldn’t hurt to use it as an opportunity to check it off the NYC bucket list.
Leading up to True Colors’ release, German electro-house artist Anton Zaslavski, better known as ZEDD, had been hosting private listening parties to listen to songs off the highly anticipated sophomore album in Austin, L.A., San Francisco, Denver, and even at the Grand Canyon. Known more by the younger market that follows the pop/top 40 world of the business, Zedd has made a name for himself by building on his diverse musical training and a background ranging from classical to harder forms of classic rock and metal to electro house.
Gaining a strong following with his 2013 hit “Stay The Night” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, ZEDD returns and meets all expectations with equally impressive singles off the new album including “I Want You To Know” featuring Selena Gomez and “Transmission” featuring Logic and X Ambassadors.
After a brief welcoming and introduction by Anton himself, the packed floor mainly contest winners and media, got to experience the album in full for all to listen on the eve of the album’s release. Of course what’s the celebration of an album release titled True Colors without the use of the Empire State Building’s best assets? Thus at midnight anyone who could see through the late night fog taking over, saw a light show with the building’s glowing luminaries synchronized to the album. Following a Q&A session and an acoustic live performance of “True Colors” off the album, the night was over. Not a bad way to finally get to view the city atop the most famous building in the world.
You can watch the Empire State Building’s light show from the night of the party in the video below shot by helicopters that night.
Article: Tom Shackelford
Photos: Michael DiGiovanni