Zedd performs a secret show at Pier 9 on Sept. 12 in Brooklyn, New York.

Image: Courtesy of Chris Pearcey for Mashable
By Brian Anthony Hernandez2014-09-13 22:23:09 UTC

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Zedd sneaked into a large freight container, the type you see piled onto cargo trains, Friday night at Pier 9 for a secret concert. Once inside, the Grammy-winning “Clarity” DJ felt it being lifted to an elevated stage, where the container’s doors dramatically opened to reveal his surprise appearance.

“No one knows I’m here,” Zedd, the electronic-dance music producer, told Mashable an hour before hitting the stage around 10 p.m. ET. “I want them to remember this night as a unique memory and as something they’ve never seen.”

Among the people in the crowd was a smile-inducing dancing machine, who asked not to be named, so we’ll just call her “EDM Grandma.” Behold the night’s other star, whose youthful nature was fittingly described by one Twitter user as “rage knows no age.”

She danced, she sang and threw her hands in the air, keeping rhythm, as Zedd raced through his hour-long set that included “Clarity,” “Stay the Night” and “Find You.”

The atmosphere, with a full light show from Vita Motus artists just off the edge of the Hudson River, was custom-made for a night of wild antics. And EDM Grandma delivered.

EDM Grandma’s moves even caught Zedd’s attention. He retweeted the Vine, above.

.@Zedd just emerged from a crate for a surprise concert at NYC’s Pier 9. This was him hours prior before my interview pic.twitter.com/CjkjEKw9u6

— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) September 13, 2014

Played a secret show in NYC on the pier last night & got craned up in a shipping container! Thanks @ABSOLUTvodka_US! pic.twitter.com/JHbpN7naGv

— Zedd (@Zedd) September 13, 2014

The concert, put on by Absolut, is the first in the Absolut Nights series of four events around the world designed to give residents dynamic artistic experiences, hence Friday’s light show. The next events will be in South Africa, Germany and Brazil.


Zedd’s stage on Sept. 12 featured an elaborate light show from artists from Vita Motus.

Image: Courtesy of Chris Pearcey for Mashable

As for Zedd, he’s back in Las Vegas for two shows. He’s also in the midst of making another album and looking for more collaborations (past collaborators include Lady Gaga, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Ryan Tedder of One Republic and Ellie Goulding).

“I love Adele, so I’d love to work with her one day,” Zedd said. “Bands like Silverchair and Radiohead are artists I grew up listening to. Maybe them. There’s tons of artists I’d like to work with, like Muse, too.”

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