Today, ZHU shared NGHTMRE’s remix of his new single, “I Admit It” featuring 24kGoldn. An epic, incredibly nuanced track, it opens with an eerie, cinematic soundscape that builds to a frenzy, then walks a tightrope between swaggering power and delicate beauty. Listen HERE. NGHTMRE’s ascent to the upper echelons of dance music stardom has been fueled by collaborations with such artists as Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion, SLANDER, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Ferg and The Chainsmokers. He remixed Ekali and ZHU’s 2018 single, “Blame,” and collaborated with ZHU on 2019’s “Man’s First Inhibition” ft. Kidd Keem.
“ZHU is one of my personal favorite artists and it’s always dope working with him. He has an amazing vision for what he wants and always makes it happen,” says NGHTMRE. “For this remix, I tried to give it even more energy than the original, and added a second drop that’s a bit more melodic. I hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as I did making it!”
Recently, ZHU and NGHTMRE went back-to-back for Digital Mirage’s Friendsgiving, which was produced by Proximity/Brownies & Lemonade. They performed on the U.S.S. Hornet, a historic U.S. aircraft carrier that is now berthed in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as a museum.
“I Admit It” – which features a scintillating verse from 24kGoldn, who has topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks with his Platinum single “Mood” featuring Iann Dior – was hailed by DJ Times as “another colossal collaboration… a blistering club ready weapon.” Billboard said, “[‘I Admit It’] pairs ominous synth, unnerving bells and an incessantly ticking clock that doubles as a beat before the whole thing explodes into big-ass bass waves that sound like they’re emanating directly from Zhu’s fingertips.” HotNewHipHop praised the “stunning” video while EDM.com observed, “The music video for ‘I Admit It’ is a true testament to ZHU’s multifaceted artistic abilities.”
The “I Admit It” merchandise collection features designs seen in the official video including faux fur coats, plastic duffle bags, plastic perforated hazmat suits, airbrushed sweaters, trench coats, a cape with accent orange stitching, and many graphic tees and long sleeves. ZHU worked alongside his creative director, Emmy Slattery, to create a peerless array of merchandise. Shop the Fall/Winter 2020 line, which will be available for a limited time, HERE.
Since emerging from the underground in 2014, ZHU has brought a cinematic sense of world-building to his music. Born Steven Zhu and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he began playing piano at a young age. After making his debut with “Moves Like Ms. Jackson”—a 2014 release that drew widespread attention despite ZHU’s deliberately concealing his identity—ZHU dropped his debut EP The Nightday and soon earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Dance Recording for his breakthrough single “Faded.” Arriving in 2016, his debut album Generationwhy found ZHU illuminating his emotional life to a greater degree, in part by adding more of his lithe vocal work to the album’s channeling of desert psychedelia. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronics Albums chart. ZHU continued that sonic exploration on his sophomore album Ringos Desert, a 2018 effort featuring guests like TOKiMONSTA and Tame Impala. He has recently collaborated with Kito (“Follow” ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (“ONLY”), partywithray (“CAME FOR THE LOW”) and Bob Moses (“Desire”).
As his profile has risen over the past few years, ZHU has passionately pursued his interest in fashion, playing an essential part in the design of his fashion-forward merch. With ambitions of including a runaway at upcoming live shows, ZHU aspires to shed light on the left-of-center sensibilities of the more daring corners of the electronic-music world in all aspects of his artistry. ZHU has recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.