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Zhu, the mystery man behind 'Faded,' opens up (a little) pre-Grammys

Zhu, the mystery man behind 'Faded,' opens up (a little) pre-Grammys

When the music starts, it's just drums and space. A shuffling house beat with an eerie minor-key synth. Then a bigger kick drum locks in place and the arrangements come into focus, topped by a pitch-tweaked vocal, androgynous and eager: "Baby, I'm wasted, all I want to do is drive home to you."

That's the start of Zhu's 2014 single "Faded," and until recently, it was almost all the information we had from the young producer. No one knew the full name of the artist behind the project. There were no photographs or interviews, and his only other musical footprints were a clever Outkast mash-up, a brief digital EP and a tweaked-American-flag logo.

But that...

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