For Zedd, global pop stardom wasn’t achieved overnight. The iconic producer, whose partly responsible for dance music’s rise to the top of the pop music charts, has been composing since the age of five.

The now-Grammy winner and Los Angeles resident recently sat down with GQ Magazine to break down his entire catalogue over the last five years. During the 12-minute conversation, Zedd goes into detail about how every one of his biggest hits became a reality — from “Spectrum” and the “Stay the Night,” to the Justin Bieber-assisted track, “Beauty and a Beat” and Ariana Grande‘s “Stay,” to his recent remix of Shawn Mendes‘ “Lost in Japan.”

Watch the full interview with GQ below.

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Written by Ryan Morse

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