Q. Who is this song meant to be for?
A. Zedd’s branched out further than ever before with this incredibly accessible hit track. Everyone from trendsetting teenagers to your wine-flushed parents can enjoy this song in its entirety, whether they’re listening for the lyrical content, electronic eccentricity or even the celebratory dance-fest featured in the music video. Morris’ vocal elegance is pleasant on the ears & instantly thrusts listeners into higher spirits, allowing Zedd & Grey to paint the details of this landscape in vivid detail through a beat easy enough to play with your fists and a synth melody rich with Electro House sensibilities. When an entry like this combines Country, Pop, Dance & R&B so well, you’ve cast a net that’ll catch a wide audience without sacrificing Artistic integrity among the parties involved.
Q. Where does this track fit within the Dance/Electronic Music atmosphere?
A. Crossroads like these are the direction our industry is moving in, to which we say “bring it on!” This track is on the cusp of current trends, as Electronic Artists are pushing more & more mainstream in order to access the talents of rising stars like Morris and her range-defying voice. Whether it’s Electro House, Future Bass or Trap, there’s a clear shift in Electronic Music and the expectations of its growing audience; They want more variety in the styles introduced, and more range in their usability. From those ideals tracks like this have the ability to flourish, decreasing the distance between different music scenes and increasing our chances of enjoying music together; As such, this track is on the bleeding edge of our Dance industry, and will likely remain at the forefront for some time.
Q. Is there symphonic skill to the composition or is it just noise?
A. Unlike a wide array of today’s modern Dance scene, this track operates in favor of analog triggers & live performance rather than pre-programmed clips that could be achieved independently of the Artists. Though simple in intricacy, the layered aspects of the track all fit snugly with each other like a well-designed puzzle; Each player has a role that supports the others, and are required to fully realize the potential held within this song and each of its parts. This aside, the track would be fairly vacant without Morris’ contribution, as her voice is the anchor that steadies this ship and provides weight to the entire performance, without which this track would be lacking any substances, relegating it to a write-off Marshmello song.
Q. Is the composition powerful or emotional enough to affect your mood?
A. “The Middle” may be clever & catchy enough to lift your spirits, but an emotional powerhouse it is not. Other Artists might try to use this platform as an expression of deeply affecting inner monologues, but the intention here was to have fun first & foremost. You won’t have an enlightening experience listening to it, nevertheless this song was meant to get your foot tapping uncontrollably and your face smiling like an idiot. The straightforwardness of “The Middle” is the perfect medicine for any sour mood, and is your secret weapon against Debbie-Downer friends who’re stuck in the dumps.
Jordan Johnson, Anton Zaslavski, Sarah Aarons, Kyle Trewartha, Stefan Johnson, Michael Trewartha, Marcus Lomax
"The Middle" is a song by Russian-German record producer Zedd, American country music singer Maren Morris and American musical duo Grey. It was written by Sarah Aarons, Zedd, Grey, and The Monsters and the Strangerz, with production handled by the latter three. The song was released commercially for digital download on 23 January 2018 by Interscope Records. It has reached the top ten of the charts in the US, the UK, and several other countries. It was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.