SHAED On New Music, Allyship & Collabs With ZAYN, Sting & Steve Aoki | Up Close & Personal

Like so many other artists, COVID-19 put a sudden halt on their packed, globe-trotting schedule. The pause and new perspective have proven productive for them, and resulted in a lot of new, yet-to-be-released music.

For the latest episode of's Up Close & Personal artist interview series, we catch up with Washington, D.C.-based alt-pop trio SHAED to learn what they've been up to during quarantine (creating a new album and protesting with Black Lives Matter marches). They also reveal what it was like working with Sting and Steve Aoki on the dance producer's 2019's track "2 In A Million."

The group, consisting of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and Chelsea Lee (who is married to Spencer), had their big break in summer 2018 with their infectious hit "Trampoline." It was followed by a whirlwind 2019, where they played major festivals and shows around the world and dropped some big collabs, including a ZAYN remix of "Trampoline" and the Aoki track.

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