18-year-old internet artist Zeke, known by their two handles dltzk and leroy, makes electronic pop music and intense mashups on SoundCloud
Zeke lives a double life online. The 18-year-old produces emo electronic compositions under one identity (dltzk) and goofy, genre-pulverizing mashups under another (leroy), reaching millions of streams across Spotify and SoundCloud.
They’ve also coined a subgenre that’s rising in popularity on SoundCloud and inspiring a wave of artists.
“I’m finally making the music I’ve wanted to make since I was 9,” Zeke, a New Jersey native who doesn’t disclose their last name because of privacy concerns, told Insider.
Zeke released their debut album, “Frailty,” on November 12 under the handle dltzk (pronounced “delete Zeke”) to critical acclaim and praise from peers.
Under their second pseudonym, leroy, they’ve just begun the third project for “dariacore,” the eclectic microgenre they spearheaded from their childhood bedroom late last year.
Dariacore is “pop music on steroids in the best way possible,” Bill Bugara, a SoundCloud creative director and manager at Zeke’s label, deadAir, told Insider.
The sample-heavy subgenre revolves around “how one deconstructs pop and dance music into this amalgamation of controlled chaos,” added Bugara, who released a charity compilation on SoundCloud on Sunday featuring dariacore songs from about a dozen musicians including Zeke.