“This whole genres business is like the Berlin wall, and I’m there with a forklift and a wrecking ball” Mat Zo.
At 22 years of age, Mat Zo is part of a new breed of precocious, unrestricted DJ/producers that are making big noises without the one-dimensional genre blinkers of old. In the last 12 months alone, the London based producer has seen his boundary-blurring productions like “Bipolar” and his latest missive – the big room melodic funk anthem “Easy” with partner in crime Porter Robinson – dominate the Beatport charts.
DJs as varied as Skrillex, the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and Above & Beyond hammer them at the biggest events on the planets, while Zo himself spends his time zig-zagging across the planet – rocking the crowds at events like Electric Zoo in New York, Audiotistic in LA, Creamfields Australia and London’s SW4.
As anyone who follows his colourful twitter feed will know, Zo is a ranter as well as a raver. Laid back but full of creative fire, he’s still the music obsessed joker that his mates have always known – but somehow seems like an elder statesman at the same time. As a prodigious teenager, he took both the drum & bass (he records for Hospital as MRSA) and trance scenes by storm. Now armed with a discography of hits that would put some of the longest standing producers to shame, he has gone on to remix pop princess Kylie and become a leading light in both the drum & bass and trance scenes – occasionally topping the Beatport charts in both genres at the same time.
With “The Bipolar EP” finding its way into the sets of A-Trak, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki and Roger Sanchez, Zo has proved his chameleon-like capabilities to find fans in whatever sound he turns his hands too. A recent Beatport #1, “Easy” (with Porter Robinson) has been clocking up BBC Radio 1 play from Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac.
With his recent 70-track Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 journeying from Burial to Sasha and Daft Punk to Noisia, Zo’s kaleidoscopic creativity is now ready to be unleashed in full force through the release of his debut album in summer 2013. With everything from French house to hip-hop planned for the album, Zo’s genre-wrecking visions are set to be realised in the most explosive manner imaginable.
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