“Apparently I don’t share enough,” joked Mat Zo on Twitter ahead of his latest Reddit AMA. The iconic producer and proud has always has quite the cheeky sense of humor.
It hardly feels like he needs to share much at times, however, given his track record of bold, yet pristine releases that have made their way onto Anjunabeats and beyond. His ability to adopt any style — from drum ‘n’ bass, to trance — into his range with finesse while remaining grounded and good-natured has made him a household name across the dance spectrum, with many dedicated fans hungrily consuming all they can about him.
That said, Zo still shared plenty during his brief stop at Reddit, divulging details about upcoming music, offering advice and lessons he’s learned through his time in the industry, sharing his favorite Beatles song, and more.
DA has sifted through the pile and picked out the most insightful and intriguing factoids.
He believes dance music is cyclical.
Fresh Kill The Zo is on the way
We heavily agree with his Beatles pick – how ’bout you?
A poignant memory…
ALERT!! He’s working on a third album.
Working with vocalists physically and through email both have their pros and cons.
It’s better not to try and force inspiration
Avoid this common error.
His house inspirations include Junior Jack and Cassius.
It’s been a little over a month since Wavedash and Quest released their Devil Music EP on Mad Zoo, and now they reveal yet another trick they’ve had up their sleeve.
After releasing a remix for “Star Power” by AWE, it turns out the pair were also able to get Mat Zo himself to remix Devil Music‘s opener, “Adagio.” The original is a cinematic piece that serves as an eerie introduction to the EP with ringing organs and gritty synths grumbling in the background.
Mat Zo adds his own kind of cinematics and gives the tune more of a retro feel as he elongates the song and creates a veritable adventure out of sounds and elegant atmospherics. With a heavy kick and stabbing synths, he casts a more cunning air into his rendition, making it feel like it belongs in a horror movie or a video game.
Mat Zo sparked excitement in fans with the promise of new music and a house EP. Yesterday he tweeted, “I haven’t released any straight up club music in a while, so I think I’m gonna do that, maybe tomorrow. I couldn’t clear any samples in it so it’ll be free to download. I hope that’s ok with you.”
The track titled “Bad Posture” is out now, and it is available as a free download. The track showcases Zo’s diversion into a funk with an interesting house backdrop with a light and groovy chord progression. Zo commented on twitter that his inspiration for the title of the song came from his girlfriend, who came into his studio and told him to ‘sit up’ everytime he was working on the song.
“Bad Posture” will be featured on Zo’s forthcoming house EP, which is set to be released on June 14. It will come out on his own label Mad Zoo.
Mat Zo‘s fellow Brit producer and latest MAD ZOO signee, counsel pop, has unveiled his marvelously maddening debut EP, counsel pop presents.
There is an air of nostalgia running through the EP, which CP himself describes as, “trying to recreate that feeling of driving around in your mate’s car listening to the only dance CD they ever had.”
The irreverent, four-track EP is almost dizzying in its ability to synthesize several genres into a single soundscape, with big beat prowess reminiscent of that of the Chemical Brothers, and liquid drum n bass evoking warranted nods at Mat Zo himself — most evident in “trino (counsel’s mental mix).”
The newcomer masterfully executes jolting electro synth stabs and frenzied vocal sampling in “fazeley industrial estate,” resulting in glorious, cinematic disarray. Meanwhile within “in a mcdonald’s carpark” CP lays down laser-esque synths and stuttering, quixotic percussion before moving into a vapory, utopian outro.
Multi-talented Mat Zo has let some more of his personality shine through on his Twitter. The Brit-born producer unleashed a tweet storm of self-recorded home videos of himself performing The M Machine‘s “Tiny Anthem,” along with a cover of close friend Kill The Noise‘s “All In My Head,” on his ukulele. The Grammy-nominated artist is an obvious fan of Porter Robinson as well, with his very own renditions of “Flicker,” “Language,” and Robinson’s debut single under his Virtual Self alias, “Eon Break.”
What incited the quirky little jam session? His girlfriend being sick on a rainy day. The string of ukulele covers shows a unique side of Zo’s talents and provides a fun and refreshing look into another side of his music and personality.
My gf is sick in bed and it’s raining so I’ve been figuring out how to play all my friends tunes to pass the time. I’m sorry for filling your timeline with ukulele covers
Since his debut earlier this year, mysterious producer Krayysh has consistently hypnotized listeners with his dark, experimental style. All of his hard work has led him to the release of a thrilling inaugural EP, Talk To Me, which came out on Nov. 17.
The EP consists of four originals, wrapped up by Mat Zo’s remix of “Talk To Me.” The EP’s namesake track kicks off the collection of music on a relatively lighthearted note for the undetermined road that lies ahead. With sweet, almost sorrowful vocals from Joyia,”Talk To Me” moves along at a spirited pace, fooling the listener into thinking they’re in for a mild adventure.
As the initial track dwindles away and fades into “The Opposite of Happy,” it becomes clear that the remainder of the tracks will take on a more foreboding tone than the first. The Canadian producer takes his listeners on a journey down a dark rabbit hole with “The Opposite of Happy,” using bass-heavy glitchy sound design to portray an almost spooky vibe. He continues to build tension in “Take a Look and See,” a downtempo track that swings the listener back and forth between a delicate, wistful melody and trippy, heavy bass. Krayysh closes his original pieces of work with a short track called “Cold Ash,” which features a quicker pace and an elaborate intro and outro.
Overall, Talk To Me impeccably showcases Krayysh’s intricate attention to detail and the shadowy, cinematic journey he’s crafted in his debut set of songs.
“I put my soul into this and am unbelievably excited to share it with the world,” he says in a Facebook post.
It’s hard to know what to expect when Mat Zo releases a new song. Most recently, the music world was captivated by his bass-heavy Big Giganticremix with Kill the Noise, which was followed a few months later by a cheery house track called “Eye of the Storm.” Not even a month later, he’s followed up with something entirely unlike either of the aforementioned tracks: an experimental remix of Krayysh‘s “Talk To Me.”
This year, he’s taken the new producer under his Mad Zoo wing. Krayysh’s music seems almost as diverse as Mat Zo’s, with releases varying from the REZZ-like deep bass of “Running From Death” to lighter numbers like “Talk To Me,” which originally came out just a few days ago on Nov. 13.
Mat Zo has reworked the lighthearted track into a lengthy experimental venture, exploring elements across all genres of electronic music production. He kicks off the six-minute journey focused on Joyia’s vocals before delving deeper into a drum and bass build-up. Racing synths and long, dramatic builds have doubled the original track in length as Mat Zo explores every inch of the track’s potential.
In what could perhaps best be described as a cohesive whirlwind, Mat Zo again demonstrates his array of production talents, securing his position as a timeless creative and leaving no genre untouched.
Mat Zo has uploaded his new track, “Eye Of The Storm,” free for download in exchange for a suggested donation to United for Puerto Rico to aid hurricane victims. The grammy-nominated producer said he crafted the song with Hurricane Irma victims in mind.
“I felt it was particularly appropriate to give this track away to help continue raising awareness and hopefully some money for victims of the storm in Puerto Rico, who are still very much in need.”
The uplifting dance track also fittingly samples Irma Thomas, with her lyrics offering solace: “You are safe with me, in the eye of the storm.”
“Eye Of The Storm” is available for free download with the recommended donation to UFPR here, on Mat Zo’s Mad Zoo website. UFPR is a charity organized by the First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló in the wake of the gargantuan destruction Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria wreaked on the island.
Three years ago, two of electronic music’s heavy hitters Kill The Noise and Mat Zo teamed up for the very first time to form a single and since limited project dubbed Kill The Zo.
Having released just one single together, “Part 1,” that exemplified Zo and Kill The Noise’s culminated creative capabilities, fans have been longing for more ever since. Three years later, the two have now revived the duo with a heavy-hitting track sure satisfy the quench of their longing audience in a downright dirty way on Big Gigantic‘s “Got The Love.”
The dynamic duo took the meaning of repurposing to a whole new level, incorporating a unique combination of sounds both within the track’s build and its smooth ending. Throwing in an atmospheric organ, guitar riff and vocals of Jennifer Hartswick, the already energetic track marches to the beat of a newly amplified drum.
Two of dance music top acts, Kill The Noise and Mat Zo, have gotten together to create an experimental collaborative track, “Part 1,” released as an EP that also features a remix by Krayysh. While the single falls within the ballpark of KTN’s sound and style it highlights the versatility of Mat Zo’s creative output.
The duration of “Part 1” contains a progressive metal type bridge, followed up by a more powerful second drop and is packed with unexpected sonic elements. From an extraterrestrial bass to the East Asian instrumental samples, this track leans in to the unexpected. The flawless sound design benefits from both producers’ expert skill in their relative creative outputs. Whether the collaboration is a one off remains to be seen, but fans are likely eager to hear a follow up from the duo after hearing this down right dirty track.