Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new music

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“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.

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Fresh Kill The Zo is on the way

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We heavily agree with his Beatles pick – how ’bout you?
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A poignant memory…

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ALERT!! He’s working on a third album. 
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Working with vocalists physically and through email both have their pros and cons. 
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It’s better not to try and force inspiration
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Avoid this common error. 
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His house inspirations include Junior Jack and Cassius.
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The best kind of virtual crate digging. 
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Mat Zo puts his spin on Wavedash and Quest’s “Adagio”

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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 releases first track off of forthcoming house EP

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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.

Wavedash & Quest Releases Brutal New EP, ‘Devil Music’ Off MAD ZOO

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Every generation champions a new genre of music. Rock hit the scene in the 50’s, then protest songs of the 60’s, soon disco took over in the 70’s, electronica and pop in the 80’s, hip-hop and rap in the 90’s and of course dance music in the 2000’s. What do all of these seemingly unlike

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Above & Beyond’s AnjunaBeach SoCal Lineup Revealed

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Beloved British trance trio Above & Beyond are throwing a beach party next month in Orange County, California and they’re bringing some of Anjunabeat’s top acts with them to celebrate. The full lineup for AnjunaBeach SoCal has been revealed and it includes a yoga set by Above & Beyond as well as sets from Luttrell,

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Exclusive: Counsel pop shares brilliantly chaotic EP, ‘counsel pop presents’

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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.

counsel pop Drops Insane New Tune Via MAD ZOO – ‘trino’ (counsel’s mental mix) [Premiere]

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Mat Zo is a man of mystery who is made up of many layers. When Mat drops a new track, nobody ever really knows what to expect. To celebrate his wonderfully eclectic style, Mat created his own imprint MAD ZOO to feature artists who share his love for the unexpected. Today we have the privilege

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Mat Zo Creates Beautiful Renditions Of Tracks From Porter And More On The Ukulele

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We all know of Mat Zo and how much of a talented DJ/producer he is, but who knew that he would be able to play the Ukulele so beautifully? Recently the grammy nominated producer took to twitter to entertain his followers with several different covers of some of his favorite songs, all on the Ukulele.

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Watch Mat Zo perform ukulele covers of Porter Robinson, Kill The Noise, and The M Machine

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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.

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Krayysh releases stunning debut EP, ‘Talk To Me’

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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.

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Krayysh – Talk To Me ft Joyia (Mat Zo Remix)

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