We’ve come to expect nothing but the best from tag-team duo Pegboard Nerds, who have had quite the breakout year in 2013. Their style to the masses come with heavy endorsements from the likes of Knife Party, Krewella and Griz, among many others. Following their recent touch of I See Montas ‘Evolution’, the duo smash yet another remix. This time around it’s Mat Zo‘s electro anthem ‘Lucid Dreams’ from his recent artist Damage Control album. Pegboard Nerds takes control of it and brings a giant injection of gritty bass with some big room house builds to the table. Stream the track below! Enjoy
Mat Zo – (Pegboard Nerds Remix) | Stream Only
[EXCLUSIVE] Mat Zo Tells All About Debut Artist Album ‘Damage Control’, Beatport’s Top 100, Huge Collaborations and More In Intimate InterviewPosted in Interview, News, Premieres by nick | Tags: Album, Damage Control, Exclusive, Interview, Mat Zo, Stream
TSIS’s Nick Guarino recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mat Zo to discuss his debut album Damage Control, that is now available worldwide. Mat Zo granted us an exclusive inside look into the natural origin of the album, detailed stories on how some tracks came to life, and upcoming collaborations he has in the works, his thoughts on the Beatport Top 100, Bottle Service Culture, The Golden Age of Producer that is upon us and more. The UK native who now resides in LA has left the title for his album up for interpretation, but agrees that he will be causing Damage Control on the often stagnant electronic world. Listen to the album here, and read our intimate interview with Mat Zo below the player.
Mat Zo – Damage Control (Album Stream) | iTunes
TSIS: Your debut album ‘Damage Control” includes over 15 tracks while other producers strictly releasing single after single, what inspired this bold statement?
MZ: It wasn’t really a conscious move to be honest. It was more for myself to experiment with new sounds and produce music that differs from my previous releases. Writing this album has been long process over the past 4 years and most of the tracks on the album now aren’t the same ones I started with back then… they’ve all evolved into different pieces and bits.
“This album is my brains translation of everything that I’m into.”
TSIS: The album features not only Electro House, Trance, Drum & Bass, but Hip-Hop and Rock influences. Is this your life time of influences all conveyed into one cohesive project?
MZ: Yes. This album is my brains translation of everything that I’m into. After listening to a bunch of different genres over the last few years, ‘Damage Control’ features the output of what I’ve made from hearing those styles of music.
As we approach the highly anticipated for up and coming producer Mat Zo debut album Damage Control, we have an exclusive premiere of a new single “Time On Your Side” featuring vocals from singer Janai. We actually had a chance to get some back story for an upcoming interview with Mat Zo running next Monday. The song started out as a “Hip-Hoppy R&B Beat” and then after having Janai record vocals, Mat wasn’t happy with how the vocals were sitting with the track and went through the effort of completely remaking the song into what he refers to as a ”Kind of 90′s Poppy Song”. The vocals and melody are more then catchy, with an unexpected breakdown to set it off. This further shows how diverse the producing spectrum runs for Mat Zo.
Make sure to look out for our interview with Mat Zo running tomorrow, Friday as well as the full debut album Damage Control available Tuesday.
Mat Zo – Time On Your Side (Ft. Janai) | Exclusive Stream
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San Francisco natives The M Machine have dazzled listeners in the past with unique and dynamic electro house tracks, but change up their style completely on a new remix of Mat Zo’s ‘Lucid Dreams’. The mysterious group have stripped the original club aspect of ‘Lucid Dreams’ and applied a chill glitchy touch that reeks of summertime vibes months going into the colder weather. Check out The M Machines “Metropolis Pt II” EP here and be sure to pre-order your copy of Mat Zo’s “Damage Control” on iTunes before its November 5th release. Enjoy
Mat Zo – Lucid Dreams (The M Machine Remix)
One of the most exciting artists in the electronic world, Mat Zo drops off a very entertaining official music video to his smash single “Pyramid Scheme” featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy from his debut studio album Damage Control. The video follows an outdoor aerobics class that gets progressively more epic and captivating to watch, somehow matching the upbeat electro track perfectly. Grab the single today and be sure to grab his new album when it drops.
Mat Zo – Pyramid Scheme (Ft. Chuck D) | iTunes
Mat Zo has been working on his newest song “Pyramid Scheme” for quite some time since originally surfacing in his unreal BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. The song unofficially sampled “Can I Get A Witness” from Public Enemy and as Mat began to seek out official rights the story got sweeter. Chuck D of Public Enemy went further then giving Mat the rights, he actually recorded some new vocals for the track. Mat Zo is a big Hip-hop fan, and even bigger supporter of musicians sticking to their values. Here’s what he voice about the song:
I’m a massive hip-hop fan, so this was a big moment for me. I’d always wanted to work with a great hip-hop artist, and Chuck D is definitely one of the greatest. A lot of other MCs got jaded and starting doing commercial crap about getting wasted on bottle service at some ritzy Vegas club, while Chuck D is one of the few who stuck to their principles.”
The result is an incredible new single is an extra fresh unique sounding electro house driven anthem that will be soon enough rocking crowds worldwide. It will be getting released through Anjunabeats August 13th.
Mat Zo – Pyramid Scheme (Ft. Chuck D) | Stream Only till August 13th
Porter Robinson and Mat Zo’s monstrous collaborative hit “Easy” commissioned a few official remixes, including a standout drum and bass rendition from UK stationed Andy C. He brings in the tracks lightly altering the original by speeding it up and adding minor beefed up drums. Then around 1:30 he lets the listener gets a powefuly blast of signature drum and bass greatness still somehow keeping the overall happy nature of the original. It’s not easy keeping the essence of an original while making it so your own. You can pick up this incredible remix alongside the remix package including Botnek, Lemaitre & ModekBright As Day through Beatport below now. Enjoy!
After Will.i.am admitted that he did in fact steal the song “Rebound” from Arty & Mat Zo for his song “Let’s Go”, he sits down with none other then the Assosiated Press (AP) to explain himself. He basically plays dumb while saying some outrageous statements.
“If you look on the album there is credit. YOU CAN’T STEAL if you credited someone.”
Does Will.i.am for some reason think that you can “steal” or “sample” parts of other commercial released songs and release them as your own by simply putting someone’s name on album credits? Is he actually this horribly misinformed or just being very sneaky and playing dumb?
“That happens a bunch of times. Where legal takes so long but creative is instantaneous. And a lot of times, the community, for the sake of the art, bond with each other.”
Wow really? Arty & Mat Zo are supposed “bond over the art” after you steal one of their tracks and give them no compensation at all and release it commercially?
“What do I know? I give it to legal I’m not no attourney. I did my piece. I gave credit to the person who did it, It’s not my fault he didn’t tell me about the other guy. So who’s to blame? I didn’t know, I wasn’t in the room when you made it. You shoulda told me you had a collaborator.”
Then he actually goes on to say that he is sorry about Mat Zo not getting his name on the album credits.. Mat Zo is probably looking for a little more then simply getting his name on the album credits, maybe getting compensated for the song Will just released commercially.
This is above legal and financial obligations. It comes down to an artist who is more popular not giving respect to lesser known artist and attempting to take advantage of him. We will keep you posted on what Will.i.am plans to do.
Listen to the shocking case of Will.i.am stealing “Rebound” from Arty & Mat Zo here or below.
Will.i.am justifying stealing from Arty & Mat Zo to the Associated Press (AP)
Will.i.am – Let’s Go (ILLEGALLY SAMPLING MAT ZO & ARTY)
Mat Zo & Arty – Rebound (Go to 1:00) (SONG THAT WAS SAMPLED)
American muscian Will.i.am has recently been accused of stealing the song “Rebound” from Mat Zo & Arty released on internaional trance label Anjunabeats. He stole a huge section of the song and called it “sampling” in his new song “Let’s Go” which just got released on his new album. You can listen to both songs below to hear for yourself.
Well if there was any question, Will.i.am. just sat down with UK’s The Sun for an interview saying how “wrote this song to Rebound last year”.
Here’s his quotes:
“Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to Rebound this last year.
“I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him… but something happened and hopefully we can resolve the issue.
“It’s sad that it’s turned into a fiasco but hopefully it’s resolved, because I’m a fan of those guys. I contacted them last year and we’re fixing it now.”
So does Will.i.am somehow not understand the procedure of releasing music, and being in communication if you are going to blatantly ”sample” a huge chunk of a track and call it out own.
Do you think Mat Zo and Arty will accept it? I don’t see them actually letting this song stay released, since it was never approved by either artists or the label.
Let’s also not forget Will.i.am’s previous unapproved “sampling” of Boyz Noise and Deadmau5.
Will.i.am – Let’s Go (ILLEGALLY SAMPLING MAT ZO & ARTY)
Mat Zo & Arty – Rebound (SONG THAT WAS SAMPLED)
Source: The Sun
LIGHT Nightclub by Cirque De Soleil Announces Full List of DJ Residencies: A-Trak, Alesso, Axwell, Nicky Romero and MorePosted in Events, News by nick | Tags: A-Trak, Axwell, Cirque De, Clockwork, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hook N Sling, Las Vegas, LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay, Mat Zo, Nicky Romero, Nightclub, Otto Knows
We recently announced that Cirque De Soleil was going to lending it’s hand in curating it’s first club ever with LIGHT Nightclub located at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The impressive 37,000+ square foot club already announced it’s first round of residents and opening weekend talent including: Skrillex, Sebastian Ingrosso, Zedd and Baauer.
Well now we get the full lineup of the clubs first round of residents who will helping set this new club off including (alphabetical) : A-Trak, Alesso, Andy Caldwell, Axwell, Bassjackers, Carl Kennedy, Clockwork, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hook N Sling, Mat Zo, Nicky Romero, Otto Knows, Sebastian Drums, Stafford Brothers, Steve Powers and Thomas Gold, alongside the previously announced Skrillex, Sebastian Ingrosso, Zedd and Baauer.
It was already one of the coolest ideas we had heard, now with this all star lineup LIGHT Nightclub is sure to be the premiere Vegas destination. We can’t wait to experience it.
Mat Zo just released one of the biggest Essential Mixes to date and it featured a handful of unforgettable unreleased tracks from himself, one of which broke genres unlike any other, “Caller ID”. This song has a certain tribal meets trap with some hints of drum an bass all tied together to some of the chillest vibes that will have you destroying the replay button. It has some traits of his previous MRSA drum and bass alias then his newer trance / house Mat Zo sound. Their is currently no release information other then a future Anjuna Beats release. This is going to be a game changer for Mat Zo. Turn this up, enjoy!
Mat Zo – Caller ID
The rising London based 23 year old Matan Zohar aka Mat Zo has been able to break into the trance, house, and drum and bass worlds and has just been given the impressive task of doing the latest Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. This 2 hour mix filled with a whopping 70 tracks breaks all genre boundries pulling the listener in for an unforgettable journey. It seamlesslly goes between progressive and electro house, trance, disco, tasteful dubstep and drum and bass, and more. He sets the mood for the iconic mix with an intriguing quote from Carl Sagan then starts the journey filled with songs that have all connected with Mat on a severe level throughout his years as well as some of absolute best current tracks that “Give hope about the music industry”. This is by far one of the most entertaining mixes I have heard in months, and say that after only getting to give a couple listen throughs. I can not wait to see the release of the unreleased tracks featured “Caller ID”, “Hurricaen”, and “Fall Into Dreams”. Sit back and let Mat takeover. Enjoy!
Mat Zo – BBC Essential Mix 2013 | Direct Download
Full Track-List after the Jump
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