ESCAPE: NYE – A Chat with Mat Zo

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Anjunabeats golden boy, Mat Zo has had a good start in his career. The young Brit progressive dance music producer had his first signing at the age of 16 years old in 2006 but it was after he won the Baroque Remix Competition with Lustral’s ‘In My Life’ that world-class DJs and producers began to notice this young lad’s great talents. By mid-2007, Mat Zo had remixed the likes of Andy Moor and Markus Schulz. He became a DJ household name after Tiësto hired him to remix ‘Driving to Heaven’, and the remix appeared on Tiësto’s internationally famous In Search Of Sunrise 7 mix compilation series.

Mat Zo quickly worked up the ranks to become one of the most sought after progressive dance music producers in history. He has travelled the world to countries like Holland, Germany, Ukraine, Ibiza, India, and various cities in England. He continues to produce varied music under Above & Beyond’s record label and currently working on releasing his debut album. Mat Zo will be showing off his skills on the decks of KL Live for his Malaysian debut at Livescape’s ESCAPE: NYE party.

How does it feel to be achieving so much at a young age?
It feels great.

We spoke to Tony McGuinness a few months back and we were told about a possible artiste album release from you, how’s that coming along?
Slowly but surely!

What kind of mood will the album feature?
As many moods as I can fit.

How does your music reflect on your personality?
It’s impossible to make music without your personality coming through, for any musician. I try to not take myself too seriously; I think that shows in my music.

What has been THE biggest highlight of your career so far?
Doing this interview.

What are some of the best gigs you played at this year?
All the festivals over the summer have been amazing!

You obviously have had the luxury to travel around the world, which countries are in your wish list as of now?
More South American countries as I’ve had my first gig in that region this year and it was exceptional.

What do you know about Malaysia?
I know that they love to put peanuts in their food.

Is there anything in particular you’d like to try or see/visit?
Whenever I visit a country like Malaysia, I always wish I had time to go out into the country.

Have you made any New Year’s resolution for 2012?
No, because I won’t keep them.

Can you give a shout out to all your Malaysian fans out there?
Really looking forward to see you all!

Mat Zo will be spinning at Livescape pres. ESCAPE: NYE this 31 December @ KL Live. Find more info on him here.