Matan Zohar (born 30 April 1990), better known by his stage name Mat Zo, is a British producer and DJ. Zohar released his debut album, Damage Control, via the Anjunabeats and Astralwerks labels on 5 November 2013. His second studio album, Self Assemble, was released on 25 March 2016 under his own Mad Zoo label.
Mat Zo performing in 2010
|Birth name||Matan Zohar|
|Also known as|
|Born||30 April 1990|
|Instruments||Keyboards, mixer, synthesizer|
|Labels||Anjunabeats, Astralwerks, Hospital Records, Armada Music, Active Recordings, Mad Zoo|
The son of artist Israel Zohar, and half-brother of Israeli singer Alma Zohar, Matan Zohar was born in London on 30 April 1990 and lived in Ohio until the age of eleven before returning to his birthland. He was raised by his mother, Wendy Caron Zohar, a professional violinist who nurtured Matan's early love of and inclination toward music. His father, who was a Kazakhstan-born painter, gifted him a guitar at the age of eight which eventually shifted to him forming musical bands and playing with drums and bass. Zohar began to explore electronic music in his teens by self-learning music production with Logic Pro and taking inspiration from artists like The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk.
Mat's releases on Anjunabeats have earned substantial critical acclaim, and his collaboration with Porter Robinson, "Easy", reached number eleven on the US Dance Club Songs chart, and number one on Beatport.
On 28 August 2013, Mat Zo announced the title and artwork for his debut album Damage Control as well as a teaser track called "Little Damage". Damage Control was released on 5 November of that year. It garnered immediate critical acclaim and established Mat as an extremely versatile artist who could produce electronic music of all types and genres. Dancing Astronaut called it "an inspiring and timeless artistic debut". The album went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album.
On 25 March 2016, Mat Zo released his second studio album titled Self Assemble, which he speculated to be his "farewell to the [EDM] industry" due to his disenchantment with the EDM scene as of 2015. "This album is sort of my last send-off before I go and do other things in life. It feels like I’m ready to go and venture off into other realms," stated Mat Zo to Billboard. As of January 2017, Mat Zo appeared to have changed his mind about retiring due to a "renewed sense of vigor and passion", and continues to tour and produce with his main name in addition to two new collectives; Kill The Zo with Kill The Noise and The Mary Nixons with The Knocks.
Mat Zo revealed through a Reddit "Ask-Me-Anything" on 6 July 2018 that he is currently working on a third studio album, which will not be released "anytime soon". He returned to Anjunabeats in the same year with the release of his No Words EP, ending his five year hiatus from the label. Mat Zo's "classic" trance and progressive sound within the EP were praised by critics.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2015||Damage Control||Best Dance/Electronic Album||Nominated|
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- Hernandez, Christina (25 March 2016). "Mat Zo exudes maturity and finesse on sophomore album, 'Self Assemble'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- Hernandez, Christina (9 January 2017). "'Self Reassemble': Mat Zo tackles dance music with renewed ardor [Interview]". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- Downs, Chad (11 August 2017). "Kill The Noise & Mat Zo release gripping, bass-heavy collaboration 'Part I'". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
- Rishty, David (14 July 2017). "The Knocks & Mat Zo Form New Supergroup 'The Mary Nixons', Watch Lyric Video for Debut Single 'Adrian': Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
- Zo, Mat. "MRSA DnB". Myspace.com. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- Hernandez, Christina (9 July 2018). "Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new music". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
- Evans, Steph (26 October 2018). "Mat Zo returns to Anjunabeats for the extensive 'No Words' EP". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.