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Event The British DJ will spin tracks tonight

He has played in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Indore, as part of his Submerge tour. The 23-year-old British electronic music producer/DJ Mat Zo has been to the country seven times.Mat says: “India has come a long way on the EDM front. And it’s wonderful to see how Bangalore has been a place where the movement is gaining momentum.”

Coming from a musical family (his mother is a professional violinist and his half brother, a singer) Mat says his interest in music was sparked when he was very young. “I was only eight when I was presented my first guitar. I went on to get involved in jazz and rock bands. But soon enough, my inspirations changed and I was listening to Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers. My career started when I was just about 13.”

While most DJs turn producers, for Mat it’s been the other way around. “I started producing music while I was in my early teens. It was only much after that I learnt to DJ and would play at friends’ parties before I turned professional and started touring.”

Despite being in his early twenties, he comes with a lot of experience. “I never really got time off for myself after school. It was almost as if I went straight into being a producer. The experience has been nothing short of surreal. Touring the globe, making music that people love, collaborating with talented artistes and getting appreciation from those who have more years of experience than I do, has made every bit of hard work worthwhile.”

In addition to Trance and Progressive House, Mat has also produced Drum n' Bass under the pseudonym MRSA on Hospital Records. Mat describes his signature sound as “dominated by melodic elements, the kind that gets people dancing.”

About his collaborations, Mat says working with Welsh Drum and Bass DJ-Producer, High Contrast, has been amazing. Mat is now working on his debut album. “It’s going to cover a wide range of genres from French house to hip-hop.”

Mat Zo plays tonight at Royal Orchid, Bangalore. Call 25205566.

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