Matan Zohar (born 30 April 1990), better known by his stage name Mat Zo, is a British producer, composer and DJ. Zohar released his debut album, Damage Control, via the Anjunabeats and Astralwerks labels on November 5, 2013.
Life and career
The son of artist Israel Zohar, and half-brother of Israeli singer Alma Zohar, Matan Zohar was born in London in 1990. He was raised by his mother, Wendy Caron Zohar, a professional violinist who, with staunch musical ethos, nurtured Matan's early love of—and prodigious inclination toward—music. From age one to eleven, Zohar and his family lived in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, US. It was there at age 8 where his father presented young Zohar with a guitar as a gift. He returned at age 11 to London and continued pursuing his musical interests as a drummer and bassist as a member of a jazz and rock band respectively. However, Zohar became more interested in musical acts such as Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers, and his musical inclinations shifted to those of electronic dance music and DJing.
After 3 years living and producing music in London, his music began to gain attention and play time by some of the biggest DJs in the trance and progressive house world, resulting in him being picked up by Above & Beyond's globally renowned Anjunabeats label.
Mat's releases on Anjunabeats have earned substantial critical acclaim, and his collaboration with Porter Robinson, "Easy", reached number one on Beatport.
On August 28, 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 November 5 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.
In May 2014, Zo teamed up with Kill The Noise for a tour dubbed the "Kill The Zo Tour", which sold out the 4,000-capacity Palladium in Hollywood, among many other venues across North America.
His earlier drum & bass productions are under the pseudonym MRSA on Hospital Records. He also has several unreleased tracks under the MRSA moniker playable through his Myspace account.