Interview: 'Easy' Producer Mat Zo Talks Daft Punk And The Inconsequential Ramblings Of Twitter

Mat Zo can’t legally rent a car yet he’s already worked with Anjunabeats' Above & Beyond, toured the world (a few times) and dropped more hits than Mike Tyson. His long-awaited ‘Easy’ EP – co-produced with American spinner Porter Robinson – is released today (April 7). After months garnering global attention, the enormous house anthem, artfully contrasted by soulful licks and big-room vibes that remain tasteful, sees a six-track remix package at last. Featuring edits by production stalwarts - ranging from drum and bass pioneer Andy C to indie artists Lumaitre - the music charts are due to explode at any moment. However, the behemoth EP feels like a mere precursor to the just-turned-23-year-old’s recent signage to Astralwerks, where a debut artist album is in the works for the British youngblood (born Mat Zohan), who VIBE pegged last year as one of our "DJs to Watch in 2013”. We’re still here watching, and listening.

The musical wunderkind remains tight-lipped when plugged on the recent Will.i.am illicit sampling of his track “Rebound”, which he created with Russian jockey, Arty... and rightfully so. He's a combination of wise-beyond-his years and busy, leaving no time to stew in scandals. Zo did, however, find a moment to chat with VIBE about a deep admiration of Daft Punk, the intelligent reasoning for deleting his Twitter account and a full summer schedule of festival appearances. See how Mat Zo makes it all look so “easy”.

VIBE: Describe your sound at this moment in three words.
MAT ZO: Stuff I Like.

Being that your folks are musicians what was their reaction to your following their path in the biz as a producer and DJ?
At first they thought I was wasting my time, now they don't think that.

Who or what was it that first turned you on to spinning?
The first time I got the itch was when DJ Pied Piper came into my school for a special music class.

If Daft Punk tapped you to do an official remix of any of their tunes, which would it be?
I don't think I could remix Daft Punk. I've done many bootlegs of their tracks in the past for my gigs, but generally I will never be able to improve on anything they've made or will ever make. I'd probably reconsider if they actually asked me.

What’d you do for your 23rd birthday, which just passed?
I went on safari in Kenya

What was the best birthday gift you received?
Daft Punk helmet.

You had one of the most entertaining Twitter accounts within the DJ sphere. Why did you decide to take it down?
I took it down because I was starting to spend more time on twitter than making music, which is what I really love doing. Spouting my inconsequential ramblings was proving to be a bad habit. Reading other people inconsequential ramblings was also proving to be a bad habit. I'm much happier without it.

What festivals can we catch you at this summer?
In North America, so far Electric Daisy Chicago and Vegas, Veld Music Festival in Toronto and Electric Zoo in NYC.

What has it been like working with Above & Beyond?
They're incredibly smart people, and I've learned a lot from them.

Best advice you ever got?
I can’t remember because I probably ignored it.

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After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

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