Born in London, England in 1990, electronic producer Mat Zo (Matan Zohar) is the son of successful artist Israel Zohar and the half-brother of singer Alma Zohar. Being surrounded with a talented and music-leaning family, the young Zo first picked up a musical instrument at the age of eight after his father gave him a guitar as a birthday present. Residing with the family in Cleveland, Ohio up until the age of 11, Zohar returned to London and started to explore his musical interests further by forming bands and playing the drums and the bass guitar. In his mid-teens, however, his attention shifted toward electronic dance music, with acts such as Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk providing a significant influence. Zohar began DJing around London and soon progressed to producing his own material.
Creating catchy trance and progressive house, he released his first single, "Exodus," on a:LOUD Recordings at the age of 16. Soon enough, his productions were capturing the attention of established scene DJs such as Airwave, Andy Moor, and Markus Schultz, who would play his various outputs throughout the latter 2000s. It was during this same period that major trance producers Above & Beyond and Lange were praising his talents, and Zohar continued to issue stellar remixes and 12" releases. He soon found a home on the respected dance label Anjunabeats and issued several solo ventures and mixes through them. He saw his stock rise further when the collaborative track with Porter Robinson called "Go Easy" topped the Beatport Charts in 2012. Zohar found himself in the mainstream music press in 2013 after will.i.am sampled his and producer Arty's track "Rebound" without the duo's permission on the song "Let's Go." When not producing euphoric trance, Zohar records drum'n'bass under the pseudonym MRSA on Hospital Records. ~ Aneet Nijjar
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