Matan Zohar, who goes under the alias of Mat Zo, wowed electronic music aficionados with his Essential Mix on Friday. Riding fresh off his newest release with Porter Robinson entitled 'Easy', the master behind the decks decide to further increase his fame by crafting what was an amazing Essential Mix. Zo didn't just craft a bunch of tracks together, but presented a message towards the listeners, which is how a mix should really be made.
The pressure doesn't help when the person who did the Essential Mix before him was the legendary Eric Prydz, but this didn't seem to phase Zo as he showcased a beautifully crafted spectrum of electronic music. Though a lot of comparison is being made with Prydz's Essential Mix, I don't think it's the right thing to do and people should take each one for what it is, both are amazing and both are different and I think it should be left at that. I can say that throughout my time of listening to electronic music I have never seen a DJ such as Mat Zo join together such a wide array of music in 2 hours, touching from disco,house,drum & bass, big-room and electro just to name a few. To be able to fit 70 tracks into 2 hours is no easy task yet he made it sound so effortless.
Throughout certain stages of the mix, you can hear a vocal of Carl Sagan being quoted, speaking of how a new train of thought to do with unity was starting to begin, an explanation probably to why there was such a wide array of music being displayed, more and more we are seeing the blending of genres in electronic music and Zo encapsulated it through the message perfectly, as well as showed us in his mix. It's only the start of the year and the bar has already been set so high for other artists. Zo was quoted in saying that there were certain tracks within the mix that gave him hope for the music industry. I can whole heartedly say, in turn, that this mix has given me hope for the future of electronic music and that its ingenuity is never ending.