Mat Zo has had a legendary rise to fame over the past few years and him blowing through Boston is not to be overlooked. The producer and DJ has had a long and interesting career, starting out as a Drum and Bass producer (MRSA) and moving into his current persona as Mat Zo, who has taken the trance and progressive scene by storm, most notably for his track “Bipolar”, his collaborations with fellow progressive producer Arty “Mozart” and “Rebound” and most recently his notorious collaboration with Porter Robinson “Easy”. He also dropped one of the most diverse and interesting Essential Mixes that you could ever hope for back in early February. We’ve got two tickets to give away so jump on it by entering through the PunchTab widget.
Well it has been an amazing winter for EDM, filled with amazing festivals, cruises, and shows from coast to coast. Definitely the busiest winter to date yet for us here at MMIBTY.com. We were extremely fortunate to cover Snowball Music Festival earlier in the month and want to give a big thanks to Live Loud CO for all their support and for putting on an amazing event. With its new location in Winter Park, Colorado the festival went about as smooth as one could imagine. Plentiful amounts of affordable housing, awesome after parties, a great venue and a line up to boot made for an absolutely epic three day weekend in the rockies. Friday night left us all a little muddy, but after Kendrick and Big Gigantic closed the night out on the main stage, I couldn’t have cared less about the hundred dollar pair of shoes I had just ruined.
As I woke up on saturday morning, under the dining room table, where I had found just enough floor space to call home for the night. I couldn’t have been more excited then to make my way to the SnowBrunch, A benefit for the Colorado non-violence work done by Phoenix 999. I was kindly greeted at the door by the girls of Quarterly Karma and Early Bird Night Owl with a bag of fun gifts and massive breakfast buffet and bloody mary bar. Combined with some great live music from the likes of Flashlights and Steffi Graf this was exactly what I needed to get my engine started again.
As we made our way down to the festival grounds, the ten inches of fresh snow nipping at our heels and the Colorado sun shining brighter then ever, I knew we were in for another epic night. Although Friday night was a mud fest, Saturday had something different in mind for us. As the hoards of concert goers began to stomp around and rage we witnessed as ten inches of fresh powder was quickly transformed into an absolute skating rink. Although this was mildly hilarious at times, I hope everyone made it out of there with out any lasting injuries as we were witness to some serious spills that night. Pretty Lights closed out the night with a set that spanned his entire career and hit on every track that any true PL fan cherishes. Not only did Derek’s mom make it out for the show but so did the whole extended Pretty Lights Colorado family. Making for a crowd truly united by their love shared for the music, what more could you ask for?
Sunday came quickly, as I pulled myself out of “bed” I quickly began to realize last nights icy conditions as well as other things had taken a pretty solid toll on my body. The sun was out though and temperatures were rising quickly, with Flosstradamus and Surfer Blood on my list of things to do I headed back down to the venue. Sunday was the most gorgeous of the three days, and with a much warmer night then the previous one the stage was set for STS9 to send Colorado on their way as they closed out the weekend with a stellar set.
Be sure to check out Photos from all 3 days below, and tag yourself if you were lucky enough to get in front of the Mic Shots lense! Be sure to check out the most recent installment of The Hot Sh*t radio show on Sirius XM from Pretty Lights below, as well as Big G’s tribute track to Colorado that had the crowd going insane on Friday night. We hope you had as much fun as we did this year at Snowball and we look forward to seeing all your beautiful faces again next year!
- Photos Courtesy of Mic Shots.
Tracklist after the jump:
Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!
The first weekend of Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!
Well it is that time of year again as thousands will begin their trek to the Rocky Mountain State for some seriously high elevation partying at the 2013 Snowball Music Festival. Boasting a new location in Winter Park this year we expect Snowball 2013 to be the largest yet. Not that previous Snowballs haven’t been amazing, but plagued with unhappy city officials, far-reaching after party venues, and with almost a 3 hour drive from the airport to the previous venue this new Winter Park location is sure to be quite an upgrade. This years lineup is sure to impress as Colorado favorites Big Gigantic, STS9, and Pretty Lights will each be headlining one night and are sure to get the home crowd fired up as usual. With tons of talent lined up for this year from break-out hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar to other up and comers such as Luminox, Gigamesh, and Crizzly this is not an event to miss.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets you are going to want to head over the Official Snowball website and make that happen before they run out! Snowball has also release a limited number of Single Day Passes that will be available until they run out, so if you can’t make it up for the whole weekend at least pick one day and send it! Also be sure to check out all the After Party Venues HERE and if you enjoy a hot breakfast and a strong mimosa after a long night in the cold then you won’t want to miss the first annual SnowBrunch at Snowball in support of Phoenix 999.
I put together a short ten song playlist of Snowball must haves from a few of this years artists to get everyone excited and these can be downloaded or streamed below. If somehow you are still on the fence about this amazing event, and have never been before, just have a look at last years video below and I am sure it will shoot tingles all the way down your spine and ignite those oh so familiar festival feelings. Hope to see you all out there!
10 Tracks You Must Hear Before Snowball After the Jump!
It’s very, VERY rare that I listen to a song as much as I’ve been listening to Mat Zo and Porter Robinson‘s latest collaboration “Easy”. It comes together with a perfect combination of French touch-influence and progressive house, complemented by such a beautiful sample throughout. It’s a song that puts an immediate smile on your face and takes you to a blissful world where all your problems melt away. Of course, no song of this caliber would be complete without a couple remixes to go with it and, while I’m sure there are to be many more, I figured I’d round up a few of my favorites thus far.
First I want to bring you Landis‘ take, which incorporates some very high-energy acid house sounds into the unsuspected drop, making it something of a dance floor surprise. Doesn’t touch the original where it doesn’t need to, which is very important when remixing a song as well produced as “Easy”.
This take from producer Change is more of a remix than its designation would you have you believe. It’s glitchy, synth-heavy and opened up with an excellent use of filters on the different stems of the song. It has much more going on in it than the original and will sound cluttered on small speakers… Let this bitch breathe.
Finally, no remix list would be complete these days without a trap contribution. Bring The Noise, not to be confused with electro producer Kill The Noise, has been making quite a buzz with his take on the song, exemplifying what really goes into a solid, minimal trap remix. Chopping up the drop is the highlight of this one and what a highlight it is.
Pick up the phenomenal original and extended mixes on Beatport.