EVENT REVIEW: Mat Zo at The Guvernment 14-12-13 by Richard Granholm



Despite the weather this past Saturday night, I managed to haul myself to The Guvernment for Mat Zo’s Toronto stop of his Damage Control World Tour. The club’s main room is somewhere I had not been before, and I was definitely feeling intimidated by the large venue (the massive amounts of snow falling all day and night didn’t make it any easier, either). However, I picked myself up and ended up having the time of my life.

Upon entering The Guvernment, I found myself immediately overwhelmed by how crowded the room was; merely getting to and from places such as the bar or bathrooms was not easy and required lots of patience. I managed to assimilate myself into the vibes by enjoying myself in the Acid Lounge located at the back; though I’m not largely into the tech house genre, the place still had me really enjoying myself due to the intimate atmosphere and the VERY energetic and happy ravers dancing to the music. At 1:30, I heard loud screams from the other room and knew it was time to see Mat Zo.

Never seeing Zo live before, I didn’t know what to expect. He has such a range of musical styles that he produces, and collaborates with artists of different genres. And on his Damage Control album, he seems to have expanded his style even more; there are elements of house, electro, trance, dubstep, and even some nice down-tempo tracks sprinkled in between the more dance floor oriented ones.

From the get-go, Mat played his popular mash-up of three huge tracks: Steve Aoki’s Boneless which frames a breakdown of Deadmau5’s Strobe and Above and Beyond’s Sun and Moon. Right away it was clear the night was going to be one filled with many genres. For the most part, there were a lot of house/electro sounds coming out of the speakers  – Zo just kept the banging tunes coming. I enjoyed the special treats when he hinted at songs by playing only the breakdowns – but then quickly moving into other songs: for example, Madeon’s remix of Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5, The M Machine’s remix of Together We Are by Arty, and I’m pretty sure I heard a classic Fleetwood Mac song somewhere in the night.

Mat Zo also kept things interesting by inserting singular tracks with different tempos, including some hints of moombahton, trap, drumstep, and of course, his own track Caller ID. Some other treats throughout the night included Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction (versus a breakdown that included an a ccappella from Blur’s Girls and Boys), a remix of Zedd’s Stay the Night featuring Hayley Williams, and Dada Life’s Kick Out the Epic Motherf***er near the end of the set.

And of course, let’s not forget the reason Mat Zo is touring in the first place. Almost every up-tempo song from his album was played, including Pyramid Scheme early on in the night, followed later by Easy, Lucid Dreams, and during his encore, The Sky. Zo also played two of my personal favourites: his beautiful collaborations with Arty, Mozart and Rebound.

He did not disappoint, and after feeling the room’s energy (and seeing everyone’s updates the next morning), it’s safe to say nobody else was disappointed either. Halfway through the set, Mat Zo said Toronto was the best stop on his tour so far, and even confirmed it the next day via tweet. Everybody was feeling the music, no matter how little space one had to dance. And perhaps the best part: the massive amounts of dry ice that came down to overload our senses while cooling us off at the same time.

If you came to the show hoping to hear some of the older, more trance-oriented tunes like Zo’s remix of Lifted by Tritonal, the incredibly positive Frequency Flyer, or even a tune as old as The Fractal Universe, you would have been sorely disappointed. Mat Zo put on an absolutely incredible show – one that will definitely be stuck in my mind for a while.


Richard GranholmEDM TOR


Be sure to buy Mat Zo’s debut album, Damage Control


The next event at The Guvernment will be Tommy Trash on Saturday, December 21st, 2013.  Tickets are available here: www.inktickets.com/edmfix2 and guestlist is available by tweeting @EDM_TOR or inboxing our facebook page.



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Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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