Going into Mat Zo’s set, I already knew what I was in store for. I know his reputation and I know his style, so my expectations for his set weren’t super high. I was expecting generic trouse (which is a guilty pleasure of mine) and I wasn’t expecting Mixmaster Mike-type skills. I was definitely surprised by Zo’s set and that he stuck to what he knew. Although he is signed to Anjunabeats record label, that label no longer represents the best in trance, but rather the best in progressive house. What I liked most about Zo’s set was that he stuck to some really great trouse songs instead of venturing into mainstream progressive house hits, which I was expecting. He vibed with the crowd and I was lucky enough to be front row so I could watch his every move (creepy I know). I wouldn’t say he was an absolutely amazing dj, because I was not overly impressed with his mixing skills. However, he kept the crowd engaged for the entire duration of his set, which delighted me. He was extremely into the music and I loved his friendliness and his interaction with the crowd. Being the total groupies we are, me and my friends stayed until the show ended and got autographs from him. Totally friendly and normal looking guy, which I think definitely helped with his stage presence and connecting to his fans. I had an awesome time and would definitely recommend seeing him if you like progressive house. If you are expecting a trancier set though, look somewhere else, Zo is not a trance DJ.
January 15, 2013