Event Review: Mat Zo at Pacha NYC

Event Review: Mat Zo at Pacha NYC
Brian Bonavoglia

Mat Zo easily had one of the biggest albums of 2013 so it’s no surprise that his stop in New York for the Damage Control World Tour would be a sold out show. Last Friday, Mat Zo paid a visit to Pacha NYC and I was lucky to be a part of it.

As usual I arrived about an hour after doors opened and immediately noticed how the line was down the street, the line isn’t usually that long until around 1am but I can’t say I was surprised. There was a lot of hype surrounding this event all over social media so it’s safe to this was a show everyone was looking forward to, I know I had been looking forward to since the release of the tour dates back in September. This was Matan’s first trip back to New York since Ezoo and after his incredible set on that fine Sunday afternoon, this was a show no one wanted to miss.

Joining Mat Zo on this stop of the tour was Treasure Fingers; he was the perfect way to start off this funky Friday night. He brought some serious funk to the main floor of Pacha and the crowd loved every second of it. He would play his original tracks such as “Without You” while throwing in some seriously funky tunes like Antionio Guerriri’s “Jackin My Heart”.

Mat Zo finally hit the stage at 2am to put together a THREE hour set that no words can describe. He a played a little bit of everything and had the crowd guessing throughout the night, he even had me fooled. During the course of the night he would play a wide variety of tracks such as Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash’s “Hounds of Hell”, Bingo Players “Get on the Move”, Mercer’s “Turn It up” and Denzel Park’s “Nammos”. The highlight of the night had to be when Mat Zo started dropping trance on the Pacha faithful, I’m talking about tracks like Arty’s remix of London Grammar’s “Hey Now”, John Christian’s “Flight 643” and Mat Zo’s track with Arty “Rebound”. He would end the night with his original tracks “Easy”, “Lucid Dream” and “The Sky”. It was a perfect ending to what I would call a perfect set.

Local talent Vaega was last to hit the decks on this early Saturday morning. He didn’t skip a beat and still had the crowd going, keep in mind it was 5am and the main floor was still packed. He didn’t hold back dropping bombs such as Tristan Garner’s remix of “Traffic”, Merk & Kremont’s “Gear” and Wiwek’s “Angry Bird”. Vaega is one to watch and he will even be opening for Major Lazer when they visit Pier 94 next Monday, limited tickets are still available here.

If you missed Mat Zo at Pacha NYC, don’t you worry Pacha has jam-packed schedule to close out 2013. I included their upcoming schedule of events here if you don’t believe me, I hope to see you there.

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