Kill the Zo - Grand Central, Miami

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Kill the Zo
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, May 23, 2014

It's not uncommon for two or more DJs to band together in an attempt to form some sort of supergroup. The most obvious and commercially successful would be the late Swedish House Mafia. Hanbraekes is a personal favorite, combining the best of Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo, the former of which also collabs with Skrillex as Dog Blood. There's Afroki (Afrojack and Steve Aoki), Jack U (Diplo and Skrillex), Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), and the list goes on.

Most of these pairings, while cool to see, aren't what we'd call "adventurous." These guys already share the same fanbases. Their music is similar enough that their work together, while exciting, could have been easily anticipated.

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 63-photo slideshow from Kill the Zo at Grand Central.

That's what makes Kill the Zo interesting. They come from different worlds. They are known for totally different styles of production. And yet their performance at Grand Central proved gaps are better enjoyed with bridges.

We arrived to the show early enough to catch most of Wuki. The Denver DJ set the tone for a hard evening, mixing hip-hop and hard electro tracks. The young crowd of 18-and-ups mingled on the porch and filled the dance floor, skanking and waving their glowsticks around like they would at any other rave.

Photo by Karli Evans

Wuki's two-hour warm-up was followed by double headlining sets. Kill the Noise got things started, followed by Mat Zo. Both players commanded the dance floor with ease. Kill the Noise delivered a characteristically hard yet varied performance. Mat Zo similarly rocked the place with a fresh mix of original and genre-spanning favorites. It was our first time seeing the 24-year-old Londoner live, and we have to say, the hype is well deserved.

In a recent interview with Kill the Noise's Jake Stanczak, we here at Crossfade were assured the seemingly strange pairing was quite a natural fit. He said Zo is increasingly interested in drum 'n' bass, and the shadows of that interest showed in the Mat's solo effort. The d'n'b tendencies also shaded their joint performance, though we'd have to wait hours to find out.

See Also: Kill the Zo: "Being Visionary Takes Some Risks"

Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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