Mat Zo has already had a very busy 2016. He ended the year giving away multiple free downloads to fans, and began it giving us a hint that he's been working on a ton of new music to release this year. But after the first shock of the impressive wide-ranging "album reject" tracks initially wore off, Zo immediately moved on to a new project.
While many labels and artists have launched new labels catering to up and coming artists - Ones To Watch, Spinnin Premium, and even Mat Zo's own Mad Zoo - many have not addressed the void that was created with platforms like Soundcloud becoming bigger, more efficient, copyright-minded businesses. Places that were once forums for budding producers aren't flourishing in the way they once were in the early 2000's, now replaced by Facebook and Reddit forums functioning as a place for aspiring artists to hone their craft with a little advice from others.
That's where Mat Zo has stepped in to create a new forum for producers to bounce ideas off each other and receive feedback. The Producer's Forum is now live, featuring multiple areas for "Production Talk," including Mixing/Mastering, Samples/Plugins/Gear, Composition/Arrangement/Theory and Sound DesignMixing/Mastering; Samples/Plugins/Gear; Composition/Arrangement/Theory; and Sound Design. Along with an area to share and get feedback, users can immediately see who they can learn with online (at the time this article was written, Ruben de Ronde and Luke Bond were publicly online).