"I feel a bit like I'm leading a double life," confesses Mat Zo, although it's not exactly like he's got a split personality. For whether he's producing trance under his own name or drum & bass as MRSA, all Mat's tracks have a similar euphoric edge and wide-ranging appeal, something demonstrated when his MRSA track 'Chemicals' and trance anthem 'Live Forever' topped the Beatport drum & bass and trance charts respectively in the same week.
"Some drum & bass fans are a bit surprised when they find out I make trance, but the trance fans don't care," he believes. "Both have an equal place in my heart, although I tend to devote more time to trance in the studio."
Having said that, Mat can be as harsh about trance as any dyed-in-the-wool drum & bass head, decrying much of it as "cheesy crap", before saying, "there's still really good people making interesting music out there." Amongst whom he numbers Tiësto and Above & Beyond, having remixed and supported the former and being handpicked by the latter to mix the 'Anjunabeats Worldwide 02' compilation alongside Super8 and Tab, which Mat says represented "my groovy, proggy and techy take on trance". There was also the small matter of his remix of Kylie's 'Get Outta My Way' to add to the achievements he's already racked up by the tender age of 20.
"I never planned to have a career in music, so I can't believe how things have skyrocketed in the past three years," he admits - an ascent which official membership of the Top 100 can only further fuel.