I can’t believe there’s never been a feature on A-TRAK here. Atleast, not until now.
He now resides in NYC, but A-TRAK was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, where he crafted his world renowned Turntablism, and became the single most accomplished Turntablist in history, winning all 3 of the major international DJ competitions, including the prestigious DMC CHAMPIONSHIP, at age 15, making him the youngest to ever hold the title. what, you don’t believe me? Watch this…[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBVRP-BTEmc]
And just incase you think he don’t still got it, here’s a 201o clip, of A-Trak flexing at a small event, in NYC, to give you a more up-to-date idea of his incredible talent on the wheels of steel.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCjJVZct7ts&feature=related]
Flashing forward to later life, A-Trak became interested in the emerging ELECTRO scene, and began adressing the HOUSE music sounds of the present, with the turntablist style of his HIP-HOP based past. In 2004, his skills, and forward thinking approach caught the eye of KANYE WEST, who selected A-Trak to be his touring DJ, aswell as involving him in studio productions, from 2005 to the present. In 2007, A-Trak co-founded FOOLS GOLD RECORDS, which instantly became a heavily influencial label in the House and BASS music scene’s. Now the veritable king of an empire, A-Trak teamed up with House music pioneer, and fellow New Yorker, ARMAND VAN HELDEN, to form a DISCO HOUSE outift, under the stage name, DUCK SAUCE. In recent years, A-Trak and Van Helden have achieved #1 hits in many countries around the globe, and on the coveted BILLBOARD US DANCE CHARTS. Outside of his life as a DJ/Producer, A-Trak has also designed clothing, a toy bear (for KID ROBOT), and developed a notation system for scratching. Multi-talented? Understatement! A-Trak is the single most accomplished Canadian EDM artist in existence, and certainly one of the most interesting people in the history of Electronic music.
I have quite a few tunes, involving A-Trak, in my collection, to date. Here’s the first that I ever recieved, from 2009. SAY WHOA! was a commissioned tune, for a NIKE promotion, that was later released on the KITSUNE label. I love how you can already hear the influence of CLASSIC HOUSE, which has become a major part of the more recent Fools Gold sound. I hope you’ll enjoy this jam, and then spend some time exploring more A-Trak releases between then and now.[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/7990706″ iframe=”true” /]
DOWNLOAD: A-Trak – Say Whoa (RIGHT CLICK>SAVE AS)
Oh, and he’s also the little brother of David Macklovitch, from CHROMEO. Interesting stuff, huh?