A-Trak

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A-Trak
A-trak press shot 2009 2 (cropped).jpg
Promotional photo of Macklovitch from 2009
Background information
Birth name Alain Macklovitch
Born (1982-03-30) March 30, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Electro house, hip hop
Years active 1997–present
Labels Fool's Gold
Associated acts Low Pros, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Boys Noize, Kid Cudi, Armand Van Helden, Jay-Z, Juicy J, Danny Brown, DJ Craze, Kid Sister, Travis Barker, Duck Sauce, Kimbra, GTA, Run–D.M.C., The Roots
Website Official website

A-Trak (born Alain Macklovitch; March 30, 1982) is a Canadian DJ, turntablist, record producer, and music label executive. He is the owner of the record label Fool's Gold.

Life and career[edit]

Macklovitch, born to Jewish parents in Montréal, Quebec, and is of Moroccan and Russian descent. His older brother, David Macklovitch, is one-half of the electro-funk duo Chromeo.

A-Trak was the first DJ to win all three major DJ competition titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax), as well as being the first DJ to win five World Championships.[1] He won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1997 at the age of 15, making him the youngest and first Canadian winner of the competition.[2] He was an honorary member of the prestigious, now defunct DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz,[3] and a member of The Allies alongside frequent collaborator DJ Craze.[4]

In the late 90's A-Trak developed a notation system for scratching.[5] He gave a lecture about it at the Skratchcon 2000 conference and published an article in Tablist Magazine.[6] He has also appeared on the cover of multiple magazines including Billboard, URB (twice), BPM and Status.[7] [8]

Alain and his brother Dave ran the record label Audio Research from 1997–2007.[9] After moving to Williamsburg, he founded with Nick Catchdubs the Fool's Gold Records label in 2007.[10]

In 2004 Kanye West recruited him as his personal tour DJ,[11] and he has worked closely with him ever since, including performances alongside the US rapper at MTV specials, the Grammy Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and worldwide stadium shows. A-Trak also recorded scratches on Kanye West’s second and third studio albums Late Registration in 2005 and Graduation in 2007, and was an influence on the overall sound of the latter.[12]

Kanye West performing backed by A-Trak in Portland, Oregon, 2005.

Over the years he has endorsed several brands including Serato Scratch Live,[13] Rane DJ equipment,[3] as well as clothing companies; Zoo York,[14] Lifted Research Group and Circa. In addition to endorsing outside brands, A-Trak himself has become a streetwear culture icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, and Zoo York. A-Trak also has a collaborative clothing line called “Sunglasses is a Must,”[15] and released his own toy "Grateful Bear" with Kid Robot in 2009.

He is known for merging the sounds of rap and electronic music through his remix work, his 2007 CD Dirty South Dance,[16] his production for Kid Sister and Lupe Fiasco, and his remixes for electronic artists including MSTRKRFT and Boys Noize.[17] The hit single by Kid Cudi, "Day 'n' Night", was released on an EP by A-Trak's label Fool's Gold. However, his most recent production displays a separation of his electronic and hip hop identities, with releases such as "Piss Test" featuring Juicy J and collaborations with Tommy Trash on "Tuna Melt".[18] Another hip-hop production, "Ray Ban Vision", was used in the 2012 movie Project X.

In 2009, A-Trak collaborated with Armand Van Helden to form a disco house production duo under the stage name Duck Sauce. They released "aNYway" in October on Ministry of Sound. Other Duck Sauce tracks include "Grand Steppin", "The Motion", "You're Nasty", "Big Bad Wolf" and "Barbra Streisand". Duck Sauce has achieved massive success worldwide including reaching the top chart position in twelve countries and attaining the coveted #1 spot on the US Dance Billboard charts. Following the announcement of a debut album, Duck Sauce released the singles "It's You" and "Radio Stereo" [19]

In February 2010, it was announced that A-Trak would perform live shows with Travis Barker, who had previously worked with their mutual friend, the late DJ AM.[20]

In 2012, A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine alongside Diplo and Skrillex.[21] Also in 2012, A-Trak, alongside Kimbra and Mark Foster, collaborated on a song, entitled "Warrior", together for Converse's 3 Artists, 1 song

In February 2013, A-Trak released the video for his "Piss Test" remix off of the Fool's Gold album. The video features appearances by Jim Jones, Juicy J, A$AP Ferg, El-P, Flatbush Zombies, Flosstradamus and is directed by Shomi Patwary.[22]

A-Trak's video for Tuna Melt, off of his 'Tuna Melt EP' was nominated in the Best Cinematography category at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[23]

A-Trak finished in 7th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[24]

Awards[edit]

  • 1997 : Or Technics / DMC World Champion (15 years old – youngest ever)[25]
  • 1998 : Argent Technics / DMC World 2nd Runner Up[26]
  • 1999 : Or ITF World Champion (Advancement category)[26]
  • 1999 : Or ITF Western Hemisphere Scratching Champion[26]
  • 1999 : Or Vestax World DJ Extravaganza Champion[26]
  • 2000 : Or ITF World Champion (Advancement category)[26]
  • 2000 : Or DMC Team Champion (with DJ Craze)[26]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • "Umbilical Chord" - London/FFFR (1999)
  • "Enter Ralph Wiggum'"' - Stones Throw (1999) [7"]
  • "All Hail To My Hands" - Asphodel (2000)
  • "Gangsta Breaks" - Ammo (2001) [12"]
  • "Monkeyboy Breaks" - Ammo (2003) [12"]
  • "Don't Fool With The Dips" feat. J.R. Writer, Hell Rell & 40 Cal. - Audio Research (2005) [12"]
  • "Sunglasses Is A Must" - Smelly Fatso/Monkey Studies Records (2006) [12"]
  • "Step Off" feat. Little Brother - Audio Research (2006) [12"]
  • "Knucklehead" - Audio Research (2006) [7"]
  • "Quitte La Piste" feat. TTC (2006)
  • "Mastered (Me & My Sneakers)" feat. Lupe Fiasco - Nike+ (2007)
  • "Running Man" - Nike+ (2007)
  • "Say Whoa" - Kitsuné (2007) [12"]
  • "Roll With The Winners" with Herve - Cheap Thrills (2008)
  • "Shake It Down" with Laidback Luke - Fool's Gold/Mixmash (2008) [Single]
  • "Greatest Hits" as Duck Sauce - Fool's Gold (2009) [EP]
  • "aNYway" as Duck Sauce - Ministry of Sound/Fool's Gold (2009) [EP]
  • "Barbra Streisand" as Duck Sauce - 3Beat/Downtown/Fool's Gold (2010) [EP]
  • "Ray Ban Vision" feat. CyHi Da Prince - Fool's Gold (2010) [Single]
  • "Big Bad Wolf" as Duck Sauce - Big Beat (2011) [Single]
  • "Big Bad Wolf Remixes" as Duck Sauce - Big Beat (2011) [EP]
  • "Stingray" with Zinc - Fool's Gold (2011) [Single]
  • "Piss Test" feat. Juicy J & Danny Brown - Fool's Gold (2012) [Single]
  • "Warror" with Mark Foster * Kimbra - Converse (2012) [Single]
  • "Money Makin'" with Dillon Francis - Fool's Gold (2012) [Single]
  • "Money Makin' Remixes" with Dillon Francis - Fool's Gold (2012) [EP]
  • "Don't Stop" with Lifelike - Kitsuné (2012) [EP]
  • "Like the Dancefloor" with Zinc feat. Natalie Storm - Fool's Gold/Rinse (2012) [EP]
  • "Tuna Melt EP" - Fool's Gold (2012) [EP]
  • "Piss Test Remix" feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P and Flosstradamus - Fool's Gold (2013) [Label Compilation]
  • "Tuna Melt Remixes" - Fool's Gold (2013) [EP]
  • "Landlines 2.0" with GTA - Fool's Gold (2013) [Single]
  • "It's You" as Duck Sauce - Casablanca (2013) [EP]
  • "Radio Stereo" as Duck Sauce - Casablanca/Republic (2013) [EP]
  • "Federal Reserves EP" with Cam'Ron - Fool's Gold/Poppington/Dipset (2014) [EP]
  • "Low Pros" with Lex Luger - Fool's Gold (2014) [EP]
  • "NRG" as Duck Sauce - Fool's Gold (2014) Quack

Remixes[edit]

  • Jack Beats “Just A Beat” – OWSLA (2013)
  • Phoenix “Trying to Be Cool” – Glassnote (2013)
  • Cerrone “Misunderstanding” with Codes – Malligator (2012)
  • Zedd “Spectrum" with Clockwork – Interscope (2012)
  • Justice “New Lands” – Ed Banger (2012)
  • Surkin “Never Let Go” – Marble (2012)
  • Martin Solveig “The Night Out" with Martin Solveig – Mixture / Big Beat (2012)
  • Martin Solveig “The Night Out” – Big Beat (2012)
  • Laidback Luke & Sander Van Doorn “Who’s Wearing The Cap” – Mixmash (2011)
  • The Rapture “How Deep Is Your Love” – DFA (2011)
  • DJ Sneak "U Can't Hide From Your Bud" - Magnetic (2010)
  • Robyn “Indestructible” – Konichiwa (2010)
  • Tiga “What You Need” – Turbo (2010)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll” – Interscope (2009)
  • Sébastien Tellier “Kilometer” – Record Makers (2009)
  • MSTRKRFT feat. NORE “Bounce” – Dimmak (2009)
  • Count & Sinden “Beeper” – Domino (2008)
  • Boys Noize “Oh!” – Boys Noize Records (2008)
  • Kanye West “Stronger” – Rocafella/Def Jam (2008)
  • Digitalism “Idealistic” – EMI (2007)
  • Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler” – Moshi Moshi/Interscope (2007)
  • James Pants “Kash" – Stones Throw (2007)
  • Scanners “Bombs" – Dimmak (2007)
  • Bumblebeez “Dr. Love" – Modular (2007)
  • Architecture In Helsinki “Heart It Races" – Polyvinyl (2007)
  • Bonde Do Role “Melo Do Tabaco” – Mad Decent (2006)
  • D-Styles “Felonious Funk” – Audio Research (2003)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • "Stylus Wars" with D-Styles (1997)
  • "Wash Yer Butt" with Q-Bert (1997)
  • "Bucktooth Wizards" with Q-Bert (1997)
  • "Dub Sessions Vol. 3" (1999)
  • "Sunglasses Is A Must LIVE" with The Rub - Disque Primeur (2006)
  • "Oh No You Didn't!" - Disque Primeur (2006)
  • "Drive Slow" with GLC - G.O.O.D. Music (2006)
  • "Kanye's Soul Mixshow" with Kanye West (2006)
  • "Dirty South Dance" - Obey (2007)
  • "Infinity +1" - Thrive (2009)
  • "Fabriclive45" - Fabric (2009)
  • "Mixmag October 09 covermount CD" (2009)
  • "Dirty South Dance 2" - Obey (2010)

Production[edit]

  • "Overdose Music" by Obscure Disorder - Audio Research (2000)
  • "The Grill" by Obscure Disorder - Audio Research (2000)
  • "Chi State of Mind" by GLC - G.O.O.D. (2006)
  • "Regarde-Les" by Dabaaz - Disque Primeur (2006)
  • "Damn Girl" by Kid Sister - Fool's Gold (2007)
  • "Pro Nails" by Kid Sister - Fool's Gold (2007)
  • "Get Fresh" with XXXChange by Kid Sister - Downtown (2008)
  • "You Ain't Really Down" by Kid Sister - Downtown (2009)
  • "H Town" with Oligee by Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Stank (2012)
  • "Smokin & Drinkin" with JMIKE by Danny Brown - Fool's Gold (2013)

Scratches[edit]

  • “Soul Pleureur (Dave1 Remix)” by Dubmatique – Tox (1997)
  • “Lyrically Exposed pt. 1 & 2″ by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (1997)
  • “Drinking In LA (Dave1 Remix)” by Bran Van 3000 – Capitol (1997)
  • “Think Twice” by Shades of Culture – Windmill (1998)
  • “Maintain the Focus” by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (1998)
  • “Les Rues Sont Énervées” by Yvon Krevé – Les Disques MONTREAL (1999)
  • “Tale of 5 Cities” by Peanut Butter Wolf – Stones Throw (1999)
  • “Superior Raps” by Obscure Disorder – Hundred Strong (1999)
  • “2004″ by Obscure Disorder feat. Non Phixion – Audio Research (1999)
  • “Last Call Pt. 2″ by Obscure Disorder – Groove Attack (2001)
  • “Ridiculous” by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (2001)
  • “Mindblowin” by Troy Dunnit – Audio Research (2001)
  • “Cult Leader” by Non Phixion – Uncle Howie (2002)
  • “Space & Time” by D-Shade – Audio Research (2003)
  • “Needy Girl” by Chromeo – Turbo/Vice (2004)
  • “Chi-City” by Common - Geffen (2005)
  • “Go!” by Common – Geffen (2005)
  • “48" by DJ Serious feat. Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (2005)
  • “Gold Digger” by Kanye West – Rocafella/Def Jam (2005)
  • “Caught Up In the Hype” Consequence – G.O.O.D. (2005)
  • “Do What You Do” by Consequence – Truelements (2006)
  • “Make Em Say” by Kid Cudi – Universal (2009)
  • “Show Me A Good Time” by Drake – Universal (2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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