A-Trak

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A-Trak
Birth name Alain Macklovitch
Born (1982-03-30) March 30, 1982 (age 34)
Origin Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s) DJ, Record Producer, Label Executive, Turntablist
Years active 1997–present
Labels Fool's Gold
Associated acts
Website Official website

Alain Macklovitch (born March 30, 1982), known by his stage name A-Trak, is a Canadian DJ, turntablist, record producer, and music label executive. He is the owner of the record label Fool's Gold, which was founded in 2007, and is credited for developing the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, and Flosstradamus.[2] A-Trak's career has spanned nearly two decades, leading Rolling Stone to name him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM.[3] A-Trak is also part of the DJ duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for their song "Barbara Streisand". A-Trak was featured on the covers of Billboard[4] and Complex and recently appeared in campaigns for Adidas,[5] Grey Goose,[6] Converse and Cadillac.[7] A-Trak has also penned a number of articles for the The Huffington Post and owns the travel website Infinite Legroom. After residing in Brooklyn for many years, he now calls Los Angeles home.

Life and career[edit]

Macklovitch was 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.[8] 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.[9] He was an honorary member of the prestigious, now defunct DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz[10] and a member of The Allies alongside frequent collaborator DJ Craze.[11]

In the late 90's A-Trak developed a notation system for scratching.[12] He gave a lecture about it at the Skratchcon 2000 conference and published an article in Tablist Magazine.[13] He has also appeared on the cover of multiple magazines including Billboard, URB (twice), BPM and Status.[14][15]

A-Trak and his brother Dave ran the record label Audio Research from 1997–2007.[16] After moving to Williamsburg, he founded the label Fool's Gold Records with Nick Catchdubs in 2007.[17]

A-Trak had been booked to play a show, in 2004 at a tiny record shop in London. Kanye West came to support John Legend who was also playing in the same show.[18] In 2004, Kanye West recruited A-Trak as his personal tour DJ,[19] and he has worked closely with him ever since, including performances alongside the 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 (2005) and Graduation (2007) and was an influence on the overall sound of the latter.[20]

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

Over the years he has endorsed several brands including Serato Scratch Live[21] and Rane DJ equipment.[10] In addition to endorsing brands, A-Trak himself has become a streetwear culture icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, and Zoo York. A-Trak also has a collaborative clothing line called “Sunglasses is a Must”[22] 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,[23] his production for Kid Sister and Lupe Fiasco, and his remixes for electronic artists including MSTRKRFT and Boys Noize.[24] However, some of his 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".[25] 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 name Duck Sauce. They released the song "aNYway" in October on Ministry of Sound. Duck Sauce has achieved success worldwide including reaching the top chart position in twelve countries and attaining the #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".[26]

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.[27] On June 8 of that year, A-Trak released his wildly successful remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' track "Heads Will Roll", which was also featured on the Project X (2012 film) soundtrack.

In 2012, A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine alongside Diplo and Skrillex.[28] Also in 2012, A-Trak collaborated with Kimbra and Mark Foster on a song, entitled "Warrior", 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, and Flosstradamus and was directed by Shomi Patwary.[29] 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.[30]

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.[31]

In January 2014, A-Trak teamed up with Cadillac in a campaign to introduce their new logo and the 2015 ATS Coup.[32]

On November 25, 2014 A-Trak released his Push EP, featuring his single "Push" (feat. Andrew Wyatt).

In January 2015, A-Trak was featured on fellow producer Diplo's BBC Radio 1 show Diplo & Friends.[33]

A-Trak was named as one of the featured artists in the 2015 Renaissance Hotels' music and entertainment program in April 2015.[34]

On May 4, 2015 A-Trak released his remix of Alesso's song "Cool" (ft. Roy English). On May 18, 2015 the Push remix album was released featuring remixes from The Chainsmokers, Cazzette, René LaVice, DallasK, GANZ, Shash'U PWRFNK, Mak & Pasteman, and Patrick Hagenaar.

A-Trak then began his own weekly two-hour radio show on Beats 1, listened to via Apple Music Connect, named Day Off Radio on July 4, 2015.

A-Trak was featured on Zhu (musician)'s 2015 EP Genesis Series for his track "As Crazy as It Is" with ZHU and Keznamdi. He was also featured on Disclosure (band)'s Magnets [The Remixes] EP, for his remix of "Magnets" (feat. Lorde).

A-Trak released his EP We All Fall Down on October 30, 2015 featuring his single "We All Fall Down" (feat. Jamie Lidell), as well as remixes by Volt & State, CID and Jarreau Vandal. On December 11 later that year, the We All Fall Down [Remixes] EP was released featuring remixes by JayKode, eSQUIRE, Cory Enemy & Syre, Dombresky, STFU, and Willy Joy. A week later on December 18, 2015 A-Trak's "Place on Earth" single with ZooFunktion was released on Spinnin' Records.

A-Trak was featured on the 2016 Fool's Gold Records compilation album Fool's Gold Presents: Night Shift, for his song "Only One" with Ookay.

On May 3, 2016 A-Trak premiered his single "Parallel Lines" (feat. Phantogram (band)) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show. The Parallel Lines [Remixes] EP is set to be released on July 1, 2016 and features remixes from MSTRKRFT, Chris Lorenzo, Bart B, Holl & Rush, BLU J, and Doobious.

A-Trak will embark on an Australian Tour with fellow producer What So Not on June 30, 2016.[35]

In August 2016 Fool's Gold Day Off, the annual festival put on by Fool's Gold Records, will celebrate its sixth year with shows in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.

Awards[edit]

  • 1997 : Or Technics / DMC World Champion (15 years old – youngest ever)[36]
  • 1998 : Argent Technics / DMC World 2nd Runner Up[37]
  • 1999 : Or ITF World Champion (Advancement category)[37]
  • 1999 : Or ITF Western Hemisphere Scratching Champion[37]
  • 1999 : Or Vestax World DJ Extravaganza Champion[37]
  • 2000 : Or ITF World Champion (Advancement category)[37]
  • 2000 : Or DMC Team Champion (with DJ Craze)[37]

Discography[edit]

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]j
  • "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
  • "Out the Speakers" ft. Rich Kidz - Green Label Sound (2015) [Single]
  • "Ibanez" feat. Cory Enemy & Nico Stadi - Spinnin' Records (2015) [Single]
  • "Push" feat. Andrew Wyatt (2015) [EP]
  • "We All Fall Down" feat. Jamie Lidell - Fool's Gold (2015) [Single]
  • "We All Fall Down Remixes" feat. Jamie Lidell - Fool's Gold (2015) [EP]
  • "As Crazy As It Is" with ZHU & Keznamdi - Columbia Records (2015) [Single]
  • "Place on Earth" with Zoofunktion - Spinnin' Records (2015) [Single]
  • "Parallel Lines" feat. Phantogram - Fool's Gold (2016) [Single]
  • "Parallel Lines Remixes" feat. Phantogram - Fool's Gold (2016) [EP]

Remixes[edit]

  • Bob Moses "Tearing Me Up" – Domino (2016)
  • Disclosure feat. Lorde "Magnets" (2015)
  • Alesso feat. Roy English "Cool" (2014)
  • 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” – Dim Mak (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]

  • Festivus with Wale (2014)
  • Dirty South Dance 2 - Obey (2010)
  • Mixmag October 09 covermount CD (2009)
  • FabricLive.45 - Fabric (2009)
  • Infinity +1 - Thrive (2009)
  • Dirty South Dance - Obey (2007)
  • Kanye's Soul Mixshow with Kanye West (2006)
  • Drive Slow with GLC - GOOD Music (2006)
  • Oh No You Didn't! - Disque Primeur (2006)
  • Sunglasses Is A Must LIVE with The Rub - Disque Primeur (2006)
  • Dub Sessions Vol. 3 (1999)
  • Bucktooth Wizards with Qbert (1997)
  • Wash Yer Butt with Qbert (1997)
  • Stylus Wars with D-Styles (1997)

Production[edit]

Scratches[edit]

  • "Jabba Flow" by Shag Kava - Hollywood Records (2016)
  • “Show Me A Good Time” by Drake – Universal (2010)
  • “Make Em Say” by Kid Cudi – Universal (2009)
  • “Do What You Do” by Consequence – Truelements (2006)
  • “Caught Up In the Hype” by Consequence – GOOD Music (2005)
  • Gold Digger” by Kanye WestRoc-A-Fella/Def Jam (2005)
  • “48” by DJ Serious feat. Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (2005)
  • Go!” by CommonGeffen (2005)
  • “Needy Girl” by Chromeo – Turbo/Vice (2004)
  • “Space & Time” by D-Shade – Audio Research (2003)
  • “Cult Leader” by Non Phixion – Uncle Howie (2002)
  • “Mindblowin” by Troy Dunnit – Audio Research (2001)
  • “Ridiculous” by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (2001)
  • “Last Call Pt. 2″ by Obscure Disorder – Groove Attack (2001)
  • “2004″ by Obscure Disorder feat. Non Phixion – Audio Research (1999)
  • “Superior Raps” by Obscure Disorder – Hundred Strong (1999)
  • “Tale of 5 Cities” by Peanut Butter WolfStones Throw (1999)
  • “Les Rues Sont Énervées” by Yvon Krevé – Les Disques MONTREAL (1999)
  • “Maintain the Focus” by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (1998)
  • “Think Twice” by Shades of Culture – Windmill (1998)
  • “Drinking In LA (Dave1 Remix)” by Bran Van 3000 – Capitol (1997)
  • “Lyrically Exposed pt. 1 & 2″ by Obscure Disorder – Audio Research (1997)
  • “Soul Pleureur (Dave1 Remix)” by Dubmatique – Tox (1997)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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