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The unlikely pairing dubbed Kill the Zo heading to Denver's Beta

 Jake Stanczak of Kill The Noise performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.
Jake Stanczak of Kill The Noise performs onstage during day 2 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2013 in Indio, California.
Photo by Mark Davis

From co-producing songs on KoRn’s “Path of Totality” album, to collaborations with electronic peers such as Feed Me and Dillon Francis; Jacob Stanczak (a.k.a. Kill the Noise) has never been afraid to mix things up.

On the other side of the electronic spectrum is up-and-coming house star Mat Zo. Known for his expansive soundscapes; in what world could Zo’s style fit with Kill the Noise’s hard hitting bass-driven assault?

Enter Kill the Zo.

Both stationed in Los Angeles, the two got together; hitting the studio. What came out of their joint venture was the eclectic good time that is Kill the Zo’s debut track: “Part I.”

Mixing epic highs with ample ambient downtime, the track is a roller coaster of sound. Throw in some drum-and-bass grooves and a fair share of womps, and what you have is a collaboration that is an intriguing breath of fresh air.

On May 8, the dynamic duo dropped the aforementioned collaboration; and have since taken their acts on an 11-stop North American club run.

While the first song is surely worth a listen, it begs the question of how the sound will translate live. Will the mash-up do the tape justice; unifying the unique characteristics of each individual to make a collective sound that breathes fresh air into a stale EDM scene? Or, like many ill-fated collaborations, will it sound disjointed…with each artist competing for supremacy?

Well…people are running out of opportunities to find out. On Thur. May 29, the duo will take their talents to Denver’s own Beta Night Club. Tickets are available here.