At the age of 16, Mark Matras began his journey playing countless block parties and guest spots around the city of Chicago and suburbs. He began hanging out with up-and-coming DJ’s such as Miguel Rodriguez aka D.J. Miggy, Rich Martinez, Luis Segura, Wesley Whiz Kidd, DJ Bobby Martinez, DJ Jess Galvez, DJ Smokkin Flame Mayora (RIP), Raul Virgil and the list goes on. He joined Euro Production and played guest spots as well as held a residence at all of their events.
In the late ’90s he began to play all the after-hours and late-night clubs such as Chambers and Excel, gaining a reputation as a DJ that could spin a wide variety of music. He gained a residency at Rapture and carried it for close to a year.
Soon that scene took a downturn with the music vibe geared towards Hip Hop, Bachata and a Spanish style and drawing terrible promoters who cared more about money than great music. Mark decided to quit the club scene and began to do private events. He eventually stopped doing parties and mostly stayed with his family but still kept up with music trends and developed a taste for New Wave and Industrial.
When the night club Zentra opened Mark noticed a new wave of music being played on Wednesday nights: deep, soulful and Latin House being mixed by DJ’s such as Julius the Mad Thinker, Monna, DJ Flex and who can forget Pritti. That group was no other than 3 Degrees. A music movement so strong it went nationwide. He started to feel the vibe and began playing this music in his basement and making CD’s for his friends.
Mark soon started going to different clubs: Red Dog, Blue Note, Dark Room, Red NO Five and other House spots. That is where he met and has been friends with Chicago legends such as DJ Andre Harris, RIP DJ Lego AKA Ralphy Rodriguez.
BY 2011 he was back on the scene doing what he does best playing music but a different style of House. It started with the biggest blizzard this town has ever seen at a place called Tigers and from there being featured on radio shows such as Fearless House w/Marco Madd Diaz & Oscar Handsome OZ Garcia, WRTE Radio CYC with DJ Greedy, and Groove Parlor. He also has been showcased on numerous internet shows such as Soul Jack Digital with Mr. Tony Technics, Chitownvibes.com with DJ 4 –Ever, and Undergroundhouse.tv
As these doors opened he has connected and reconnected with new & old friends, meeting new & innovative artist such as Louie Gomez, Jessie Rivera, the Unlisted Crew, Nick J, Dan Sweeney, Arshan, Max T, Alex LatinHouse, Joey Swanson and more…
Mark currently has a monthly residency at Nation of House (Exit) located at 1315 W North Avenue in Chicago where he spins all types of House, Tech House and some Techno. Mark is also a resident on a weekly internet show called ‘Moody Mondays’ on www.noratzradio.com
Catch Mark live every last Friday at EXIT (1315 W North Ave, Chicago) for NATION and every Saturday for VICE /SUBCULTURE/PARADISE at EXIT