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A-Trak (born Alain Macklovitch on March 30, 1982) is a Canadian DJ, turntablist and owner of the record label Fool's Gold. Born in Montréal, Quebec and based in New York City, New York, 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. 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. He was an honorary member of the prestigious, now defunct DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and a member of The Allies alongside frequent collaborator DJ Craze.
Macklovitch is the younger brother of David Macklovitch of the Montreal-based band Chromeo, with whom he ran the record label Audio Research from 1997–2007. He, along with Nick Catchdubs then founded the Fool's Gold Records label in 2007.
In the late 90's A-Trak developed a notation system for scratching. He gave a lecture about it at the Skratchcon 2000 conference and published an article in Tablist Magazine. He has also appeared on the cover of multiple magazines including Billboard, URB (twice), BPM and Status.
In 2004 Kanye West recruited him as his personal tour DJ, 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.
Over the years he has endorsed several brands including Serato Scratch Live, Rane DJ equipment, as well as clothing companies; Zoo York, 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,” 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, his production for Kid Sister and Lupe Fiasco, and his remixes for electronic artists including MSTRKRFT and Boys Noize. The hit single by Kid Cudi, "Day 'n' Night", was released on an EP by A-Trak's label Fool's Gold.
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.
In February 2010, it was announced that A-Trak will perform live shows with Travis Barker who had previously worked with their mutual friend, the late DJ AM.
In October 2010, he released a song entitled "Ray Ban Vision" with G.O.O.D. Music's CyHi Da Prynce. This song has been used in the 2012 movie Project X.
On December 16, 2011, A-Trak performed an hour long opening set at Madison Square Garden in New York City as the opening act for Swedish House Mafia.
In 2012, A-Trak was featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine alongside Diplo and Skrillex.
In April 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 Jim Jones, Juicy J, El-P, Flatbush Zombies, Flosstradamus and is directed by Shomi Patwary. ClearartWide ThumbFanart Banner User Comments