Macklovitch was born to a Moroccan Jewish mother and a Russian Jewish father in Montréal, Quebec. When he was 18 years old, his mother took him and his brother back to Morocco to connect with their roots. 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. 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 now defunct DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and a member of The Allies alongside frequent collaborator DJ Craze.
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.
A-Trak and his brother Dave ran the record label Audio Research from 1997-2007. After moving to Williamsburg, he founded the label Fool's Gold Records with Nick Catchdubs in 2007.
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. In 2004, Kanye West recruited A-Trak as his personal tour DJ, 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.
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. 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". 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".
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. 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 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. 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.
In January 2014, A-Trak teamed up with Cadillac in a campaign to introduce their new logo and the 2015 ATS Coup. On November 25, 2014 A-Trak released his PushEP, featuring his single "Push" (featuring Andrew Wyatt).
A-Trak was named as one of the featured artists in the 2015 Renaissance Hotels' music and entertainment program in April 2015.
On May 4, 2015 A-Trak released his remix of Alesso's song "Cool" (featuring 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 and 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" (featuring Lorde).
We All Fall Down
A-Trak released his EP We All Fall Down on October 30, 2015 featuring his single "We All Fall Down" (featuring 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 and 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" (featuring 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.