Widely recognized as the originator of the ‘Dirty House’ movement, Vato Gonzalez is no stranger to groundbreaking club music. He’s the producer behind UK Top 10 hit ‘Badman Riddim’, UK Top 20 hit ‘Not A Saint’, and the recent Beatport smash ‘Sushi Riddim’. He collaborated with Diplo on ‘Rasclat Riddim’ and there’s a hot collaboration with Afrojack on the horizon, which was premiered at Ultra Music Festival 2014. He has officially remixed acts like Major Lazer, Taio Cruz, DJ Fresh, Rizzle Kicks & Chuckie and has won thousands of fans over the last few years with his immensely energetic stage presence, rebellious attitude and by generally doing things his way.
Vato Gonzalez’ big break came in 2007, when he unleashed the first ‘Dirty House’ mixtape to the public. The fast-paced mixing proved to be an instant hit with the crowd and spread like wildfire all over the internet, resulting in more than 150.000 downloads. Quickly after the launch of the first mixtape, Vato started with ‘Dirty House’ events and as the brand/movement grew, he sold out clubs with his ‘Dirty House’ concept, hosted ‘Dirty House’ arenas at massive events throughout Europe and became one of the main festival attractions in Holland. As the poster boy for DIY artists, Vato also set up his own booking agency ‘010 Bookings’ and ‘Dirty House’ record label to become completely independent. As demand grew for ‘Dirty House’, he rolled out six additional mixtapes over the years, amassing well over 1.5 million downloads.
Quickly after charting with ‘Not A Saint’, Vato drops a massive club banger, ‘Cats Are Evil’, on Mad Decent and follows that release with an underground gem, ‘$100 Infinite Kung Fu Vixens’, with Sinden through Sweat it Out. Later that year, he gets an early promo copy of a new record out to some of his DJ friends; ‘Sushi Riddim’ quickly starts picking up support by David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Bingo Players, Hardwell, Diplo, W&W, Pete Tong & Martin Solveig. As a result, the record gets picked up by Cr2 Records and enters the Beatport Top 10 soon after. Early 2014, he follows up that success with ‘Triplets Riddim’ and ‘Bio Riddim’ through Sander van Doorn’s DOORN Records; both releases storm the Beatport charts and peak in the Top 15. In between, he releases ‘Volfied Riddim’ through Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, which sets the blogosphere a light. With forthcoming releases in 2014 through Ultra Music and Ministry of Sound, his momentum is growing ever stronger. Vato plays over 300 DJ shows per year around the globe and as DJZ.com states “…is all about the riddim.”