“Vato Gonzalez…he is a big deal.” – DIPLO ON BBC RADIO 1
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 Beatport smashes like ‘Sushi Riddim’, ‘Bio Riddim’ and ‘Monkey Riddim’.
He has collaborated with Diplo on ‘Rasclat Riddim’ and has officially remixed acts like Major Lazer, Taio Cruz, DJ Fresh, Timmy Trumpet, Rizzle Kicks & Chuckie. Other collaborations include Jaguar Skills and Sinden. He has released on labels like Ministry of Sound, Dim Mak, Mad Decent, Spinnin’ Records, Ultra Records and even on Norman Cook’s Southern Fried Records. In 2015 he took a step back from releasing music to re-discover himself musically and to return to his roots. He’s back now stronger than ever though. His most recent weapon of choice, ‘Violet Nights’, is a bass heavy house cut and a first tastemaker of many new releases to come.
“His name is Vato Gonzalez … and he comes at Dutch house from a hip hop perspective” – PETE TONG
Vato Gonzalez got his big break 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. The annual mixtape series has amassed well over 2 million downloads to date.
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 and hosted ‘Dirty House’ arenas at massive events & festivals throughout Europe. In 2013 he also launched the first ‘user-generated’ mixtape, ‘Army Of Bastards’, via his online community; the mixtape introduced talents like Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens to the world.
“Vato Gonzalez is a force to be reckoned with in the dance music world.” – ELEKTRO
Over the last few years, Vato Gonzalez has won thousands of fans with his immensely energetic stage presence, rebellious attitude and by generally doing things his way. He’s sold out Webster Hall in New York and rocked shows at venues like Bootshaus (Cologne), Privilege (Ibiza), Ministry of Sound (London), BCM (Mallorca), Avalon (Los Angeles) and has played festivals like Tomorrowland and Dancevalley regularly. Vato Gonzalez plays over 200 DJ shows per year around the globe and as DJZ.com states “…is all about the riddim.”
“A new dance music movement is rumbling its way across the Atlantic … with Vato destined to shake the hearts and bodies of countless ravers at next year’s festivals.” – VIBE.COM
Coalition Talent act as live booking agent for Vato Gonzalez.