ELEKTRO: “Vato Gonzalez’s ‘Volfied Riddim,’ named after the 1989 arcade game Volfied, conjures early gamer memories with its stripped back bare-bones tribal beat. As Gonzalez’s debut track on Dim Mak Records, this track packs some serious Dirty Dutch heat with its chopped-up vocal samples and heavy dosage of bass.”
—Amanda Mesa (12/18/13)
Vato Gonzalez—“Volfied Riddim”

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Vato Gonzalez’s 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. As the brand/movement grew, he sold out clubs with his Dirty House concept, hosting Dirty House arenas at massive events and becoming 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.

Vato’s international breakthrough came in 2011 when his single “Badman Riddim” quickly developed into one of the biggest summer anthems of the year and entered the official U.K. Chart at #7. Following the success of “Badman Riddim,” Vato remixed some of the U.K.’s hottest acts, including Rizzle Kicks, Taio Cruz, Skepta, and Sway. In 2012 he released the underground track “Digital Lies” on Norman Cook’s Southern Fried Records, collaborated with Diplo on “Rasclat Riddim,” remixed Major Lazer’s new single “Jah No Partial,” and teamed up with Lethal Bizzle and Donae’o for “Not A Saint.” In 2012, he also launched the first user-generated mixtape “Army Of Bastards” via his online community.

He kicked off 2013 with a bang as his single “Not A Saint” entered the official U.K. Chart as one of the highest new entries at #20, his second chart hit in the U.K. Quickly after charting, he dropped the massive club banger “Cats Are Evil” on Mad Decent. He teamed up with Jaguar Skills to remix the new single “Earthquake” by DJ Fresh & Diplo and also takes on Chuckie’s forthcoming single “Skydive.” His club smash “Sushi Riddim” has received support from David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Bingo Players, Hardwell, Diplo, W&W, Pete Tong, and Martin Solveig, and entered the Beatport Top 10 soon after its release.

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