Kenny ‘DOPE’ Gonzalez is one of the most prolific artists in modern music. The four-time Grammy-nominated musical genius has been entertaining and astounding the masses with his fusion of house, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, funk & soul, reggae, alternative pop and broken beats for over 20 years. Today, he shows no signs of stopping.
Kenny’s affiliation with music started at the age of 12, absorbing beats that were booming from 80’s block parties in his hometown, Brooklyn. In the years that followed, Kenny discovered his enduring love for ‘diggin’ for records, to date boasting a collection of over 50,000. Whilst experimenting in production with the likes of fellow Brooklyn DJ Todd Terry, Kenny founded the still-thriving independent label, Dopewax Records.
In 1990, Kenny began a creative partnership that would define his future career and the house music landscape as we know it. Along with Louie Vega, the Masters At Work were formed and together they went on to become one of house music’s most influential and successful duos. Remixing hundreds of artists from Michael Jackson to Madonna to Daft Punk, MAW remains a pervasive sound in clubs all around the world.
Kenny’s work under alternative aliases, Nuyorican Soul and The Bucketheads, has been just as widely celebrated. ‘The Nervous Track’, released under Nuyorican Soul, propelled Kenny Dope into America’s musical hall of fame, while under The Bucketheads, Kenny produced one of his most requested tracks, ‘The Bomb’. With its extended sample from Chicago’s ‘Street Player’, ‘The Bomb’ has an assured place in the annals of dance music history.
Whilst production and touring account for most of his time, the last 2 decades have seen Kenny Dope release thousands of tracks, remix hundreds of singles and tour the globe. In recent memory, he remixed international R&B star Alicia Keys’ track, ‘In Common’, as well as performing B2B several times with the likes of Loco Dice, while racking up another billboard top 10 with Crystal Waters’ ‘I Am House’ remix and a #1 Traxsource with Dante Payne, Rubedo Walker ‘Come Back Baby’.
Whether it’s sitting behind the control board in front of baying crowds or searching for the next great re-release classic, this beat master will continue to shine as a master of his work.