While most consider Chicago the birthdplace of house music, it’s undeniable that New York has been a key hub of the movement since its earliest years thanks to local pioneers like Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez. Also known as DEBO, the Brooklyn native was barely an adult in the late 80s when he began setting up the Masters At Work block parties, which took a cue from the burgeoning hip-hop style, the Windy City’s infant house scene, as well as latin, jazz, funk, soul and disco influences. The party’s name would become the moniker used by Gonzalez and his production partner (and current Cielo resident) Little Louie Vega, whose seminal work epitomizes the New York attitude. By himself or along with Vega, he remixed for and collaborated with top pop artists including Madonna, Bjork, and Michael Jackson, as well as some of electronic music’s most notorious names including Cajmere, The Chemical Brothers, Technotronic and Roni Size.
Gonzalez’s s Dope Beats LPs are must-haves for polyglot DJs, and his Dopewax and Kay Dee Records imprints sport releases from Jill Scott, Fuzion, Soul Creation, and even an official remix for Kanye West. His eclectic style benefits from the reverence he has for his sample sources, from which he extrudes the soulful essence to create band new musical journeys.
On Saturday, he teams up with fellow pioneer Tedd Patterson for another riveting installment of Vibal, a deeply liberating club night and tradition. We expect the city’s most beautiful clubbers to be in attendance as usual.