Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez

Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez. Master of the Drum Machine.

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Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez, sometimes known as K-Dope, is a popular New York-based musician and half of Masters at Work, a production and remix house music outfit based in NY. Along with partner Little Louie Vega, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez has produced and remixed a number of popular and successful New York artists.

Born Carl Kenneth Gonzalez, 7 June 1970 in Brooklyn, New York City

He is also behind the international club hit “The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)”, performing the single under the moniker The Bucketheads. 

1994. Kenny’s biggest commercial hit to date. Official video.

Gonzalez began his career as a DJ in 1985, starting out performing at neighborhood block parties in his hometown of Brooklyn, with then-partner Mike Delgado. At some point during this time, he met future partner Little Louie Vega, and the two would eventually form Masters at Work, producing and remixing house music and producing beats on a borrowed (from friend and sometime collaborator Todd Terry) drum machine. 

Gonzalez is also a member of the DJ group KAOS, who released the popular album Court’s in Session, produced by famous producer and remixer Todd Terry

The NY Dream Team (From left) Tony Humphries / Kenny Dope / Lady Miss Kier / Frankie Knuckles / Todd Terry / Little Louie Vega / Satoshi Tomiie / Masters At Work (Early 90’s)

Gonzalez is considered one of the most prolific musicians to enter into the house scene. He has been nominated for four Grammys and his collaborative work is highly revered and respected well beyond the house scene. He is still hard at work producing music, occasionally gives interviews, and has even had his work showcased in feature films and video games. 

1989. Kenny’s first vinyl release. Note production by Masters at Work.

He can be found releasing & showcasing music on several online platforms such as Soundcloud & Beatport.

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