Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez

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


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.

Known for…

Balearic Beat

In its truest sense, Balearic beat focuses less on any particular style of music and more on the song choices made by the DJ to keep patrons on dance floors or relaxing as they wine & dine. DJ sets by pioneering figures, like Alfredo Florito were anchored around relaxed, upbeat songs with a slow but solid beat from all genres, from pop and rock to soul, American and European disco, and electronic music.

Balearic beat also refers to a particular style of electronic dance music which influenced chill-out musical genres that followed in its wake.

Roots; Balearic beat, also known as just Balearic refers to an adventurous mix of dance music played at bars,  cafés & clubs on the island of Ibiza, part of Spain’s Balearic islands (hence the name), in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Fast forward to the 2020’s and it’s now a huge industry covering music, fashion, art & beyond.  

The breezy aesthetic of the Balearic sound—made all the more enjoyable by the sunny locations and sense of freedom they afforded—proved irresistible for vacationers and locals alike. More here – What is Balearic?

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