Vato Gonzalez

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Vato Gonzalez
Background information
Origin Spijkenisse, Netherlands
Labels Levels Recordings, Crowd Control, Ministry of Sound, Spinnin' Records, DOORN Records
Associated acts Foreign Beggars, Diplo, Lethal Bizzle, Donae'o

Vato Gonzalez (born 6 June 1983 as Björn Franken) is a Dutch record producer, songwriter, artist, DJ, who is signed to Spinnin' Records and DOORN Records. Best known for his single Badman Riddim (Jump) (featuring Foreign Beggars), which reached No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart after a release on 19 June 2011. [1] [2]

Spinnin Records record company

Spinnin' Records is a Dutch record label founded in 1999 by Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf. The label, which specializes in electronic music, has over 24 million subscribers and 13 billion views on YouTube. In September 2017, Warner Music Group acquired Spinnin' Records for over $100 million.

Badman Riddim (Jump) single by Vato Gonzalez and Foreign Beggars

"Badman Riddim (Jump)" is a song by Dutch DJ/producer Vato Gonzalez featuring vocals from British hip hop/grime group Foreign Beggars. It was released on 19 June 2011 as a digital download in the United Kingdom. It contains samples of "Gojira Tai Mosura", the theme song from the 1992 sci-fi film Godzilla vs. Mothra, by Japanese composer Akira Ifukube. The same sample was used in the Pharoahe Monch hit song "Simon Says".

Foreign Beggars

Foreign Beggars are an English hip hop and dubstep group. Since their formation in 2002, the group's trajectory has seen them evolve from an underground hip hop group to an electronic crossover act. The group consists of four artists individually known as Orifice Vulgatron (vocals), Metropolis (vocals), DJ Nonames (turntables), and Dag Nabbit (producer). Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis have combined with Noisia to make the side project and supergroup "I Am Legion". They released their collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013.



Early life

Franken was born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands. As a teenager he developed an interest in graphic design before he started to focus on making music.

Spijkenisse Town and former municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Spijkenisse is a town in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. After an administrative reform in 2015 it is part of the municipality of Nissewaard.

2007–2009: Dirty House

Between 2007 and 2009 Franken released 5 mixtapes in the 'Dirty House' series, It was around the time of this release he and this song started to gain mainstream attention.

2010–present: Badman Riddim

Badman Riddim, in addition to a vocal version which featured UK hip-hop/grime/dubstep group Foreign Beggars and was given the new title Badman Riddim, began to start gaining airplay from some BBC Radio 1 DJs in the UK in late 2010. As attention for the single started to grow Franken was signed to Ministry of Sound and a music video was made for the song. The single was released in the UK on 19 June 2011 and entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 7, [1] [3] the first hit in the country for both acts involved.

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, dance, hip hop, rock and indie. The choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

Ministry of Sound British nightclub and record label

Ministry of Sound Group is a multimedia entertainment business based in London with a nightclub, shared workspace and private members club, worldwide events operation, music publishing business and fitness studio.

On 7 January 2013, Not a Saint was released. It features Lethal Bizzle and Donae'o. It is a remix of the same song by Bizzle and Donae'o. The remix featured positive feedback and was released as a collaborative single. It peaked at number 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

Not a Saint 2013 single by Vato Gonzalez, Lethal Bizzle, Donaeo

"Not a Saint" is a song by Dutch DJ & producer Vato Gonzalez featuring vocals from Lethal Bizzle and Donae'o. It was released on January 6, 2013 as a digital download in the United Kingdom. The song is a remix of Lethal Bizzle's single of the same name featuring Donae'o. The remix received positive feedback from the public and was subsequently released as a collaborative single. It has peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart.

Lethal Bizzle British rapper

Maxwell Owusu Ansah, known by his stage name Lethal Bizzle, is an English rapper and actor from Walthamstow, London, of Ghanaian heritage. He emerged in 2002 as a grime MC as part of More Fire Crew, with their grime single "Oi!" charting in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. His debut solo single "Pow (Forward)" attracted attention for its aggressive content, charting at number 11 despite being banned from airplay and clubs. Although known notably for his single releases, Lethal Bizzle released his debut studio album, Against All Oddz, in 2005, followed by Back to Bizznizz in 2007.

Ian Greenidge, better known by his stage name Donae'o, is an English singer and rapper from North-West London.

Since late 2013, Franken signed to DOORN Records. He released his first song under the label, "Triplets Riddim" on 30 December 2013. There is a scheduled upcoming single "Bio Riddim" of which the release date will soon be announced.



Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Take This Higher" 2010 Non-album singles
"Badman Riddim (Jump)"
(featuring Foreign Beggars)
2011 74 7 9
"Not a Saint"
(Vato Gonzalez vs. Lethal Bizzle & Donae'o)
2013 20 22
"$100 Infinite Kung Fu Vixens"
(with Sinden)
"Sushi Riddim"
"Triplets Riddim"
"Volfied Riddim" 2014
"Bio Riddim"
"B52 Riddim"
"Monkey Riddim"
(featuring Tjen)
"Violet Nights"
(with Mucky)
"Push Riddim" 2016Heldeep DJ Tools EP - Part 2
"2 Step"
(featuring Doctor)
Non-album singles
"Hyper Riddim"
(with Sebastian Bronk)
"Sonic Boom"
(featuring Kris Kiss)
"Bassline Riddim" 2017Heldeep DJ Tools EP - Part 4
"X-Ray Vision"
(featuring Kris Kiss)
Non-album single
"Bump & Grind (Bassline Riddim)"
(featuring Scrufizzer)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


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