Billy Gonzalez

BILLY GONZALEZ

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London based DJ extraordinaire and one half of production duo "BILLY AND THE GEEK". Venues played include: Fabric TheCross Pacha Egg MinistryofSound Turnmills TheEnd AKA Th... read more

Biography

London based DJ extraordinaire and one half of production duo “BILLY AND THE GEEK”. Venues played include: Fabric TheCross Pacha Egg MinistryofSound Turnmills TheEnd AKA TheKey SeOne Canvas 54 Heaven 333 93FeetEast TheIsland PUNK PlasticPeople Whitehouse Cosmo Fluid Meet Play Jamm Hidden Annexo Havanna Chapel QueenofHoxton Thirst Ditch Ember 1920 * Panska 97-Lustro-Egoist (Poland) * Es Paradis-Kanya-PukkaUpboatparty-Savannah (Ibiza) & more…

“Born nodding his head to a 4/4 rhythm and playing out since 2001, Billy has DJed in every London club, bar and warehouse worth throwing a beat at! His passion for quality House music and love for the often underplayed sounds of the underground have taken him all over, rocking the dancefloors from Hoxton to Ibiza. Now looking to take things to the next level, he has been hard at work translating his eclectic sound to production and bringing new technologies into his live sets.”

(Domino, 2009)

Having been musical from birth, he found an instant affinity with House music in all its forms. Eclectic influences remain today and you can hear his sets blending many variations on the theme and crossing over at will. Rather than being defined by one style, Billy keeps things moving with the times, carefully selecting and blending the finest tracks available from international producers on, and off, of mainstream distribution to create a seamless flow of energy and passion in the mix. He strives to keep a balance between playing for the people and controlling the dancefloor, constantly picking up on energy levels and crowd reactions. It was in the Summer of 2001, when first visiting the white isle, that Billy was inspired to take his passion for dance music further. Here he witnessed the showmanship of live DJ performances and the incredible big-room atmospheres moved him, persuading Billy to learn the same art on returning to the UK. After picking up tips from DJ friends and some considerable practice, playing any and every house party around, Billy got to work on recording his sets for mix CDs. The first of note was ‘Funct House’, followed by ‘Selectro’ and, by the Autumn of 2002, he had his first proper demo prepared. While at university he joined the LSE’s Underground Dance Music Society and was given the opportunity to play at a number of events held in the Underground Bar. His performances there attracted a lot of attention, earning him recommendations to promoters and soon enough the sets were coming in thick and fast. Then based in Shoreditch, he played for nights held in The Charterhouse Bar, Parker’s Place, Fluid, 1920, Bed, The Bear and Ember. His prime-time club debut came in March 2003 when asked to play a set in The Quad, the hour before Judge Jules- once labelled the most influential man in the UK scene. Bridging from funky house before him, he kept the rhythm going adding techier sounds through the set ready for JJ to take control. He remembers asking Jules if ready, to which he replied “No I’m enjoying this. Do you want to stay on for a bit longer?” This led to him being booked the following September for ‘Party Like There’s No Tomorrow’ once again playing before Judge Jules, this time for 2 hours in the main room of Turnmills. In 2004, two of his mixes were selected to be showcased on the Chemical-Records site and he was invited to play live on Pulse FM radio station. Getting on well with producers of the show he was invited back to host his own weekly show “An Education in Dance”. At the 2005 Pulse FM Awards he won the “Best DJ” category and “Best Club DJ” the following year. Always responding to changes in tastes and shifts in the club scene, his second trip to Ibiza showed him a new sound coming from artists such as Felix Da Housecat, Dan Ghenacia & Benny Benassi, whom he met with and discussed the Electro and minimal genres. He returned to London with an aim to champion these sounds, splicing them into his sets at 333, Heaven, Hidden, Masque, Meet, Ministry of Sound, SEOne, Turnmills, Egg, The End and The Key, creating his own edits/bootlegs of preferred tracks to make each set unique. He was voted in as president of the UDMS in 2005 and took them in new directions, organizing a national DJ competition and putting on some wild parties at Cosmo, Play, 93 Feet East, Plastic People, Thirst & again at the Ministry of Sound. He returned to Ibiza in the Summer of 2006 with TiC as part of the WiLDCHiLD tour, a brand who had helped propel him onto the main stage in the past and now had booked him to play El Divino, the Kanya opening party, Savannah?s back room and the notorious Pukka Up boat party. His love affair with the island and Balearic lifestyle continued?. Alongside the UDMS, his own Tongue In Cheek promotion went from strength to strength, giving other up-and-coming DJs a chance to break into the highly competitive London club scene. Starting as a small-scale free preparty in a bar in King?s Cross it travelled with him and his hand-picked residents Cooley, Luke Danger and Oliver James across London, hosting rooms for some of the bigger clubs including Pacha, Turnmills, The Key and Egg. The veritable peak of this was hosting an arch of The Cross on a packed Saturday night in January 2007. A truly emotional night for Billy to make his debut on the hallowed decks, he first rocked the VIPs arch and then finished off proceedings in the main middle room, booting off Steve Smart and keeping things pumping well past 6am with cries of one more coming from the crowd! Many friends have been made along the way, joining Billy for the ride and giving truly honest feedback, helping him get to where he is today. It was a friend who booked him to play his first international gig in Poland for 7am Promotions? night at Panska 97, with Sandy Rivera and Billy deciding to go back to back, after Glasse, and they continued on to the nefarious Lustro- a dimly lit Warsawian joint open from Friday through to Monday in true Billy G style. On the back of this he returned to headline at Egoist the following year , where he was interviewed by the Polish equivalent of MTV and repeatedly broadcast across the nation. It was also friends from the Union DJs that added Billy?s name to the lineup at Fabric recently with Groove Armada, Simian Mobile Disco and Dizze Rascal. Other repeat collaborators include Dean Marc, with whom he formed the SoftPorn DJs, and Filthy Crew brothers Clint Lee & Shane Watcha of Zombies Ate My Brain fame. His first studio programmed mix entitled ?7am Wind Down? was showcased on House FM?s Saturday night DirtyGroove show, showcasing the more chilled out vibe Billy reserves for the airwaves and home stereo. Now ready for the next step, he has taken to the recording studio and has his first EP with Dominik Heckner as “Billy and the Geek” ready, which will be taken to major labels this year.