#9 – Top 100 Afro House Artists of 2016 – Traxsource.com
Doug Gomez worked wonders at the desk in 2016 and finished the year in fine style with his remix of N’dina Gaba’s ‘Beautiful’ on Global Diplomacy hitting the Traxsource number 1 spot on the afro chart and #2 spot on the top 100. Other big releases this year included ‘Collares’ on MoBlack Records, ‘Disruptive’ with Ayaba on Tambor Music, ‘Barrio Soul’ on United Music Records and the amazing ‘Warriors Dance’ featuring Martino on Boddhi Satva’s Offering Recordings. Other releases and remixes in 2016 included Unquantize, Cabana, King Street Sounds, Sole Channel, Arawakan, Deep Culture Music, Toy Tonics, Good For You, Gents and Dandy’s, Plastik People Recordings and Pocket Money.
All the hard work and hustle paid of after coming in at #9 in Magnetic Magazine’s top 10 artists to look out for on traxsource for the month of August 2016. But the real payoff came in December, being ranked #9 in the top 100 Afro House Artists of 2016 (in the world) by traxsource.com
New York’s own Doug Gomez started his career in 1987. As a true New Yorker of latin descent, his love for drums and sophisticated melodies led him to be embrace the path of Deejaying and production. He worked for ZYX Music & Waako Records from 1994 to 2005 as A&R/promotions director. A label that had artists such as Kings of Tomorrow, Lenny Fontana, StoneBridge, Jeremias Santiago, Kenny Carpenter, Mood II Swing & Louie “Balo” Guzman to name a few.
In 2007, he teamed up with a friend to create music together under the alias DRRTYHAZE. This venture got them signed to labels like Gomma (Germany), TIRK (UK), and Nang amongst others. 7 years later in 2014, the calling to move to Costa Rica where he now resides came as an evidence for his creative growth. Doug Gomez is now slowly but surely spreading his sound in the region as well as the world.
Doug’s love for what he affectionately calls “That New York sound” is evident on his 2016 releases. A sound profoundly Afro latin & deep, originally influenced by the sounds of Blaze, Masters at Work, Mateo & Matos, Fania and many more.
2017 sees no slowing down either, expect more releases and remixes on many other labels including Shelter, King Street Sounds, Musik 4 Tomorrow, Vida Records, Sunclock and of course, Merecumbe Recordings.