CRAIG GONZALEZ


Hip Hop perked the interest of Detroit’s Craig Gonzalez to vinyl at a young age, and underground parties in the 1990s soon catalyzed a lifelong fascination with DJing. Inspired by versatility, his self-taught techniques have grown from weaving rhythmic layers into powerful, personal narratives. His collection reflects the evolution of music that came up in Detroit across decades, including techno, house, minimal, dub techno, and plenty of Hip Hop and funk. He was a part of the Detroit Bachelor DJs collective with Derek Plaslaiko, and has opened for Marco Carola at Necto, Miss Kittin at TV Lounge, and Matthew Dear at Marble Bar. His collaborative skills were heightened at Solar in Ann Arbor, where he shared a residency with Stacey Pullen, and played a four turntable tag set with Carlos Souffront in support of Craig Craig and Kenny Larkin. Paxahau has booked him countless times at both Movement and large local events like its 20th anniversary with Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva. Influenced by the Mike Huckaby’s depth and the hypnotic craft of Donato Dozzy, Gonzalez has honed his own style from a global network of like-minded artists. Family, history, and culture that surrounds electronic music have been key to his deep sensibilities, which translate seamlessly across a dance floor.