DJ Buddha's work has sold over 15 million singles to date and has topped Billboard Charts repeatedly. He began receiving world-wide acclaim after creating the radio hit remixes of both Daddy Yankee’s hit “Gasolina” and T.O.K’s “She’s Hotter.” But his career didn’t begin there. At the age of nine, DJ...
DJ Buddha's work has sold over 15 million singles to date and has topped Billboard Charts repeatedly. He began receiving world-wide acclaim after creating the radio hit remixes of both Daddy Yankee’s hit “Gasolina” and T.O.K’s “She’s Hotter.” But his career didn’t begin there. At the age of nine, DJ Buddha earned his broadcaster’s license, and he’s been making records and music ever since.
Born Urales Vargas, Buddha was introduced to classic Caribbean merengue, salsa and bachata music by his immigrant parents. By the time he was 12, DJ Buddha was already a master of the turntables, DJing at parties and clubs. These early gigs built confidence, and it’s where Buddha discovered how to make a hit.
He began creating mixed tapes by using his extensive vinyl collection - 50,000 records at last count- to create tracks that combined elements of Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Soca, House and Latin Music in all genres.
DJ Buddha went on to produce two successful mix tape series, Tropical Heat and Caribbean Connection; where Caribbean Connection Volume 2.5 was reviewed by the New York Times and Fader. The mixtapes combined the latest of dancehall, reggaeton and soca, with artists such as Sean Paul, Tego Calderon and Machel Montano. This earned him critical acclaim across the globe. His ability to connect with artists across all genres along with his extensive knowledge of Caribbean music helped establish DJ Buddha as a Caribbean music expert and earned him the nickname “Mr. Caribbean Connection.”
He spent six years on the road with T.O.K. as the group’s official DJ. During that time, his remix of
“Gal Yuh A Lead” featuring T.O.K., Beenie Man and Nina Sky became a hit. That paved the way to
remix projects with rappers Lil Jon, N.O.R.E. and Grammy award winning Lady Saw. In 2009, DJ
Buddha transitioned from being Pitbull’s tour DJ to his personal A&R, where he focused on consecutive productions of Platinum selling albums; namely “Planet Pit” and Grammy nominated “Armando.”
DJ Buddha is executive producer for Pitbull’s album “Global Warming” and Afrojack’s solo project,
which both fuse together genres from around the world. He frequently works with Enrique Iglesias,
Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, RedOne, Polow Da Don, Marc Anthony and Juan Magan. He recently created Therapist Music, a music company specializing in the cross pollination of musical genres that has come to define DJ Buddha.
Never forgetting his roots and having been the recipient of a scholarship from the Boys and Girls
Club, DJ Buddha established a scholarship fund entitled BEYOND in 2012 that offers funding to the
Lawrence, MA Club and provides tuition assistance to local kids with big dreams. To donate, visit
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