Kato (DJ)

Thomas Kato Vittrup, better known as Kato (born 13 September 1981), is a Danish disc jockey and music producer mostly in the house genre.[1]

Kato
KATO & Brandon Beal, Grøn Koncert 2013.jpg
KATO & Brandon Beal (2013)
Photo: Daniel Lomholt
Background information
Birth nameThomas Kato Vittrup
Born(1981-09-13)September 13, 1981
Thisted, Denmark
OriginThisted, Denmark
GenresHouse, dance, hip hop
Occupation(s)DJ
Producer
Websitekatomusic.com
Kato (left) and Jon Nørgaard in April 2010

Musical careerEdit

Kato started DJing at nightclubs in 2005 remixing for other artists and independently since 2008, at which time he also started writing and producing his own music. His breakthrough came with the commercial success of the single "Turn the Lights Off", released on 1 January 2010, receiving platinum status for selling 30,000 copies in early August 2010.[2] The track, is a cover version of an earlier hit by DJ Jose from 2007. The track contains the vocals of Jon (full name Jon Nørgaard), a Danish Popstars contestant.

Kato released his first album, Discolized, on 1 March 2010 on the Danish label disco:wax that includes collaborations with Jon (Jon Nørgaard), Outlandish, Dr. Alban, Terri B, U$O and Johnson (Marc Johnson).[3] The album reached #6 on the official Danish Albums Chart.

The second single from the album, "Hey Shorty (Yeah Yeah Pt. II)", featuring rappers U$O and Johnson was released on 26 April. It was a big hit for Kato reaching #2 on Tracklisten, the official Danish Singles Chart. It sold above 30,000 copies. The album's third single, "Desert Walk", a collaboration with rap group Outlandish sold 15,000 copies making it to #4.

On 15 July 2010 it was announced that Kato has signed a contract with Universal Music in Germany including possible release of singles and albums in Germany and promotional appearances on German TV.

On 27 December Kato released the single "Sjus" featuring Ida Corr, Camille Jones and Johnson. It is a precursor to Kato's second album Discolized 2.0 due to be released in Spring 2011.[4]

Kato won in 2007 and 2009 award for "Best Danish mainstream DJ" at the Danish DeeJay Awards.

In 2015, he released the song "Show You Love" with Sigala and Hailee Steinfeld.[5][6]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Album Year Peak chart position
DAN
[7]
Discolized 2010 6
Discolized 2.0 2011 1
Behind Closed Doors 2013 4
Now 2015 5

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart
position
Certification Album
DEN
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
RUS
[10]
UK
[11]
"Hang On Sloopy" 2001 Non-album singles
"My House" 2007
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" 2008
"Copa Cabana (Whine Your Body)"
(with Darwich featuring Mission)
"Yeah Yeah" 2009
"Soundscape"
(featuring Michael Rune)
"Turn the Lights Off"
(featuring Jon)
2010 4 1 6 7 DEN: Platinum[12] Discolized
"Hey Shorty (Yeah Yeah Pt. II)"
(featuring U$O & Johnson)
2 DEN: Platinum[13]
"Desert Walk"
(featuring Outlandish)
4 DEN: Gold[14]
"Sjus"
(featuring Ida Corr, Camille Jones & Johnson)
1 2 DEN: Platinum[15] Discolized 2.0
"Speakers On"
(with Infernal)
2011 2 5
"Fuck hvor er det fedt (at være hip hop'er)"
(featuring Clemens)
3
"Never Let U Go"
(featuring Snoop Dogg & Brandon Beal)
2012 2 Behind Closed Doors
"Celebrate Life"
(featuring Jeremy Carr)
Discolized 2.0
"Alive"
(Kato and Electric Lady Lab)
4 Behind Closed Doors
"Danmark"
(featuring Kidd)
2013 Non-album singles
"I'm In Love"
(featuring Shontelle)
"Dimitto (Let Go)"
(Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjørnskov)
1 2
"Ejer det"
(Kato featuring Specktors & Djämes Braun)
4
"Dumt på dig"
(featuring TopGunn)
2014 4
"Show You Love"
(with Sigala featuring Hailee Steinfeld)[16]
2017 91 BPI: Silver[17]
"Sri Lankan Terror Attack (Boom Boom)"

(featuring Yellow Tint)

2019 2 69 Bangere Fra Blokken

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak
position
DEN
[7]
"Klapper af den"
(U$O featuring Kato)
2012 3

As VittrupEdit

Title Year Peak
position
DEN
[7]
"Live Forever"
(Vittrup & Jeremy Carr)
2012
"Without You"
(Vittrup)
2014 12

Cultural influenceEdit

Kato was the main inspiration for the POPDRENGENE hit "Bawler Ligesom Kato", and has been reported as being the inventor of the dab.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Annemarie, Cutruzzola (14 April 2017). "Interview with Kato". CelebMix. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
    - "New Years Eve Party on the Water". Broadsheet. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ Copsey, Rob (23 February 2017). "Premiere: Kato, Sigala & Hailee Steinfeld's new single Show You Love". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Kato and Sigala Unveil Official Video For 'Show You Love' ft. Hailee Steinfeld". Broadway World. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Kato and Sigala present the music video for 'Show You Love'". Radio and Music. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ Murray, Gordon (20 April 2017). "Billboard Dance Chart Upstarts: Kato & Sigala, Scotty Boy & Lizzie Curious and Arca". Billboard. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  6. ^ ""Show You Love": Kato und Sigala begeistern mit ihrer gemeinsamen Single". Songtexte.com (in German). Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "danishcharts.com - Discography Kato". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  8. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  9. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Discography Kato". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Basic parameters of track's rotation on radio stations, working in TOPHIT.RU system". Tophit.ru. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Track 2010 Top-50". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/show-you-love-feat-hailee-steinfeld-single/id1205071266?ign-mpt=uo%3D8
  17. ^ "BPI Awards - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Kato" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 August 2018.

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