Kato (DJ)

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Kato
KATO & Brandon Beal, Grøn Koncert 2013.jpg
KATO & Brandon Beal (2013)
Photo: Daniel Lomholt
Background information
Birth name Thomas Kato Vittrup
Born (1981-09-13) September 13, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Thisted, Denmark
Genres House, Dance, Hip hop
Occupation(s) DJ
Producer
Website katomusic.com
Kato (left) and Jon Nørgaard in April 2010

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

Musical career[edit]

Kato started DJing early at nightclubs since 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. 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 on his debut 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). 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.

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak position
DAN
[1]
2010 Discolized 6
2011 Discolized 2.0 1
2013 Behind Closed Doors 4

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak
position
Certification Album
DEN
[1]
NOR
[2]
SWE
[3]
RUS
[4]
2001 "Hang on Sloopy" non-album single
2007 "My House"
2008 "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
"Copa Cabana (Whine Your Body)"
(with Darwich featuring Mission)
2009 "Yeah Yeah"
"Soundscape"
(featuring Michael Rune)
2010 "Turn the Lights Off"
(featuring Jon)
4 1 6 7
  • DEN: Platinum[5]
Discolized
"Hey Shorty (Yeah Yeah Pt. II)"
(featuring U$O & Johnson)
2
  • DEN: Platinum[6]
"Desert Walk"
(featuring Outlandish)
4
"Sjus"
(featuring Ida Corr, Camille Jones & Johnson)
1 2
  • DEN: Platinum[8]
Discolized 2.0
2011 "Speakers On"
(with Infernal)
2 5
"Fuck hvor er det fedt (at være hip hop'er)"
(featuring Clemens)
3
2012 "Never Let U Go"
(featuring Snoop Dogg & Brandon Beal)
2 Behind Closed Doors
"Celebrate Life"
(featuring Jeremy Carr)
Discolized 2.0
"Alive"
(Kato and Electric Lady Lab)
4 Behind Closed Doors
2013 "Danmark"
(featuring Kidd)
"I'm In Love"
(featuring Shontelle)
"Dimitto (Let Go)"
(Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjørnskov)
1 2
"Ejer det"
(Kato featuring Specktors & Djämes Braun)
4
2014 "Dumt på dig"
(featuring TopGunn)
4
Featured in
Year Title Peak
position
Certification Album
DEN
[1]
2012 "Klapper af den"
(U$O featuring Kato)
3
Singles as Vittrup
Year Title Peak
position
Certification Album
DEN
[1]
2012 "Live Forever"
(Vittrup & Jeremy Carr)
 –
2014 "Without You"
(Vittrup)
12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "danishcharts.com - Discography Kato". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Discography Kato". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Basic parameters of track's rotation on radio stations, working in TOPHIT.RU system". Tophit.ru. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Track 2010 Top-50". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Track Top-40". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 

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