I was born and raised in Monterrey, Maxico to a musical family where Mom (Vianey Valdez) sang rock & roll for a living and Dad (Enrique 'Monstruo' Gonzalez) worked in radio as a well-known DJ. I attended the local music conservatory at age 7 and took private drum lessons from the age of 10 until my late teens. I'm a founding member of Mexican alternative rock band 'Jumbo' (1997-2005), shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, CA, while becoming Musical Director for Mexican Pop Artist 'Aleks Syntek' (2007-2011). I'm currently drumming for East LA rock legends Los Lobos (2012-Present).
Enrique 'Bugs' Gonzalez
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceLos Lobos at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, performing Magic Sam's: 'I Just Got To Know' featuring Robert Cray. It was a once in a lifetime memorable set at Madison Square Garden, in NYC, sharing the stage with blues legends: Eric Clapton, Susan Tedeschi and Robert Cray.
What Drives Your Creativity?Listening to anything featuring my all-time favorite drummers: Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta. Spending time at the practice room going over rhythmic possibilities that span the 45-year Los Lobos career music catalog.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I choose Vic Firth because they're simply the best. Vic Firth's stick arsenal offers me virtual limitless possibilities and all the flexibility I need in a drumstick.