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As the architect responsible for some of today’s biggest hits, DJ Buddha has continued to redefine the pop
music genre with his notable fusion of world music.

His 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. His parent’s music included Caribbean superstars Celia Cruz, Johnny Ventura and Hector Lavoe and
pervaded DJ Buddha’s own work. “I’m rooted in my parent’s music,” Buddha says, “Even now, when I
need to clear my head, I put on something like ‘Dejame Volver’, by Fernando Villalona which is a classic
merengue.”

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. His reputation expanded quickly beyond his hometown of Lawrence, MA as his mixed tapes
reached all along the East Coast. “I was my own record company for a long time; making the mixes, the
copies and the deliveries,” he says recalling the long road trips he made in his mom’s car.

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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 next 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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