Growing up in South Florida in the early days of house music was quite an experience and inspiration for Gatto. He was intrigued by Miami DJ’s like Lazaro Mendez, who would spin on three turntables at the Power 96 parties. This was the newest art form at the time, and Technics turntables and a mixer were the instruments of choice.
Within a few years of finishing college, he moved to New York City and began to immerse himself in the underground house music scene. He was a regular at Tunnel, Twilo, Soundfactory and many other underground spots around town.
Inspired by the music and the scene, in 1999 Gatto decided to purchase his own decks, mixer and 808, and on July 4th, 2001 he spun at his first underground party in New York City. He started to get offers to play for various promoters around the city, and in 2004 he was invited to open up for DJ/Producer Hipp E at Sullivan Room. More bookings would follow at Sullivan Room, highlighted by playing the opening set for Derrick Carter at Sleepy & Boo’s Basic party in May 2005.
Soon after, Gatto was spinning at Miami’s Winter Music Conference alongside greats including Josh Wink, Charles Webster, Andy Caldwell and Tommie Sunshine. While back in New York, he was playing private events and fashion shows during NYC’s Fashion Week.
In 2005 he decided it was time to pursue his ultimate goal of producing his own tracks, and started to collaborate on projects with various musicians and artists. After countless hours in the studio and learning the tricks of the trade, Gatto released his first EP in July of 2016 on Brooklyn's 3Bridge Records.
Frank continues to spin at select clubs and events around NYC and beyond.
VENUE LIST (partial):
NEW YORK: Crobar, TBA, Sullivan Room, Spirit, Studio B, Lotus, Saphire Lounge, Canal Room, Muses, Guernica, Porch, Naima, The Paper Box, M1-5, Littlefields, Onda, China 1, Fuse, Velour, Pianos, Parlor, Keybar
MIAMI: Townhouse Hotel, The Chesterfield Hotel, Congress Hotel
SAN FRANCISCO: 1015 Folsom, Matrix Fillmore, Shine SF, Project One
WASHINGTON DC: Ozio, Lost & Found