Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Back in August, the duo behind Masters At Work – Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez – had been wearing face masks whilst doing gigs. Infact, it was becoming such a theme tha some cheeky people online nicknamed them “the Maskers At Work”.
Vega himself referenced the situation saying he and Gonzalez found the name “funny” and that “we’re serious about wearing masks and staying as safe as we could during this tour”. Yet barely three months later, Vega appears to have forgotten his own words on the subject. And that’s the problem with the internet – it comes with receipts.
Those receipts suggest something is amiss. Because numerous Instagram stories in recent weeks, and a few Instagram posts suggest that Vega has ditched the message – having been seen DJing in numerous clubs with his face mask mysteriously absent. Infact, he’s made no further mention of the subject since posting about it in August.
For example, there was his appearance at Shanghai Red at The Bronx last week. A few weeks earlier, he did a set at Humbie City – this video once again shows no mask. And only yesterday, he was photographed in Baltimore at a tribute for Lisa Moody, who died a few weeks ago – and although he wasn’t actually booked to play, he did briefly cover for David Morales, who had left his music in his hotel room.
Exactly why Vega has ditched his face mask recently is unclear. Rumours have circulated that a few of his peers mocked him over his stance – but a source close to Vega denied it, saying “Louie’s been around too long to give a s*** what anyone else thinks”.
Mask wearing at gigs? To paraphrase one of the duo’s recent tracks, we did it for weeks…