PLAYS: DECEMBER 31
STAGE: cellar STAGE
Katikati’s, very own, emerging producer Montell2099 has only been hitting airwaves for the last 12 months. Co-signed for by Mr Carmack, Sango and Soulection co-founder Joe Kay, Montell2099 is one of the most exciting new electronic music talents to pop up from New Zealand in recent years.
Mixing bubbling VST melodies, post-Dilla drum programming, manipulated vocal snippets and booming bass hits, his idiosyncratic productions ripple and thud with club-ready swing and funk. A lifelong lover of hip-hop and RnB, when Montell2099 first began uploading his beats on Soundcloud, he had no idea about its community aspect. In the process of looking around the platform, he became familiar with the soul/hip-hop influenced future beats scene that has embraced him in recent months.
In an era where musicians often lean on gimmicks to market their work, his focus is quality. Currently running up over a million plays on Soundcloud, Montell2099 is connecting on the strength of his music alone; and we’ve got a feeling he’s only just getting started.