PLAYS: 31 dec
STAGE: rhythm supertop
Young, New Zealand beat maker Montell2099 discovered his passion and undenying talent for music when his Grandfather installed a copy of FL Studio software on an early 2000s PC.
Since then Montell has been co-signed for by Mr Carmack, Sango and Soulection co-founder Joe Kay. He 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, and has since worked alongside Atlanta rapper 21 Savage whose album Savage Mode was widely considered one of the best rap records of 2016.
Montell2099 is connecting on the strength of his music alone; and we’ve got a feeling he’s only just getting started.