With a history and personal attachment to the city, Deadbeat continually promises to welcome the crowd with a familiar touch. After an enthralling and eclectic live set at Stereobar, he didn't miss the chance to enlighten us with tales of the city's past, present and future.
"Adopted" by the city, Scott Montieth originated from the suburban town of Kitchener, Ontario. As he moved around different townships within Ontario and eastern Quebec, Scott picked up electronic music in 1992 and attended parties within the city of Toronto until 1994. Back then, he remembered a period where genres of all sorts made an appearance within the scene, as he nostalgically recalled the first Plastikman event ever hosted. With crushed hearts, Toronto's underground dance scene died within the following three years (1996) due to different municipal laws regarding party locations and the fiery of drugs that ran rampant within the city. Caught up in the mix of the party, he soon realized that the only thing he could do was to literally escape.
With an open heart, Scott learned a new style of partying. "There was an amazing scene back then; Tiga was running Sona and big things were happening. You could find all styles of music prevalent in the city and I loved that," he explained. The little city of Montreal built Scott's career in a special light. Being booked for the first ever Mutek at local venue Laika, Scott was able to explore his sounds within the capacity of about 50 friends/fans that he still keeps in touch with today. Heavy heartedly, Scott admits, "The one thing that always occurs to me [about Montreal] is that people need to tear down their scenester ego bullshit walls. There are too many micro climates happening." A helpful hint he'd like to push on the city is that:
"People need to realize that whether you're involved with Mutek or Stereo or Daome, or whether you're English or French, or you arrived last year or have been here for 10 years, if you want to sustain things, you have to work together."
"Money," was the simplest reply he could give us for his trek and ultimate move to Berlin, the mecca of underground electronic music. Nothing differed or changed with his sound and music since the move; it was purely to survive and "be treated like a serious person and a real artist," he explained. With a pause, he admitted that he may still be in this city if it weren't for the financial rut it left him in. If it wasn't for the lack of industry and framework within the city for artists to survive financially, Europe wouldn't have crossed his mind so easily. "The Montreal scene fell apart very quickly," he sombrely added.
Refuting the belief of many performers, Scott finds that "in general you talk to a lot of people that say it's different here, in Europe and in the states. It's not different, it's techno; it's the new folk music. This is the music of the people."
Just recently, Deadbeat held a crowd funding campaign to help him raise half of the 12, 000 Euros that he needed to re-release his first 3 albums onto the label Scape. Just days before speaking to him, he reached his goal. Come November, Deadbeat fans will have access to a 6 record box set on vinyl. Congratulations from our team to his on the accomplished mission!
You can preview some more of his sounds here: