Esplanade de la Place des Arts
A master of crackly worlds of dub, undulating reggae scorchers and forward-thinking percussive experimentations, Deadbeat manipulates sonic space with impressive technical command and melodic dexterity. Whether crafting kaleidoscopic house and chugging deep techno or tar-thick, impossibly weighty minimalism, his output is at once soft and hard.
Best known by his Deadbeat moniker, Monteith keeps a frenetic pace. Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, he spent a few years sharpening his focus in Montréal before taking up residence in Berlin. Since the early aughts, he has produced countless EPs as well as ten studio albums of dub-laden, minimal electronics for standout labels such as Echocord and Wagon Repair. His also founded his own BLKRTZ imprint, in a move inspired by his past experiences with community-minded labels like ~scape. Extremely tight quality control, astonishing sound design and adventurous digital production techniques have made him a household name in the areas of techno and dub-inflected electronic music. On his latest full length, 2018’s Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve, Deadbeat gets political, crafting expansive, dubwise rhythms around anti-Trump “monologues of hope” from 17 different contributors.
A MUTEK regular from the earliest days, this mesmerizing dub experimentalist returns to the festival—and his former hometown—to inject scorching grooves and simmering rhythms into the free outdoor program.
MTELUS - Red Bull Music Academy Stage [SAT] Society for Arts and Technology
Scott Monteith, best known by his Deadbeat moniker, keeps a frenetic pace. Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, he spent a few years sharpening his focus in Montreal before taking up residence in Berlin. Since the early aughts, he has produced countless EPs as well as seven studio albums for standout labels such as ~Scape, Echocord and Wagon Repair. His two latest projects, Drawn & Quartered (2011) and Eight (2012), arrived on BLKRTZ, an imprint he founded and which is distributed by German giant, Kompakt. Eight, his latest, is a snaillike sonic excursion, where sounds are subjected to intense internal mutations and metamorphoses. It’s at once soft and hard – a perfect pairing of dub aesthetics and techno thumps. A festival regular from the earliest days, and a master of live performance technique, Deadbeat returns to share his latest low end frequency research.
Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]