Deadbeat is Scott Monteith, an adopted Montrealer who has been releasing his explorations into electronic dub since his debut twelve-inch Cesium Beam (Hautec) in 2000. Monteith moved to Montreal in 1995 and rapidly earned acclaim both internationally and among his peers such as Akufen and the wealth of electronic artists in the fertile Montreal scene.
Among the very first MUTEK performers and an ardent supporter of the festival over its twelve-year history, Deadbeat ranks among the handful of talents we’ve had the privilege to invest in and develop over the years. From his humble beginnings with the local Hautec imprint for his first EP in 2000, to the worldwide acclaim of his BLKRTZ label and his latest album, Walls & Dimensions, Monteith has spent much of the last decade firmly establishing his credentials as an evolutionary force of the dub-techno template at his creative core.
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] 19/10/2003