DEADBEAT

DEADBEAT

Canadian producer Scott Monteith is approaching thirty years of making music under the alias Deadbeat. His is a combination of minimal electronic drenched in dub, with which he has gained followers since his stay in Montreal, his adoptive city, until his move to Berlin, where he’s been keeping his headquarters for a few years. Before he focused his efforts in BLKRTZ, his own label, he left in his wake a substantial amount of works as a soloist and in collaboration with the likes of Akufen, Mike Shannon, Barbara Preisenger, Pole, under not only pioneer labels, but labels whose vision contributed a great deal in the construction of a solid reputation for electronic music (~scape, Wagon Repair, Spectral). From very early in his career as a producer, Monteith came under the spell of Basic Channel and Echocord’s dub sound, while he kept a special interest in ambient, early house and dub, and 70’s and early 80’s reggae and dub sounds. He was especially interested in the spatiality of these genres and the power of low frequency to have a physical impact on its listeners. These kinds of spatial sounds, for him, allow the mind to fill the gaps between sounds until reaching an almost psychedelic effect. And while his particular approach to dub and reggae can be appreciated in his last decade’s wake of productions, the best way to experience his world is by seeing him live, where his complex rhythmical patterns, his depth, his samples and mysterious synthesizers, and his insane bass lines come to life at high volume. What’s more, Scott is also known for his academic background carrying out workshops and lectures on technology applied to music. He’s been invited to lecture at the Red Bull Academy, Ableton and Microsoft. Among Deadbeat’s most recent plans is a reedited vinyl version of his first three albums, released at the time by Pole’s label ~scape, already in BLKRTZ, to make them accessible again.

BLKRTZ, Deadbeat’s label