Montell2099 is a visionary young production powerhouse based in Auckland, New Zealand. Co-signed by RL Grime, 21 Savage, Mura Masa, What So Not, Alison Wonderland, Mr Carmack, Sango, Charli XCX and Soulection co-founder Joe Kay, Montell2099 is one of the most thrilling new electronic music talents to emerge from New Zealand in recent years. Mixing bubbling VST melodies, manipulated vocal snippets and booming bass hits, his idiosyncratic productions ripple and thud with genre-bending force and dizzying, club-ready dynamics.
His first single, ‘Hunnid on the Drop’ featuring 21 Savage, has received over 6 million streams with support from Pigeons and Planes, XXL, Genius, Complex, Hypebeast, Hot New Hip Hop and many more tastemakers. With a sharp ear for the cutting edge, Montell2099’s mantra is simple – always keep your listener on their toes. With his innovative, shape cutting techniques, the best part about Montell2099’s enigmatic craft is that you’ll never guess his next move.
Last year, EDM lord RL Grime announced Montell as the new addition to his label roster, Sable Valley. Hot on the heels of the new label signing, Montell shares his debut EP FORCES’, a five track cosmic odyssey into the unknown. FORCES is lead by singles ‘STARS’, ‘BURNA’, and standout new collaboration with RL Grime, titled ‘Rusynth.’ Showcasing the stellar musical chemistry between both beatmakers, ‘Rusynth’ embodies a radical forcefield of electronic distortion.
Prior to his first official body of work, the 21-yr old producer released official remixes for Lorde’s ‘Green Light,’ Diplo x Trippie Red’s ‘Wish,’ RL Grime x Jeremih x Tory Lanez ‘Undo,’ Netsky ft. Bazzi and Lil Wayne ‘IDKUA’, Charli XCX x Troye Sivan’s ‘2099’, and was blessed with a remix of his track ‘Hunnid on the Drop’ by Mr Carmack. Montell spent the majority of 2018 and 2019 on foreign soil, touring in support of RL Grime, Boombox Cartel, Sam Gellaitry, Luca Lush and more. Prior to this he dipped his toes in the water performing at Red Bull’s 30 Days in L.A alongside Charli XCX and Sophie, and in Atlanta with Cut Chemist. To date he has also featured at notorious Brownies and Lemonade shows, EDC Las Vegas, and has just been announced for his biggest show yet – booked for both weekends at Belgium’s Tomorrowland 2020.
Montell2099 has been surrounded by music production equipment since his childhood spent in small town Katikati. When he was fourteen, his grandfather loaded up FL Studio on a computer and dropped him in front of it as a distraction. He never looked back. “I spent my teens locked away making music,” Montell2099 laughs. After high school, he had three choices. Stay in Katikati and work at a fruit orchard, move to the nearby town of Hamilton and live with his mother, or head to Auckland, attend an audio engineering course and pursue music. With some encouragement from his grandparents, Montell took the risk of making music top priority.
Within just months of moving to Auckland Montell2099 was offered a radio show on George FM, New Zealand’s #1 Dance and Alternative station, spinning songs that have inspired his own music. Not long after, he found himself performing shows alongside some of those same musical influences, including multiple showcases with infamous LA label Soulection, and direct supports for producers including Kaytranada, Metro Boomin, and Sam Gellaitry. He’s also shared stages at major music festivals Rhythm & Vines and Northern Bass, with the likes of Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, JAUZ, Chance the Rapper, Zhu, Hudson Mohawke, and many more.
In an era where musicians often lean on gimmicks to market their work, Montell’s focus lies in quality. With tens of millions of plays online before the release of his debut project, Montell2099 is connecting on the strength of his music alone. His vision of future electronic is opening up a portal to the next century of EDM – step inside 2099 if you dare.