St. Patrick’s day Special: Irishman Dee Montero Demonstrates His Take On Melodic House

The Belfast-born house-head went from collecting early rave mix-tapes to digging in the vinyl crates and finally making the giant leap on to the global music stage

He delivers a stunning mix to support his new release “Odisea EP” on Renaissance Records.

Supported by some of the industry’s biggest players from Pete Tong, Lee Burridge and Solomun, Dee Montero received his biggest accolade in 2017 landing Tong’s Essential Tune Of The Year on BBC Radio One for what Solomun called his secret weapon – the string-fuelled, epic end-of-nighter ‘Halcyon’, released on the maestros acclaimed Diynamic imprint.

From Asia to America and everywhere in between it’s all been about the music for Dee. Performances in Australia, India and Dubai have been interspersed with appearances at Burning Man on the Robot Heart and Carl Cox’s Playground stages as well as summer shows in Ibiza including Hï with Joris Voorn and Nic Fanciulli. With global support for his style and musical selection it wasn’t long before going solo as a producer was instinctive and essential. With critical releases such as ‘Full Body’ on Saved and the epic ‘Vedra’ on Knee Deep In Sound the future was clear.

Alongside the podcast, Dee Montero also took the time to answer a few questions about his mix and latest release…

Thanks for recording us a podcast, could you describe the vibe/energy were you trying to capture with your track selection?

Thanks for having me! The mix slowly builds from blissed-out electronica into broken beat and breaks then picking up pace with deep house and organic keeping a melodic thread throughout. There’s tracks from Fout Tet, Tim Englehardt, Just Her and Rodriguez Jr so the vibe and energy is quite melancholic and not so clubby but definitely has a summery feel.

What’s your favourite track in the mix, and did you play any of your own music?

Yes there’s a few of own tracks but that would be shameless to say they’re my favourite 😉 It’s actually an old track from Gardens Of God ‘Are We?’ which I rediscovered going through old playlists. It brought back memories of my time living and DJing in Hong Kong 10 years ago and I love the vocals of Egle.

Talking of your own tracks, what’s new in your release schedule, as we would love to know more about your new music?

I’ve just released an EP called ‘Odisea’ on Renaissance including a collaboration I did with NuKreative called ‘Athena’ which I’ve included on the mix. I’ve also a new EP coming up on my label Futurescope called ‘Perpetua’ end of this month and you can hear the exclusive of ‘Opia’ on the mix.

What do you think would be the perfect setting for someone to listen to your mix, and why do you think that would be the best place? 

I think sitting on a beach somewhere watching sunset with a spliff is a good start.

Do you have a message for your fans or anything else you want to add?

Just want to say hang in there and hopefully we’ll all be back on a dance floor soon. There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel!

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, you can order Dee Montero’s new release on Renaissance Records from HERE

Podcast Tracklist:

Jonas Rathsman – Uno
Four Tet – Parallel 4
Just Her – Beautiful Nothing
Tim Englehardt – Sun
DJ Linus – Vibes In Space
Gardens Of God, Egle Sirvydyte – Are We?
Dee Montero, Nu Kreative – Athena
Dee Montero – Opia
D*Note – Shed My Skin (Newman Remix)
Jon Gurd – Together (Tom DeMac Remix)
APNOEA – Moodivation
Dee Montero – Meridian (Patrice Baumel Remix)
Aldebaran – Across The Sun feat. Filippo Nardini
Rodriguez Jr. – Nairobi


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