Deadbeat Interview

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One of the last album we received is “The Infinity Dub Sessions” produced by Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire, when we heard it for the first time it sounded so cool and caught immediatly our attention. We had an opportunity to have a chat with the legendary producer Scott Monteith a.k.a Deadbeat, talking about the concept and the work behind the album.

– Hi Scott, hope everything is fine, how are you doing?
Just fine thanks. Recovering from our first show of the album tour at Arma 17 in Moscow this weekend. Was an amazing way to start things, one of the best clubs in the world without question.

– Congratulations for “The Infinity Dub Sessions”, it’s mental, catchy and warm. Which are the main aspects, states of mind, sources of inspiration that influenced you while making the songs?
Hypnotism and the power of unchanging and endless grooves were the main theme in the production process. Another way of saying it would be as opposed to thinking about changes to the actual melodies or rhythmic patterns, I was more interested in changing the air in the room around the instruments metaphorically speaking, or the material of the walls. Sometimes things get dank and humid, other times a cold chill arrives. I think this goes a long way to highlighting Tiki’s vocals in a variety of ways as well. There is some very heavy lyrical content on this record, and there are also times when the beautiful way he bends notes and floats over the rhythms almost serve as a glimmer of light amongst an otherwise dark back drop. In the end I think we offered a quite diverse picture of ourselves musically even within a quite rigid framework and reduced sound palette. Less is more as they say.

– As mentioned in the title, is the album a result of many dub sessions?
Yes the songs were all crafted using elements from my Infinity Dubs series from earlier in the year and trying to transform what were decidedly dance floor oriented compositions into a more deep listening context. Interesting the reverse is happening now as we developing things to play live. The live versions are sounding very heavy indeed!

– The various elements in the tracks sound precise, especially all the vocals are put in the right position. Did you spent a lot of time editing the audio recordings and setting up all the things on the sequencer?
Mixing is my favourite part of the production process and this album literally had hundreds of versions before the final versions were decided on. That is the most wonderful thing about taking new material to the stage though as we have this vast archive of things to draw upon. I’m a great fan of ‘versioning’ things in the old school reggae sense of the word and there will definitely be some other versions of this material to come in the future.

– Do you think that this release should be considered just an experiment or another step about the evolution of your style?
I think this release should be considered for exactly what it is, 2 good friends who enjoy making music together and have talked about doing a larger project for some years finally getting off their asses and doing it! All faring well it will be the first of many new adventures together.

– “What The Heck Them Expect” is the title you gave to the third track. Do you ever think about what do people expect from your music and if these feedbacks are always relevant?
We both have both developed a very loyal fan base independently over the years who have followed us through a wide range of musical endeavours and I think we are very fortunate to have that. I have definitely thought about the double meaning of that title though in the sense that from a journalistic stand point so many people seem to always be looking for something entirely new and this sometimes means that subtle shifts in an artist’s work can be passed over as just being the same shit it’s always been. I think we are both our greatest critics and if it ever felt like we were just towing the line on a tune it would very quickly be scrapped in favour of something else. It all has to peak or interest long before it gets put to wax and sent out into the world, and we both stand proudly beyond t8 results of this latest experiment.

– Do you ever feel that in mostly of the last years music productions something is missing in terms of feeling and emotions?
Not at all. There is a vast amount of incredible music being made these days, perhaps more than ever before. The big difference these days is you have to filter out a lot more noise to hear it. I’d say without good personal filtering strategies these days you’re destined to drown in a sea of noise and mediocrity.

– What are your forthcoming plans and projects when the album “chapter” will be closed?
Studio wise I’ll be jumping back into remix mode for the next while but other than that just working to turn this live show into a lethal 50 gun war ship.

– Thank you so much for the interview and good luck!

Interview by Matteo Pitton

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